Monarto Zoo Wedding

Monarto Zoo Wedding – Leonie & Andrew

When Leonie and Andrew contacted me to do their wedding photography at the Monarto Zoo, I knew I was in for a treat. Who would think of having a wedding at the Zoo? When I asked Leonie and Andrew why they chose the Monarto Zoo as their venue, the simple answer they gave was ‘for something different!’. Which in my mind is pretty much the best answer to give 🙂 The ceremony itself took place in the giraffe enclosure with the plan of getting the giraffes to get in chose to the congregation and hopefully get some awesome photos. Unfortunately giraffes are really timid animals so they didn’t really come in close at all. Another thing that didn’t go quite as planned was the weather. All morning a huge thunderstorm was raging, I even saw lightning strike the highway while driving to the Zoo!

Groom’s Preparation

The groom’s preparation took place at his childhood home in Aberfoyle Park. When I arrived there was basketball on the TV and all the boys were milling about in T-shirts and shirts while the older generation ironed clothes and cooked lunch. Pretty typical really 🙂 The boys had trouble putting on their ties and cufflinks as I mentioned in another blog, this is pretty typical too 🙂 C’mon boys! After the boys were dressed we drove to a nearby park for some glamour shots with the whole group.

Bridal Preparation

The bridal party were getting ready at the couple’s house in Happy Valley. Leonie’s wedding dress proved to be a worthy adversary for the girls as it took a very long time for them to have the entire lace tied up, thankfully not the longest I’ve ever seen it take for the dress to be put on, but close! The humid air of the day caused some discomfort and they needed to move to a window while putting on the wedding dress.

Monarto Zoo Wedding Ceremony

Weddings at the Zoo are usually held on the Giraffe Viewing Platform with the idea that giraffes will be on hand to make cameo appearances in your wedding photos. The Zoo at Monarto is Australia’s largest open range zoo.  Having being first established as a breeding and pasture area in 1983, it has grown into a tourist mecca since.  It opened to the public in 1993 and is now home to over 500 animals roaming in vistas as far as the eye can see. You can see why as a photographer, I was keen on shooting this wedding!


I’d like to thank Leonie and Andrew for  having me as their wedding photographer at their wedding. I had a great time and I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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