• Ceremony
  • 1 Part Blurb, 2 Parts Guestbook and A Whole Lotta Love

    The day has arrived. Our Blurb Guestbook is here! I know I’m an early girl…I have been a very busy bride getting together details for Mr. Knight and I’s nuptials next year. And with that, I didn’t want to go with the typical wedding guestbook. You know, the one where everyone just signs their name, kind of like they are checking into your wedding, like its a hotel. Which I felt was kind of lame and totally not Mr. Knight and I’s style. So begins the story of our guestbook.

    I wanted something where guests could leave more then just their name. I hope for guests to leave messages for us. So when looking through all the ways of making a non-typical guestbook I decided on using our engagement photos and compiling them into a Blurb book (ohhh another way to use them in our wedding..boy am I sneaky! After all the Starks did such an awesome job…how could I pass up using them!).

    After downloading the Blurb software, it was super easy putting the book together. And when I say super easy… I mean SUPER easy. :-)

    Check out our guestbook’s awesome-ness below ↓

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    Oh..it hurts to have to blur our beautiful font on the front but alas…privacy. The back cover has the date we started dating. It has been 6 1/2 wonderful years ♥

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    The pages were all made in Photoshop then placed as Jpegs in the Blurb software program. The book cost total about $35. This included 40 pages, image wrap, with premium paper, along with a promo code which gave me $10 off (covered shipping). There are promo codes for Blurb all over the Internet. I used hewlettpackard10. I’m unsure if the code still works but it is worth a try.

    I’m so happy to finally be holding our cute little Blurb guestbook (it took about 2 weeks to get here!). It will not only be a guestbook for our friends and family to leave messages for us on our wedding day but it will also double as an album of our super awesome engagement photos. Hooray!

  • Ceremony
  • From the Baughman Center With Love ♥

    Ahh the beautiful Baughman Center. For Gainesville Brides (and Gator Brides) this is ‘the place’ to get married. It is located on the UF campus and has been the center of many absolutely beautiful weddings. As I said in my previous post about the UF campus, there is no bad place to take a picture here. The area is full of fabulous spots…a photographer’s (and bride’s!) dream.

    The interior of the Baughman Center. Absolutely stunning!

    The interior of the Baughman Center. Absolutely stunning!
    Source: Pure Photography

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    You have to just love door photos…so incredibly sweet♥
    Source: Pure Photography

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    How beautiful at night!
    Source: Jimmy Ho Photography

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    Source: Shaun Saxon Photography

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    Source: Shaun Saxon Photography

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    Source: SixGunPhoto

    As for Mr. Knight and I, we will not be having our ceremony here (yes..how upsetting!). But by golly I am still a Gator Bride, darn it! Even though my little heels will not be gracing this beautiful building they will, however, be gracing a certain Country Club in Ormond Beach. Ohhh I feel another wonderful post on it’s way :-)

  • Reception
  • Cake Toppers with Character

    One day while trying to find something to satisfy my need for Gator Brideness I typed “gator bride” into Google images to see what would come up. After rummaging through several pages of images I came across a super cute image of two wood carved gators, one with a top hat and the other with a veil made by bunnywithatoolbelt over at Etsy.

    They were the cutest Gator themed cake toppers I had ever seen. Only one problem arose….Mr. Gator isn’t actually a gator..ohhh the HORROR!!!! In fact Mr. Gator is Mr. Knight. My fiance graduated from the University of Central Florida (where the mascot is a Knight). He simply could not have himself personified as a gator atop our scrumptious wedding cake…so off I was to message bunnywithatoolbelt to see what she could come up with..and boy was I impressed…

    She sent over an initial sketch for approval

    And..Wa-Lah our beautiful and character-ific cake toppers!!! Don’t you just love Miss. Gator’s mini veil?

    I can’t wait till these cute little toppers stand tall and proud (and did I mention cute?) on our wedding cake. Hillary at bunnywithatoolbelt was super easy to work with and did an amazing job. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop here for more handmade wedding cake toppers.

    Just another unique and super fun way to incorporate gator lovin’ into your wedding!