Engaging Tails: Giovanni, Walter, and Gabriella

We can all use more sunny days and big smiles in our lives.  This engagement session from Jessica Frey Photography has both.  Poodle/terrier mix Giovanni and his sidekicks, Walter and Gabriella, just add to the joy.  All three dogs are rescues.

poodle/terrier mix, engagement photos with dogs,

From Jessica:  “Ashley and Dan wanted an outdoorsy location for their session where they could include their furry babies too.

 Springtime in the Texas Hill Country means finding the native bluebonnets to take photos in along with cactus and a gorgeous flowing river.   Ashley is an Austin wedding coordinator and owner of Much Ado Austin. They loved being able to have their now three fur-babies included in their engagement shoot.”

woman holding poodle/terrier mix, Giovanni

From Ashley:  “Dan and I met through an online dating site. The majority of my dating profile and our first date included me talking about how I spend most of my free time hanging out with my dog Giovanni. After dating for about two weeks, Dan met Gio, and they became instant best buds.

American Staffy and his person

The following summer Dan decided he was ready for a pup of his own, and we added Walter to our pack. (Gio had asked for a small-size sister, but somehow he ended up with a bigger brother! Gio is still the Alpha of their brother-pack, and now likes having a wing-man when chasing after squirrels in the backyard.) 

Texas engagement photos with dogs,

Dan and I got engaged just before our second anniversary, and of course, our dogs were a part of the proposal! Our Saturday morning routine had become waking up early, leashing up our dogs and heading out for a 3-mile walk.  While walking, Dan asked to stop at a bench on the bridge saying that he wanted to let the dogs watch the kayakers on the lake below. Then, suddenly, he was on his knee proposing! (He’d hidden the ring in Walter’s harness!)

poodle/terrier mix, Staffy and American bulldog with couple in front of cactus, Texas engagement photos with dogs

We’d already discussing wanting to add a little princess to our puppy pack, and after a few months of fostering through Austin Animal Center, we found Gabriella! We fostered her for about a month before being able to officially adopt her and make her a fur-ever member to our family.

Dan and I are pretty awkward in photos, so when Jessica Frey, my friend, and rockstar photographer, kindly nudged us to do an engagement session, we knew we needed to have all our pups with us.  I don’t know how she got the dogs to look at her and ‘smile’ for the camera, but she worked her magic! We love our family photos so much and cherish the memory of celebrating our engagement with our fur babies!  

Austin TX engagement photos, woman in long flowing blue dress kissing man under big trees

You can see more of this Austin, Texas, engagement session on Jessica’s blog.

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About Jessica Frey Photography:  Based in Austin, Texas, Jessica is an international wedding photographer.


Congrats on your engagement! How fun that you included the pups in your photo shoot. It sounds like you have so much love in your life and are em-barking (lol) on a new chapter. I wish all of you the very best and much happiness.

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing Ashley & Dan’s engagement session and their precious fur-babies!!!

    Beth says:

    My pleasure! I hope you’ll send more sessions my way!

What a happy family! Giovanni looks a bit like Ruby.

    Beth says:

    He does remind me of Ruby.

Everyone is wearing a smile in this picture…so precious. The background speaks of the beauty of nature. They will always treasure this picture.

Sadie says:

That is a beautiful story of how 2+1 became 5!
Congratulations to everyone!

This looks like it’s going to be a great big family. I love seeing photos of fur children with the humans in engagement photos.

Pamela says:

OMD, Jessica and Giovanni and Dan and Walter look like each other!

    Beth says:

    I can see that 🙂

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