Since it is game day here in Gator-ville, I feel the need to post this incredibly Gator Wedding!
First off I want to say that I absolutely LOVE my readers. I love them even more when they contact me with their seriously awesome Gator Weddings!
Meghan contacted me a few weeks ago. She’s was a Gator Bride with a ‘Bama lovin’ fiance. Although he didn’t exactly go for the Orange and Blue wedding Meghan desired, they did end up with an incredibly fabulous orange wedding. She also has a super cute blog (that has become by weekly read), Flip Flops & Gator Gear. Check out their love story and wedding pictures below.↓
Allen and I met at UF 3 years ago. He was raised in Alabama and is a diehard fan, but somehow ended up in the Sunshine State. I like to think he just wanted to go to the school with the better football team. He actually really likes Gator football (how could you not in Gainesville?!), unless they are playing ‘bama. The 2008 SEC Championship Game was a real test of our relationship.
When we decided to get married, I immediately started pitching the orange and blue color scheme to everyone. No one seemed to appreciate it as much as me. Shocking, I know! We ended up with shades of orange, but I managed to sneak some Gator details in throughout. Allen even wore a blatant Gator orange tie to the wedding…but he didn’t have much of a choice. No worries though, I surprised him with some love for the Crimson Tide as well.
Our wedding ceremony was at the Orlando LDS Temple and our reception was at Citrus Restaurant in downtown Orlando. Every detail was Gator orange from the place cards to my shoes. My bridesmaids set up a Gator hand-puppet in the bridal suite (so he discretely made his way into several “getting ready” shots) and I wore a half Florida Gator/half Alabama garter. Our guestbook was a football that was hand-painted with a Gator logo on one side and an Alabama logo on the other. I suprised Allen with a groom’s cake in the shape of legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant’s iconic houndstooth hat. One of the best memories of the evening was when our first dance was wrapping up; in comes Florida mascot Albert the Alligator. He tapped on Allen’s shoulder to cut in on the dance and everyone was so shocked and excited that they were cheering….even those foolish Alabama fans in the room!
These bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous!!
Albert cutting in on the first dance with the Bride!
All photography by Stacy Elle Photography of Orlando, FL.