In what might be the coolest wedding venue idea yet, Amanda and Josh said “I do” at the Bronx Zoo in front of their friends, family, and a few party animals. The couple shared a few quiet moments before walking down the aisle with the zoo’s gorillas, who we’re sure wished Amanda and Josh happiness in their new chapter together. ein photography captured these quirky moments, as well as the unique and sophisticated wedding styling including plastic animal escort cards, framed illustrations of popular zoo friends, and wild green plants abound.
Amanda and Josh
Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York
We got married at the Bronx Zoo in New York, so animals were a natural fit for inspiration. Courtney Jentzen, of Swiss Cottage Designs, created a playfully illustrated invitation, complete with a hand drawn map of the zoo. To carry the whimsical theme through the reception, we hired an artist to watercolor animal portraits for each table. To finish it all off, we provided animal masks for our guests to wear on the dance floor. For our clothing, we decided to go formal. We chose a Jenny Packham vintage inspired wedding gown and a Burberry Prorsum midnight blue tuxedo.
Prior to the ceremony we got behind the scenes access to a private viewing space in the Bronx Zoo Congo exhibit. We got to see the gorillas up close and personal, in a way not usually seen by the public. The gorillas came right up to the glass to look at us, they were just as excited to see us as we were to see them! Our photographer Tim Yun of Ein Photography captured some great moments of us and the babies.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – ein photography
Event Planning – Little Red Bean Productions
Venue – Bronx Zoo
Floral Design – Denise Fasanello Flowers
Cake – Momofuku Milk Bar
DJ – DJ Neza
Invitations – Swiss Cottage Designs
Hair & Makeup Styling – Kelsey Smart
Wedding Dress – Jenny Packham
Groom’s Apparel – Burberry Prorsum
Rings – Michael B Jewelry
Lions and tigers and newlyweds, oh my! Thanks to ein photography for sharing Amanda and Josh’s amazing Bronx Zoo wedding with Junebug! For more of their incredible urban wedding photography, check out Jessica and Shanon’s classy rooftoop Jewish wedding in NYC.