Well, everything was happening at the Zoo on Saturday! My neighbours had their wedding at the Maryland Zoo and it was just the perfect venue, the most fun event and the best location.
The Maryland Zoo dates to the late 1800’s and is Victorian in its original look. As a child, I remember iron cages with lions and tigers pacing in them. There was a huge elephant house and lots of fancy ironwork around the 600+ acre property. Now, it’s been modernized with “natural” habitats for the animals. If you look closely, you can see a snowy egret standing on the lake’s edge. However, much of the Zoo’s Victorian look still remains, and this wedding took advantage of that. The ceremony was held on a small lake with a beautiful picnic pavilion overlooking it. The bride looked stunning coming down the old stairs towards the water’s edge and her wonderful, loving groom! The service was warm and personal, funny and poignant. After it was over, the bride and groom were exuberant – as were all of the guests. The reception was held at the Zoo’s mansion, a wonderful Victorian-era summerhouse with a huge porch, perched on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Baltimore. Even though the mansion is now used for the Zoo’s administration, there are still a lot of the original details remaining.
The porch surrounding the house is enclosed by dozens of windows, and the evening was cool enough that they could be thrown open to the early evening breezes. One of the most fun aspects of the evening was the bride’s attention to detail, including the animal theme of the Zoo. Each table was represented by a different animal, and the cake, with its elaborate decoration, was one of the most creative I’ve ever seen. The cake topper was a little penguin bride and groom, complete with a bow tie and veil – all created by the bride, an art teacher. This was perfect because of the special guest who came in his own tuxedo! I had a chance to get up-close and personal with this dear wee fellow, and as I made silly kissy noises at little Tails, he bobbed his head back and forth in time with me.
His handler put him on the floor and he just waddled around, not a care in the world! He even followed some of the guests. It was so much fun to see this and really made the wedding unique.
All of my love to the wonderful bride and groom!!! I’ll miss you when I move. xoxo