Casey and Wendy met each other for the first time at a local establishment in Fort Worth on 7th street through mutual friends. When asked about the that first encounter, Wendy laughed and said, "I didn't want the night to end." The two kept running in to each other and continued to watch as the stars aligned through dating followed by engagement.
Casey had previously attended a wedding at the Zoo, and the wild idea to have his own wedding here started formulating through his head. Both Casey and Wendy found The Reserve beautiful and felt it exuded the perfect wedding atmosphere. It was fun and different, but the two agreed unanimously that the private giraffe feeding really sealed the deal.
Leading up to the big day, Zoo event staff prepared the included tables, chairs and linens, as well as set up the bridal suite and met with vendors to finalize the floor plan with the bride’s approval.
“Ashleigh brought my vision to life,” Wendy mentioned of the Zoo's coordinator, as changes were made frequently to ensure a safe and socially distanced experience for guests. “At one point we had to redo the seating chart,” Wendy stated, “but event staff was happy to make changes and kept up with all the rules and regulations.”
Casey and Wendy had their ceremony outside on the large wood-planked patio overlooking the giraffes, African hoofstock and other animals in the Savanna exhibit. The large trees enclosed inside the patio provided ample shade and beautiful covering, creating a picturesque scene elegantly counterposed by the soft wooden arch adorned with flowers and greenery by Sweet Peach.
The ceremony was followed by a reception under the adjoining tent, but not before the zoo-ly weds fed browse to the giraffes and had their first toast sitting on the back of a Jeep made champagne truck. Fetch Me Champagne provided a unique cocktail hour experience and along with watching the brown-and-yellow spotted beauties chomp up their treat, Wendy would tell you this was her favorite part of the night.
Wendy went with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Zoo's catering team, instead of a sit-down dinner as an added measure of safety. “Even though we chose to serve hors d’oeuvres, everyone left stuffed. It was perfect. People are still complimenting the food from our wedding.” The menu consisted of hearty appetizers like bacon-wrapped chicken to pork tacos.
Beautifully stringed evening lighting brought a glow to the tent as the lovely couple and their guests danced the night away. An important aspect to Wendy was the space for a live band, and The Reserve was designed just for that. Time Machine took the stage and toward the end of the night, brought Casey and Wendy up with them.
They were whisked away for the grand exit in a white 1949 Rolls Royce rented from DFW Vintage Cars, waving goodbye to family and friends after the best day of their lives.
Tara Smith Photography captured the day timelessly, providing photos for Mr. and Mrs. Kilgore to relive the celebration forever.