A pink wedding dress with embroidered flowers? An emerald green suit? A bright and colorful wedding at a zoo with adorable animal themes? There's so much to gush about in this colorful wedding, but we'll shut up and let Ari of Vivid Instincts Photography describe Danya and Chris' delightful celebration.

Let's spend a day with this colorful wedding at the zoo!

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Whimsical Zoo Wedding Photos by Vivid Instincts Photography13 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

The classroom at Franklin Park Zoo was transformed into a whimsical jungle on the evening of Danya and Chris’ colorful wedding. The table centerpieces at the reception were also animal/nature-themed and absolutely adorable. They were made by the bride herself!

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Whimsical Zoo Wedding Photos by Vivid Instincts Photography12 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Danya and Chris had an intimate DIY wedding with vibrant hues that suited their personalities perfectly. They are both huge animal lovers, so having the zoo be their wedding venue just made sense. So did featuring their adorable cat in many aspects of their wedding theme decor! Don't you just love the kitty on their wedding cake?

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They even got to do a few animal encounters during their reception—both the couple and their guests got up close and personal with an iguana and a boa constrictor!

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Danya wore a bright pink dress with embroidered flowers, and Chris wore an emerald green suit. The pop of color against the zoo background is simply stunning! If you ever wondered “Is it okay to have a colored wedding dress?” the answer is a resounding YES! I mean, LOOK AT THIS GOWN!

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Whimsical Zoo Wedding Photos by Vivid Instincts Photography4 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Their entire day was filled with bold, vivid colors from the bouquets and floral arrangements that Danya designed herself. Get a load of those colorful blooms!

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Colorful smoke bombs were used during formal photos at a frozen lake nearby.

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All throughout the wedding day, I could feel just how much love and care these two people had for each other. And I could feel how loved they were by all of their friends and family in attendance.

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One of my favorite things about intimate weddings is that typically, in this type of ceremony, couples feel more comfortable reading their personalized vows aloud. Of course, true to who they are, Danya & Chris’s vows to each other were super sweet and heartfelt.

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One of my favorite moments of the day actually came during their vow reading: Chris said, “I vow to use my privilege to help fight the patriarchy,” and everyone (including me) cheered. Clearly, he’s a keeper!

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Because Franklin Park Zoo has beautiful shades of greenery and bamboo accents surrounding the animal habitats, we also got to take some stunning couples portraits on the grounds. I even caught a hippo in the background of one of my shots!

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Whimsical Zoo Wedding Photos by Vivid Instincts Photography26 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

The night ended with everyone dancing and singing along loudly and proudly to some 90’s throwback jams. This colorful wedding at the zoo was a total blast from start to finish—my very favorite kind to be a part of!

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Whimsical Zoo Wedding Photos by Vivid Instincts Photography9 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
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