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These Grooms Fully Embraced a Safari-Chic Wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has hosted many a wedding. But Christopher and Mark’s nuptials could be considered ahead of the pack. The San Francisco–based couple went whole hog on embracing their safari-chic theme, donning black tuxes with cheetah-print ties and sneakers.

Equally wild were the groomsmen in animal-print ties, while the groomswomen dressed as an animal of their choice—cheetahs, flamingos, zebras, and leopards, all present. Fittingly, the event’s drag queen MC, Candi Shell, performed “Circle of Life” just before everyone flooded the dance floor to show off their party-animal sides.

The festivities ran late into the night, with all 160 guests basking in the glow of marquees reading “C&M,” “Love Is Love,” and “Besame Mucho”—the same sign Christopher and Mark were engaged in front of at Coachella four years prior. The translation: Kiss me a lot.

Party Animals

As for the party favors, the newlyweds doled out Barnum’s Animals crackers and animal finger puppets.



Their Talented Team

Cake: Sweet Cheeks
Catering: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Coordination: Korie Younger, Bliss Events
Entertainment: Drag Queen Candi Shell; Movin-Tunes; Spags Music
Florals: Organic Elements
Hair & Makeup: Claire Young, Clairestyle
Linens: BBJ Linen; Crown Rentals
Menswear: Jos. A. Bank
Paper: Love Notes Stationery
Photography: Emilio Azevedo Photography
Rentals: Crown Rentals; My Marquee SD; SociaLights
Sweets: Gelato Paradiso
Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Videography: At Last

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