• Vendors
  • Miss Gator’s Etsy Favorites

    I know I talk about Etsy a whole heck of a lot, but I can’t help but love the items people sell on there. Through the past year I have saved some pretty awesome wedding items (and non-wedding items) in my ‘favorites’ list. I would like to share my finds with all my Gator Bride Sweeties. Enjoy! ↓

    Miss Gators Current Favorite Etsy ItemsFlowers and Cream Dress amandaarcher $235; Lovebirds Vase redhotpottery $40; Cherry Sakura Earrings fishball $40; Pearl Cluster Ring saharaamaya $25; Gardenia Flower Headband pinkpeppermintdesign $13.95; Flower Clutch with Handle mollusa $unknown; Chesapeake Blue Crab Print lauratrevey $15; Custom Flower girl Dish thebrickkiln $17; Heirloom Venice Lace Garter Set gmarasa $40; Calligraphy Tag designsbyrobynlove $2.75; I kick A.S.S. at Scrabble Pin beanforest $1; Baroque Wrap bonzie $unknown; Salmon and Purple Clutch mollusa $39

    *Any items which are ‘sold out’ can usually be remade by the Etsy sellers once you contact them

  • Videos
  • A Wedding Video To Make You Smile :-)

    When I saw this wedding video I just couldn’t help but smile. I hope it makes all my Gator Bride Lovelies smile too.↓

    Ashley & Jamie’s Same Day Edit from Anguilla from Julie Hill on Vimeo.

    The bride is absolutely beautiful and totally pulls off the veil/cape effortlessly. They just look so incredibly happy, they make me happy just lookin’ at them!

    I’m so excited for Mr. Knight and I’s Wedding. Only 292 days left. ♥

  • Vendors
  • The Wind Beneath My Veil Part Two: The Indecision

    While shopping for chapel length veils to go with my beautiful garden romance dress I came across two (at Solutions Bridal… man I need to get out more!) and absolutely loved them both. What I didn’t love about them? The PRICE! Paying for a veil that is almost as much as my dress is certainly not in this budget bride’s vocabulary. Regardless, here they are↓

    Miss Gator in a Beautiful Lace Edged VeilSooo romantic and beautiful… but at a hefty price tag, totally something this Gator Bride can not afford! It was either the veil or finish Grad school… and I choose Grad school :-)
    Lori London Lace Veil, $630

    Miss Gator in Simply Lori London VeilSimple and chic. Love it! And with the price more reasonable (okay sort of reasonable), a good choice for this Bride. What you can’t see is the beautifully sewn edge of the veil. Most veils have a thick ribbon or cord but the edge of this veil is so incredibly delicate and sweet.
    Lori London Veil, $260

    So… here I am. Caught between two beautiful veils. One I can’t afford, but love (and my parents love too!), and one that is more affordable but is lacking something in my mind.

    I tend to over analyze everything. I hardly make any decision rashly. Just ask Mr. Knight. He knows how I think about something for several months before I get up the nerve to purchase it. Through my analyzation of these two veils I’ve discovered that what I really want is a hybrid between the two. If these two veils got together and had babies, I would want their babies. Too weird of an analogy? Bear with me… it’s Friday and my brain is in weekend mode :-)

    Next week I’m meeting with a designer here in Gainesville who will (hopefully) make the perfect veil to go with my dress… for a perfect price. Till then, stay tuned!

  • Uncategorized
  • Keeping The Inner Bridezilla Under Wraps

    Bridezilla Moment CardI work very hard to not become a Bridezilla… but I do have my moments. There has been times through the planning process (and through our year and a half engagement) where I have fully unleashed my inner Bridezilla and later realized that I was being a little unreasonable… okay maybe a lot unreasonable.

    Case 1: Trying to convince Mr. Knight that $700 shoes for our wedding was something I absolutely needed.

    Case 2: Arguing with Mr. Knight that we can’t just have a honeymoon registry, we still need to have a registry at a store. I think I won this one but when I look back I think… why did I care so much? Wouldn’t I rather have money for our honeymoon then place settings for 12? I barely have a table that can sit 4.

    Case 3: Obsessing over a venue where the price per plate was so outrageous, we would have to cut out half of our family and no children could come, and I was actually considering this. It was on the beach, and absolutely fantastic! but… way out of control price-wise.

    UPDATE: Case 4: Saying my wedding instead of our wedding when talking to people; I’ve only done this a few times and each time I feel that voiceover from the ‘Bridezilla’ show calling me a briiiiiiiiiidezilla.

    Okay maybe these aren’t all ‘Bridezilla’ moments (I have seen A LOT worse on the actual Bridezilla TV show) but I still feel they are worthy of the 1/4 Bridezilla or 1/2 Bridezilla designation. We are still 10 months out from our wedding, and I’m sure I will have more to add to this list.

    If you have had a Bridezilla moment, please share! Make this Gator Bride feel a little better that she isn’t the only one. :-)

  • Wedding Fashion
  • The Wind Beneath My Veil Part One: The Inspiration

    When I first started looking for wedding veils, I wanted a birdcage veil. I felt it was chic, modern, and sooo me. When I went dress shopping, my parents really leaned towards a more traditional veil. I put a few on but wasn’t really feeling it. A few bridal store visits later, and after many hours of looking at other couple’s wedding pictures, I became obsessed with having a chapel length veil. Who ever said your parent’s don’t know what’s best for you?

    So, you might ask… how did I go from a 6″ veil to a 90″+ veil? What happened to me? Well these images below is what ‘happened’ to me↓

    Bride and Groom with Bride's Veil in the WindCould totally see a picture of us like this over our mantel… if we had a mantel, that is.
    Source JenniferSKog Photography

    Miss Gator's Bridesmaid at her wedding with her awesome veilThis is one of my fav’s from one my awesome bridesmaid’s weddings. Did you think veils just flow in the wind naturally??? Ahh…well they don’t! I’m totally like 3 feet to the right of this picture, throwing her veil up in the air; hoping one day she will do the same for me :-) ♥ her!
    Source Cannon Fire Photography

    Bride and Groom at Winery with Flowy VeilUmm… yes please, I’ll take one of those, if you don’t mind!
    Source April Smith Photography

    Over the shoulder Veil lookLove love love the ‘over the shoulder’ look
    Source Once Wed

    Yes, I want to be the girl with the long veil. So often I go the minimalist route, while my fiance tries to push me into a more feminine direction. When we go shopping for me, I’m usually reaching for the gray v-neck shirt, while he is reaching for the ruffly bright-colored shirt (could be the architecture student in me). So, I feel it is about time I shed my ultra minimalist inhibitions and just roll with a more flow-y, funky, floral, romantic, feminine self.

    And you know what? It feels real good to do so. :-)