• Heart Happy Films
  • Gainesville New Year’s Eve Wedding // Michael and Katherine

    Michael + Katherine // New Year’s Eve Wedding Highlight Reel from Gator Bride Videography on Vimeo.

    Michael and Katherine were married on New Year’s Eve in Gainesville, FL. They had a beautiful evening ceremony at the Baughman Center on campus (Which feels a million times better in winter than summer. Hello mini-greenhouse!), followed by a ritzy, old hollywood-feel reception at Jolie Events downtown in Gainesville. The Groom and Groomsmen wore black tuxes with bow ties (love bow ties), while the ladies wore black bridesmaid dresses. And Katherine? Totally gorgeous decked out in a lace mermaid-style dress. Serious fabulous-ness.

    With this being our first New Year’s Wedding, we didn’t really know what to expect. But – I’ll tell you – we didn’t expect the party that was Kat and Michael’s reception. There was everything from crazy-wild dancing, late night burger sliders as snacks, NYE party hats and crowns, and even a caricature artist on-hand drawing funny renditions of their guests as party favors. Kat and Michael certainly thought of it all.


    Kat and Michael chose some pretty awesome vendors to make their NYE Wedding dreams a reality. It was great working with Adore Events, Ryan Caffrey Photography, Jolie Events, the Baughman Center, and Image Insight Makeup Artistry. I know I’m missing quite a few others in there – please contact me!

    Thank you Michael and Kat for allowing us to capture your gorgeous NYE Wedding. It isn’t one we’re soon to forget. :) Much♥

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  • Amy + Jeff’s Baughman Center Wedding Highlight Reel

    Last weekend we had the honor of capturing Amy and Jeff’s Wedding at the beautiful Baughman Center on the University of Florida campus. We met Amy and Jeff only 2 weeks before their Wedding and were so excited they booked us! Amy and Jeff met via the internet and later found out they lived only 500 yards away from each other. Crazy! They both were super cute too, showing up to our little meeting wearing orange and blue. Totally appropriate for a Gator Wedding. :)

    But, enough of my jibber jabber, check out their highlight reel below!

    My favorite part is when Jeff says “Wow” when he sees Amy for the first time. Also, we though it was super cute that Jeff kept saying he wasn’t nervous, when you can clearly see the nervousness in his body language while he was waiting for his Bride to appear. It’s funny how everything just hits you when you’re up at that Alter. I know it did for Mr. Knight and I when we got married. :)

    As for an update on Gator Bride Videography, we’ve been booking up like crazy! At the moment, we are only taking 1 Wedding a month (since we have full time jobs), and are just about booked through next Spring. We feel so lucky to have such amazing clients. We can’t wait to capture all their Weddings. Mr. Knight and I also can’t believe how our little company has taken off. We feel so incredibly lucky and blessed. And thank you all for all your support throughout the past year. It’s been wonderful to have such an amazing community of bloggers, friends, readers and family behind us, rooting us on. Heart y’all!

    Our next Wedding is in Marco Island (our first destination Wedding!) and we can’t wait. :)

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  • Impromtu Baughman Center Proposal

    Lainey giving Joe the love-eye.

    Hey y’all, Mr. Knight here!

    So, last weekend Mrs. Gator and I were at the awesome Baughman Center rehearsing for a Gator Bride Videography wedding the following day (more on that soon). The Baughman Center, if you’ve never seen it, is a beautiful quaint little chapel on the edge of Lake Alice located on the west-side of the University of Florida campus. This place is, without a doubt, the place to get married in Gainesville. We even had some of our engagement photos taken there

    On with the point… At the end of the rehearsal, I noticed a nervous-looking dude and a girl hanging-out around the side door at the North end of the chapel. Initially I thought it was just a few stealthy ninja guests that I hadn’t noticed yet; but, as the chapel emptied and only the three of us were left, I knew something was up. I was just finishing up packing all of our videography gear. The guy over yonder (I’ve always wanted to type that) was on the phone, hiding behind one of the few windowless walls, and the girl was pacing and sorta on the look-out for something. I then noticed a dozen red roses sitting at the edge of the alter and that got me curious. So I asked the girl what was up and she said the guy, Joe, was going to pop-the-question to his girlfriend, Lainey (who is completely unaware, or is supposed to be at least), in a few minutes.

    Now… I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m obsessed with weddings (like Mrs. Gator) but I am in the business of capturing the emotions and sentiment surrounding them. Unfortunately, I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to setup for a video… but… I did have all our camera equipment with me and I love photography too (I’m just not that good, haha). I asked the girl, who I guess was one of the soon-to-be-proposed-to’s best friends, if they had anyone to take pictures of the event (and hinted that I’d be willing to shoot if they didn’t). She said that she and the girl driving Lainey had brought their cameras, on the false pretense that they (the girls) were just gonna take some pictures together before going out to dinner, and had planned on taking photos of it but also hinted that she’d be thrilled to have me take a few shots too. I told her it would be pro-bono so she went and asked Joe about it. When she returned with a smiley-face, I knew it was a go…

    I’d never taken photos of people outside my close family and friends before and that made me nervous. What had I gotten myself into? Why do I always throw myself into situations in which I have no idea what I’m doing. I think it’s just my curiosity and my knowing that in order to get better at something, you’ve got to challenge yourself (something I learned playing high school football). In any case,  I figured, for a free impromptu proposal shoot of people I’d never met before, there’s really no way this could turn out bad. You really can’t complain about free bad photos.

    Joe and I hid behind a wall (which is hard since the Baughman Center is practically made of windows). I noticed how anxious he was so I figured now was as good as a time as any to start shooting.

    Joe leaning against the wall nervously.

    Joe is on the phone with Lainey’s friend pretending to be the girl in the chapel with him. See that little somethin’-somethin’ in his back pocket?

    Joe holding a bouquet of a dozen red roses waiting for Lainey to see him in the distance.

    What a guy… pullin’ out all the stops for this one.

    Joe and Lainey hugging after they first saw each other. I think she liked the flowers. So far so good… Oh, and check out that Gator wallet… nice.

    Joe pulling the white-gold ring out from it's box.

    Joe and Lainey hugging after the proposal She said yes. :-)

    Joe and Lainey kissing after the proposal.

    An appropriate time for a kiss… yes, I agree.

    Joe did a fantastic job. He told her how much he loved her, got on one knee, said the magic words, and slid the ring onto his new fiancé’s ring finger.

    Joe and Lainey posing for at the north exit of the Baughman Center.

    So, I guess, all-in-all, the photos turned out pretty darn good for being so spontaneous. I know they liked them a lot and that makes me feel really good.

    Congratulations to Joe and Lainey and thank you for the opportunity to capture this moment for you.

    Side Note:
    I shot this proposal on my birthday and it turned out to be one of my favorite birthday presents. I love photography and I love making people feel good. What better thing to do on your birthday than to make a newly engaged couple’s day?