Gator Fridays :: Allyn + Zenia’s Gator Engagement Shoot

Who doesn’t love a good Gator love story? How about a couple who laid the fate of their relationship in the hands of a simple game of “rock, paper, scissors”? Intrigued yet?

photo from Basia Mille Photography

Here’s their story:

Allyn and Zenia met at the University of Florida in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department’s College of Medicine. Allyn was a Graduate Research Assistant and Zenia worked in the Fiscal Office. Allyn later went on to work for University of Florda until 2009. In 2009 Allyn was offered a position with the USDA in California.

At the time Allyn was offered the new position, he and Zenia had only been dating for a few months.  As they walked through campus, Allyn told Zenia of his new opportunity. She responded with the only way she know how: “I think we should break up.”  Allyn, on the other hand, strongly disagreed.

With a clear and ominous impasse in front of them, they did a very “unscientific thing”;  Zenia suggested they “rock, paper, scissor” for it.  Seriously.

Allyn agreed. So there,  as oblivious students walked to and from class, a relationship lay in the balance as two people threw open hands, balled up fist and pseudo peace signs. In the end, Allyn was victorious and Zenia moved to California with him “no strings attached. “

Funny thing though,  it was the fact that she was willing to do that for him that started the wheels in motion for Allyn.  In the end? Marriage.  All because he chose “paper” instead of “scissors.”

Going from breaking up, to living together, to getting married – all because Allyn chose “paper”? Wahhhh. Crazy! Okay, now on to the really good stuff… the pictures!

If they don’t have a canvas print of this in their house, I can’t be friends with them. It is just too awesome of a picture not to be hanging big and bold on a wall. :)

This reminds me of our little ring shot, taken oh sooo long ago. Loves it!

I feel like the maintanence workers knew Allyn and Zenia were coming. The stadium looks freshly painted and the field is clean, painted, and crisp as if it were game day.

Ah ha! The infamous “rock, paper, scissors” match!

Ah, don’t you just love the UF campus in Winter? Beautiful.

I would like to thank David of Basia Mille Photography for sharing Allyn and Zenia’s story, along with some fabulous Gator engagement photos.

If you’re a newly engaged couple and would like to share your very Gator photo shoot (or video, like Marie + Sean did), please contact me! I loveeeee seeing anything orange and blue, and lovely! If you’re a photographer, please do the same!

Well, that’s it for this week’s “Gator Fridays” post. I hope y’all had a fan-tabulous first week of 2011. I have lots of fun orange and blue Gator posts to share with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned my orange and blue lovelies!

All photos courtesy of Basia Mille Photography

5 Comment

  1. Janna says:

    Love those pictures!

    My fiance and I once we are married want to go to Gainesville for a just married/trash the dress shoot. We wanted to do our engagement pics up there but the timing just never worked out.

    Thanks for sharing theirs though- gives me some ideas for when B and I go!

  2. Mrs Gator says:

    @Janna: A “just married/trash the dress” shoot in Gainesville sounds awesome!

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  4. Kevin says:

    I’m getting ready to propose to my wonderful girlfriend and we’ve talked so much about our engagement pictures getting done. I’m a die hard gator fan and she’s up for having gator ones taken. How do you go about taking pictures on the field? I also seen ones with the couple on the big jumbo tron. This would be a dream come true if we could take photos on the field.

    1. The stadium is usually open to the public when there are no events planned. Just walk on in. :-)

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