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Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding ~ Jenny & David

A Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding Complete With A Penguin!

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding Bride and Groom

When I first started chatting with Jenny and David about their wedding there were two things that became clear:

1.  Jenny wanted beautiful, romantic pictures.

2.  David wanted non-cliché wedding pictures and to have FUN!

Well, I think we pulled it off.  The day started at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara across the street from the beach.

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Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding Bride

David and Jenny exchanged gifts and without knowing ahead of time, they both gave each other gifts with a comic book theme.

David gave Jenny a comic book of their wedding that included their entire wedding party.

Jenny gave David a poster featuring the two of them in their wedding attire.

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After David opened his gift, there was a delivery at the hotel room door; robes for all the groomsmen!

There were some words exchanged and next thing I knew, the guys decided to remove their clothes and go naked under their robes.

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In the bridal room at the Santa Barbara Zoo, it was time for Jenny to put on her dress.

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Jenny’s makeup was perfection thanks to the ladies of Pretty Please Beauty.

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The ceremony location at the Santa Barbara Zoo is like a little oasis surrounded by palm trees and bamboo.

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After the wedding ceremony the bride and groom went to feed this adorable baby giraffe.

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Then it was off to meet my favorite animal of the day, Monty the penguin.

He was more interested in running towards the camera than posing with the bride and groom.

Apparently, it was his first wedding.

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Right in the middle of portraits underneath the trees, Monty decided to make a reappearance.

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The reception was decorated with pink, white and pops of gold.

I loved the little gold animals for the seating chart!

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I was so impressed with Jenny’s maid of honor, Hannah.  She not only performed her maid of honor duties flawlessly, she’s also a baker and after taking pictures, put on an apron and decorated the wedding cake!  To top all of that off, her two children were the ring bearers.

She’s seriously Super Woman.

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I was SO HAPPY to see one of my favorite couples, Cheryl & Sara at the wedding.

Big thanks to my second photographer, Jessica for taking this picture of us.

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Jenny & David, I had such a fun time photographing your wedding!  It definitely had some firsts for me like groomsmen stripping under robes and pictures with a penguin.  Thank you for being so great to work with and trusting me with your wedding photography.

Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo
Accommodations: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
Photographer: Kimberly April Photography
Cake: Short ‘N Sweet Cakes 
Music: Jimmy Carnelli Music & Entertainment
Flowers: Grassroots Santa Barbara
Makeup & Hair: Pretty Please Beauty
Photo Booth: ThoughtBox
Catering: Rincon Events
Second Photographer: Lover of Weddings

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