I’ve done a few weddings at the Riverbanks Zoo but they’ve always been on the Garden side of the park so I was thrilled that Stacey & Ryan’s reception was planned for the Riverbanks Zoo Ndoki Lodge in the heart of the African Safari section of the zoo.

But before we get there, let’s talk about the proposal!  Ryan had planned a romantic proposal right in Disney World!  As Stacey tells the story-

Ahhh! Disney World. Cinderellas Castle. Fireworks. Shall I say more? He did a FABULOUS job making it one of the most memorable and surprising moments of my life. He even bought special shorts with a secret pocket to keep the ring in while we rode rides. He makes my heart happy!

Awwww!   Way to go Ryan!  

We started the big day with Stacey and the girls getting ready at her home.  The flower girl was just too cute, trying on high heels, putting on makeup, and pretty much running the show.

Wedding Getting ready photos

We grabbed a few photos of the bridal party around Saluda River Baptist church where the ceremony was held.  I love their short summery teal dresses.

Bridesmaids in teal short dresses
Bride and flowergirl
Groom closeup

The bride and groom held hands and exchanged letters before the ceremony.  I love this new tradition!

Bride and groom reading letters
Wedding details
Bridal Party
Bride and groom at church

Before the couple entered the reception, we got a few portraits of the two of them in front of the lush landscaping around the zoo.  I love that there was so much beautiful greenery that we could peek through or pose them against.  

Bride and groom at zoo
Bride and groom at Riverbanks zoo
Riverbanks zoo wedding
Ndoki Lodge details

It’s not every wedding that you have an elephant hanging out by the bar.

Ndoki Lodge details

You knew this was going to be a fun party when the bridal party started off the reception with a flash mob dance immediately after introductions.    

Flash mob
First dance

I was so excited to get Stacey and Ryan outside after dark between the tiki torches that line the entrance to the Ndoki Lodge.  Talk about ambiance!  

Bride and groom tiki torch portraits
Riverbanks zoo wedding portrait
Glow stick wedding exit

The newlyweds exited the reception to a glowstick farewell!  Congratulations Stacey and Ryan!

Other Vendors-

Catering–  Riverbanks Zoo
Florist– Lexington Florists
DJPartytime DJs
Wedding Coordinator: The Cline Company
Hair and Makeup: Cheyenne Gaddy
Limo: SC Express


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