The Toledo Zoo Wedding Photography Northern Ohio Photographer Jess + Jordan

Wedding at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio

This is one of my two out of state Weddings this Summer.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received a request for a Wedding at The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio.

I had visited the zoo as a kid but I never thought I would actually photograph a Wedding at The Toledo Zoo.

I was really excited to photograph this day after I had met Jess and Jordan for an engagement photography session in the lower huron Metropark last year.

They REALLY love The Toledo Zoo and they REALLY love each other.

I had never photographed a Wedding at a zoo so this was all new to me.  I made sure to educate myself on the process and locations in The Toledo Zoo prior to the Wedding day.  The event coordinators at The Toledo Zoo were very helpful in answering all of my questions.

The details for the day mirrored the Bride and Groom interests and the African zoo theme.   Look below at their beautiful details from the day.  If you would like to see all of the Wedding day images you can visit

Jess and Jordan had an african themed zoo Wedding which fit perfectly with the environment.  They had turquoise and orange wedding colors.  Jess wore these cool Bucketfeet shoes with a colorful lion print on them.  Jess’s Sophia Tolli Wedding dress fit here perfectly.  The Wedding flower bouquet by Flowers on the Avenue brought everything together.

The Wedding ceremony was outdoors in the Formal Gardens at the Toledo Zoo.

The Wedding reception was indoors at The Lodge at the Toledo Zoo.

The bridesmaids got ready in The Lodge upstairs in the bridal suite which was really nice.  It was a boardroom with lots of seats and room to move around.  The doors opened to a deck that had the primate exhibit.

The University of Toledo Radisson was the accommodations for the evening.  The Bride’s hair and makeup were completed by Salon Mon Ami.

If you would like to see more about Jess and Jordan’s Wedding day visit their website at

The Vendors and the details for the day:

Wedding Ceremony at the Formal Gardens at The Toledo Zoo

Wedding Reception at The Lodge at The Toledo Zoo

Wedding hair and makeup by Salon Mon Ami

Wedding flowers by Flowers on the Avenue

Wedding dress by Sophia Tolli

Wedding shoes by Bucketfeet 

Wedding accommodations by University of Toledo Radisson

Wedding officiant Annette Matejko

Wedding coordinator at The Toledo Zoo by Samantha

Wedding dj by Decorative Sounds

Wedding pies and cake by Wixey Bakery

Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford Photography


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African themed Toledo Zoo Wedding Photography

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