• Florida Photographers
  • Andy and Dena’s Gator Homecoming Wedding

    Andy + Dena // Highlight Reel from Gator Bride Videography on Vimeo.

    So, obviously living in Gainesville we are MAJOR Gator fans. When Andy and Dena contacted us with their idea to have a Gator Homecoming Wedding, we were practically jumping out of our seats! After many weeks of patiently waiting for their day to arrive (we were so excited – we couldn’t contain ourselves!), their day finally arrived.

    We started the day at dawn… literally. Since the Gator Homecoming Game was around noon, we had to get started early. Which, in our opinion, made for some pretty awesome sunrise shots out at Paines Prairie. Dena was an absolutely gorgeous Bride and exuded orange and blue pride all day long. Their reception tailgate was held at the University of Florida’s Vet School and was beautifully put together by Celebrations Catering, Masterpiece Weddings and Dream Day Cakes.

    Photo by Russell Martin Photography

    Photo by Russell Martin Photography

    Photo by Russell Martin Photography

    Photo by Russell Martin Photography

    The GBVideo Team (hey – that’s us!), caught in action at Dena and Andy’s E-Session with Russell Martin Photography.
    Photo by Russell Martin Photography

    Thanks to some awesome vendors for putting together such an awesome event! And Thank you to Dena and Any for choosing US to capture your orange and blue wedding day! :)

    Celebrations Catering
    Russell Martin Photography
    Masterpiece Weddings
    Dream Day Cakes
    Image Insight Makeup Artistry
    Pranges Florist
    Eric Redmond, Pianist

    Gator Love!

  • Gator Fridays
  • Gator Fridays :: Gator Cake Toppers

    Now, I know y’all have seen the fabulous cake toppers Bunnywithatoolbelt made us for our wedding. Shoot, these little babies inspired this blog! I guess you can say, Gator Bride started with the commissioning of these little characters. Thank you Hilary for bringing our little mascots to life!

    Here we are, just chillin’ on our wedding cake. ♥

    Since then, Hilary has received quite a few commissions for custom college-themed cake toppers. Just recently she sent me an album featuring some of her adorable Gator creations, along with their stories. Check them out below. :)

    This first topper was actually commissioned by the fabulous Kari, who helped me find my wedding dress (and who was also getting married). She asked Hilary to create a topper for her Groom’s cake that would incorporate the Gators, the video game Halo, and the band Coldplay. I’m pretty amazed at what Hilary came up with. Perfection!

    This little topper was commissioned by a University of Florida Alum for his Groom’s cake. The topper features the Groom enjoying his favorite past time with his beloved German Shorthair pup.

    Aren’t these two adorable? Easily one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen. They make me so happy. :) Oh my goodness, and the bride even has a mini veil! Love the details.

    I think I can look at Gator cake toppers all day! :)

    Now, on to a few cake toppers that are hard for my little Gator eyes to see. Oh, I feel for these Gator Brides marrying Seminole Grooms.

    I’m actually totally digging how Hilary gave the Seminole Groom a little mohawk of feathers. Totally a different take on the Seminoles. I wonder if the Groom is a musician?

    This set is probably one of my favorites. Not loving who it’s for (that team out west), but loving the inspiration. The bride and groom met in the marching band, so they wanted little cake toppers showing their team spirit and instruments. Mr. Knight and I both played the flute. We fell head over heels for each other in middle school band class, but didn’t start dating till high school.

    These cake toppers really get me going. Poor Gator groom!!!

    We loved our cake toppers Hilary made us, so much that we just didn’t want to keep them boxed up. This past Christmas we made them into ornaments for our tree. Currently, they are displayed prominently on a shelf in our living room. I get so much joy from seeing them everyday.

    Did you have sentimental cake toppers? Where are your cake toppers now? Did you come up with a creative way to display them? I’d love to hear!

    Also, be sure to check out Hilary’s Etsy shop. She has a few super cute bride and groom cake toppers that are on super sale! Oh, and if you want to see more of Hilary’s AMAZING custom cake toppers, check out her Picasa Album.

  • Gator Fashion
  • Gator Fridays :: Ilene’s Gator Store

    Their slogan is “where Gator passion meets Gator fashion,” and they aren’t joking. There are some seriously adorable designs for us Orange and Blue lov-ahs.

    I’d like to introduce y’all to our newest sponsor, Ilene’s Gator Store! I first met, or should I really say “saw,” Ilene at the Gator Women’s Football Clinic this past June. She was wearing this little number…

    Gator Magic Tank top, Ilene’s Gator Store

    And I thought to myself, “That’s the cutest shirt I’ve ever seen!” This is just one of the many rhinestone designs featured exclusively at Ilene’s Gator Store. Check out some of these other Orange and Blue beauties:

    Chomp Chomp Gator Orange top
    One of my personal favorites!!

    Gator Black Burnout Tee

    Orange and Blue Gator Scarf
    LOVE this scarf! Perfect for this chilly weather we’ve been having!

    Gator Victory Cap Sleeve Tee

    Gator Orange and Blue Plaid Dress
    Wouldn’t this be cute paired with a belt for Game Day? Perfect for the upcoming Outback Bowl!

    Orange and Blue Flutter Dress

    Orange and Blue Shirt dress, Now on sale for $85!

    This adorable and stylish shirt dress was inspired by Diana Kelly, Miss Gainesville (a shoe designer/former student of mine!).

    Diana Kelly, Miss Gainesville, and Ilene at a recent Trunk Event. How cute is that shirt dress on Diana?

    Be sure to check out their blog for upcoming specials, trunk events and new products! If you’re in Gainesville and want to check out some of Ilene’s adorable Gator gear, you can visit her physical shop, Ilene’s for Fashion, in Thornebrook Village.

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  • Let The Gator GROWL

    Just about every year I’ve been here at UF, I have attended Gator Growl. Growl is the LARGEST student run pep rally in the country (and possibly the world). In past years we have seen Steve Miller Band,  Lynyrd Skynyrd, Frank Caliendo, and Wayne Brady. This year the performers were Dana Carvey, The Jabbawockeez, O.A.R. and Tim Tebow (okay.. so Tebow wasn’t one of the performers but he certainly was a big reason to go).

    Gator Bridemaid and Miss Gator at Gator Growl 2009Gator Bridesmaid and I at Gator Growl

    Gator Growl 2009Albert and Alberta on the Gator Growl Stage

    Every year the clips that are shown at Gator Growl are hiliarious… check out a few of them from past years:

    Here’s a parody on Gator’s “Go Gator” Commercial (for the Noles):

    The Jabbawockeez performance at Gator Growl this year was incredibly amazing. Check out at the 1:20 mark where they break out into Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” Fabulous.

    In the next short clip they are doing a tribute to Michael Jackson. They were seriously.. just amazing. I can’t describe how awesome they are. Be sure to check out the massive Gator Growl crowd behind them (Gator bridesmaid and I are somewhere in there). :-)