My First Wedding Nightmare

Yes I have had it…  My first wedding nightmare and it was AWEFUL!

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In the dream I was headed out to our rehearsal, except our rehearsal wasn’t on the beautiful green golf course we have planned, it was in a chapel in my parent’s front yard! What a chapel (that weirdly enough looked like the Baughman Center) was doing in my parent’s front yard… I have no idea. I only realized it wasn’t our rehearsal when I saw my Dad dressed in his tux and I was in my wedding dress… only my wedding dress hadn’t been altered! Can we say FREAK OUT! Not only was my dress not altered, I had forgotten to order flowers, I had no veil, and I looked like one hot mess.

Thankfully I woke up and realized it was JUST a dream. But it certainly sent me into a bit of freak out mode and I was unable to sleep. So I got up and did what any good fiance does early in the morning… Mr. Knight’s laundry.

An Underwater Wedding Proposal

By accident (while looking for places to Scuba Dive in the Keys) I stumbled upon the dive blog of Rainbow Reef out of Key Largo. They had a unique proposal featured on their blog… an underwater proposal! How creative! Apparently Jake called ahead to alert the Rainbow Reef Crew that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Kim, underwater. The crew set everything up and even had one of the dive masters there to take pictures. Can we say AWESOME!

Her answer? Well the pictures speak for themselves ↓

Underwater Proposal

She said YES!

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Thumbs up from the Groom-to-be!

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Honestly, how cute are they? Major props to the Groom for thinking up such a creative way to propose to his leading lady!

Adventures in Wedding Dress Shopping Part One: Narrowing Down the Competition

Before I arrive at the moment when I tell you about how I found ‘the dress ♥,’ I feel a little back story on my search for ‘the one’ is important. As some of you know, Mr. Knight and I have been engaged for about 1½ years. Throughout our long engagement,  I’ve scoured the Internet and bridal magazines for wedding dresses telling  myself I was not allowed to try on any dresses until we hit the 1-year mark (’till our wedding). I kept that promise to myself and went shopping the exact weekend of our 1 year countdown; and, just like that, I found the dress of my dreams—the dress that made my heart swoon! :-)

Here was the criteria when looking for the dress of my little Gator Bride dreams:

Sweetheart Neckline
Flow-ey
Romantic
Soft

And Mr. Knight’s Criteria? That he could be able to feel my butt through the dress. No poofy dresses. What can I say, Mr. Knight is a booty man!

The very first store I visited was the infamous (and sometimes scary) David’s Bridal. I have mixed emotions about David’s Bridal (the warehouse of all things fluffy and frilly). But I was on a mission to give the ol’ bird a chance. While there I tired on the two dresses below↓ (I apologize for no pictures, my camera battery died that day)

Davids Bridal

Galina Signature ST9637 at $800 and Oleg Classini CRL277 at $1050

Both dresses were a ‘no go’. The experience was also less than desirable. I was basically stuffed into a tiny dressing room, with no help from a consultant to help me change in-and-out of these dresses (which is not a one person job). I also was a little underwhelmed by the quality of the dresses. I expected a lot more for the price they were charging. So on to the next stop.

Next I went to The Bridal Shoppes at the Avenues (in Jacksonville, FL). After making the appointment I went online and came across several negative reviews about the store… I still decided to go and see for myself. They had a very wide selection of beautiful dresses (Watters, Mon Cheri, Casablanca etc.) and my consultant there was extremely helpful. Plus they were willing to negotiate on pricewhich is very rare in the wedding dress industry. Cameras were not allowed, so, below I have pictures of my top two choices ↓

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Watter Geneva at $1498 and Allure 8624 at $698

So from this point I knew I wanted something with lace and a little more form fitting then before (have to show off the figure!). The dresses were absolutely beautiful and meticulously crafted…just gorgeous…but still no sweetheart neckline.

The third store I visited was Love: a Bridal Boutique in Jacksonville Beach, FL. The store was beautiful and they allowed you to take pictures (score!). Plus if you buy your gown the day of your consultation they will take 12% off. What a good deal! They have Pronovias, Nicole Miller, Essence of Australia, and other brands. Here are some of the dresses. I only have a price for the dress which was my number 1 choice from this store. Check out below↓

essence of australia1Essence of Australia D940

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essence the oneEssence of Australia D959 at $1150

The last dress was the best I had encountered so far (as you can see from the big grin on this Gator Bride’s face). It was light, airy, soft, romantic… it just felt so right. Now here’s the problem with it: the whole time I had the dress on, I felt as though it would be more suitable for a church/chapel wedding and not for the outdoor garden-themed wedding Mr. Knight and I are having. It was just too elegant… which is a weird thing to say… I mean how can you ever be too elegant?

Needless to say I felt I needed to search further for ‘the dress’, which at the time, was haunting my little Gator Bride dreams…

Stay tuned for Part Two: Solutions Bridal to the Rescue!

Happy Daddy Day

Here’s a shout out to my Dad for always being there for me and for being so awesome. Your my biggest supporter, the person I look up to, my dive buddy, and the most awesome-est guy in my life (alongside Mr. Knight). I love you ♥

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A Modern Save the Date Magnet

One day, while doing what I do best (browsing Etsy and wasting time), I came across Khamm75’s shop. She had this adorable print to commemorate a baby’s birth. It got me thinking, how cute would this be as a Save the Date for a Wedding? And just as soon as I had developed that thought, I browsed her shop more and found a Save the Date she had done (in a very similar fashion as below↓).

both inspirationsSource: Khamm75 on Etsy

If I could I would have ordered them in an instant. They were perfect, modern and already in our wedding colors…but alas Mr. Knight and I are on an extremely tight budget and I would have to make them myself. So out came my trusty Photoshop and away I went to putting together our Save the Date. Mr. Knight and I felt it was important to send Save the Dates out, not just because our wedding is in an extremely busy month but we also changed our wedding date (so that it would not coincide with one of our groomsman’s graduations). So as to not confuse our guests we felt Save the Date magnets would be appropriate. So without further adieu, here they are ↓
With permission from Khamm75, who was such an awesome inspiration for this Save the Date. :-)

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We had the design printed on magnets through VistaPrint and received 100 magnets for $49.99 (+$10 Shipping) with a 50% off sale that VistaPrint was having. We then picked up 100 of these cute (and environmentally friendly!) recycled envelopes at Envelope Mall for $12.25 (what a deal!). And of course a cute dragonfly stamp from the Post Office to top off our little Save the Date. After it was all said and done each Save the Date came out to about $1.42 a piece.

Since sending them out, we have received so many sweet comments from our guests about them. What is it about cute magnets that just make people smile?

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