I’ve seen a lot of dog parties, but nothing quite like this gorgeous Sip & See. Stephanie from Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design and Arne from Plantscaping & Blooms were each adding a puppy to their respective families at about the same time. While many of us might arrange a playdate for our pups, these proud puppy lovers put together an elaborate Sip & See. Suzuran Photography captured all the beautiful details and puppy cuteness!
From Stephanie: “What do you get when a wedding planner and a florist discover that they are adopting puppies one week apart AND that those puppies will have the same name? This photo shoot and ‘puppy shower!’ During a summer design meeting with Arne of Plantscaping and Blooms, it came up that Arne was adopting a golden doodle. Once we started talking , we realized that I was adopting my puppy one week later! Further into the conversation, we realized we were both planning to name our pups Stanley! And so began the planning for what would soon be called ‘Sip & See: The Stanleys.’
We chose to host our event at Borrow Rentals. They have an amazing space that functions as both a warehouse for their rental items as well as an event space. They have such amazing furniture and vintage pieces that this made Borrow Rentals a perfect location. For our celebration, we drew inspiration from houndstooth patterns and the color palette often found in British Men’s Clubs.
We set up three separate areas, the first being an opulent feast in front of vintage doors complete with bones on vintage China, treats on silver platters, and of course butler service for our boys’ debut into society. Getting both Stanley and Stanley to sit together with bones right in front of them was no easy feat. Dan and Suzanne of Suzuran Photography are amazingly patient as well as amazing with dogs! They were able to get some shots at just the right time.
After dinner, you always need dessert! The ladies at Luna Bakery went above and beyond creating a cake for each Stanley as well as cookies complete with silhouettes of each pup, dog bones, and bow ties to reflect the style of our dapper men. Luna’s treats were for the human guests, not the dog guests. And how amazing is that centerpiece complete with hanging dog bones to accent this perfect dessert spread?! Our final area involved a stunning floral on a mantle with various pieces from Borrow Rentals’ collection for formal portraits of the Stanleys and their new families. Arne and Brad posed with their Stanley, and my husband Jim and I posed with our Stanley. Brad also created the invitations for our event to meet our Stanleys!
Stanley (the Pug) is such a sweet little pup! He follows us around everywhere we go. Stanley is not truly happy unless he is snuggled up on one of our laps. His facial expressions and snorts make him hilarious and very entertaining, and we could not love him more!
This shoot was a total blast to put together and, of course, no dogs were harmed in the making of this event.”
From Arne: “From the moment that Stanley ‘chose’ us, we knew we were in for a fun, wild ride. He has brought nothing but joy to our house and has enriched our lives tremendously. He is a fun loving, crazy, side eye giving, talk backing bundle of joy. We wouldn’t want it any other way.”
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About Suzaran Photography: Suzanne and Dan Price specialize in engagement and wedding photography.