Anissa & Bryan's Wedding at ZooTampa At Lowry Park

A wedding at ZooTampa at Lowry Park was a bucket list location we didn’t even know we had until Anissa and Bryan chose it as their wedding venue.  We have been absolutely antsy with anticipation for this wedding for almost a year since the day this beautifully quirky couple invited us to be their wedding photographers.  From a ceremony in front of the giraffe exhibit to animal appearances at their reception, we have fantasized about all the incredibly unique images we would be able to capture, and the reality of the day’s events did not disappoint!

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Threatening bouts of rain visited the park throughout the day, but our couple was adamant that it would not impede on their grand vision for an outdoor ceremony, nor would it stop them from their intimate plans for First Looks.  Anissa was the real MVP Bride of the Day as she trusted us to guide her out to a covered outdoor location for her Father Daughter First Look, more concerned with capturing the beauty of this special moment than with a few raindrops on her train.  This First Look with her Father was a perfectly emotional lead-in to her First Look with her future husband.  Both looks were full of tearful laughter and an overwhelming sense of joy that this moment had finally come.   

The rain subsided long enough to allow us to capture some more fun, pre-ceremony couple’s portraits by the flamingo exhibit, and believe us when we say that this particular pop of color is not one you’ll easily find in just any couples’ portraits! Clear skies persisted as Anissa met Bryan at the altar to the opening theme of The Lion King while giraffes roamed in the distance, and it was exactly what our ZooTampa dreams were made of!

The couple participated in an ancient hand-binding ceremony to symbolize an everlasting bond, and a sudden burst of raindrops sealed their first kiss as husband and wife.  The passing storm kept us indoors for family portraits and the first animals’ arrivals to the cocktail hour, but a clear golden hour sunset allowed us to whisk our newly weds outdoors one final time to capture just a few more romantic Just Married portraits.

Anissa and Bryan’s guest list was full of people who knew how to cut a rug, so their dance floor  rocked from start to finish, and the night was topped off with a final dance between husband and wife as the remaining guests illuminated them with some glow stick action.

Anissa and Bryan’s marriage will be made of the stuff of legends:  A love for animals, two bright, strong spirits, and a connection that truly comes only once in a lifetime.