Columbus Zoo Wedding at Heart of Africa: Olivia + Tristan

Giraffe guests are the best guests. They really ~elevate~ the celebration, am I right?! Olivia + Tristan waited for the rain to clear and we took full advantage of their adventurous reception location, the Columbus Zoo’s Heart of Africa Event Center!

We began our day at St John Neumann Church in Sunbury, where each side got dressed and exchanged gifts and letters. It was raining that morning but we stayed dry inside, and were optimistic for the weather to improve later in the day! Indeed, after their ceremony, the rain had cleared and they were able to celebrate with a streamer exit! After family portraits, we headed across town to their venue, the Columbus Zoo.

There at the Heart of Africa Event Center, we were greeted by various animals – giraffes, zebras, ostriches just to name a few – and also a beautifully decorated space by B3 Events! We continued with wedding party portraits at the event space and went for a little walk through the Heart of Africa exhibit. Lots of attention from zoo visitors and animals alike!

Their celebration continued with animal encounters, giraffe feedings, first dances, dinner, toasts, cake cutting, an outfit change, and lots of dancing! I can say this for sure, there is nothing like weddings at the zoo! And Olivia + Tristan’s celebration was definitely one to remember. After postponing their plans multiple times since 2020, this was definitely worth the wait. Congratulations!

Amy Ann Photography

I aim to capture moments and expressions that tell the story of a day, and are authentic to the people involved. If you can look at a collection of images I’ve taken of a total stranger and get a feeling for who they are and what they felt, then I’ve done my job!   

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