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  • St. Augustine River House Wedding Highlights // Daniel + Elizabeth

    Daniel + Elizabeth // Highlight Reel from Gator Bride Videography on Vimeo.

    One of my favorites. I mean, how can you go wrong with custom vows and gator details, along with a fun wedding party?

    Through all the St. Augustine weddings we have captured, we have yet to have the opportunity to capture a wedding at the beautiful River House in St. Augustine. Seriously… this place is GORGEOUS. It basically feels like a big house, with a library (complete with fireplace!), entry foyer, rooms to get ready in, back decks and lawns for tailgate games and ceremonies, and of course, a beautiful ballroom for a reception. This place has it all. It was the perfect location for Daniel and Elizabeth’s wedding.

    Let me tell you, I have never been to a wedding with so many details. Elizabeth really outdid herself. Even the shelves and mantle in the library at the River House was decorated with flowers and personal details. Every where you turned there was something sweet and special representing the couple’s fun personalities and love for each other. And the theme of their day… “Best Day Ever.” Love it!

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    Daniel and Elizabeth had a great wedding party who kept us laughing all day long. Which, obviously, made for some fantastic footage. We also had the chance to meet Sarah of Sarahdipity Photography – who was incredibly cool! She also is super talented. Be sure to check out the photos she posted from Daniel and Elizabeth’s Wedding. They rock!

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  • Just Mauied :: Our Ceremony Confession

    Confession: We were SOOO ready to be married, our ceremony script was the last thing we wanted to deal with/cared about.

    Whew, so glad I got that off my chest. I’ve seen lots of brides post their ceremony in full and talk about how much time they put into their ceremony script and how important certain passages for them were, or poems they included. Which I think is awesome and I loved reading what they put together, but truthfully, throughout the wedding planning process the ceremony became less and less important for us. We were just so excited to get married and have all our family and friends there to celebrate. We waited 7 long years (and boy were they long) to get married. We sorta just wanted it done and over with. Are we the only one’s out there who felt this way?

    So, when it came down to putting together our ceremony, we had no idea what to do. Luckily, our Priest gave us this handy-dandy book giving us suggestions for the order of the ceremony, passages, and vows. Over the 2 years of our planning I did save a few sets of vows that I loved. None too religious, but just the right amount that Mr. Knight and I felt comfortable with. There was no “we promise to bring our children up Catholic,” etc. in our ceremony. We want our children to choose what religion is right for them. We will introduce them to Catholicism, but ultimately we want them to decide for themselves. I’ll step down from my soap box now on that subject.

    Really, we just wanted to say our vows, kiss and head over to the party, but since we paid so much for the ceremony site, decor, and chair rentals, we thought, “man we better make this thing a little longer.” We set on a limit of 20 minutes tops from processional to recessional. Hey, it’s hot in Florida in May, we don’t want our guests sweating in their fancy clothes.

    We had no idea our ceremony would have such a profound effect on us.

    Kyle, do you pledge to love Kimberly and throughout your years together to be honest, faithful and kind to her. Do you pledge to give to her the same happiness she gives to you, and to respect her for who she is?

    Even though we didn’t spend an exorbitant amount of time on crafting our ceremony, that didn’t mean the ceremony wasn’t a special moment for us. Saying our vows was the moment it all suddenly felt so real. We were getting married. I had no idea how I would feel up there, how important saying these simple words to each other, would be.

    I come here today, to join my life to yours…I pledge to be true to you…to respect you…and to grow with you throughout the years…Time may pass, fortune may smile, trials may come…no matter what we may encounter together, I vow here that this love will be my only love… I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

    It hit each of us like a freight train during the ceremony.

    Mr. Knight was the first one to completely lose it.

    As soon as his lips started to shake and tears started to come down his face, I lost it. Check out the video below to see Mr. Knight’s mini cry. I edited out my complete UGLY cry. It really is quite awful. Only our family will be subjected to that craziness. Why couldn’t I have have a nice/pretty cry?

    ♥ Our Wedding // Vow Snippet from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    If you look close enough in the pictures, you’ll see red tearful eyes shining through. I remember trying so hard to keep everything light hearted during the ceremony. I’m always the one crying at my friend’s weddings. At Seminole Bridesmaid’s wedding, someone sang Mandy Moore’s song “Only Hope” and I lost it… did I mention I was the maid of honor? Yeah, I totally lost it in front of an audience. Embarrassing.

    Anyways, for our wedding I planned to hold myself together. That’s a little hard when you are saying the words of committing your life to the one you love.

    Kyle, take this ring as a sign of my love and respect. I vow to share my life with you from this day forward. With this ring I marry you.

    Mr. Knight’s hands had swelled up a little from all the heat, so his ring was a little bit hard to get on. I’m a tough girl though, I managed to cram that wedding band on his finger!

    And, voila! We’re married!

    Sometimes I think we should have done things differently, maybe wrote our own vows. But, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. We did what we felt most comfortable with, spiritually and emotionally.

    Do/Did you have trouble writing your vows? Was it something you did together with your fiance?

    If you would like to see the rest of our ceremony, you can download a PDF of it by clicking the link below.
    Simple and Sweet Ceremony

    All photos by Starks Photography

  • Recaps
  • Just Mauied :: Pre-Ceremony Recap

    When we last left off, I had just arrived (a little late) to the altar. We’re going to take a moment before moving on to the ceremony (and our ceremony “confession”) and recap all that’s happened so far… through VIDEO!!!

    ♥ Our Wedding // Pre-Ceremony from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    As you can see, our Wedding video is IN! I’m beyond excited. Erika Rydell of Rydell Productions really captured our day beautifully. While this isn’t our final video (just the proof), I couldn’t wait till our final video was in to start sharing with y’all.

    Stay tuned for more video recaps! Oh, and Happy New Year’s Eve my Gator Bride sweeties!

    And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

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  • Just Mauied :: Late to the Altar

    I’m that person who arrives 30 minutes early for EVERYTHING. I have this fear of being late. Even when it looks like we will be a millisecond late for something, my stomach will start to turn and I will get uncomfortable and jittery. So, it came to a surprise for me that I was late for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding ceremony. I blame Seminole Bridesmaid for making me take off my beloved Skagen watch.

    Only kidding! I totally love Mrs. Seminole Bridesmaid but, it was seriously too much fun making this image. I think deep down I’m having Seminole Bridesmaid withdraws.
    photo by Starks Photography, culprit stamping by Mrs. Gator

    Let me set the stage for a complete Groom freak-out. My bridal posse and I are still at the bridal suite and it’s 5pm (our ceremony is at 5:15PM). We have NO CLUE who is going to take us to the Clubhouse where we will be transferred (via golf cart) to the ceremony on the golf course. So, my ladies and I pile into our cars and drive our butts to the Clubhouse where the staff starts to bring out cheese and fruit trays, along with drinks, for us to pig out on. We cool off and pig out for a few minutes then realize, where are these dang golf carts? Finally, golf carts show up and start whisking away bridesmaids… 1 at a time. Que freaked out Groom.

    Look how excited Mr. Knight looks, thinking I’m going to be there any minute. To my defense, I do see bridesmaids in golf carts in the background. We are trying to get there on time. Mr. Knight is walking with our Rent-a-Priest. No, really, we went to Rentapriest.com and found him. We are cool like that.

    Out of nowhere my iPhone starts ringing. Yes, I carried my iPhone in my clutch. I’m ridiculous I know. Anyways, on the phone is Mr. Knight. He’s at the altar, the trio is playing, and everyone is waiting for me! He says a quick “You better get your  butt over here right this instant,” then hangs up. At this point, my stomach turns and I start to get jittery and uncomfortable. I couldn’t believe I was late to MY OWN WEDDING!!!

    I think by the time I got to the ceremony we were running 15 minutes late (although Mr. Knight will say it was later). I wouldn’t have felt that bad (as weddings do run late sometimes) but our guests were sitting in the sun on a hot May day in FLORIDA. Our poor guests, good thing we provided them with cute packaged water bottles!

    Our guest’s LOVED them. You can find this design (among MANY others) in my Etsy shop. Shameless plug, I know but, gosh darn it, it’s hard to find cute water bottle labels!

    Needless to say, Gator Dad came to the rescue and got me to altar before Mr. Knight at a conniption. :-)

    But, not before these sweet young thangs walked down the aisle. Seriously, Little K and B are the CUTEST EVER. B’s suit and vest combo is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

    And the way B helps Little K down the aisle. Adorbs.

    Now, it’s Gator Dad and I’s turn. I have to admit, at this point I was getting pretty nervous. Nervous to walk on the grass in 3″ heels without stepping on my dress. Nervous to walk through that crowd of people before finally getting to my sweety. Nervous because the time had finally come (after 8 long years) for Mr. Knight and I to get married, and I wanted it to be perfect (and it was).

    Gator Dad helping with some last minute adjustments and, we’re off!

    For me, the walk felt like FOREVER. Our aisle was relatively short, but having so many eyes on my Dad and I made me SUPER nervous. I’m not really one to want to be the center of attention, so this was almost more then I could handle. I just held on tight to my Dad, took and deep breath, and walked towards my future husband.

    Hello Mrs. Gator’s nervous face. So glad you could join us during this special moment when a GAZILLION pictures will be taken. Gator Dad saves the day by looking so good in his Bond-esque attire.

    Nerve racking moment #2 – not being able to see my groom as I walk down the aisle. I blame the SUN for being so gosh darn bright that day (although I prayed for good weather for 2 years, so my prayers were answered and I’m eternally grateful). Seriously, my eyes watered most of the ceremony (okay, so maybe there were a few tears of joy) because I was staring into the sun during our vows, but I’ll save that story for another day. :-)

    Gator Dad looked so good on Mr. Knight and I’s  wedding day. Even with all my crazy nervous bride-ness he always managed to keep a cool head (even showing up to a frantic bride at 7 in the morning with pepto, tums and aleve). I’ll never forget him walking me down the aisle (it’s currently my iPhone screensaver). Gator Dad has always been a huge influence in my life. He introduced me to UF and the “order” as he calls is: school, college, marriage, babies. Maybe the new “order” is college, marriage, ARCH LICENSING, then babies. When I would have ideas about doing things out of  “order,” Gator Dad would always set me straight. And you know what? I’m so glad I listened. 

    And finally, it’s time to make this shiz LEGAL!

    Are you like me? Obsessed at being on time for EVERYTHING, but found yourself late to your own wedding?

    And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

    All images by Starks Photography

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  • Our Professional Pictures ARE IN!!!

    Yes, you read that right. Our professional wedding pictures are in!

    I nearly vomited on myself with excitement when I saw that little square envelope in our mailbox from our photographers. I’m having mini heart attacks of overwhelm-ment/excitement/obsession everytime I go through our pictures. While I spend the next 12 hours looking at our wedding pictures over and over and over again (till I’ve memorized every picture), I will leave y’all with a little sneak peek.

    Our photographers were amazing to even get this shot without our videographer in it (our videographer is literally probably 1 cm to the right of this picture). I liked her being so close for video purposes, but we had more then a few disgruntled guests who weren’t able to see us get married. Looking back we probably wouldn’t have had her so close, and we would have bought a sound system (we were the only people who could actually ‘hear’ us getting married).

    Hello amazing photographers. LOVE Ben and Amy Starks of Starks Photography. I shed a tear every time I think about us being their last wedding. They sent us TONS of sweet/amazing pictures from our wedding. I can’t wait to categorize them and prepare them for posts to share with y’all. There is so much FIERCENESS, GATOR LOVE (and chomp), and all around GOOD TIMES in all our pictures.

    95% of the pictures, my mouth is in this position. You think I could have kept my mouth shut for one picture, just once? I was just way too happy that day, I couldn’t stop smiling/laughing/showing you my tonsils. :-)

    Happy Saturday Everyone!

    Mrs Gator