• Gator Bride Video
  • Adore Events Bride’s Night Out Promo Video

    Adore Events // Bride’s Night Out from Gator Bride Videography on Vimeo.

    Every month, Gainesville-based wedding planning company, Adore Events, hosts a “Bride’s Night Out” to connect local brides with the best vendors in Gainesville in a no-pressure environment. The next one will be December 5th from 6:3o-8pm and has a “Bridal GLAM” theme. There will be a great Q&A with local vendors on how to get the perfect bridal look (hair/makeup/styling), and a photographer on hand to capture “before” and “after” shots of each bride.

    A few months ago, we attended a Bride’s Night Out and put together a promotional video for the monthly event. It just so happens this was the same night I went into labor with Tanner. So, it’s safe to say, Bride’s Night Out will always hold a special place in my heart. ♥

    Hope to see y’all there!

  • Gator Bride Video
  • Marcela + Gabriel’s First Look

    Mr. Knight and I have been working hard to finish up Marcela and Gabriel’s wedding video. We were doing a final run-through last night and couldn’t help but fall in LOVE with their first look. They had it at a little stream with a waterfall in the Town of Tioga right here in Gainesville, FL. This couple have been together for years and even have a beautiful son together, but that still didn’t mean that they both weren’t incredibly nervous. I love the anticipation between these two. They were so excited to finally be getting married and were both a ball of nerves. Enjoy!

    Also, a fun new development, Gator Bride DESIGNS now has a Facebook page! Yay! So head on over and check it out! By far, my favorite part of the new page is the images of Gator Bride DESIGN projects in action! Love it. :)

  • Recaps
  • Preparing for our First Dance (+ Bloopers Reel)

    In my last entry, you saw our first dance along with a little bit of our practice footage. I probably showed a total of 20 seconds of practice footage. Y’all… it certainly took longer than 20 seconds to learn how to dance. That’s for sure.

    Here we are bustin’ a move.

    Mr. Knight and I took private lessons at the Imperial Dance Studio here in Gainesville. We signed up for their wedding package, which included 2 hours of private lessons, along with 2 hours of private practice (in our own studio, by ourselves) for $140. Not bad in our book.

    At our first lesson our instructor listened to our music and danced quietly around the room by herself, figuring out which type of dance style fit best with our music. After a few minutes of humming and moving around she determined a fox trot would be perfect for our first dance song, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Calliet.

    The first practice consisted of loud sighs by Mr. Knight, lots of stepping on toes, and a few “scenes” by Mr. Knight. What I say Mr. Knight had a “scene,” I mean he had an all out tantrum. He got so frustrated during our first lesson that he laughed super loud and laid on the floor groaning. Yeah… he totally did this in front of me and our instructor. Soooo embarrassing.

    While leaving our first lesson, Mr. Knight proclaimed that we would never get the dance down and that we should just go back to the trusty “slow swaying” motion for our first dance.

    I, on the other hand, loved every minute of our practices. I smiled so much during all our practices that Mr. Knight had to tell me to STOP SMILING because it was distracting him. I grew up dancing, so being able to do something that I love with the person I love was so incredible for me. Plus, I love when Mr. Knight spins me. :)

    I became so obsessed with being spun that I made everyone who danced with me (for the dollar dance at our wedding) spin me at the end. It was a requirement in my book. ;)

    Anyways, after a few lessons we were starting to get the hang of it. Every lesson added more complexity – a new move here, learning how to start and end our dance, etc. We tried to practice in between lessons, but that didn’t always work out so well as we really didn’t have a large enough space and Mr. Knight was against practicing in our driveway. Some nights, we would try moving all the furniture out of our living room. After running into a side table, stubbing our toes on the couch and tripping over a cord, we decided to leave the practicing to the dance studio.

    When we did get to practice, we always recorded it to view later and see what we did wrong (helped make the most of our very few practices). Check out a little bloopers reel below, to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Just dance.” Felt it was totally appropriate. :)

    First Dance Bloopers Reel from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    Practices were fun, stressful, and eye-opening. We danced, we played, we made funny faces, we fought with each other, we laughed – we just had a good time.

    As we neared our wedding, we both got more and more nervous about our first dance. We were more nervous about our first dance than we were for any other part of our wedding. We just wanted to get it right and show everyone what we had learned. Plus, we wanted to put on a show, because after all, we are the entertainment at the wedding. Har har.

    As you saw in my First Dance post, things went off without a hitch… Okay, maybe there was a few hitches, and a big mess up that caused me to burst out laughing – giving us one of my favorite photos ever:

    photo by Starks Photography

    But, no one noticed our mess up (or at least they didn’t tell us!), and we pulled it off.

    In the end I’m so incredibly happy we took dance lessons and I plan to encourage Mr. Knight to take lessons with me again, for fun. Well… I may have to black mail him to get him in a dance studio again, but it shall be done! For me, taking dance lessons was the most fun I have had in so long and I can’t wait to do it again. :)

    What was your favorite wedding activity? Was your fiancee a big part in making that wedding activity fun for you?

  • Health
  • Getting Clear Skin on your Wedding Day

    Let’s start out by saying, if you are one of those people who have impeccable, baby-smooth, blemish free skin, this post is not for you. And… we can’t be friends. Only kidding. :)

    I know that I wasn’t the only Bride out there struggling with acne. Acne is no new thang for me. I have fought a losing battle with acne for many years. I even joke to Mr. Knight that I don’t know how he ever fell in love with my crater face (over 8 years ago!). He always tells me that it’s what was on the inside that counts for him… and that he liked my booty. MEN!

    So what did I do to get my skin looking like this?

    photo by Starks Photography

    It’s been a long, tearful journey my friends.

    Throughout high school I was constantly plagued with painful, red pimples and all over (relatively minor, considering others) acne. My Junior year of high school I was prescribed tetracycline (relatively inexpensive, even without insurance) which seemed to help CONSIDERABLY. Having clearer skin gave me a new found confidence I didn’t have before. Eventually, I had to stop taking tetracycline (as it’s an antibiotic) due to it’s interference with BC.

    I was bummed. I tried a few different BC’s that were FDA approved to treat acne. Every half-year I would change to a different brand (wrecking havoc on my system), trying to find the perfect combination of over the counter products, Rx products, and BC brand for my skin. 6 years later, I think I’ve finally figured it out.

    Now, I don’t contend to be a professional at acne prevention, but I thought maybe sharing my regimen  (and the regimen of others), and what I did to prepare my skin for our Wedding, may help y’all. As always, please consult your Doctor/Dermatologist before beginning any treatment plan.

    Here’s a few other tips (that worked for me!) in preparing your skin for your Wedding day:

    • Drink TONS of water. Seriously people, water is the KEY. Instead of reaching for that soda or coffee, reach for some water. It totally cleanses your system and your skin.
    • DON’T TOUCH your face. Restrict all need to touch your face. Don’t rest your chin on your palm, don’t rub your face, just don’t touch it at all. Trust me.
    • Wear little to no make-up leading up to your Wedding. I went several weeks sans make-up leading up to our Wedding. There was no way I was going to let something clog up my pours and cause a crazy breakout on our Wedding day!
    • Break a sweat, if you can. Working out and sweating is another way to pull all that junk out of your pours. Just make sure to follow up with a mild cleanser afterwards.
    • Alter your cycle*. I altered my monthly cycle (via BC) so that our Wedding fell during the time of the month when I had the least amount of breakouts.
    • Don’t pick at your face! If you have a pimple, resist the urge to pick at it. Picking at pimples and acne will only make the problem worse and can lead to an infection and scarring. Leave it alone and let your body do the magic, before you know it the pimple will be gone.

    *I am not a Doctor. This is just what I did in preparing for our Wedding day. As always, PLEASE consult a Physician.

    Products I currently use:

    • Estrostep BC (Pretty much DOES the job of protecting you against unplanned pregnancy and acne. For me, the brand runs around $90, and the generic around $35. I know, it’s expensive, but it’s been my little miracle and I’m going to pay for it as long as I can!)
    • Differin Gel (Can be very expensive without insurance, as I discovered. But, many dermatologists will give you a discount card to use on your first few tubes of gel. This often brought it down to a more reasonable price. Once I had a better control of my acne, I only needed about 1 tube a year)
    • St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub (2-3 times a week. All the other days I use a mild cleanser like Clean and Clear’s Morning Burst)

    Now that I’ve regained control of my skin, I am looking into reducing the amount of products I use. Which got me thinking, what does everyone else use? So I posed the question to my Twitter posse on what they’ve found works best for them to control acne and break outs.

    Twitter Posse responses:

    ShelikesRuffles“Proactiv. Used it since age 13! Love. I also moisturize with oil of olay lotion. Awesome”

    LandlockedBride – “I don’t have one set thing – but I tend to use organic and natural products. My skin responds really well to them.”

    obxwife – “Just started Proactiv a few months ago and love it. I used to use Aveeno a lot and it worked great.”

    Laurenetc – “Murad products are fantastic and anything with sulfur. Benzoyl peroxide causes scarring. I use a retinol cream at night and it has worked wonders to fade old acne scars.”

    dianalapoint – “Anything from BeFine. Especially their brown sugar face scrub.”

    jesstagirl – “For me, the only way my skin stays clear is by NOT washing it daily. True story. Only once, every other day in the shower.” Mr. Knight swears by this too, and he hardly EVER has break-outs. I think he just has good skin genes, but him and Jesstagirl could be on to something. Maybe we poke at our skin too much with products which causes it to freak the F out. Who knows.

    OMGmomBLOG – “Drink lots of water and use a thick oil free night creme. That’s what I’ve done and now I don’t even wear makeup anymore. Aveline night creme. $$ but worth it! Spent 15 years with bad product of every $ range and this is best for me.”

    If you have more than just a breakout here and there, and want to make SURE your skin is at it’s best on your Wedding day… consult a Dermatologist. But don’t wait too long. Make sure to do so 6 month+ leading up to your Wedding as many products and suggestions they give you take a little while to kick in (often up to 3 months, but give yourself a little wiggle room with 6 months).

    My Dermatologist also said that if I did have a terrible, hard, painful pimple leading up to our Wedding, that I could come into the office for an injection (which would cause the pimple to go down, considerably, overnight). Have any of y’all tried that?

    Don’t think you can afford to go to a Dermatologist? Call around and see what kind of prices for consultations Dermatologists are charging in your area. Mine was about $30-40 for visit (and I didn’t have the best insurance at the time).

    Not ready to take the plunge with a Dermatologist? There are plenty of great over-the-counter products to try (listed above via Twitter Posse). Make sure to give yourself a few months of using the product before moving on to another product. Acne doesn’t clear up overnight and it often takes a few months of a strict regimen to regain control.

    As for me, I’m thinking of trying OMGMomBLOG‘s Aveline Night Cream. In the past I have used RA Cream (equivalent to Retin A), and my skin was super glow-y. Not hyperactive glow-y, just the “I have super fabulous skin” glow-y. Laurenetc also loves RA Cream. I’ll be sure to update ya’ll in a few months with my results and how I feel about the product. Plus, it’s a cream that helps combat the effects of aging on your skin, SCORE! I know I’m only 24, but as Seminole Bridesmaid always says “It’s never too early.”

    Today, I’m so thankful for my skin. I have worked hard to get it where it is today. I know y’all probably want to see a “before” picture. When I have the balls to post it, I will. I’m not there yet.

    Sure, I have my moments where I feel a pimple beneath the surface and I don’t want to leave the house, but in the end I know that it could be a lot worse.

    How do y’all deal with breakouts? What products do you swear by? And for those struggling with bad acne, hang in there! You’ll eventually find the regimen that works for you!

  • DIY
  • A Second Life for Cake Toppers

    As Christmas ornaments!!!

    This Christmas, I have searched high and low for a knight ornament for Mr. Knight’s alma mater (and namesake). I even contacted Bunnywithatoolbelt (who made our cake toppers) to make a miniature knight ornament for us, but a custom piece proved to be a little more expensive then I had in mind. Then I thought, why not make our sweet little cake toppers into ornaments?

    Hello, I love you.

    They aren’t really doing anything right now, and we really haven’t decided what we were going to do with them (besides store them safely).

    I had thought about putting them on a shelf, but with frisky kitties I’ve learned to not leave anything sentimental/expensive out to be knocked down. I had thought of placing them in a shadow box with our invitation and picture from our wedding, but that just didn’t seem quite right to me. So, when making them into ornaments came to mind, I thought “perfect.”

    When I told Mr. Knight about my idea, I believe his response (via Gchat) was “OMG YES.” Love him♥

    I wanted to be as minimally invasive as possible with these precious pieces. I just simply took some extra string I had and tied them around the neck of each. I know, sounds really awful that I hung our little toppers by their necks.

    And VIOLA! These babies are now fabulous little additions to our Christmas tree!
    I apologize for the terrible images. Mr. Knight would scold me if he knew I was uploading these images for a post!

    Don’t you just love them? I sure do.

    We plan to keep them safe and sound in our wedding box when they aren’t on our tree. Bringing them out each year will be so much fun, because it will make us go through all our wedding memories. :) Besides, putting our tree up every year is like taking a trip down memory lane as most of our ornaments were picked up from places we visited together, and special memories which connect us both. Our cake topper ornaments will just be the icing on the cake. Get it? Oh boy, I’m getting lame!

    Now, I just have to pray to the Kitty Gods that Gator Kitty and Pepper will leave our precious cake toppers alone.

    What are your plans for your cake toppers after your wedding? Will they go into storage? Do you have a special project from them? Or, will you follow my lead and make them into fabulous ornaments for your Christmas Tree?