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Love at the zoo

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Love is in the air at Woodland Park Zoo, but it’s not just the animals that are pairing up. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s the true story of two sweethearts who not only met through the zoo, but now plan to wed here too!

Kristine & Darrell
The couple: Darrell works for Metropolitan Market, one of the sponsors of Woodland Park Zoo’s summer concert series BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru. Kristine owns and operates a local fudge company that sells to Metropolitan Market.

Meeting at the zoo: The pair had met before, but it wasn’t until they both worked at the Metropolitan Market sample booth at last year’s B-52s ZooTunes concert that they really sensed a spark. They returned to ZooTunes to enjoy the Susan Tedeschi concert—a perfect setting for a date with a romantic picnic featuring Darrell’s homemade peach & blackberry cobbler and ice cream—and have been together ever since!

Wedding at the zoo: In Kristine’s words, “The zoo was the perfect choice for our wedding because of our connection from the beginning. We’re most excited about the Butterfly Garden because of the cozy terrace for our ceremony and the natural beauty of the flowers and vines. I also have a special attachment to the butterfly because of my thyroid cancer. Having our wedding in the Butterfly Garden is the perfect way to celebrate my remission and the wonderful gift that life has given each of us—a second chance.”

Do you have a love story at the zoo? A special first date in the African Savanna, a surprise proposal at the penguin exhibit, or a romantic wedding planned in the Northern Trail? We’d love to hear your story.

Find out more about hosting your wedding or next party at Woodland Park Zoo. And don’t miss the perfect Valentine’s Day date opportunity with our valentine-themed enrichment for the animals on February 13.


GirlWithCurls said…
What a wonderful love story! I had no idea that Woodland Park Zoo hosted weddings, and I don't think any of my friends did either! I'll be sure to tweet this one!