- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Hi ladies! It’s been a few months since the wedding but I am so excited to be able to recap the wedding on the Bee! Yes, you read the title right, my wedding was at a zoo! The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to be exact.
I’ve lived in Jacksonville my whole life and have been to just about every wedding venue (multiple times). For our wedding, I wanted something completely different. The fact that I love animals didn’t hurt either. When I found out I could get married at the Zoo, I knew that was it (even before I went on the “official” visit). However, I didn’t want to get too carried away and have it turn into a zoo themed wedding. We wanted to make sure guests knew it would still be a very formal event so we had it be black tie optional.
Even though I had a large amount of anxiety leading up to the wedding (and outside ceremony AND outside reception.. was I crazy?!), the weather was absolutely perfect and I it was truly the wedding of my dreams!
Ahh, and my dress.. the beautiful Enzoani Finley. I don’t think I could have been (and still am for that matter) any more in love with a dress!
Lets start the recap with some pre-wedding pictures (we didn’t do a first look):
Now for some ceremony pictures. Our ceremony was held in one of the gardens at the Zoo. It had a fountain and some pillars with flowers already. We brought in some 10 foot iron trees and covered them with hanging votives to provide some soft lighting. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that guests arrived at the ceremony site via train!
After the ceremony, the guests went to a cocktail hour at the Giraffe exhibit while we took pictures at the ceremony site as well as the carousel.
Now for the reception. For the flowers, I wanted something simple and elegant. I knew from the beginning that I wanted my tall arrangement to look “tree like” and to be adorned with hanging votives for a simple, romantic feel. For the low arrangements, I decided to use mainly white flowers since the reception was outside at night. I didn’t want dark flowers to get lost in the night time.
I decided to have my wedding cake modeled after my dress. For the groom’s cake, I went with my husband’s favorite soccer team, FC Barcelona.
Entering the reception. It was a truly beautiful venue, with pre-strung lights throughout.
We had a “crazy photo booth” set up where guests could dress up in some provided costume supplies and have their picture taken and printed on spot.
Since I’ve gone picture crazy in this post already, why not add some of my bridal portrait pics? It had always been my dream to have my portrait taken with my horse, Ringo. Here are some of the highlights from the shoot.
Last but not least, we were fortunate enough to be featured in Jacksonville Magazine’s Bride issue!