• Florida Photographers
  • 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

  • Florida Photographers
  • Gator Fridays :: DC + Vanessa

    This Gator Friday feature is an adorable Gator engagement shoot I received in my inbox from Jenny of Captured Photography. I’m dying to know where this building is. Isn’t it amazing?! click these babies to view larger… you know you want to!

    And what I love even more about DC and Vanessa’s Gator-ific engagement shoot? They’re high school sweethearts. Ya’ll know I hold a special place in my heart for high school sweethearts. Hello, Mr. Knight and I are practically middle school sweethearts. Ridiculous, I know.


    Loving the “will you go out with me, check yes or no” note. Classic!

    Jenny of Captured Photography (who is also DC’s sister, must be nice having a photographer in the family), also captured the proposal.


    Even DC’s Dad got in on the action wearing an “I ♥ DC” shirt after the proposal!

    Be sure to check out the rest of DC and Vanessa’s sweet engagement shoot. They are too cute. Thank you Jenny for sharing this fan-tabulous orange and blue e-shoot!!!

  • Videos
  • A VERY Gator Save the Date Film

    When I received this video from fellow Gator Bride, Felicia, I was floored. Her and her fiance started dating their freshman year at the University of Florida. For their Save the Date video they decided to return to the home of the Gators, where they made their first home. The video includes footage of the campus, some tubing at Ginnie Springs and them eating watermelon on the FLORIDA FIELD. How AWESOME is that?! Check out this unique and VERY GATOR save the date film!

    felicia marie + sean: save the date from Belvedere Films on Vimeo.

    Also, be sure to check out their super cute proposal video by Belvedere Films.

    Have a fabulous and safe Halloween my little Gator Bride-ers!!!

    image above from the video’s feature on Wedding Chicks

  • Ceremony
  • A Weekend of Tuxes and Diamonds

    First off, I want to apologize for being MIA lately. Can you believe it has been three days since my last post? Unfortunately it will probably only get worse as we head into finals these next few weeks. I have TONS of posts just waiting to be written, I only wish I had more time!

    This past week Mr. Knight and I reviewed our little checklist for what needs to be done each month before the wedding. We are 6 months out and the list is long that we need to accomplish this month. We need to find a Priest, a florist, rent the chairs for our ceremony, look for flower girl dresses, search for wedding bands, register for gifts, and pick out tuxes.

    This weekend we decided to try and tackle the Priest (sorry for the football pun) and the tuxes. We went to Men’s Warehouse on Saturday and picked out the tuxes for Mr. Knight and his Groomsmen. Mr. Knight was so sweet and modeled the two combinations for me (since I’m a very visual person). :-)

    The Groomsmen will be wearing a Pool tie and vest along with an ivory tux shirtMr. Knight is wearing the Groomsmen’s tux. The Groomsmen will be wearing an ivory shirt (since my dress is ivory), and a pool vest and tie to match the bridesmaid dresses, along with a Calvin Klein tux. The Tux is specially made to be as cool (temperature) as possibly. Which is good, considering our wedding is outside in May at 5 in the afternoon. Can you say hot?
    *Note: The jacket is way too small and Mr. Knight needs a haircut and to shave his face. Don’t judge Mr. Knight’s hott-ness from these photos.

    Mr. Knight modeling what he will be wearing on our wedding dayMr. Knight is modeling what he will be wearing when we tie the knot in 6 months. I originally wanted him in a color, since we are both very cheerful and bright people. But, the sales lady some how convinced me to go with all ivory. I was skeptical but once he had it on I was pretty happy. Boy, does he look sharp.
    *Yes, Mr. Knight is wearing khaki shorts. It is Gainesville. It is hot…. and it is Game day. What can I say?
    **Yes… that is a Christmas tree you see in the background. Men’s Warehouse is out of control.

    Men’s Warehouse also had grey suits for rentals, which I would have LOVED for Mr. Knight and his groomsmen (check out my inspiration for it here) to wear… or even khaki suits. But, Mr. Knight would not budge on wearing a black tux. Which, in the end I’m very pleased with.

    We also dropped by the mall to check out some wedding bands. We found one that matched my engagement ring PERFECTLY! I couldn’t believe it. The round diamonds and baguettes lined up perfectly with the ones on my engagement ring.

    Helzberg Diamonds Wedding Band source

    Mr. Knight ruled it out and said we should continue looking and take a trip to Orlando to some jewelry stores. His problem with the ring? It didn’t have big enough diamonds in it. Don’t you just love him?♥ Too bad ladies, this one is taken!

    Another problem with the wedding band is that you couldn’t specify the clarity of the diamonds since it was a ‘stock’ setting. Mr. Knight says he wants the diamonds to be as perfect as possible. We always noticed that with my engagement ring the side diamonds are not as sparkly (it was a stock setting) compared with my center diamond (hand picked by Mr. Knight). He always says to me that he wants to make sure we get exactly what we want. Which you should when you will be wearing something for the rest of your life. That is a long time to wear something your not happy with.

    I believe Thanksgiving weekend we will be driving down to Orlando to check out some wedding bands for both him and I. Stay tuned shortly after for a full run down complete with pictures of some beautiful diamonds!