OMG THIS MODERN RUSTIC SHOOT | … is pretty cool, I mean, if you like EXQUISITENESS AND PUPPIES | By Hearts & Horseshoes Photography | Also, I do impressions.

I really classed that OMFG up, eh?  Eh?  YEAH I did.

Hello and happy Tuesday afternoonerrrrractually evening-ish once again!

First and foremost, my friend Lena of La Petite Coquin is feeling ill, and she’s been eating chocolate pudding to ease the pain of her sore throat.  I was thinking about how I’ve been working on an impersonation of Bill Cosby for a couple years now, and when she mentioned the pudding I thought, even though it’s still rough around the edges maybe my Bill Cosby impersonation could cheer her up a little bit!  Who knows.  Worth a try though, either way.  Hope it helps, Lena!  Ok here goes:

“Shud up!  Puddin Pops!  Kids say the darnedest things!  Ruue-ddyyyy!”

“Pip pip cheerio shudd up!”  - that’s my British Bill Cosby, if he were British, you see.  And my Australian Bill Cosby: “G’day mate!  Flibbidy flobbidy!  This is the Huxtable residence!”

Ok feel better, Lena!

Alrighty!  I truly hope you’re having a pleasant day and/or ready to see something for which your heart will risk passing a love note to your brain, thanking it for looking, even though if the teacher sees, it’ll get in trouble.  Your heart will probably find it worth the risk.  Because that’s sort of what happened to me and my organs when I first saw this shoot submitted by the amaaaaaaazeballiscious Amanda of Hearts & Horseshoes Photography.

It’s funny; being a wedding blogger has many perks and exciting moments.  Not gonna lie.  Not.  Guuunna.  Dooit.  You see some really interesting stuff come through your inbox every.  But until now I hadn’t imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that my inbox could bring me this:

I’m talkin’ about holdin’ chickens.

I’m talkin’ about holdin’ puppies.

… or, additional puppies, to my one puppy WHATEVER YOU GET IT.

And I’m talkin’ about hangin’ with white horses and lookin’ pretty doin’ it.

That’s right… welcome everyone, to my perfect bridal portrait session.  I WANT TO DO THIS.  I NEED TO DO THIS.  SO, WHO WANTS TO COME WITH WHEN I DO THIS?

Here’s the rundown from the amazing Amanda regarding how the shoot came to be:

When Amber & I talked about the style we really wanted a modern rustic look. Something that was contrasting to her animal friends but complimentary at the same time. Overall it was such a success. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. We had so much fun doing this shoot.

I did a shoot along time ago when I first started my business with a bride & a pig. ( I will attach).  So I wanted to update my shoot with a softer lighter set of pictures, but I mainly wanted to use my farm animals :D  The idea started with Cort (the big white horse).  I just needed a bride. So I asked Breann, a bride I had from earlier this year if she would want to do a shoot with my feathered & fuzzy babies and she obviously said yes :D  I made a bouquet out of lavender, pompous grass feathers & pine needles, all found in my yard. The husky puppy wasn’t planned but ended up being here just for the day and so we threw her into the mix because she is so stinking adorable! Then Edi (the newfie) & Fanny (the mini) were definitely the most difficult part of the shoot. They both kept trying to go opposite ways and Breann would start laughing because her arms were stretched out and she couldn’t move.  The chickens, Ro-Birda & Bird-trude were definitely the easiest, they froze when she picked them up and softly clucked to us the whole time… they are funny chickens.  I went into the shoot knowing that I couldn’t really plan how the “kids” were going to act so I didn’t have a lot of preconceived plans as far as poses, we just went with what the animals did or Breann did. One of my favorite pictures was when she is almost pushing Cort away and laughing and that’s because Cort kept trying to snack on her dress.


And now… the evolution of what is known in the puppy owning world as “The Irresistible Puppy Kiss.”  No it’s not, I made that up.  Anyway look:


Zo, my friends… I vould like to heah ya ansues to mah kesjuuns.  I’m hoping to perfect my written Heidi Klum accent soon.  We’ll get there.

1) What do you think of this shoot?

2) Would you want to include your pet, or other animals, in your shoot?  On your wedding day, perhaps?

3) totally optional – Do you do a Bill Cosby impression?  Or any impression at all?  Feel free to share and/or make a fool of yourself so I’ll have some company.

Excited to hear what you have to say!

xoxo!  – Alison

Hearts & Horseshoes Photography is a member of TKB’s Vendor Love.  Explore more of her work here.

Photography: Hearts & Horseshoes Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Hair Stylist: Artistic Appeal by Amber Ligon / Reception Venue: Private Residence

Label(s): {Bridal Shoots + Showers}, {Inspiration Shoot}

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  1. Casey Fatchett on November 22, 2011

    1 – The shoot is amazing!

    2 – Love doing shoots with pets/animals – would have had my dog in my wedding but there was nowhere for him to go after the ceremony was over!

    3 – Impressions? Yes, many. A list? Sean Connery, Cosby, Christopher Walken, any character from The Simpsons…

  2. Jenna on November 22, 2011

    I want to come! Is it weird that the chickens are my favorite part? They’re just so random and funny.

  3. Alison on November 22, 2011

    Casey – Very true about the dog; gotta get a doggy sitter for after the ceremony! :) And it’s pretty how your impressions list is identical to that of Honey’s. You guys should do dueling Walken impersonations ;)

    Jenna – Awesome, THIS WILL HAPPEN. I hope. Crossing my fingers ;)

  4. Lena on November 22, 2011

    I’m blushing at the shout out, and feeling sooooo much better-who knew Bill Cosby was exactly what my sore throat needed? Also, can you make me some jello, and then wiggle it? Please, pretty please? I think my sore throat is coming back…

    And I think I said it best earlier. Is. That. An. Effing. Bird?!?! This shoot is barnyard magic. Animal Farm Amazing without the Animal Farm but with animals and a farm, if you will. Shud up!

  5. Shulie [RobbinsBrothers] on November 22, 2011

    This is just a GLIMPSE of what heaven looks like…

  6. Alison on November 22, 2011

    Lena – I’m so glad. I would do my Walken (yes I do Walken, like everybody else) for you but it’s just my impersonation of Amy Poeler doing Christopher Walken’s grandchild. “Ghoooooooostsssss. They… scaaaaaayyyyre mee.”


    Shulie – Just a GLIMPSE! But it makes me want to go to there… ;)

  7. Andrea @ Superfine on November 22, 2011

    I’m so into those afro chickens!!!!!!

  8. Felicia on November 22, 2011

    1. Those chickens are amazing! The husky too. I love all of them. They all definitely make the bride look extra lovely.

    2. Of course.

    3. I agree with Casey, do a Christopher Walken. The Heidi made me giggle.

  9. Jeannine @ Small & Chic on November 22, 2011

    I LOVE this shoot! I’m jealous of the model! I’m such a city kid…I’m obsessed with “meeting” farm animals. My friends from rural places think I’m crazy.

    Our golden retriever is most definitely in our wedding!

  10. Alison on November 22, 2011

    Felicia – Excellence. Now I’m starting to want to do voice recordings of myself doing impressions of celebrities. Which wouldn’t go awkwardly on the blog at all. Nahh, wouldn’t be awkward AT ALL.

    Heidi’s fun to do. :) After I perfect the accent I’m going to work on perfecting the body. We’llllllll see about that one.

    Jeannine – LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that your golden is in your wedding!!!!!! Dying to see how that turns out!

  11. Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬ on November 23, 2011

    I had NO idea chickens are so pretty. It makes me want to get a pretty little pair like the ones in this shoot. Almost.

    Sigh, my biggest wedding regret is not including our pup in the photos.

  12. bridal girl on November 23, 2011

    Wow! So beautiful! Really amazing how the bride was able to blend the animals with the shoot. Love love love it!!!

  13. Alison on November 23, 2011

    Kate – RIGHT? Chickens are hot, it turns out.

    Bridal – Totally. It came together flawlessly! Amanda really knows how to snap a photo; can you IMAGINE dealing with constantly moving farm animals????

  14. Mindy on November 23, 2011

    Brides + animals = ALWAYS AWESOME.

  15. Amber on November 23, 2011

    I’m absolutely planning on incorporating our pets / animals in both our ceremony and in my post wedding trash the dress photoshoot. We have a Siberian Husky and a Samoyed who will be part of the ceremony (the husky is the ring bearer) and the Samoyed will be walking with the flower girl. And for TTD, we have two horses that I’m planning on facilitating. I saw a TTD shoot done with a horse and I absolutely fell in love. Can’t wait to do both!

  16. Kailey-Michelle Events on November 23, 2011

    This is so chic, gorgeous and the animals are adorable! Somehow they fit right in with the glamorous styling! Love it

  17. Helen on November 25, 2011

    Wonderful blog!

  18. Teresa on November 29, 2011

    Amanda is so talented!! She is a real life Doctor Dolittle too with all those furry and feathered friends. LOVE it :)

  19. Miranda on November 29, 2011

    Love her look! Where can I find those exact flowers she has in her hair? Love it! :)

  20. amy on November 30, 2011

    I feel incredibly blessed to know this amazing photographer. She is not only incredibly talented in every possible way, but incredibly beautiful inside and out! These pictures are beyond amazing, and I really don’t know if anyone else in the world could produce such gorgeous images…..

  21. Mara on November 30, 2011

    1. Love the shoot. Love the style. I could use someone like you to help me put together all the crazy thoughts I have running around in my head about how I want my wedding to look.

    2. Love the animals. I have two cats, two horses (one mini!) three chickens and a dog, all of whom I want to include in my wedding, or maybe just the photos. I’m bookmarking this for sure.

    3. I can do a crying baby eerily well.

  22. annette on December 1, 2011

    I love love love these… I am a big animal fan …

  23. Audrey on December 1, 2011

    LOVE the necklace!
    Where is it from?

  24. Naomi on December 1, 2011

    Wow this a gorgeous shoot…honestly if it isn’t domesticated I’m scared! That husky puppy is just adorable…adorable!

  25. Kathryn / Eventually Ever After on December 7, 2011

    Wow, this is crazy! Brave woman. And she looks gorgeous all the while.

  26. Wedding Car Hire on December 21, 2011

    Bride is looking so gorgeous and these pictures are looking so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such amazing work.

  27. Chris Radley Photography on January 18, 2012

    Beautiful captures and a great feature. The husky is really beautiful

  28. Louise on September 9, 2012

    A lovely photo shoot, i love the addition of the Husky


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