This is a place that we love anyway, but it was a fantastic location to point out to our guests on the day of the wedding.
We wanted everyone to experience our day and to feel valued for taking part in it, so we tried to make our wedding convenient for them in terms of proximity between ceremony and reception and entertainment options between while we took pictures. The zoo and lily pond are right across the street from the museum where we had our ceremony, and just a ten minute drive from our reception location.
We also used this location for our post-ceremony photos because it is so picturesque and peaceful.
We originally looked into both of these locations for our wedding itself, but we found that the zoo was affordable until it came down to their bar package, which was required (no, you cannot have a dry wedding--not that we wanted one, but we wanted to keep the cost down on alcohol) and the Lily Pond allows only a total of 18 people, including the photographer, bride and groom, officiant, etc. because it is a plant and wildlife conservation area--which, with a wedding of 350 and a wedding party of fifteen (not counting our parents, grandparents, godparents, etc.) just wouldn't be an option for us.
We do recommend this for photos, though!
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