Saturday night at the Maryland Zoo, Nicole & Bob united in marriage at the Zoo’s historic Mansion House. Just after 5 pm, the Groom and the Bride’s Father (and officiant) guided the bridal party and processed up the aisle to an instrumental version of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. The Bride’s processional was to an instrumental version of Dan + Shay’s “Speechless”. The ceremony was relaxed, funny at times, and an absolute joy to watch!
Following a kiss and a formal presentation of the married couple, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered” filled the air and the Bridal Party recessed and made their way to the front porch of the Mansion House. There, they enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and a visit from “Olive” one of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. Later on, after guests found their seats, Nicole & Bob were introduced into the reception by DJ Frank Marsden and then they danced to “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes for their first dance as husband and wife. Nicole and her Mother went next and danced to Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” then Bob and his Mother shared a dance to “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins. The Bride’s Parents welcomed guests and made a toast to the Bride and Groom (that had so many “4/20” references that we lost count!), and then everyone was treated to an amazing buffet meal prepared by our friends at Laurrapin Caters.
The next part of Nicole & Bob’s celebration included a cake cutting and cupcakes for guests. DJ Frank opened up the dancing portion of the night with an 80’s set and followed that with hits by artists like Beyonce, The Beatles, Queen, Aretha Franklin, Spin Doctors, Backstreet Boys, and more.
A night at the Zoo concluded for Nicole & Bob with a sing a long to Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and lots of high fives, hugs, laughter and good vibes. Saturday night’s wedding was a team effort that included the Zoo’s Staff, Rob with Bayline Studios Photography, and Laurrapin Caters. We loved working with such great professionals and being a part of a wonderful couple’s big day!