• Heart Happy Films
  • Orange Park Hilltop Club Wedding Highlights // Dan + Katie

    Dan + Katie // Highlight Reel from Gator Bride Videography on Vimeo.

    We love incredibly thoughtful gifts – and Katie sure had one for her groom, Dan. The raw emotion Dan shows while reading Katie’s letter and receiving Katie’s gift to him is intense. You can’t help but tear up! This has quickly become one of my favorite edits. From their first look, to the sweet letters they wrote each other. They make us smile. Dan and Katie 3 Dan and Katie 7 Dan and Keri 4 Dan and Keri 5

    Dan and Katie were married at The Hilltop Club in Orange Park, FL. This little gem is so hidden, we would have never known it was there if it wasn’t for Katie and Dan’s wedding!

    Once again, we had the opportunity to work alongside Sarah of Sarahdipity Photos. We absolutely love her, she keeps us laughing all day long and is so easy to work with. We also worked with her on Daniel and Elizabeth’s wedding at the River House in St. Augustine.

    Dan and Katie – we wish you both the very best. You two were meant for each other. Thank you for choosing GBVideo!

  • 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!

  • Recaps
  • Just Mauied :: Our First Look

    In the beginning, Mr. Knight wasn’t completely on board with the ‘first look’ idea. The ‘first look’ seems to be a relatively new wedding trend. My parents had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned it and many of my friends, who were married only a few years ago, hadn’t heard of it when they were planning their wedding. I searched the internet for some great examples to show Mr. Knight and even made a little pros and cons list for him to look at. In the end, Mr. Knight was on board (anything to keep his stressed out bride happy). After it was all said and done, Mr. Knight says these set of pictures are some of his favorite from our wedding. Bride – 1, Groom – 0. :-)

    I believe the ‘first look’ is such an important moment on your wedding day. Many brides and grooms are hell-bent on not seeing each other till the ceremony (which is tradition) but, having a ‘first look’ and seeing each other, just the two of you, is so much more intimate (in our eyes). We both were so excited to see each other and get a moment to take in everything that was happening that day… we were getting married! Enough of my jibber-jabbering, the pictures truly say it all.

    I’m trying to contain my excitement, but failing at it. I had never been so excited to see him in my life!

    At this moment I’m so excited that I’m stomping my feet up and down on the bridge super fast so that he can hear me coming.

    I’m here Mr. Kniiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhhhht

    Mr. Knight checking our my dress, the elusive little white dress he had been hearing about for MONTHS.

    This is right after Mr. Knight kissed me and got my lipstick all over his lips. He was smacking his lips together all funny. It was perfect. He made me laugh and I certainly needed a good laugh on our wedding day. Nerves anyone?

    That smile… agh I just love him so much!

    Mr. Knight checking out the detail on my dress and all my accessories. Even months later, when he sees a picture of us from our wedding day he still tells me how beautiful I looked on our wedding day. So sweet.♥
    Accessories: Watters Dress, J Crew Pave Crystal Heels, Handle & Spout hair flowers,  Tulip Couture clutch, Aquamarine drop earrings

    Truth be told, I don’t think our family was completely on board with our ‘first look’ idea till after they saw our ‘first look’ pictures. I remember telling my parents we were going to see each other before the ceremony and I will never forget the shocked look on their faces (they are very traditional). They also had this same shocked look when I told them the dress I wanted wasn’t white (it was champagne). They eventually came around when they heard all the positives: more time for pictures, less time between the ceremony and reception taking photos, giving us more time with our guests. My parents were really good sports with all my slightly untraditional ideas for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding.

    Having a ‘first look’ gave us time so that we could get all the fun pictures we wanted (which is coming up next!) and allowed us to just hang out and chill. We weren’t rushed, we had nowhere to be for an hour and a half. It was perfection. Just Mr. Knight, Me and our 2 photographers and 2 videographers (okay, we were quite a crew). We frolicked all over the Plantation Bay Country Club property. I had time to really think about which pictures I wanted, what would be a good background, etc. I was one of THOSE brides who directed our photographers some. I was out of control. I could have taken pictures with Mr. Knight for hours if I hadn’t gotten so hungry/sweaty/thirsty/tired. I remember wanting to take a nap right before our ceremony. Staying up all night before your wedding is never a good idea. Bad gator bride.

    Did you plan to have a first look? What was your deciding moment to have a first look? If you decided not to, why? I’d love to hear what y’all think of this (relatively) new wedding trend.

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

    a moment with Gator Dad
    We got silly with our iPhones
    The girls and I mastered laughing
    put on that little white dress
    The boys got full of themselves
    I was hungover while getting our hair did
    We rehearsed with yummy BBQ
    The ladies lunched

    *All photos by Ben and Amy Starks of Starks Photography

  • DIY
  • A Wedding Album from Scratch

    After spending 2 hours this morning trying to figure out the best way to make our wedding album with Adorama, I decided to forget about trying to use their online software/salvage their templates. The easiest way to make our album to all my OCD wants/needs is to make it from scratch via Adobe InDesign.

    InDesign and I became BFF this past year when I was putting together my Thesis book, so it was only natural that we rekindle our friendship and make a fantastical wedding album to give to our parents/grandparents/ourselves.

    And so it begins…

    Not sure where our wedding album is going right now. I’m just slowing working through it with these ideas in mind:

    • crisp
    • clean
    • modern
    • not all that ‘jazz’
    • something that is very ‘us’

    After falling in love with some crazy album designs, I’ve decided to make ours simple, lovely, and to the point. Because really, does anyone look though a wedding album and go “ohhh I really like your font/embellishments/background.” No. Sorry for all the ‘slashes’ today… I’m feeling very slash-y.

    Did I tell y’all I was going to make 4 albums (last time I blogged about this, we were only at 3)? How out of control am I?

    1. All our Pre-Wedding Extravaganzas (still need a fun title, any ideas?)
      Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Guy’s Paintball, Bridal Brunch, Rehearsal Dinner
    2. Through Our Guest’s Eyes
      A compilation of the photos our guest’s captured at our wedding. Some of them were able to capture the moments even better then our photographers, and moments we never witnessed!
    3. Kyle {hearts} Kimberly
      Our Professional Wedding Pics Album
    4. Just Mauied ♥ Our Honeymoon
      Somewhere to put the MASSIVE amount of photos Mr. Knight took in Maui

    All of them are going to be made in the same 8″x10″ size Adorama album, and will have corresponding spines that make them appear as a ‘set’. Still not sure how to make them look like a ‘set’ on a shelf. I was thinking of having a heart on each spine in a different color (can you tell I love hearts?)… Not sure.

    I’m off to more Wedding Album designing. Wish me luck! I will report back when I have something worth sharing. :-) Maybe several album covers, and a poll to help me decide which one to use? Stay tuned!

  • DIY
  • Fun, Funky and Modern Wedding Album Designs

    The husband and I have decided that we will be designing our own wedding album (more like I will be designing it). I’ve thought of a few ideas of what ‘type’ of album we would like, and have been checking into a few companies that will provide me with what we want (without being a professional photographer and paying out the a** too… I apologize for profanities… but do y’all really pay $800 for a wedding album?). The husband and I want to go for something a little more in the untraditional category, in terms of Wedding albums. We aren’t really into the leather covers, the black matted photos, or even the single image covers (although as we go through the design process, this may all change). We want an album that reflects our wedding, our personality, and the time we lived in when we got married. I know… that is alot rolled up into one Wedding album, but hey gotta dream big, right? Anyways, I’ve found a couple of cute album covers (with even cuter insides), as I’ve been thinking of what type of ‘look’ we want for our wedding album.

    Modern and Funky Wedding Album Cover found via Finao* *Finao only sells to professional photographers, nonetheless it is still a great source of inspiration

    Another funky cover, this one is an album of the couple’s Engagement photos. Too cute! You can see the inside of the album here via Blurb

    Cute Birdie Wedding Album via Blurb

    Cute Birdie Album Insides

    This album is beautiful, clean and everything that I love. You have to check out the insides of this beauty over on Blurb. Just amazing.

    If you ever need ideas when making your wedding album (or any photo album, for that matter), websites like Blurb are great places to get ideas. They have an online store where you can browse other people’s albums they have made.

    I plan to make a different album for the husband and I, then for our family. The husband and I, will naturally, probably want most of our pictures in our album, but I doubt our family members will want them all. We plan to give them a smaller album with key photos from the events of the day. Sort of a ‘mini-me’ of our album.

    As of right now, I plan to use the company Adorama to make a high quality ‘coffee table’ style Wedding album (that lays FLAT!) for the husband and I. I will also be ordering the same type of book, but smaller, with less pages, for our parents. I’m a little nervous using a company I’ve never seen the products of before, but as my usual book companies I like to use, Blurb and Lulu, don’t have the type of book I want, I must venture out into the unknown. :-/

    My reasons for choosing Adorama (so far):

    • Reasonably priced compared to other professional album companies (compare $50-75 to $300-$700)
    • Their albums lay completely flat when open, providing for full panorama photos to be displayed without a seam
    • They deal directly with you, not through professional photographers (like so many album companies)
    • They came with a good review from a friend
    • When you sign up with them, they give you $15 towards your first order. SCORE!
    • They have about a gazillion different album sizes to choose from
    • This article on how awesome Adorama books are (complete with pictures)

    As I’m patiently waiting for our professional pictures to arrive from the Starks, I have sketched up TONS of ideas of our albums.

    I plan to make 3 albums for the husband and I.

    One album for our Pre-Wedding events (bridal shower, engagement part, E-pics, rehearsal dinner, etc). One for our professional Wedding pictures and another for our Honeymoon pictures. I want all three albums to appear as a ‘set’ when they are on a bookshelf. Sort of like below, only cuter and more modern (although these are pretty cute):

    Bed Bath and Beyond; $12.99.

    I’m thinking of making them 10″ x 10″, and I’m working on the details of making my own ‘box’ for the set of books to sit in. Stay tuned for album cover mock-ups! I have so many ideas… just need to get them all out, digitally.

    What did y’all do for your Wedding Album? Did you do it yourself? For those who aren’t married yet, do you have any plans for your album?