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Jennifer & Cyle – Seattle Wedding at the Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle wedding photos at the Woodland Park Zoo

On June 11, 2015 I was privileged to be the photographer at the wedding of Jennifer Hallal and Cyle Hawkins.  We already had one photo session together just a few weeks ago, when I took their engagement photos at the Kubota Garden.  They chose a very cool location for their wedding, the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  Cyle and Jennifer met on a blind date in the spring of 2013 in Pensacola.  Cyle was in flight school, and Jennifer was working on her undergrad degree in Psychology.  Apparently everything clicked from the very beginning, and they have been together since then.

The actual ceremony took place in the Northern Trail area of the zoo, on a deck overlooking the a habitat that includes both elk and wolves, and members of both species made their presence known both during and after the ceremony.

Best friends Kyle and Leah served as the best man and maid of honor, and another friend, Rob, got himself ordained online so he could perform the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed drinks and snacks at the Tropical Rain Forest, while the wedding party and family stayed behind and took photos.  It must have been feeding time for the wolves, and they gave us a very nice (and loud) howling serenade while we were busy with pictures.  Once the photos were completed, everyone met at the Zoomazium for the reception.


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Deck where the ceremony will take place, with several elk in the background.

Groom in naval dress uniform waits with his mother before wedding ceremony Bride and her father walking down wooden walkway

There is a beautiful long wooded walkway that winds through and above the habitat, here the bride and her father are approaching the deck where the ceremony was held.

Bride and her father walking down aisle at outdoor zoo ceremony Wedding ceremony on deck at Woodland Park Zoo, overlooking Northern Habitat

Note the elk on the hill in the background leisurely observing the ceremony.

Groom in dress naval uniform places ring on bride's finger Hawkins_071 Hawkins_083 Hawkins_110 Wedding party getting silly for a group photo Hawkins_170 Hawkins_181 Bride shows off the fancy blue basketball shoes she wore for her wedding

I loved Jennifer’s blue basketball shoes!

Bride and groom at zoo wedding, large white wolf in the background

Look closely and you’ll spot a white wolf in the background.  We got a nice serenade from the wolves shortly after the ceremony ended.

The best man doing double-duty as flower holder for the bride and maid of honor

Best Man Kyle, better known as “K”

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While walking to the Zoomazium for the reception we enjoyed a great sunset

Wonderful penguin wedding cake topper

Wonderful penguin cake topper!

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Bride on a slide in the Zoomazium at Woodland Park Zoo

Jennifer on one of the slides at Zoomazium

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Check out the ring!

Close up photo of the hands and rings of bride and groom, roses in the background Father of the bride gives toast while the bride and groom watch Hawkins_318 Groom in full naval dress uniform and his new wife cut their wedding cake using his ceremonial sword

Not many grooms own a sword, but Cyle is a Commander in the US Navy!  Cyle and Jennifer make use of his sword to cut their wedding cake.

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The wedding party and guests pose for a group shot



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