One of the furriest wedding trends that has been popping up lately is hiring llamas or alpacas for your wedding. Read on and try not to drool over these whimsical, magical creatures.
Meet Rojo the llama and Napoleon the alpaca. I connected with Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas on Instagram, who have been doing this since 2011 and are the originators of the trend. Mother and daughter team Lori + Shannon rent these magical animals for weddings in the Vancouver and Portland areas. When they're not posing for pretty pics, these creatures spend their days as therapy animals for senior communities and rehab facilities. How cool is that?! Image of Rojo and Napoleon by Sposto Photography
The stunning styled shoot above with two alpacas, bride and groom is courtesy of Viktoriya Bogdanova Photography.
Are there words to describe how beautiful this image is? I think not. Sposto Photography nailed this soft blush pink llama + bride shot and I'm smitten with the results. For the record, and this just cracks me up, Napoleon (the furry one, image to the right) is actually a boy. According to the owners of Mtn Peak Therapy Llamas, their farm only has boys but couples love the bride + groom themed apparel, so Napoleon goes drag every once in a while.
Bride and Groom (human + llama) photo above is courtesy of RPI Imagery. My mind is reeling with all of the creative bride and groom portraits incorporating the llamas.
Above, Sarah Lynn Photography of Portland captures a styled shoot with one of my favorite wedding gowns ever.
I am totally crushing on the stunning imagery of Viktoriya Bogdanova in her styled shoot above.
Video courtesy of Brides.com
Did you know how to tell the difference between a llama and an alpaca? If you're anything like me, you've been using the two terms interchangeably. Let's stop the madness and set the record straight. Information courtesy of ModernFarmer.com, photo by Irina Negrean.
EARS: Llamas have longer, banana-shaped ears. Alpacas have shorter, pear-shaped ears.
SIZE: Alpacas usually weigh around 150 pounds, while llamas can grow as big as 400 pounds. Whoah, mama llama.
DISPOSITION: Alpacas can be more skittish than llamas and prefer to hang out in herds, whereas llamas are often used as guard animals and therapy animals.
*Studio + Home // Photography by @spostophoto
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