Tropical Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding | Molly & Ryne

Tropical Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding

Molly & Ryne’s tropical Santa Barbara Zoo wedding was full of palm trees and animal-inspired themes. They even topped the decor off with live flamingos! I love when my couples lean into their ideas and realize that the sky is truly the limit! Molly & Ryne understood the assignment and did just that.


Before their special day, we got to test out all the best spots for their Santa Barbara Zoo wedding by doing their engagement session there. We even fed the giraffes before heading to the beach.

I photographed Molly’s sister, Katie’s, wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum which made seeing all of the guests extra fun! I even got to meet Katie & Dustin’s daughter who is only a couple of months younger than my own. Molly’s dad had the sweetest reveal moment with her and then the family surprised Molly’s mom with a birthday cake on the dance floor.

The groomsmen wore matching flamingo print socks while Ryne sported cheetah print socks that perfectly peeked through in their photos.

The vendors they chose all did a phenomenal job. Ella & Louie absolutely killed it with the tropical floral bouquets and floral accents!

I loved watching the sunset behind the palm trees and Molly & Ryne cuddled with flamingos. One of the other great features of this venue besides live animal encounters is dinner by candlelight which to me makes everything better. Plus the zoo can hold a lot of guests making it the perfect place to have a larger wedding.

Elegant Wedding Details including perfume, wedding rings, and invitations and save the date cards
Bride's nude shoes and lace wedding dress.
Bride's wedding rings and wedding bands
Bride drinking sparking wine with her bridesmaids dressed in matching black and white robes
Bridal hair and makeup details
Intimate Lace wedding dress
Mom and Mother in Law hugging California Bride
Gold and diamond wedding bands
Bride in her wedding dress surrounded by her bridesmaids wearing purple at santa barbara wedding
Tropical Wedding Bouquets
Bride hugging dad on her wedding day in california
Bridesmaids and flower girls at tropical zoo wedding
Groom and his groomsmen wearing sunglasses
Animal inspired socks at Santa Barbara Zoo
Groom wearing black suit at California wedding
Colorful wedding details
Mom and Dad walking elegant bride down the aisle at her wedding
Southern California Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom exchanging rings
First Kiss between Bride and Groom as Husband and Wife
Walking down the aisle at California Zoo wedding
Wedding Party
Santa Barbara Zoo Flamingo
Bride and Groom Twirling in Zoo at their wedding
Bride and Groom with live flamingo
Wedding Favors for Guests
Zoo Themed Wedding Decor
Tropical Food at California Wedding
Wedding Table Decor for Tropical Zoo Wedding
California Wedding Decor
tropical wedding venues in California
Tropical Wedding Details
Husband spinning Wife at WEdding Reception while dancing
Bride and Groom's First Dance
Tropical Wedding Table Display as Bride and Groom Kiss
Celebrating at California Wedding Reception
Dancing at California Wedding Reception
Wedding Guests enjoying marriage reception in cali
Wedding Receptions Details
Globe Lights at California Wedding Reception

Vendor Shoutouts:

Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo | Coordinator: Rincon Events, Angie | Invitations: Minted | Dress: Made with Love Bridal (Stevie Dress) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | “Getting Ready” button down shirts: Seline Lounge (Etsy) | Groom’s suit: Ted Baker | Florist: Ella & Louie Flowers | Video: Storytime Motions | Catering & Cake: Rincon Catering | DJ & Photobooth: Patrick Butler Entertainment

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