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Banham wedding venue offers a Walk on The Wild Side

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If you are looking for a wedding day with a difference, a Banham wedding venue may just have what you are looking for.

Kiera Goymour, manager of Applewood Hall, in Kenninghall Road, offers newly-weds the chance to walk on the wild side and have a selection of post-ceremony pictures taken with some of Banham Zoo’s animals.

She said: “My father, Martin, used to run Banham Zoo and it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Couples have the chance with Applewood Hall to meet some special animals.Picture: John Goldsmith
Couples have the chance with Applewood Hall to meet some special animals.Picture: John Goldsmith

“My brother and I grew up in the zoo grounds, so it great that I can still have a close relationship with it through Applewood Hall.

“We like to talk to our couples and find out what they want from their big day; then we can focus on providing excellent customer service, sometimes with an individual style.”

Having tied the knot at Applewood Hall, couples can choose to take the short trip to the zoo, where they can be pictured with animals such as the lemurs and tigers, or have some shots taken inside the zoo’s South American enclosure.

Keira said: “The most popular spot is for couples to have pictures on the giraffe platform, giving them eye-to-eye contact with the animals.

“We had one couple who brought their guests into the Amazing Animal Theatre and were married with the registrar there, so we really can offer an experience that is quite unique.”

As well as animal encounters in the zoo, some people want their pets to be a part of their ceremony, which Applewood Hall is happy to accommodate thanks to its dog-friendly garden. The venue also has its own on-site rooms in the form of glamping pods.

Kiera said: “We really are a blank-canvas marquee wedding venue here, we actively encourage couples to stamp their individual style on the hall and to really create a day that is truly unique to them.”

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