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  • Registering Our Little Gator/Knight Hearts Out

    Thursday, Mr. Knight and I went and registered for gifts at Bed Bath and Beyond. To tell you the truth, we hadn’t planned on registering at all. When Mr. Knight and I moved in together, we were merging two kitchens, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, two living rooms… we had two of everything! Granted our ‘two of everything’ consisted of towels from our college dorm rooms, sheets and bedding from our High School years, and very girly (blue with polka dots) and very man-ly (black) dinnerware. Needless to say, Mr. Knight and I feel like we really don’t need anything (although a few things deserve to be upgraded).

    So, one of the first things we did after booking our hawaiian honeymoon to Maui was register our honeymoon at Honeymoon Wishes.  We felt that an experience was worth more to us then material things. Our guests could find us on the Honeymoon wishes website and (if they so choose) gift us with a snorkeling adventure, surfing lessons, gas for the road to Hana, lunch by the ocean, or even a biking adventure down the volcano (how cool is that?!).

    Then, there arose a problem. And when I say problem, Mr. Knight will tell you there wasn’t a problem. I have a bridal shower being hosted in my honor (how lucky am I?) by Mr. Knight’s Mother, that is fast-ly approaching. While I can’t wait to eat yummy food, spend time with the wonderful women in my life, and play fun shower games, I am nervous about not registering at a ‘big box’ store and receiving a bunch of weird/non-returnable items (married women out there know what I’m talking about, Gator Mom and Gator Dad still have a few non-registry wedding gifts hiding in their closets). Plus, registries make it easy for guests. If a guest would like to gift you with something that will be with you and your husband throughout your entire lives, they can look up your registry and get you something you need (instead of something you will hide in a closet for the rest of your life).

    So off we were to Bed Bath and Beyond, armed with a list of things we actually need, so we wouldn’t be distracted by all the shiny objects and go registry-crazy.

    We only managed to cross off 3 items on this list… it helped to know what we were looking for, though!

    After we picked up our handy dandy scanner (of which Mr. Knight immediately grabbed and started pressing buttons), we were off!

    Mr. Knight had a good time with the scanner. Thank goodness there was an ‘Opps’ button on the scanner, so I could un-scan anything he scanned without permission!

    So we scanned our little hearts out for about an hour, jamming out to Miley Cyrus over the stores stereo (I even caught Mr. Knight humming to the music). As we were quickly finishing the kitchen gadget and electronic area, we ran into every Bride’s ‘must-have’ registry item…

    The  infamous Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer

    I’ve been told it’s the ‘holy grail’ of wedding registry items. Yeah… Mr. Knight and I quickly averted the Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer, we don’t have the counter space for this baby nor do we make anything that would require such a piece of heavy duty machinery. As much as I would like this sweet mixer in ‘ice’ to match our kitchen… I will just have to wait till we have a big house and I start a baking company out of our house (which is not happening anytime soon… or at all).

    Rule #1 of Registering for Mr. Knight and Miss Gator is: don’t register for any pyrex.

    Seminole Bridesmaid received TONS of pyrex at her bridal shower and wedding… and when I mean TONS, I mean… she can make a dish and throw out the pyrex instead of cleaning it because she has a garage full of more pyrex. It is quite comical how much pyrex she has. {hmmm…. I wonder if she will be gifting us with pyrex?} Our response… we didn’t register for any pyrex. What we have now is enough. :-)

    When we had finished scouring the store for things we needed, we headed to the front of the store and had our registry printed out. Here are a few things we registered for:

    source: Bed Bath and Beyond

    source: Bed Bath and Beyond

    source: Bed Bath and Beyond

    source: Bed Bath and Beyond

    Where did you all register? Did any of you already have just about everything before your wedding? How did you deal with that?


  • Wedding Fashion
  • FYI :: I’m The Bride

    Your not a true “Bride,” till you have a shirt telling the whole world you are!

    photo by Mr. Knight

    A few months ago I bought this super cute “Bride” tee from the Wedding Chicks, {and on sale, hooray!} for $10 (including shipping). Since I received it I really haven’t had the occasion to wear it. I mean… where do you really wear a shirt that labels you as the “Bride” aka Miss. Center-of-attention-so-you-better-listen-to-every-word-I-say, besides your wedding day? As I was donning my rhinestone orange Gator sweatpants tonight, I decided I should finally wear my Bride tee.

    Looking back, I should have gotten all my Bridesmaids these super cute shirts to wear.

    source: Wedding Chicks
    Look at these cute tees? I was crazy not to get them when they were on sale! Darn it!

    They are incredibly soft, and the design is super chic! It is rare you come across a design for bridal tees that doesn’t make you want to barf. Oh… and have you seen the back of the shirt???


    Check out these other super cute designs by the Wedding Chicks:

    source: Wedding Chicks
    Looooveee the seahorses. But, I can’t help thinking, wouldn’t this be 10 times cuter with gators instead of seahorses?

    source: Wedding Chicks

    source: Wedding Chicks

    Here’s a hint: if you want a discount on their super cute merch, follow them on Twitter. They often tweet promotional codes for 25%.

    These tees and totes give me lots of inspiration to create the design of the tank I want to wear on Mr. Knight and I’s wedding day (ohh and it WILL have something Gator, for sure!).

    Are any Brides out there planning on wearing something special to get ready in on their wedding day? Found the perfect tee/jacket/tank? Please share! :-)

  • Reception
  • The Wedding Shoe Game

    I bet ya’ll got really excited when you saw that title. “ohhhh Miss Gator is going to talk about Wedding shoes… oh goodness I’m sooo excited!!!!” Well, I hate to burst your bubble but I won’t be talking about Wedding shoes but rather the Wedding Shoe Game Brides and Grooms play at their reception! I had never heard of this game till I found pictures of it over at Jenna Cole Photography. Since Mr. Knight and I are all for games, I just had to check this out. Do you all want to know how to play?!? Of course you do!!

    Two chairs are set up in the middle of the dance floor and the Bride and Groom sit back to back, like so:

    source: Flickr

    The Bridal Party stands about 10′ away from the Bride and Groom, with the Bridesmaids facing the Bride and the Groomsmen facing the groom. Then the Bride and Groom will take off their shoes and exchange shoes so each person has one Groom shoe and one Bride shoe, like so:

    source: Jenna Cole Photography

    Then the DJ will start by saying: “This game is to show how much the new Mr. and Mrs. Knight really know about each other… I will ask you a question and you raise the shoe that you think best fits the answer to the question… alright here’s a practice question…”Right now, who has the most cash on them?”

    Then it goes on from there, with fun questions like:

    • Who’s the better cook?
    • Who’s the best driver?
    • Who’s the fastest driver?
    • Who has the wackiest family?
    • If you haven’t already… who is most likely to pass gas today?
    • Now that you’re married, who will be the first to say… “not tonight”?
    • Who talks more?
    • Who’s most likely to get lost?
    • Who’s most likely to ask for directions?

    source: Flickr
    Some deliberation by the Bride and Groom…

    source: Grand Rapids Wedding Photography
    A Bride and Groom having a TON of fun at this game. It’s funny to see how each answers.

    Check out the clip below of a Bride and Groom playing the Shoe Game at their Wedding:

    Too funny!

    Mr. Knight and I want to have a fun at our wedding and I think this is a great game to play. I know it really isn’t traditional to play games at a wedding (I don’t really consider the garter toss and bouquet toss, games), but I think it would be a great addition to our wedding reception, and I believe Mr. Knight agrees.

    Will any of you be playing any games at your reception?

  • Reception
  • The First Dance Indecision

    Well.. I have been listening to TONS of songs today. Mostly because Mr. Knight is as work, and I miss him (I know… I’m such a sap!). Our “first dance” song for our wedding has changed quite a few times and I think it is about to change again, there are just so  many songs that Mr. Knight and I listen to, connect to and love.

    Sunny MOH, Seminole Bridesmaid and Gator Bridesmaid dancing their first dance with their husbands. Had to include this. Aren’t they all such beautiful Brides?! (click the image to enlarge the picture and get a better look at my beautiful bridesmaids!!! ♥ Them)

    The first song Mr. Knight and I ever chose for our first dance was “I’m Your’s” by Jason Mraz. It is just so sweet, mellow and chill. Everything Mr. Knight and I ♥. We will still be playing the song at our wedding for sure… and it still isn’t completely out of the running.

    Then it changed to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Calliat. The two voices are incredibly sweet talking about how they are in love with their best friend, and how they will wait for each other. Just so sweet and mellow. So… for the past 5 months this has been our “first dance” song.

    Then Mr. Knight had to go and buy a new album by Owl City. I have to say it wasn’t instant love at first listen. I initially thought the music was sappy, emo, and whiny. Three things I don’t like. But, Mr. Knight insisted it was great music, so we listened to the cd for a few weeks. Yeah… now I LOVE Owl City. Funny how that happens.

    Without further adieu, here is the song we are considering switching our “first dance” song to. Listen and Enjoy. :-)

    Owl City “Vanilla Twilight” -So sweet and dreamy!

    I think its the tone of the music and the lyrics that really get to me… plus Mr. Knight likes it, which is always a plus! Still contemplating this one. What do ya’ll think??

    What are you/or did you dance to for your first dance with your hubby at your wedding?

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  • Little Knight :: Truly A “Best” Man

    I have to say that Mr. Knight and I are truly blessed to have an amazing family. For Christmas this year, Mr. Knight’s younger brother, Little Knight, made us this amazingly sweet video. Okay, so his nickname on Gator Bride is Little Knight, but he isn’t really little at all, he’s 19. I still can’t believe he just finished his first semester of college, I still think he’s like 13 years old (and I think Mr. Knight and I are 18). Yes… I know I’m in major denial.

    Christmas Gift from the Best Man from Miss Gator on Vimeo.
    Mr. Knight and I ♥ Little Knight. I mean… what a cool gift?!

    Can you believe this is only the second video Little Knight has ever made? He did an amazing job… I think he has a future in film making for sure! Mr. Knight and I are so impressed with Little Knight’s handy work, that we are enlisting him in helping us make a video for our rehearsal dinner. I know he is going to do an amazing job. Oh… and did I mention Little Knight is the Best Man? Aren’t we lucky?