The wedding planner who's helping couples celebrate their big day at the zoo
PUBLISHED: 16:36 30 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 January 2020
A boss of a Norfolk wedding venue is seeing a spike in bookings by offering brides and grooms the unusual setting of a zoo.
Kiera Goymour, who runs Applewood Hall just a two minute walk from Banham Zoo, is seeing the number of requests for weddings with a difference on the rise.
The venue's location means after tying the knot, a trip to feed the giraffes, a photo shoot with a bird of prey or with the zoo as a backdrop is easily organised.
Ms Goymour has also helped pull off a Las Vegas-style wedding last minute as part of television's Don't Tell the Bride. For that ceremony, the pretty garden at Applewood was transformed into a Vegas wedding chapel complete with an Elvis Presley look-a-like.
She is also getting more requests from couples wanting their pets to be part of their wedding - which she can arrange in the dog-friendly garden area.
Even the wedding night is catered for in a different way than a usual hotel with some luxury glamping pods on site.
However, Ms Goymour stressed that her main focus is on more traditional weddings but she's prepared to work with couples on helping make their big day really special.
Ms Goymour, the daughter of businessman Martin Goymour who used to run Banham Zoo and sister to Adam Goymour, who runs Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, returned to Norfolk from London to take over Applewood Hall.
It can cater for up to 100 guests in the ceremony room and 200 in the main function room. But its location, in the countryside, close to the zoo, is proving a big draw with couples.
Already there are 30 weddings booked in for 2020.
Ms Goymour said: "Norfolk is quite competitive when it comes to weddings. There is a lot of choice with rustic barns to Grade II listed mansions. We are a bit different, we are a marquee-lined hall. You also get me from the initial enquiry right through to the wedding day,
"It's not all glamorous - I'll be the one sweeping leaves the morning before outside. It's a blank-canvas marquee wedding venue, we welcome couples who want to get creative and encourage you to stamp your individual style on Applewood Hall. You also get exclusive use and we have in-house caterers and can sort everything from an afternoon tea to a three course meal or hog roast.
"I feel privileged to be carrying on a family business. And where else can you get married and have your photos taken feeding giraffe at the zoo?"
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