Ally & Michael’s Wedding + Reception / Maryland Zoo

They are now the amazin’ Azens! Ally & Michael became husband and wife yesterday at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Their all things Maryland themed wedding coincided perfectly with the Preakness Stakes that was happening just down the road. Mr. & Mrs. Azen were married at the Zoo’s Lakeside Pavilion and we absolutely loved that Michael and his groomsmen entered the ceremony to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by The Backstreet Boys. That set the tone for the rest of the evening; fun, light hearted and full of love! Family and friends joined the newlyweds at the Zoo’s Mansion House after that for cocktails, appetizers and a meet and greet with two of the Zoo’s Animal Abassadors. Cocktail hour was followed by DJ Frank’s introductions of the Parents and Bridal Party to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Azen to Flo Rida’s “Low” and then Ally & Michael’s first dance as a married couple to “A Whole New World” from The Aladdin Original Broadway Cast. Toasts by the Maid Of Honor and Best Man along with a blessing by the officiant preceded an incredible meal by Zeffert and Gold Catering with dinner set up in various stations. After dinner Ally & Michael both danced with guests to an apron dance as Ally’s sister and Maid of Honor accepted generous donations. The Bride and her Father danced to “Daddy” by Abby Anderson then Michael and his Mother danced to “Beauty And The Beast” by Ariana Grande & John Legend. A cake cutting to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops was next and then the party really started to jump. The dance floor filled up quickly as songs by The Beatles, The Village People, The Jackson 5, Justin Timberlake and more filled the air! Ally & Michael were joined by all the married couples and danced to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and Little Big Town’s “Bring It All Home” for an anniversary dance. All the single and married ladies lined up to catch the bouquet as “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls was played and then Michael removed the garter from his wife’s leg and tossed it to all the guys to the “Mission Impossible Theme”. The last songs of the evening that led to an amazing sparkler send off on the Mansion House’s front steps were; “I Swear” by All-4-One and N’Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye”. Such an amazing show of love, family and friendship last night! We wish Mr. & Mrs. Azen a lifetime of everything great!

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