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Here’s the hottest must-have for your rustic wedding—alpacas! And what’s not to love? Often referred to as the aristocrat of all farm animals, they’re gentle, friendly, intelligent, easy to handle, soft as cashmere and so darned cute. Freshly groomed and adorned with floral wreaths, they’re the best-looking attendant any bride could ask for. And your photography options are endless! But keep in mind that these wonderful animals can get anxious when taken away from their familiar farms, so rentals are hard to find. Your best bet is to bring the party to them!
ALPACA FARMS IN NJ
While there are more than 20 alpaca breeders in the state of New Jersey, not all offer wedding services. And very few will bring their alpacas off the farm because they get too anxious. But we found these great farms that offer differing degrees of alpaca love!
1 • Bluebird Farm Alpacas, Peapack, 908-234-9772
Intimate gatherings for up to 25 people. Also offers proposals, engagement shoots, wedding pictures. They do not take alpacas off the farm.
2 • Born to Run Farm, Glen Gardner, 973-349-0129
Full-service weddings up to 250. Proposals and pictures. Alpacas don’t leave the farm.
3 • Edel Haus Farm, Wall, 732-890-1024
Picture-perfect weddings for 140 in the barn; larger parties in the tent outside. Proposals and pictures. ALL WEDDINGS CURRENTLY ON HOLD PENDING PROPER PERMITTING. CALL FOR TIMING FOR FUTURE EVENTS.
4 • Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch, Hackettstown, 707-330-7178
Proposals, pictures and alpaca rentals.
5 • Jersey Shore Alpacas, Cape May, 609-889-4957
Proposals and pictures.
6 • Windy Farm Alpacas, Chesterfield, 609-324-0080
Proposals and pictures.
7 • WoodsEdge Farm, Stockton, 609-397-2212
Full-service weddings for up to 400; only one event per weekend. Proposals and pictures. No rentals.
8 • Small Paws Farm, Millbrook, NY; 914-474-8951
Contact them for more info about one of their “alpacages,” where they offer rentals from anywhere from two to four alpacas for your wedding, along with a handler, petting pen and time for photographs.
Photography by Kay English
Shot on location at Edel Haus Farm, Wall
Styling, florals & rentals by Faye and Renee
Hair by Boho Hair Salon/Makeup by Shimmer and Spice