You heard it right, a wedding at the Zoo! I have to admit I was a bit hesitant, but WOW, did everything turn out wonderful! Nicole from the zoo was very helpful in keeping things flowing smoothly as well as showing us some nearby places that worked wonderful for some intimate portraits of the newlyweds.
The greater Tampa Bay area has so many options for wedding venues. The "norm" has been thrown out the window and a couple can say their "I do's" nearly anywhere. You are only limited by your imagination and guest count. With this in mind there are a few things beyond the initial thought of, "Oh my goodness how awesome would it be to hold our wedding celebration here!" one should consider. Public places are just that, public. You will need to know when your guests can arrive and perhaps even more importantly with set up and getting ready, when you and your vendors can arrive. Will there be a fee for parking or entrance? Are there any special instructions for arriving guests and vendors? Is there a staging area, a getting ready area, or any other special additions you may require? I know the joy and excitement of your upcoming nuptials can cloud the mind, but the big picture is important when making your final selections.
Lowry Park Zoo, even though nontraditional, turned out to be perfect for Christine and Mike's wedding. The ceremony site was right in front of the giraffe's area in the Safari Africa section of the park. The reception room was right behind that making the walk simple and convenient. Besides the normal wedding events there was giraffe feeding time and special animal visitors, some of which the guests could interact with. It was a wonderful night of fun for family and friends as they celebrated Christine and Mike's love. Enjoy their sneak peek!
Christine & Mike's Engagement Session: www.briancidocks.com/christine-michaels-sawgrass-lake-park-engagement-session/
Lowry Park Zoo: zootampa.org/
Jennie's Flowers of Tampa Bay: www.jennies.com/
Alessi Bakery: www.alessibakery.com/
West Coast Events and Rentals: www.westcoastrentalinc.com/