I take pride in the fact that when I see a bride and groom flagging during pictures I give them time out whenever possible. I think I would have needed to stay another week for Yun to even get slightly tired of having pictures taken!
I arrived at the zoo at 8am, normally I allow two hours before the service but I had a feeling I was going to be busy before hand and I was 100% correct ! Yun was in her dress by 10.15 , which gave us plenty of time for a whole array of poses upstairs at Oakfield house.
Rich arrived around 11 and he and his brother/best man Phil had a few pictures outside before joining the guests in the ceremony room for what was a lovely service. Yun thanked all those who had traveled from places such as Holland, Spain and Taiwan for their efforts in getting there and then we were into the marriage ceremony.
The service finished with Rich and Yun being pronounced man and wife, Rich lifted the veil kissed Yun and then planted the veil back over her face much to the amusement of the guests and a very forgiving bride!
We all then gathered outside Oakfield to welcome our bride and groom, who after a short delay, proceeded down the red carpet on motability scooters, with string and cans trailing in their wake. After a couple of laps of the grass area the couple returned for the group photographs.
After the formal group pictures myself, Yun and Richard walked around the Zoo to do the couple shots. Yun had one shot in particular in mind. She wanted a picture holding a butterfly and I am pleased to say that after a few minutes wait, whilst a suitable model was found, we got that picture. While we were on our walk Yun and Rich posed on a boat , in long grass, with giraffes and most amusingly Rich lay flat on the ground peering out from under Yun’s dress in the Roman gardens. The poor lad having to do this in front of 50 or so onlookers!
Later the whole wedding party was treated to a zoo safari. This took in the elephants, rhinos and the ever popular meerkats. Everyone seemed to be having a ball, so much so that the staff preparing the barbecue had to send the search parties out!
I can confirm the food was delicious and we even had ice cream from a stand that Yun had organized as a surprise for her mum. The mint choc chip was my choice but there were a whole host of flavours on offer all cheerfully served by the zoo staff who I have to say were completely brilliant on the day, everyone of them.
The cutting of the cake followed and then straight into the first dance which was that brilliant version of Somewhere over the rainbow mixed with what a wonderful world. Then, twelve hours after arriving in the same building, it was time for me to leave. I met some lovely funny people (special shout out to the ladies and gents who let me share their table during the day and made me feel very welcome) and enjoyed every minute.
If you are thinking of booking the zoo for your wedding, do it!, and can I be your photographer please ?