Chester Zoo Wedding

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Cath & Si’s Story

Cath and Si had a stunning wedding day at Chester Zoo surrounded by their family and friends.

I first met Cath at the I Do Wedding Exhibition at Sheffield Ice. When she told me that her wedding was going to be at Chester Zoo I couldn’t hide my excitement. The idea of getting married just feet away from the lions blew me away.

A few months before the wedding we all headed down to Chester Zoo for the pre-wedding shoot. It was clear how much both Cath and Si loved being there; it was like having a personal tour of the grounds. Even though it was the height of the summer holidays there were still plenty of quiet garden areas to capture some of their images.

On the morning of the wedding I met Cath and her bridal party getting ready at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Anna and Vicky from Bridal Hair and Makeup Cheshire had already made a start on the hair and makeup and the ladies were looking beautiful. After a very relaxed morning we headed out into the car park to meet the wedding car.

Chester Zoo Wedding

Meanwhile, at Chester Zoo, Si was meeting all the guests and enjoying some time in the sunshine before the wedding ceremony. The base for the day was Oakfield house. It was originally built by the Mayor of Chester over 100 years ago, and then sold to George Mottershead in the early 1930’s. It was George Mottershead that developed the surrounding gardens into the zoo we know today.

Part of the wedding package was a private tour around the zoo. After it had closed to the public, two zookeepers came to collect the wedding party and take us to see some of the animals. We managed to capture images next to bears, elephants and giraffes, who were all hiding earlier in the day.

When we arrived back at Oakfield house the DJ was in full swing and quickly announced the first dance. Guests flooded the dancefloor and danced right into the evening.

My favourite part of the day was capturing images with the giraffes. They were all inside during the day, and it was only by the brides request that we got to see them on the private tour later on.

Makeup artist using airbrush foundation on bridesmaid wearing pink robe

Hairdresser doing a bridesmaids hair with the make up artist in the background with a bridesmaid

Black and white card with paper cut out of bride and groom at altar

Bride with makeup artist on the morning in the wedding showing off her diamante hair piece

Black and white bride having makeup airbrushed by makeup artist chester

Bridal party in matching team bride dressing gowns with love hearts

Mother of the brides fascinator with bride getting into her dress in the background

Mother of the bride fastening the wedding dress

Close up of hands fastening the wedding dress

Mother of the bride photographing the bride and smiling

Bride fastening mothe rof the brides dress at Doubletree Hotel Chester

Bridal party with bride in the hotel room at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chester

Father of the bride looking at the bride and smiling

Bride and Mother of the bride holding hands and walking through the hotel

Doubletree by Hilton in Chester

Bridal party in the wedding car by bespoked cars

Guests arriving at Oakfield house in Chester zoo

Groom greeting the bridal party at Chester Zoo Wedding

Groom smiling at the camera in front of Oakfield house at Chester Zoo wedding

Throw petals and wishes for the new Mr and Mrs sign in front of free confetti

Creative way to ask guests not to post photographs on social media sign

The side entrance of Oakfield house at Chester Zoo

Groom waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and Groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony at Chester Zoo

best man giving wedding bands to bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony

Confetti tunnel at Chester Zoo Wedding

Bride and Groom laughing together in front of the wedding car at Chester Zoo wedding

Groomsmen posing in front of walled garden at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom standing on red bridge in a garden at CHester zoo on their wedding day

Bride and Groom looking at each other next to the flamingo enclosure at CHester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom looking at each other on a bridge in gardens at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom in the butterfly house at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom sitting on stone bench in front of green and red hedges at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom laughing on their wedding day at Chester Zoo

The wedding breakfast room at Oakfield House Chester Zoo decorated with light blue chair sashes

Lion shaped place cards at Chester Zoo wedding

Groom giving his speech in Oakfield House at Chester Zoo wedding

Guests laughing in the wedding breakfast room at Oakfield House CHester Zoo

Bride laughing at the top table during the wedding speeches

Groom with mother and father at the top table laughing during the wedding breakfast

The side of the wedding cake with hessian ribbon and blue and peach roses

The wedding cake with hessian and lace ribbon standing on a silver cake stand

Blue white and peach flowers on the top of the wedding cake all hand made with icing

Bride and groom ornament on the cake table with a part of the cake in the background

Elephant flower basket hanger on the outside of Oakfield house Chester Zoo

Bride and groom standing next to the elephants at Chester Zoo wedding

Bride and groom with bears at Chester Zoo wedding

Giraffes this way sign at Chester Zoo

Bride and Groom standing in front of the giraffes at Chester Zoo wedding

Bridesmaid with her husband and pageboys being Lions at Chester Zoo

Young boys in giraffe shirts dancing at Chester Zoo wedding

Blue flip flops for dancing through the night with printed note

Bride dancing with father of the bride at oakfield house wedding chester zoo

Bride and Groom looking at each other during their first dance at Oakfield house Chester Zoo

Bride and Groom during their first dance

Bride and Groom smiling at each other during their first dance at Chester Zoo wedding

Busy Dancefloor at Oakfield house wedding Chester Zoo

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