• Wedding Inspiration
  • Our Wedding Color Evolution

    If you haven’t noticed from the past two posts, our wedding colors have changed (or rather… evolved) slightly. I don’t expect any of you to remember what Mr. Knight and I’s Wedding colors are {those screaming orange and blue in the back, please keep it down! :-)}.

    Originally our wedding colors were blue and green, with hints of brown (aren’t all these colors fun?). Mr. Knight styled our Wedding website in those colors (which by the way… needs a slight makeover to match our new scheme… just a little note for Mr. Knight :-)). While blues, greens, and browns will still make an appearance as secondary colors in our wedding, our main colors are aqua and yellow.

    Our colors are aqua and yellow (as pictured above with the groomsmen tux, bridesmaid dress, and flowers) but the invitations have certainly taken on a more aqua, orange, peach and grey look. {aqua and orange…. how did those get in there?} :-)

    Mr. Knight and I are very happy with the evolution of our wedding colors. They are bright, cheery, fun, and happy… just like Mr. Knight and I! Oh… I soo can’t wait to reveal some of the DIY projects I have in the works… so much fun stuff!! Ya’ll will just have to stay tuned!

  • DIY
  • Stirring Things Up with DIY Drink Flags!

    After seeing a post on WeddingBee by Mrs. Taffy on DIY drink flags, I knew I wanted to do them for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding. They are super easy to do and will make a nice little detail for our wedding.

    source: Martha Stewart
    The difference between the flags above and the flags I’m making is, like Mrs. Taffy, I am simplifying the knot in the stirrer and making it into a flag shape.

    Here are the supplies you will need for DIY Drink Flags:

    Double Sided Tape
    150 6″ sticks from Michael’s Craft Store $6.00 ($3 for pack of 75)
    Ribbon $3.99 a roll at Michael’s
    Total for Drink Flag DIY: 150 flags $13.98*

    *Most of the items at Michael’s can be purchased with a  40% coupon (I unfortunately didn’t use a coupon… wish I had!) these cute little flags turned out to be more then I thought to make. They would have only been around $7-8 if I had used coupon. Darn it!

    Step 1: Cut the ribbon into 6″ strips
    Step 2: Place a piece of double sided tape on 3/4 of the length of the ribbon
    Step 3: Place wooden stick in center of ribbon and press the two sides of the ribbon together
    Step 4: Cut a triangle out of the edge of the ribbon to finish it off

    and… waaaaa-lah, you have super cute drink flags for your guests!

    I can’t wait to see these babies in action at our wedding’s bar! I contemplated making flags for all the water glasses at our wedding but then decided against it when it took me just about 2 hours to make 100 of these babies… I still have 50 more to go, but couldn’t wait to show you all how they turned out.

    Now… to show you how OCD I really am… here they are all packaged up for the wedding. I put them in a ziploc bag and included a picture of how I want them to look set up, and the location and usage of them.

    Don’t Judge.

    I’m no where near the OCD-ness of the guy on Million Dollar Listing, who individually packs every item in his luggage in a ziploc bag (hair brush gets it’s own bag, toothbrush gets its own bag, toilet paper, socks, hair dryer, etc.)… but I’m close.

  • DIY
  • Not Your Typical Wedding Invitation

    So… I have been working on our wedding invitation design (which I’m really super excited about!) and have been browsing the internet for invitation, rsvp, etc. wording for the invitations. I came across cute a few really quite invites with fun wording and that I’d share them with ya’ll. (Plus… a little sneak peek at what my little Gator butt has been working on this week!)

    source: Ritzy Bee Blog
    Something about this one reminds me of Gator Dad’s humor… I think he’d enjoy this RSVP card. :-)

    source: Beast Pieces
    While the wording on this ceremony program is nothing special, it is the way the wording is presented that is most interesting. No script fonts here!! {hint: this may be a sneak peek image of what Mr. Knight and I’s invitations might resemble… exciting? YES!}

    source: Honey & Bloom
    A cute way to display meal choices!

    source: Honey & Bloom
    This would look so cute on the front of a ceremony program. Knight + Gator = LOVE!

    source: Luke and Saddie’s Wedding Blog
    Candy heart wedding invitation? Sweet.

    source: unknown (found in my crazy big inspiration folder)
    I love the images and how they help to tell the story of this couple’s love. Too cute!

    So…. do ya’ll want a sneak peek at our wedding invitations I’ve been working on??? {Miss Gator imagining her readers screaming “YES YES YES!!!!”} Here is a tiny sneak peek (I will reveal the whole set once everyone receives their invites after March 1, our unofficial send out deadline).

    A little snippet of the invitations, and rsvp cards, I’ve been working on this week. Do you see a daisy in there? Yup, that would be the beautiful daisy Mr. Knight made for our invitations in photoshop. He knows their my favorite!

    I’ve already ordered paper samples (pretty Stardream Metallic paper) from Envelope Mall and are waiting for them to come in. We ordered our envelopes for our Save the Dates from Envelope Mall and were very satisfied with the quality and price. Their prices are right in the range we are looking to spend for the invitations, so we are hoping their paper is the quality and weight we are looking for. I will be ordering a color laser printer this week (which will not only come in handy for printing our invitations, but also for printing my architecture portfolio when I go on the job search in February).

    I still need to design the directions/accommodations/our website card, and the back of the RSVP card postcard (we are doing an RSVP card postcard to save money on postage… did I mention we were on a budget? haha). I also need to make a map this week, of our wedding and reception location. The map I have gotten the most inspiration from is by Amanda over at Swoon Over It. She makes the most beautiful maps at a great price. But, since a custom map is not in the budget, and I have some design background, I doubt Mr. Knight would let me order one from her. Here is one of her custom creations:

    source: Swoon Over It
    Amanda’s custom maps start out at $99. Super cute.
    I doubt my map will look as cute as her’s, but either way, it will get our guests from point A to point B. :-)

    Well, I’m off to more invitation designing and DIY project making before my week of freedom ends (my last semester of Grad school starts Monday… ick!). I’m currently working on some adorable little drink flags for our bar area. Stay tuned to see how they turned out!

  • Uncategorized
  • A Gator Christmas Story

    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house

    Not a creature was stirring, no even…..

    Okay so…. Miss Gator is stirring…. in fact, I’m wide awake and would like to wish all my wonderful Gator Bride readers a very Merry Christmas. :-)

    Today, Mr. Knight, Gator Mom, Gator Dad, and I went to ICE! in Orlando at Gaylord Palms. If you have not heard of this, or have not visited ICE! before, YOU MUST GO! It is basically a complete convention center frozen to about 9 degrees and filled with beautiful ice sculptures…. including a Nativity scene made completely out of ice, how cool is that?

    Mr. Knight and I smiling for the camera in one of the ice tunnels in the convention center. Poor Mr. Knight didn’t have any gloves, his little fingers were just about frozen off by the time we got out!

    Oh yeah, and did I mention there was an ice slide there? You bet your butt, my little Gator butt went on that slide. It was a very cold experience for sure, but fun!

    Eskimo kisses!!!

    The ice Nativity scene was absolutely beautiful!

    Mr. Knight and I would like to wish you all a very Merry and Joyful Christmas

    and a Happy New Year!

    Miss Gator and Mr. Knight

  • Vendors
  • The Search for the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Dress

    The search is on!!!

    It is the holiday season, and you know what that means….tons of wonderful family time with the Gator Family {love them♥}  Plus… tons of sales on special occasion dresses after the holidays are over! I have been scouring the net for the perfect dress, since I’ve found my wedding dress, finding the rehearsal and bridal shower dresses are the next best thing!

    Our rehearsal is being held on the golf green at the country club Mr. Knight and I will be married at, along with a poolside dinner out on a beautiful deck overlooking a lake (okay… more of a man-made pond… bear with me here).

    Okay… so this isn’t the exact location on the golf course we will be married at, but it does give you an idea for the area, and how incredibly beautiful it is. You can see how Mr. Knight and I fell in love with this place. Did I mention it also used to be the site of a theme park in the 1970s, complete with tea cup ride and ferris wheel? I’ll save that for another post!

    This is an actual picture of our rehearsal dinner location. Pretty amazing, right?

    We are planning for some good southern food with pulled pork, corn on the cob, pasta salad, apple cobbler for dessert (Mr. Knight and I’s favorite) and Malibu Bay Breezes for drinks, along with Iced Tea and Lemonade. We really wanted something informal and fun, where we can mingle and just hang out with our friends and family.

    Now that I’ve given you an idea of the ‘scene’ for our rehearsal dinner, its time for some dress ideas!

    But, before I lead you through a ton of dresses I have been looking at to fulfill my need for the ‘perfect’ little rehearsal dinner dress, I must introduce you to the very first rehearsal dinner dress I ‘bought.’

    My first love…

    Phoebe DressPhoebe Petal Dress, Out of Stock… everywhere
    This dress was ‘the one’ for the rehearsal dinner… or so I thought. When I first saw it I ordered it immediately… and so did every other women in the United States {sigh}. I was so upset when I got the e-mail from Nordstrom that my beautiful Rehearsal Dinner dress was sold out and they would not be shipping her to me. But… as Gator Mom always says “if it isn’t meant to be, it isn’t meant to be.”

    And so… the search begins…

    Bushing Faille DressBlushing Faille Dress, Anthropologie, $188
    Mr. Knight and Seminole Bridesmaid’s current favorite. I have to agree. It is quite fabulous. But the price… not so fabulous. :-(

    Donna Morgan DressDonna Morgan Silk Chiffon Dress, Nordstrom, $138
    I like this dress a lot. But, I feel this is the type of dress I always go for… which is probably why I like it so much.

    Aidan Mattox DressAidan Mattox Dress, $158.39
    Can’t you just image this dress poolside, flowing in the wind. How beautiful!

    BCBG Laser Cut DressBCBG Laser Cut Dress, $119.90
    I’m a sucker for the laser cut dress. I included this dress in the mix, because I sort of like it… but I’m pretty sure it isn’t ‘the one.’

    Nicole Miller DressNicole Miller Dress, $160
    This dress may have a little too much going on… but I like it quite a bit. :-) I originally saw it on sale at Rue La La and almost bought it on the spot… I think I should have… because it was way cheaper then it is now.

    Nicole Miller DressFront of Dress

    Back of Nicole Miller DressBack of Nicole Miller Dress
    Veve Georgette Dress, $215
    Okay… so the dress price is a little high again, but I love the way this dress looks from the front and back. Maybe if I stalk it online long enough it will go on sale even more (it was originally priced at $430)!

    Nostalgia Dress, $89, Etsy
    This dress is super cute (despite the unimpressed look on the models face… you could smile, ya know?), and comes in 50 different colors. I’m actually thinking this may make for a really cute bridal shower dress in poppy yellow (since I love anything Daisy). Plus, purchasing this dress is helping a small business owner grow their business since it is handmade. Good price, AND helping the artist community, what more could you want? :-)

    Here are a few other dresses by Nostalgia on Etsy, all are $89, and are made to order:

    As you can probably see, I can’t seem to make up my mind whether to dress more formal in champagne, or dress more casual, in a light and flow-y printed dress. For me, I think I would feel the most comfortable in a light and flow-y dress. I love the long blue printed flow-y dress above, and would love to wear something similar in a shorter style maybe.

    But, seriously. I really need the help of my Gator Bride readers this time. What should I wear? Do ya’ll have any suggestions on sites to look at or dresses you have seen?

    with love from my orange and blue little heart♥,
    Miss Gator :-)