• 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?

  • Recaps
  • Just Mauied :: First Dance Nerves

    In my last recap, I mentioned my favorite moment from our wedding day – having our first dance as husband and wife in the men’s locker room.

    This was right after “zipper-gate.” The zipper broke on the back of my dress, but I wasn’t going to let anything get me down! A quick safety pin recovery by Gator Momma and my cousin Lisa, and I was good to go!

    Now, it was time to have our first dance in front of our closest family and friends. We were nervous. Okay, maybe I was nervous, Mr. Knight never seems to get nervous. He’s good with attention, while I really dislike having any attention on me (which makes birthdays, presentations, bridal showers, our wedding, etc. really tough). When the attention is on me I usually end up with blotchy skin, sweaty, and, at times, shaking. It’s really bad.

    So, why did I decide to have dance lessons instead of just swaying back and forth?  I did because I LOVE to dance, and I figured having formal dance lessons with Mr. Knight would be a ton of fun and give us another level to connect on (plus, boost my confidence). We had SO MUCH fun at our dance lessons. Mr. Knight started off super shaky, even falling on the floor laughing when he would mess up. He did this in front of our instructor… yeah, I was mortified.

    Do ya’ll want to see our un-aired, unseen footage of our practices? Lucky for you, you don’t have to make that decision, I’ve already made it for you! :) Check the fun little trailer I made below, through Apple’s new iMovie. Enjoy!

    Our First Dance Trailer from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    I can’t believe this video is on the internets. There you can truly see the practice it takes to learn formal dancing. We had so much fun during our practices. I had a smile on my face the whole time. :)

    I love it when he spins me. ♥♥♥ So wonderful!

    So, how did that translate at our wedding? Sure, we messed up… alot. But it was so much fun to show everyone what we had learned, and to do something a little unexpected. I’ll never forget how happy our grandparents were to see that we took lessons. Lessons also gave Mr. Knight some dancing confidence, especially since he NEVER dances. When I say never, I mean it. He doesn’t booty dance, or shake it to anything but slow music (which makes me ultra sad). One day I will break him out of his shell. One day. :)

    Our first dance was wonderful, cheery, happy, beautiful, floaty, perfect. I loved every moment of it, and having our family and friends surround the dance floor felt so amazing. I don’t know how it happened but our guests started breaking our clapping to the music while hooting and hollaring. Yeah… totally felt like a movie and we were the stars. ♥

    Our first dance, sealed with a kiss.

    Do/did you plan to take dance lessons in preparation for your first dance as husband and wife?

    All photos by the FABulous Amy and Ben of Starks Photography.

  • Recaps
  • My Favorite Wedding Moment

    Looking back on our wedding day, there is one moment in my eyes (and heart) that stands out as the best moment. During this moment we weren’t surrounded by bridesmaids, parents, guests… not even our wedding photographers and videographers were there to capture it. Nor do I think they could capture such a perfect moment (corny, I know).

    Let me set the scene:

    It’s 6:30pm. We’ve just come in to the Men’s locker room of the clubhouse after spending time out in the hot Florida weather (hello, MAY) taking all our family and bridal party shots at the ceremony site. We’re sweaty, a little tired, nervous for the next part of our Wedding (the first dance), and ready to sit down and take a breather. Sunny MOH and Seminole bridesmaid are there to help me take off my dress (to use the bathroom and air out), put me back in my dress and bustle me up for the reception. After they leave, it’s just me and Mr. Knight in the Men’s locker room. Just the two of us. And so began my favorite moment ever.

    We sat for a few moments on the couches, just looking at each other. Excited, exhausted, and overwhelmed with happiness. Mr. Knight then took my hand, we walked into the bathroom portion of the locker room, and he turned on our first dance song on his iPhone. Right there, by ourselves in that bathroom, we had our first dance as husband and wife.

    One of my favorite photos ever.

    It was so wonderful. We weren’t on display for all our guests as their entertainment (which at weddings, I’ve always believed that the Bride and Groom are the entertainment… tough job). We were just us. Tripping over our steps, laughing, smiling wildly at each other…. sneaking little kisses. It was so wonderful to only hear the sound of our song, and our footsteps.

    I don’t need any photos or video to help me remember that moment, because, I feel, it is one I will probably never forget. It left such a lasting impression on me. When I think back to our wedding, I always think back to our special moment, dancing in the men’s locker room.

    What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? If you’re still waiting for your nuptials, will you make time for just you and your groom to have a moment together?

  • Reception
  • The First Dance Indecision

    Well.. I have been listening to TONS of songs today. Mostly because Mr. Knight is as work, and I miss him (I know… I’m such a sap!). Our “first dance” song for our wedding has changed quite a few times and I think it is about to change again, there are just so  many songs that Mr. Knight and I listen to, connect to and love.

    Sunny MOH, Seminole Bridesmaid and Gator Bridesmaid dancing their first dance with their husbands. Had to include this. Aren’t they all such beautiful Brides?! (click the image to enlarge the picture and get a better look at my beautiful bridesmaids!!! ♥ Them)

    The first song Mr. Knight and I ever chose for our first dance was “I’m Your’s” by Jason Mraz. It is just so sweet, mellow and chill. Everything Mr. Knight and I ♥. We will still be playing the song at our wedding for sure… and it still isn’t completely out of the running.

    Then it changed to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Calliat. The two voices are incredibly sweet talking about how they are in love with their best friend, and how they will wait for each other. Just so sweet and mellow. So… for the past 5 months this has been our “first dance” song.

    Then Mr. Knight had to go and buy a new album by Owl City. I have to say it wasn’t instant love at first listen. I initially thought the music was sappy, emo, and whiny. Three things I don’t like. But, Mr. Knight insisted it was great music, so we listened to the cd for a few weeks. Yeah… now I LOVE Owl City. Funny how that happens.

    Without further adieu, here is the song we are considering switching our “first dance” song to. Listen and Enjoy. :-)

    Owl City “Vanilla Twilight” -So sweet and dreamy!

    I think its the tone of the music and the lyrics that really get to me… plus Mr. Knight likes it, which is always a plus! Still contemplating this one. What do ya’ll think??

    What are you/or did you dance to for your first dance with your hubby at your wedding?