Auckland Zoo wedding photos – Trent & Angela’s sneak peek!
On Saturday, we headed off to photograph Trent & Angela’s wedding at the Auckland Zoo.
For the week leading up to their wedding, I hadn’t been able to get the “We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo… How about you, you you?” song of my childhood out of my head… and it was the same story on the day. I think Amber & Holly may have got sick of me singing it.
We began around at Trent & Angela’s home, for some shots with the boys..
Then it was off to the Stamford Plaza hotel in town, where we caught up with Angela and her bridesmaids.
I learned that there actually is a valid reason for having those little sprinkler heads dotted down hotel hallways… obviously they’re for hanging dresses on!
There was a little bit of jewelry deconstruction / rebuilding going on too, along with the necessary implements.
Angela & her bridesmaids looked amazing.
The hotel also had a cool patch of light… we love those (being geeky photographers and all)
We then headed down to the zoo… I love this shot of Kathy (the celebrant) reassuring Trent as the cars arrive and Angela is just about to walk down the aisle.
We had extra access to areas of the zoo not usually open to the public, which was really cool.
This one is called “Willow Island” – we shot the immediate family photos down here, which was beautiful with this soft backlight. Then a few more shots with the bridal party, and just the two of them
For the bridal party photos, we wandered around a loop circuit of the zoo (well, some of us wandered, and others got to ride in the zoomobiles!) – Trent got his wish of a shot with the groomsmen imitating the monkey… you can see him hanging in the background, wondering what’s going on!
I think the monkeys might have been a little threatened by these 4 guys moving in on their turf & dancing around… because pretty soon after this shot was taken, monkey backup arrived – and we could still hear them screaming from halfway around the zoo!
The Sealion didn’t come right up close to the glass while we were standing there, but I still love the silhouette shot (and you can see him in the distance, near the surface).
The grounds around the zoo are gorgeous too – we needed to climb a fence to get into this tree area, but the keepers said it was OK, so off we went!
The keeper then asked whether Trent & Angela would be interested in feeding a giraffe… which is definitely the first time we’ve had the pleasure of incorporating both a giraffe and a bride & groom into the one photo.
There was a lion too.
But they weren’t allowed to feed him.
Our lovely walk around the zoo finished up at the Pridelands, where we made use of the cool lines & architecture of the boardwalks in the images…
We had such a fun day – Trent & Angela were just so laid back & relaxed, and very much in love… and all we needed to do was enjoy the ride!
Thanks so much for having us along – you guys rock 🙂
Isaac, Amber, and Holly.
- Isaac de Reus
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