• Ceremony
  • One Wedding Regret – The Florist ‘who should not be named’

    Okay, so I loved EVERYTHING about our wedding. Well, just about everything except for our darn Florist. He was ‘the suck.’

    Poor Happy Bridesmaid had to carry such an offending bouquet. I don’t understand how a florist can get MY bouquet mostly right but completely mess up the bridesmaid bouquets. Yes, those are rogue daisy leaves left by our florist. You can see more pictures of these bouquets in my beautiful bridesmaids post.
    photo by Starks Photography

    Every time I think back to our wedding, I think about all the beautiful people and details… then I get to those dang bridesmaid bouquets and I just about want to cry.  Here was our plan: Mr. Knight and I would order/put together all the flowers for the reception (with the help from my AMAZING bridesmaids and day-of-coordinator) and the only thing we were going to order was the bouquets, bouts and corsages from a florist. Saving us some much needed $$$ since Mr. Knight and I were footing the bill for many of these wedding ‘accessory’ items.

    A few months before the wedding we dropped by a florist in Ormond Beach near our wedding location. We only had time to visit one location since we lived out of town (2 hours away from our wedding location). We met with the owner, checked out all the beautiful pictures of flowers he had done and then showed him our inspiration (below).

    Sweet, romantic and whimsical. Those were our 3 words. What did we get? I cringe every time I think about our bouquets. Cringe with embarrassment and cringe at their heinous weed/store bought/5-year-old craft/ugly-ness.
    collage made from: Mtux, David’s Bridal, OnceWed, Project Wedding

    He said that he loved my daisy look and thought I should make a big statement by having just daisies. I agreed with him and then we moved forward to bridesmaid bouquets and my bouquet. I was overall happy with our consultation and couldn’t wait to see how all the bouquets looked the night before the wedding.

    Fast forward to May 14, the Friday before our wedding. I showed up at our Florist, with my bridesmaids in tow, to check out our bouquets.What did I see? Utter heinousness. From the GOLD ribbon he wrapped MY bouquet with, to the lack-luster bridesmaid bouquets that looked like a package of Winn-Dixie $3 daises were just wrapped in ribbon. Just awful. I was immediately let down. I didn’t really know what to do. I critiqued him, told him what to fix and to add tons more white daisies to my bouquet and my bridesmaid’s bouquets. But those bridesmaid bouquets were just awful and I didn’t know what to do.. and what is even worse is that the florist didn’t even recognize how bad they looked. I mean.. I was basically paying $45 a bouquet for him to drive to Winn-Dixie, purchase a $3 bunch of white daisies and wrap a ribbon around them.

    Don’t they look like they just picked those daisies out of a random pasture, or rather WEEDS and bunched them up to make a bouquet? Ahh.. this is such a sore point for me.
    Picture taken by one of our wedding guests

    I was so busy the day before the wedding, so frazzled, so OVER IT, that I just let the bouquets go. I was just like ‘whatever I can’t handle this right now’ and we left the florist. I’m NEVER like this. I’m that person that has to critique something to the Nth degree. I believe I had just reached a breaking point and I decided… F itI don’t care (please excuse my profanity!). My bridesmaid’s were pretty silent as they looked at the bouquets in horror. Looking back, I wish they had spoken up to help me (sometimes I try to be ‘nice’ and not tell vendors how I REALLY feel). But if I were my bridesmaid’s I probably wouldn’t have said anything either.

    Did I mention the florist forgot to leave me a ‘toss’ bouquet, as outlined in our contract? Details. Details. I ended up throwing my ACTUAL bouquet for the toss. One of my bridesmaid’s offered to give me her bouquet to toss, but I felt bad tossing a bouquet of weeds to our wedding guests.

    On a happier note, the reception flowers were AMAZING. I couldn’t have asked for them to be any better! I remember walking into the reception, right before our ceremony, and seeing all the flowers, I just wanted to cry they were so beautiful. Exactly what I wanted in EVERY WAY.

    Hello GORGEOUS, cheerful, bright and happy. I loved these arrangements our day-of coordinator put together with the flowers we bought. I nearly cried at how perfect they were.
    photo by Starks Photography

    Our Guestbook table with the cutest IKEA bud vases ever. Loving the fuchsia and white daisy combo.
    photo by Starks Photography

    Baby arrangement on the bistro tables during the cocktail hour. These are soo cute.
    photo by Starks Photography; you can see what our table centerpieces looked like at the beginning of our wedding video.

    We ordered white daisies from Fifty Flowers ,fuchsia gerbera daisies from Sam’s Club, and placed cut up lemons in all the vases. They showed up the Thursday before the wedding, and two of my amazing bridesmaids, Sunny MOH and Seminole Bridesmaid, helped me to cut/hydrate and transport them to our reception site.

    3 of the 5 buckets of flowers we had. Sooo gorgeous. And those fuchsia gerbera daisies were beautiful!
    photo taken on Mrs Gator’s iPhone

    Loading the flowers into Mr. Knight’s truck. The truck was a recent purchase on our part and we are so thankful that we took the plunge and got a new vehicle a few weeks before the wedding. We wouldn’t have been able to transport all our wedding goodies/our honeymoon goodies/gifts/and Gator Kitty without this truck (and my little car).
    photo taken on Mrs Gator’s iPhone by Gator Momma

    Looking back on our wedding I know, without a doubt, that I could have made our bouquets everything I ever wanted, if I had done them myself. My stomach churns just thinking about how much we paid for those terribly sad looking bouquets. I look back at all my friend’s weddings that I was a bridesmaid in and remember how beautiful my bridesmaid bouquet was. I expected something amazing and I was let down by our florist. If you are looking for a florist in the Ormond Beach, FL/Daytona Beach area, contact me first so I can tell you who NOT to go to. Let me save you the embarrassment!

    Our total on reception flowers (not even going to talk about wedding flowers because I despise our florist):

    • 23 bunches of Vero White Daisies; Fifty Flowers; $171.19
    • 100 Stems of Fuchsia Gerber Daisies, Sam’s Club; $136.58
    • Lemons from Publix; $25
    • Rectangular Vases from Michael’s $45 (40% coupon)
    • Misc blue vases from Target and white IKEA vases; $10

    Total for Reception Flowers: $387.77
    16 centerpieces and 2 large arrangements; $21.54/per arrangement
    Amazingly the price per arrangement above doesn’t even include the many bud vases all over our reception. So ‘technically’ the per arrangement cost is even lower then I calculated! It certainly pays to do your own flowers!

    Which I believe to be pretty darn amazing! We paid more on our ceremony flowers from the florist ‘who should not be named’ then for our BEAUTIFUL reception flowers. :-)

    Phew… feels so good to get this all out. I’ve had all this pint up anger towards our florist, but I feel soooo much better now! But still… $45/per bouquet for what he showed up with was a little ridic.

    Did you have any wedding day regrets? Did you wish you had gone with a different vendor or spoken up about something you didn’t like? Do you give anyone at your wedding/vendor/family member the ‘he who should not be named’ treatment after what they did at your wedding? Please SPILL!

  • Vendors
  • Wedding of the Week: Meghan:: A True Gator Bride

    Since it is game day here in Gator-ville, I feel the need to post this incredibly Gator Wedding!

    First off I want to say that I absolutely LOVE my readers. I love them even more when they contact me with their seriously awesome Gator Weddings!

    Meghan contacted me a few weeks ago. She’s was a Gator Bride with a ‘Bama lovin’ fiance. Although he didn’t exactly go for the Orange and Blue wedding Meghan desired, they did end up with an incredibly fabulous orange wedding. She also has a super cute blog (that has become by weekly read), Flip Flops & Gator Gear. Check out their love story and wedding pictures below.↓

    Allen and I met at UF 3 years ago. He was raised in Alabama and is a diehard fan, but somehow ended up in the Sunshine State. I like to think he just wanted to go to the school with the better football team. He actually really likes Gator football (how could you not in Gainesville?!), unless they are playing ‘bama. The 2008 SEC Championship Game was a real test of our relationship.

    When we decided to get married, I immediately started pitching the orange and blue color scheme to everyone. No one seemed to appreciate it as much as me. Shocking, I know! We ended up with shades of orange, but I managed to sneak some Gator details in throughout. Allen even wore a blatant Gator orange tie to the wedding…but he didn’t have much of a choice. No worries though, I surprised him with some love for the Crimson Tide as well.

    Our wedding ceremony was at the Orlando LDS Temple and our reception was at Citrus Restaurant in downtown Orlando. Every detail was Gator orange from the place cards to my shoes. My bridesmaids set up a Gator hand-puppet in the bridal suite (so he discretely made his way into several “getting ready” shots) and I wore a half Florida Gator/half Alabama garter. Our guestbook was a football that was hand-painted with a Gator logo on one side and an Alabama logo on the other. I suprised Allen with a groom’s cake in the shape of legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant’s iconic houndstooth hat. One of the best memories of the evening was when our first dance was wrapping up; in comes Florida mascot Albert the Alligator. He tapped on Allen’s shoulder to cut in on the dance and everyone was so shocked and excited that they were cheering….even those foolish Alabama fans in the room!

    Meghan and her Husband

    Meghan and her Alabama Lovin' Husband

    Gator BridesmaidsThese bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous!!

    Gator Bridal Party

    Meghan's bling bling Wedding shoes Love the bling bling on Meghan’s wedding shoes!

    Meghans Bridal BouquetWhat a beautiful bouquet!

    Albert cutting in on the First DanceAlbert cutting in on the first dance with the Bride!

    Cutting the Cake

    Gator Football Guestbook

    All photography by Stacy Elle Photography of Orlando, FL.

  • Ceremony
  • A Serious Daisy Obsession

    Have I told you about my Daisy obsession? If not, then you are in for a surprise… cause girl… I am in love with daisies! I mentioned in my cake post that I wanted to put little white daisies on our wedding cake. Well, I’m not stopping there. I’m thinking daisy bouquets, daisy centerpieces and daisy decor. They are just so sweet and summery (and happy!).

    Check out some of my Daisy Inspiration.↓

    Snippet and Ink Daisy Inspiration BoardLove the daisies on the cake!
    source Snippet and Ink

    Daisy PomanderThis image was the inspiration for some cute Daisy Pomanders I made to line the aisle at our ceremony (I’ll be blogging about that soon!).
    source WeddingBee classifieds

    Juicy Couture Daisy EarringsRehearsal dinner earrings? Possibly paired with a little white sundress?
    source Nordstrom; $48

    Girl with Flower Head CrownWouldn’t a Daisy head band be adorable on a Flower girl?
    source Your Best Wedding

    Mint Julip Flower Sandal Rehearsal or Bridal Shower Sandal?
    source UrbanMinx; $92

    J Crew Ikat Dress source J Crew; $224 (eek! Not budget friendly)

    Right Hand Flower Ring on Wedding DayFlower Ring on Wedding Day? A MUST!
    source Pure Photography

    Yummy Daisy cupcakes with Blueberry Icing Daisy Cupcakes… Bridal shower anyone?? {hint hint}
    source Cake Journal

    Daisy Wedding Bouquetssource Unknown

    Flowers from Mr. KnightFlower from Mr. Knight. He knows my favorite! And is that our vases for our centerpieces I see? I’m thinking something like this for our tables but with all white daisies.

    So I guess my obsession is more of a daisy/floral/yellow obsession. I don’t know what it is about that combination. All I know is that all these pictures make me incredibly happy inside. :-)

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding of the Week: Kari of Keetoyourheart♥

    If you have been reading any of my posts for the last two months, then you know a thing or two about the awesome that is my bridal consultant at Solutions Bridal, Kari (the one who put me in the dress of my dreams!). Her and her hubby were married a few weeks ago and I’m so incredibly excited to finally get to share her wedding with you all (I somewhat stalked Kara Pennington Photography’s blog for these photos to come up). Check out their Gainesville-Goregous wedding↓


    kariandrew007Is that a UF ring I see there? Love it.

    kariandrew014Kari walking down the aisle at the beautiful Baughman Center on Campus. {sigh} gorgeous

    kariandrew015Oh the Groom looks like a happy camper for sure! :-)



    kariandrew026Oh I love fun and happy pictures!

    kariandrew031Check out this fancy-ness. They rented out the Sharab Lounge in downtown Gainesville for pictures!

    kariandrew036Is that the Kate Spade Clarice heels peeping through? I think so!

    Kari and Andrew's reception at Steve's Cafe Americain Kari and Andrew’s beautifully PINK reception at Steve’s Cafe Americain

    Groom's Cake Toppers by Etsy seller Bunnywithatoolbelt
    Even Albert showed up at their wedding. Love me some GATOR! These are the groom’s cake toppers and were made by Etsy seller Bunnywithatoolbelt (who also made our super cute Gator/Knight cake toppers!)

    Kari and Andrew's Reception

    kariandrew050Overall a seriously awesome and GLAMOROUS Gainesville wedding. Never thought you would see glamorous and Gainesville in the same sentence, did you?

    Congratulations to the  new Mr. and Mrs.!