• Gator Fridays
  • Gator Fridays :: Epic Pumpkin Carving Video

    Okay… so the “epic” part was totally Mr. Knight’s idea. ;)

    It’s not like Mr. Knight and I don’t have enough on our plates these days, we just had to add one more video to the mix. This week we received our new indiSLIDERmini in the mail, just in time for our upcoming double wedding weekend (so excited!). We wanted to take some time to become acquainted with our little indiSLIDER and thought filming a little pumpkin carving video would be just the ticket. So, Mr. Knight set me up with my pumpkin and filmed me from a gazillion different angles. Here’s his epic concoction. Enjoy!

    I love how our little Gator pumpkin turned out!

    It was certainly tough and I was kind of giving myself a hard time for choosing such a ridiculous design to carve into a pumpkin. But, Mr. Knight was fabulous emotional support. He was so funny. He had all these cameras on our back porch to film this. Our neighbors must think we’re crazy (or know that we’re videographers!).

    Happy Halloween Gator Lovers!

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  • Marcela + Gabriel’s First Look

    Mr. Knight and I have been working hard to finish up Marcela and Gabriel’s wedding video. We were doing a final run-through last night and couldn’t help but fall in LOVE with their first look. They had it at a little stream with a waterfall in the Town of Tioga right here in Gainesville, FL. This couple have been together for years and even have a beautiful son together, but that still didn’t mean that they both weren’t incredibly nervous. I love the anticipation between these two. They were so excited to finally be getting married and were both a ball of nerves. Enjoy!

    Also, a fun new development, Gator Bride DESIGNS now has a Facebook page! Yay! So head on over and check it out! By far, my favorite part of the new page is the images of Gator Bride DESIGN projects in action! Love it. :)

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  • Wish Upon A Wedding

    As Brides we worry about the little things in our Weddings. From communicating our vision to our florists, finding the perfect wedding photographer, making sure the bridesmaid’s dresses are the perfect shade of pink, and making sure all our DIY projects are done (and perfect in our eyes), among other minute details.

    For other Brides, there are bigger issues at hand. Will my fiance live to see our wedding day? Will we be able to afford a wedding after paying all of our hospital bills? Will we have the strength to be ‘present’ on our wedding day?

    Now, I know most of you have probably heard of the Make A Wish Foundation, but what about a foundation that grants wedding wishes?

    When I came across the non-profit organization, Wish Upon A Wedding, I was nearly brought to tears by the stories of these courageous men and women battling life-threatening illnesses. These men and women only had one wish, to marry the love of their life.

    As the World’s first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings at destinations across the United States for individuals facing life-threatening illness.  It is a chance for couples to enjoy a very special day, without any thoughts of existing health issues, and while surrounded by their closest family and friends.

    Check out the couple that started it all:

    I love checking out the wish fulfilled section of their website and seeing all the happy couples and reading their stories. Seeing what these couples have gone through to get to their special day (and, for many, the hard road they have ahead of them), really puts things in perspective.

    If you are a Wedding Vendor and would like to donate your services as a wish granter, please visit the Wish Upon A Wedding website to sign up. The closest chapter to us is the Orlando + Central FL chapter. If there is anything at all that you think you can do to help fulfill a wedding wish, please please contact the Orlando chapter.


    So next time your stressing out over something so small and meaningless (in retrospect), remember that you have your health, your loving fiance/husband/boyfriend/family/friends by your side, and that life is wonderful gift. :)

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  • What’s My Name?

    Oh na na. What’s my name?
    Oh na na. What’s my name?

    Having an identity crisis in Maui.
    Unflattering camera angle by Mr. Knight. Thanks hubs!

    Today I was driving to work and heard Rihanna’s song, What’s My Name?, and it got me thinking about the whole name change game newly married women must endure (if they choose to take their husband’s last name). On a side note, I totally believe all newly minted husbands should have to change their name too, so they have to go through the struggles at the DMV (located in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE in Gainesville) and the Social Security office. I still don’t think Mr. Knight quite understands my plight.

    Anyways…

    When Mr. Knight and I were married 8 months ago, I became a Knight, but I didn’t completely drop my maiden name, Gator. Can you follow my “Knight/Gator” code for our real last names?

    I wasn’t always a Gator. I became a Gator on my 11th birthday. I will never forget that day (mostly because I was really sick). The local judge who ‘officially’ changed my name even had the same first name as me!

    I was so excited to became a Gator that I used to practice writing my new name the whole year leading up to the name change. My 5th grade teacher was pretty cool with me signing my homework with my new last name. She’s awesome. Clearly.

    For me, Gator is who I am. In college, my professors often called me by my last name. So, you can imagine I’ve been going through quite the identity crisis these past few months with the new last name of Knight.

    I feel like I waited so long to become a Gator (and was so proud to finally be one), that I couldn’t just drop the name completely when I married Mr. Knight. Instead, I chose to drop my middle name and replace it with my maiden name. Doing this makes it easy for past employers, colleagues, and friends to still find me via Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and I still get to hold on to the Gator name that means so much to me.

    That’s not to say that I don’t love being a Knight. I love that we have a family name and I can now order a wreath hanger with our last name on it (I know, lame… but I’ve always wanted one of those!), among many other reasons. I love it when Mr. Knight follows me around the house calling me Mrs. Knight. He’s too funny.

    What I don’t love… completely? Learning how to write my new name. I often catch myself ending e-mails with my old last name, signing my maiden name when I sign receipts. Even introducing myself, it is hard to say Knight, since I’ve said Gator for so many years. Others have had difficulty adjusting to my new name.

    So, even almost 9 months later after the name change, I’m still having some difficulty with the acceptance of my new name. I now prefer to be called by my full name (middle name and all), which confuses people like crazy when they introduce me to someone, and my super long e-mail address makes Mr. Knight crazy, too. But, I’m cool with it. I think 10 years down the road it will be weird to have never not been Mrs. Knight (double negative… yeah, I didn’t learn anything in English class).

    If you decided to change your last name, did you have a bit of an identity crisis during the transition? Did you choose to keep a remnant of your maiden name? If you didn’t change your last name, did you still run into problems?

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  • Holiday Love from Our Family to Yours

    We’ve returned from the long holiday weekend. We’re exhausted, our stomachs are full of Christmas turkey, and our house is a wreck. While I spend the next week getting my Gator booty back in work mode (along with some house maintenance), I’ll share with you our little holiday postcard we sent out to our family, friends, and blog-buddies.

    When I started putting together our holiday card for our first Christmas as a married couple, Mr. Knight wasn’t much help. He didn’t want to send out any cards, especially any cards with our picture on them. He said, “everyone has a gazillion pictures of us from this year, this is overdoing it.” So, since I seemed to be the only one who recognized the importance of sending a card our first year of marriage, I got to work designing.

    I put together a little postcard with cut images of us from our honeymoon and images of our two little fur-babies. I had a lot of fun putting these together and the response from our family and friends have made the decision to make them all-the-more satisfying.

    We ordered 100 postcards through Overnight Prints. 100 seems a bit excessive, but since I was sending some holiday love out to my Weddingbee friends too, 100 seemed like not enough (but Mr. Knight had to pull the plug somewhere). Sending postcards instead of full cards also saved us on postage (about $16 on postage).

    We’ve enjoyed receiving holiday cards this year, we’ve received somewhere around 40 cards, and I have the PERFECT project for these cards to commemorate our first Christmas as a married couple. I’ve been meaning to do this project for our wedding cards too, but time seems to slip by and that project seems further and further from getting done. Hopefully I will complete this one within a few weeks of Christmas. We’ll see!

    I hope all my Gator-lovahs had a wonderful holiday and are gearing up for the Outback Bowl! Go Gators!