• Recaps
  • Just Mauied :: We’re MARRIED!!!

    Okay y’all, in my last post we got hitched. It was amazing. Perfect, in our eyes. I even received a phone call from Mama Knight saying she happy cried for a half hour after seeing Mr. Knight say his vows. Now, let’s keep this Wedding recap bandwagon rollin’ with another video. Whatcha say about that? So, here’s what happened after all our happy tears, stubborn rings, and sweet kisses.

    ♥ Our Wedding // Pre-Reception from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    This video is filled with lots of kisses, family portraits, one sweet little flower girl, and some silly bridal party peeps. This was one of my favorite segments from our video by Rydell Productins. We were so happy to finally be MARRIED!!!

    Stay tuned for our First Dance. Yes, we had dance lessons, we practiced a whole lot, and we recorded it all to share with y’all. Still need to put a little video montage of it together… this should be interesting!

    Isn’t recapping so much more fun with video?

    And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far on our Wedding Recap journey:

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  • Just Mauied :: Through Our Guest’s Eyes

    While on our honeymoon, Mr. Knight and I enjoyed seeing all the pictures from our wedding our guests were uploading to a share website we set up (via MobileMe) and Facebook. Since the both of us could barely recollect what happened on our wedding day, it was wonderful to view our day through the eyes of our guests. Many captured moments we forgot about, and details we never got to see. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our special day, captured by our guests. Love them♥ Of course with a little commentary from yours truly.

    I was so happy when I saw this picture uploaded on Facebook by a family member. So glad someone enjoyed our water bottles enough to take a picture of them. We have a TON of water bottles left over. Gator Mom and Gator Dad have been enjoying taking the water bottles with them everywhere, and taking a picture of the water bottle wherever they are (sorta like those cat pictures in Buca di Beppo). And on another note, see those chairs in the background?  Totally not the chairs I ‘thought’ I ordered. Oh well, nothing you can do the day of!

    Our snazzy Groomsmen. Best Man- Little Knight, Groomsman M and his brother, Groomsman K. See those folks walking in the background? Those are our photographers! Hooray!! Also, incredibly happy that Groomsman K is holding the programs basket. Good job Groomsman K, gettin’ those babies out there!

    Cuteness overload. For serious. Our adorable little Flowergirl, KK, and her brother, B. They are too sweet. ♥them

    Gator Dad helping a slightly frazzled Gator Bride get to the altar. A few minutes before this picture I had just got a phone call from my groom saying I better get my butt to the altar pronto (we were running a little late and the future husband might have been a little nervous). Yes, I had my phone on our wedding day. Who do you think I am?

    Ahh… finally put together. Love those tall pine trees in the background. I didn’t notice it then (I actually didn’t notice ANYTHING except Mr. Knight’s face) but there were all these golfers and cars that had stopped to watch our wedding. We were the first wedding the Club has ever had on the golf course. I like being the first at something. :-)

    Currently my background on my iphone. Love it. Thank you to whoever of our guests took this picture. :-)

    Mr. Knight and I GETTIN MARRIED. When I got to the altar, Mr. Knight informed me that he had forgot the rings in his truck and that we would be using my engagement ring, and his promise ring for the ceremony. It was the perfect thing to happen as it helped lighten the mood for me, because I was seriously about to bawl with happy tears right there. Lots of laughing, and a few happy tears occurred at that little altar. Our alter had slightly (okay majorly) shifted before the ceremony from all the intense wind, and our preist almost forget to announce us as man and wife (I had to remind him as I was facing our guests… then he franticly started looking through his book FOR OUR NAMES). But it didn’t change a thing. That ceremony was absolutely perfect in our eyes. 

    Hooray! We’re married!

    Mr. Knight and I loved this photo because it was just too hilarious. We are flanked by our two videographers and are two photographers as we walk away from our guests as Mr. and Mrs. Loves it.

    Mr. Knight and I riding off in our golf cart. At this moment, it was so nice to look back and see all of our guests and wave to them. Most of them I didn’t even see at the wedding. I kept asking Mr. Knight ‘Is So and So there?’

    Happy Bridesmaid and Gator Bridesmaid being sneaky little bridesmaids, grabbing a golf cart and following us off to our secret hiding spot. They are too funny. It was so nice to get to our little spot and turn around and see my two architecture besties right there with us, laughing and taking pictures. ♥

    Our sweet little cake toppers that started it all! From bunnywithatoolbelt.

    Cutting the cake, with some supportive help from Mr. Knight. Our cake was perfect. Exactly what we ordered, and BEAUTIFUL!

    One of my favorite events… the Bouquet Toss!! I ended up throwing my actual bouquet. My florist forgot to give me a throw-away bouquet. My bridesmaids offered their bouquets to me, but I said ‘eh, I’ll just throw my actual bouquet, it makes it more fun to catch it!’. I have a whole OTHER post about my florist. Basically the flowers that we did OURSELVES were a million times better then the bouquets the florist put together. I was not impressed by their work at all. But, I wasn’t going to freak out when I saw the bouquets, because it was Mr. Knight and I’s wedding day, and marrying his sweet little face was all I wanted to do. Nothing would get in my way!

    My two snazzy men. Love them both sooo much. Seriously going to frame this picture.

    Groomsman M, Mr. Knight’s brother, and his daughter, little S, enjoying one of our cute little drink flags. How about I have a GAZILLION drink flags left over from the wedding. Note to other Brides out there: if you have drink flags, tell you bartender to PUT THEM IN THE DRINKS. Ours were left in little glasses for our guests to put in their drinks themselves. No bueno. Oh well, now I have drink flags for the rest of Mr. Knight and I’s lives. Next time any of you come to my house, you will be sure to find one of these babies in your drink. :-)

    Love this photo taken by Gator Dad’s friend. I had a fabulous time dancing it out with my ladies, and my sweet cousin, C. I danced so much that I was a hott, sweaty mess by the end of the night. Before the dollar dance I made sure to apply deodorant, perfume, dab the sweat off me, and put a mint in my mouth. Hey, nobody likes a smelly bride!

    The bubble getaway! One of my favorite moments! Funny, I don’t remember seeing all these people here.

    I have to say that I think I barely saw anyone at our wedding. The whole day/night was a blur. I can only remember little moments. Once Mr. Knight and I got into Gator Momma’s hot ride, we were suddenly relieved. We couldn’t wait for it to be just the two of us. Now that our wedding is over, I’m not really depressed, or sad but more relieved than anything else.

    Relieved that all our vendors showed up, that it didn’t rain, that the only item I forgot was the flower girl basket, that we had plenty of time (pre-ceremony) to take pictures together, that I got to see just about everyone (if only for a half second), that I got to dance with my Dad, that there were no major crisises (besides my dress coming unzipped all night.. not really a crisis), that everything was in it’s place exactly as I wanted it for the reception, that our DIY centerpieces turned out AMAZING (so much better then anything the florist did), that everyone showed up that RSVPed and that I got to have a moment alone with my sweet husband.

    We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

    Missed some of the Recaps? Catch up!
    Just Mauied :: Wedding Photo Peek
    Just Mauied :: We’re Married!!!!

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  • Our Most Surprising Wedding Gift

    I have to start off by saying that Mr. Knight and I seriously have the most thoughtful and sweetest family and friends. So many people contributed to our special day. Our wedding would not have turned out as perfect as it did without the help of our family and friends, most notably, our parents: Gator Dad, Gator Momma, Knight Dad, Mama Knight and Western Cowboy. They all contributed their time, effort, love and finances to making sure Mr. Knight and I’s wedding went off without a hitch. They are the most selfless people I know, and I’m so thankful for being blessed with such amazing parents and in-laws. ♥

    Gator Dad and Knight Dad looking swanky at our wedding.
    photo by Gator Dad’s best friend, Sam of Sam Dobrow Photography

    And with that being said, we received a pretty amazing Wedding gift from Knight Dad, when we returned home to Gainesville. For days/weeks/years Mr. Knight and I have wanted to have a nice front planter, complete with plants (we used to have just dirt), pavers, and pretty-ness, outside the front of our condo. We have envied our neighbors who always have nicely trimmed and manicured plants.

    Here’s what our front porch planter used to look like, pre-Wedding gift from Knight Dad:

    Yeah… we have dirt… that’s it. A paver or two, a gardenia bush on the fritz, and…. dirt.

    This was taken one weekend when Mr. Knight and I were ‘trying’ to make it look nicer. We bought a gardenia bush and some roses… still couldn’t mask the ugly dirt, icky wood border (which we swore to tackle later this summer), and all around ugly-ness. That would be our neighbor’s (in the building next to us) cute little dog, coming over to say hello to Gator Kitty. :-)

    And here is our competition… our next door neighbor:

    Our next door neighbor has owned her condo for 10 years, so she has had plenty of time to beautify and maintain her planter. Okay, so we have ALOT of competition. You like those nice orange flowers on her doorstep?  Yeah… they are faux flowers that look awesome all the time. I am too chicken to put faux flower on our porch. One day I may give in.

    But, when we got home from our honeymoon, we were greeted by a wonderful Wedding gift by Knight Dad that put us many BIG steps in the direction of having a beautiful front entryway:

    Apparently, Knight Dad drove to Gainesville the Sunday before we returned from our honeymoon and did all of this for us. He put a ton of work into this, and we are ever so grateful. We were in COMPLETE shock when we pulled up, we had no idea. We just got out of our truck and just stared blankly at our front entryway. We had no idea who had done it and just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Knight Dad did what we had been wanting to do for months/years but didn’t have the finances/time/energy to do. Now I just have to nurse our roses (in pots on our front doorstep) back to health/life and we will have a beautiful front entry way. :-)

    This is by far the most unique Wedding gift I have ever seen/received, and one of the best, for us. We couldn’t be happier. I get to see Knight Dad’s Wedding gift every time I pull up to our little condo. I love it. Plus, he has provided the stepping stone for us to add more character and beauty to our front entryway (which I’m excited to start this summer!). Knight Dad has even said he would give us a plumeria plant to grow. A little taste/smell of Maui? I like! He didn’t just stop at our front entry way, he even added some much needed love to our back porch:

    Knight Dad made us a wind chime, with a custom cut ‘K’ for our names, along with planting some pretty flowers for us to enjoy while hanging out on our porch. Can you say, awesome?!

    This summer we are thinking of adding a nice big bougainvillea to our front entry plantar (since I killed our baby bougainvillea), and some beautiful angel palms to our back porch area (great shade and wonderful to look at). Seriously excited about the transformation of our cute little condo landscaping. :-)

    What is the most unique/unexpected gift you have ever received?

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  • Happy Birthday Gator Dad!!!!

    Not only is it Earth Day…. it is Gator Dad’s Birthday!!!!!

    Gator Dad holding Miss Gator up so she can get her letter off the tree from Santa.
    photo taken by Gator Momma

    I just wanted to give a shout out to the best Dad ever! Through-out my life my Dad has supported my dreams, loved me unconditionally and been there to comfort and guide me through tough situations. He is the reason I worked so hard to get into UF (he introduced me to UF when I was a wee little kid), and he worked hard to provide me with the means to get my degree (and soon-to-be multiple degrees).

    I’m so thankful for everything he does, even the sweet little notes he would leave on my fridge when he would come by my place while I was at school (I still have those!). He even sends me little ‘care packages’ while I’m at school filled with random things to distract me from school work, if even for a moment. One time he sent me a “Hello Kitty” pen that had a rolling heart stamp on the top of it, easily distracted me for 30 minutes while I proceeded to heart stamp all my thesis notes. :-)

    Gator Dad and Miss Gator at Halloween.
    photo taken by Gator Momma

    Gator Dad means the world to me and I love him soooo much! Here’s to you Gator Dad, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

    ♥you,
    Miss Gator

  • Ceremony
  • Status of Our Bamboo Altar

    I don’t have much time today, but was just sent this image by Gator Dad and got super excited!!!

    Our beautiful bamboo altar being assembled.
    photo by Gator Dad

    Now, I have to go back to hatching a 15 hour drawing… then move on to 4 other drawings of similar nature. Goodness I can’t wait for this semester to be over. :-) Pretty soon I will be a Master’s degree carrying Gator. How cool is that? I can’t wait!

    I have so much to blog about that I even had to make a list, just to keep it all straight. I’m all jittery and excited to blog about my awesome bridal shower… if there was only more hours in the day. Oh and I can’t wait to tell you all about the amazing favors Mama Knight made for everyone. They were beautiful and smelled amazing (there’s a hint!).

    Okay… back to the grind (big bad thesis presentation in t-minus 12 days…oh my). {heart} my beautiful readers. Miss you bunches!