• Uncategorized
  • Happy Lover’s Day ♥

    Not only are Mr. Knight and I celebrating National Lover’s Day (as I’d like to call it), but we are also celebrating 2 years of being engaged. Two years ago today, Mr. Knight proposed (what a sweet-face!).

    This Valentine’s Day, Mr. Knight gifted  his sweet lover (that would be me!) with a brand new range!! Yes… I know. For some, this is not very exciting. For me, it is the best Lover’s Day gift! He also baked me some sweet cinnamon rolls in our new convection oven (he felt I needed some sugar to keep me working on the ‘Great Laundry Room’ makeover, stay tuned for the results!).

    Goodbye 80s range, Hello new stainless steel convection perfection! {What is that you spotted on top of our new range? That would be the amazing cinammon rolls Mr. Knight made! Yums}
    photos taken on Miss Gator’s phone

    I love you Darling. Happy Valentine’s Day!
    {umm… how cool are we in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium?}
    photo by Starks Photography

    With that, I will leave you, this beautiful Sunday, with a lovely song (I love it so much, that I often go to the Starks Photography website, just to listen to it… maybe it’s about time that I purchase it on iTunes…hmm).


    “Recognize” by Stephanie Schneiderman

    Happy Lover’s Day Everyone!
    Remember to tell those that you care about, how much you love them!

    XOXO♥
    Miss Gator

  • DIY
  • Invitations Part 1: The Great Assembly

    Mr. Knight and I have been very busy bees (or should I have said, a busy gator and knight?). We have been working, over the past week, on assembling our invitations… and boy theses babies sure are a labor of love.

    Check out those sweet wrap-around address labels.
    Photography by Mr. Knight (of course!)

    I think I must have cut a gazillion sheets of paper. Good thing I have experience with blades (architecture student… enough said)! Poor Mr. Knight was a hopeless mess at cutting invitations.. all the ones he tried to cut came out crooked. But, he has found his calling as the ultimate gluer! Truth be told, these babies are taking an incredible amount of time. But, are sooooo worth it!

    The best part about working on our invitations? Spending some much needed quality time with Mr. Knight. :-)

    Sometimes its really nice to turn the TV and computer off, and do something together. When Mr. Knight asked me what I wanted to do for Valentine’s Day, I said that I just wanted to do something together. So… we are not only working on invitations, but have decided to tackle cleaning, painting, and organizing our laundry room this weekend (I’m probably the only person who finds this exciting).

    Almost 2 weeks out from the date we plan to send out invitations, and we’ve almost finished assembling them. How awesome is that?

    Did you DIY your invitations? Did they take much longer to put together then you expected?

  • Weekly Obsession
  • • Weekly Obsession • The Pissed Off Bride Blog

    Having such a public blog, where both your family and friends follow, makes it difficult to really voice your opinions on certain subjects and just plain vent your frustrations of the Wedding Planning process. Brides, Stacy of You Can’t Take it With You and Kelly of Miss Pug’s Pawfect Wedding started The Pissed Off Bride blog, for well… some royally Pissed Off Brides.

    Here is an excerpt from their ‘About’ Section:

    Everyone has someone they’d like to tell off – but this site is for the pissed off brides out there.

    Did a baker completely screw up your wedding cake? Write them a letter here – as unprofessional as you’d like.

    Your great-aunt decide that the dress she’ll be wearing to your wedding will be… white? Tell us how you really feel.

    It doesn’t matter if you got engaged 3 minutes ago (and already are considering eloping) or got married 30 years ago (and still harbor hefty resentments) – this site is for you. So stop ripping out your hair! Spill your guts, breathe a sigh of relief, and anonymously commiserate with like-minded women everywhere.

    The Pissed Off Bride

    The post that was up there today is a Pissed off Bride who is tired of getting calls from David’s Bridal, and tired of receiving their copious amount of catalogs in the mail. I can’t help but laugh, because what she says is so true. Whether you need to vent something that has bothered you for days, months, or years, or you just need a plain old laugh, head over to The Pissed Off Bride Blog… it is bound to have you saying “OMG… that really happened?…. She did WHAT?” And… can put your own wedding planning in perspective.

    I have yet to submit anything to The Pissed Off Bride blog… but if I had… I wouldn’t tell you, now would I?  :-)


  • Wedding Fashion
  • I’m a Two-Shoe Bride

    Which is waaayyyy better then being a two-dress Bride. Right?

    Let me set the scene. I take the long drive (okay… maybe it was only 40 minutes.. but that is long for me!) down to Ocala to Alterations Unlimited, and ultimately to finally try on my dress for the first time in months (bringing along my brand new and adorable Nina Electras). I get there, slip into my huge dress (that is a whole other story) and slip into my satin Ninas. As Debbie, the wonderful owner, went over with me my options with the dress and what undergarments I should purchase for our next meeting, all I could do was stare at my feet. How could I have been so absent minded to not even try on my beautiful new shoes with my Wedding dress (which Mr. Knight asked me over and over again once I came home and told him the story)? All I could see is how balently the shoes didn’t match my dress, not in style, material or color!

    My dress is very light, air-y, lace-y and is devoid of any satin whatsoever (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much). So when I put on my beautiful satin, ivory, and bow-ed shoes with it, they just didn’t match. The shoes were meant for a more modern dress, and my dress has more of a vintage look to it. I think it was ultimately the big satin bow that threw off the whole look.

    I’m normally very good about these things. I think about every decision I make extensively… probably think about my decisions too much. At this point, usually Mr. Knight would come in and say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to the shoes and call it a day (relinquishing any worry I had about them not matching my dress). But, alas, we are trying to keep some part of our Wedding traditional, and Mr. Knight hasn’t seen my dress.

    I spent the 40 minute drive home from Ocala fretting about my shoes and what to do (I know… with so much going on in the world today and I’m worrying about a stupid pair of shoes… bridezilla much?). Then I had a sort of Wedding Shoe revelation. Not only was the bow on the Ninas a problem but so was the fabric, satin. I needed a shoe that was metallic, either silver or gold, to match my dress.

    When I got home, I immediately got on the internet and searched high and low for Real Wedding pictures of Bride’s in my dress (I only found about two Weddings), looking strategically at their shoes to determine if my revelation was correct… and wa-LA.. I was sooo correct.

    With the ‘okay’ from Mr. Knight I searched the internet for little metallic heels with a vintage flair (and with the same heel height as my previous Ninas) and came across these on eBay (one of my favorite shopping destinations):

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    These are some J Crew Beauties from a season or two ago. They are Pink Metallic (which will match my hair accessories) with a Pave Crystal Jewel. They were for about 1/3 their original price on eBay. Gotta love eBay!

    I thought about these beauties for awhile (okay, maybe for all about 1/2 a day) and sent them over to Mr. Knight (who wasn’t very helpful… other then saying ‘Get what makes you happy’… ahh what a guy?). I ordered these beauties and waited patiently for them to arrive on our doorstep. I have to say, ordering them immediately calmed me down. I got really excited to get these little shoes in the mail, and to try them on with my dress (which my next alterations appointment is March 1st, where I will arrive shoes, veil, and undergarments in hand, to see the complete look).

    The perfect amount of vintage-y goodness to complete my look! Once again Gator Kitty giving the shoes the ‘once over.’
    (please ignore my feet… I’m sooo not a feet person.. so posting this picture of my own was hard)

    I do have to say that I’m incredibly embarrassed to blog about my two-shoe Bride-ness. I plan to keep the Nina Electra’s till after the Wedding and sell them (thank goodness I didn’t pay full price for them!). I’m a good little eBay Seller, so I’m confident I can get just about the same price I paid for the Ninas, back.

    I did feel like a crazy women, driving home and immediately ordering a different pair of shoes for my Wedding dress. But, I know that these are ‘the ones’ for sure. And if not, well I’m going to wear them ANYWAYS!

    I have been joking to Mr. Knight that they are a little more uncomfortable then my Ninas, and as a result, I’m making him carry me everywhere at our Wedding. He usually responds that he better start lifting weights more often. I’ve worn more uncomfortable shoes then these before, and for many hours and been fine (I guess that is what dancing in pointe shoes for years will do for you). So, I’m not worried at all. Hey, beauty is pain, right? haha.

    Was there a moment in your wedding planning process/or wedding where you felt you were a total mad, crazy, bridezilla women?

  • Ceremony
  • Hydrating Your Guests :: DIY Modern Wedding Water Bottles

    Our Wedding Ceremony is in May… in Florida… outside… and in the afternoon. Quite possibly one of the hottest times of the day (besides noon). Granted, it will be absolutely beautiful being married as the sun sets behind us, our Guests may become quite parched. So, we’ve planned to have water bottles in ice at the ceremony to hydrate our thirsty guests.

    We ran out to Sam’s Club (with our newly minted Sam’s Club cards, courtesy of Gator Mom and Gator Dad) and purchased over 192 water bottles (we only need 180… but pre-packaging makes it difficult to get the exact amount needed). We also ordered 180 polyester water-proof labels from Online Labels (specially sized for water bottles!). Then, it was time for me to get designing (my favorite part!!), and this is what I came up with: (I normally hide our names or blur them out but, these labels are too cute… and if any of you did a little searching on the internet, it would probably be easy to find out our names)

    Aren’t they cute? I knew I wanted something modern, and a few variations of it (to make it more fun for the guests… or maybe more fun for me to design!).

    After printing all our labels on our Lexmark Color laser printer (which has been an invaluable investment not only for wedding related activities but, for graduate school, and work), Mr. Knight got to work de-labeling and re-labeling the water bottles with our custom labels.

    Mr. Knight even had some help from Gator Kitty!

    And on to the final product!

    I think they turned out fabulous! The only issue we ran into was storing them. After Mr. Knight figured out this situation wasn’t going to work (he couldn’t even pick up the container!):

    We opted for 3 smaller plastic containers to store them in until the wedding (in 3 short months!).

    We are planning on displaying them in galvanized containers (which we have yet to price or purchase..eek!):
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    Okay… and now for the cost break-down:

    • 192 Aquafina Water Bottles bought at Sam’s Club $31.26
    • 180 Labels from Online Labels (including shipping) $22.34
    • Printing $0
    • Mr. Knight’s Labor paid through kisses :-)

    TOTAL:  $53.60
    Which comes out to about  .30 cents a water bottle

    This is a super easy, and relatively inexpensive, way to add that ‘little somethin’ to your Wedding! There are tons of free online templates for Water Bottle Labels that can be easily customized for your Wedding (which can be found here, here, and here).

    If you really want something custom and don’t have the design/software experience to do so, you can always contact me and we can work something out! I love designing Wedding items and would love to help!


    Miss Gator