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  • Gettin’ Mah Hair Did

    Armed with some sweet hair inspiration (collected over the course of our engagement… 2 years!) and my Handle & Sprout hair flowers, I headed to my hair trial at the beautiful Veranda Pampering Salon, this past week.

    A collection of hair inspiration I showed my wonderful hair stylist, Sabrina.

    Outside view of the Veranda Pampering Salon. Isn’t is cute? I absolutely LOVE this place. My Grandmother (Gator Dad’s Momma) has been going here for years and loves it, so naturally, I had to try it out! I even got to meet her stylist!

    1.5 hours later, and many, many bobby pins later, this is what Sabrina came up with…

    I absolutely love it, and think she did a wonderful job combining all my inspiration into 1 look. Naturally, the day of my hair will be flawless (no wisps or pieces of hair out of place). Minor alterations to the look that Sabrina and I have planned is to lower all the curls in the back a bit (more like the first line of images on my inspiration page) and cut more bangs at longer lengths to frame my face better (like the first line of images on my inspiration page). Did I mention that I love my southern ‘bump’ she added? If you don’t know what a southern ‘bump’ is then you need to check out Bumpits, which are basically southern hair ‘bumps’ to the extreme.

    Here I am trying to get a front view of my hair around 5pm. Mr. Knight just had to get in the picture and try and antagonize me by using a laser pointer in my camera lens. This is typical Mr. Knight behavior.

    I’ve made appointments for all the Mommas and my bridesmaids at the Veranda to have their hair done the day of the wedding. We all are going there together and hanging out while everyone gets their hair done (they have a great waiting room, open to the inter coastal, and it has french doors into the salon, so we can watch each other get our hair done). I’m planning on making (or possibly ordering) trays of fruit, breakfast munchies, etc to have laid out for the girls to snack on, and maybe a game or two to play, to keep everyone busy.

    Do you have any special plans for the day of your wedding, with your ladies?

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  • Mackenzie Grein ♥ In The Arms of Angels

    So much has happened this week, good and sad. Probably, the fact that so much has happened this week, is why I’ve been avoiding blogging. I had my Bridal Shower (it was a blast!) and Mr. Knight had his PaintBall game with the guys, we also picked up a ton of stuff from IKEA for the wedding, and I had my hair trial at the Veranda Pampering Salon. But, the one thing that has clouded and left us all heart broken this week, has been the loss of Sweet Bridesmaid’s best friend, Mackenzie.

    I struggled with whether I should write this post or not, but I feel that Mackenzie was such a big part of Mr. Knight’s life (and my own), his family’s life, and especially Sweet Bridesmaid’s life, that I couldn’t not write about her passing.

    This is one of my favorite photos of Mackenzie. Taken by Mr. Knight. :-)

    You will be greatly missed Mackenzie. You have made such a big impact on my life, and so many others. I can never forget your laugh, the fact that you could find just about anything funny, and that smile (I’m sure Sweet Bridesmaid could insert about a gazillion things here). I loved watching you dance in recitals with Sweet Bridesmaid, and hearing about you beating Mr. Knight at Risk (Mr. Knight is very competitive and rarely looses a board game). As Knight Dad has said, please watch over Sweet Bridesmaid, your family, and the rest of us. We all love you so much and know that you are smiling down on all of us from heaven. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Until we meet again. ♥♥♥

    Sweet Bridesmaid made a sweet (you can see where she gets her nickname) Facebook group in memory of Mackenzie. You all should check it out. It is packed with tons of beautiful photos of Mackenzie (about 90% of them with little Sweet Bridesmaid) and funny videos that really exemplify the amazing (and funny) person Mackenzie was.

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  • And, They’re Off!

    It’s official…

    Mr. Knight and I are getting married!

    Yes… I know it is obvious, but really it hadn’t hit Mr. Knight and I till we sent out our invitations this week. We worked on our invitations over the course of two months, and didn’t once think about how sending them out (finally) would make us feel. I have to say that the feedback we have been receiving on our invitations have made all those weekends of hard work worth it. Gator Momma got her and Gator Dad‘s invitation and called me immediately telling me how beautiful, fun and springy they are (which is exactly what we were going for). Seminole Bridesmaid called me and said she didn’t even want to send in her RSVP card (she loved it that much), she wanted to keep everything, even our envelope! Gator Momma has been so kind to forward e-mails from her friends who have received the invitations, and loved them!

    So… why aren’t I showing you, my lovely-adorable Gator Bride readers, our invitations? As soon as our family in Newfoundland (yes people live there) receive their invites, we will know that everyone has gotten them, and the reveal (and price recap) will begin! Plus, Mr. Knight, being the tech-savvy geek he is, videotaped the whole assembly process and is making it into a fun little video (if you recall, he made our cute Christmas video). Till the big reveal (sometime next week), here is a sneak peek!

    Our sweet little labor of love all nestled in their box, ready to be mailed out. I have to say, I almost shed a tear sending these babies out… almost.

    As you can see, we chose to use the sporty Vancouver Olympics 2010 stamp (along with the Ram Stamp) for our invitations. It was the best stamp match we could make, and custom Zazzle stamps where out of the question (and budget!). I think they make a nice pairing with our stardream gold envelopes and labels I designed (with printing help by Mr. Knight).

    This weekend will be extremely eventful (and the first wedding event weekend for Mr. Knight and I, since our engagement party, 2 years ago). I will be having a Girls Night Out, followed by a bridal shower (hosted by Mama Knight), and Mr. Knight will be having a Paintball party (or showdown) with his guys. Stay tuned for tons of fun recaps by Mr. Knight and I!

    Whew, I get excited just thinking about all the fun new posts next week.

    Miss Gator

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  • More iPhone Wedding Cameos

    I hope we have a picture like this from our wedding. I absolutely love iPhone wedding cameos!

    source Jenna Cole Photography

    I did a post a few months ago about how the iPhone has been making its appearance on the wedding scene. Here are more to add to that collection of images!

    source Kuang Woo | Photography

    A Groom capturing a snapshot of his gorgeous Bride!
    source Todd Pellowe Photography

    source flickr

    A Groom updates his facebook status to tell the world he’s now a married man!
    source Luster Studios

    And then there is this guy

    He just had to take it this far… didn’t he? Ah, men and their gadgets!
    source Gizmodo

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  • A Bridal Shower Invitation with Character

    Dear Mr. Postman,

    Thank you so much for bringing me such joyful things in the mail… as a few days ago I opened the mail to an invitation for my bridal shower next weekend! Looking forward to more joyful mail (please no bills!).

    with love,
    Miss Gator

    bridal shower invitation montage
    by Miss Gator

    I totally just received the cutest bridal shower invitation in the mail (I might be biased, since the invitation is to my bridal shower, but, what can I say?).  Mama Knight ordered super cute invites and enlisted the help of Knight Dad and Mr. Knight to make a cute little map to the shower, and a theme/registry info card (plus, I heard that Sweet Bridesmaid helped address them). It was truly a family affair! I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to have such an awesome and thoughtful future family!

    Oh yes, and the invitations certainly included my alter ego, Miss Gator. Look how happy I look in the little sketch Knight Dad did of me for the map? My eyes are practically jumping out of their sockets! I also heart {like real bad} that it actually says on the invitation that the bridal shower is hosted by “Mr. Knight’s Mom.” How adorable is that?! Gator Bride ALL THE WAY!!