• Gator Fashion
  • GIVEAWAY :: Prettylicious Orange & Blue Headband

    Y’all, I’m so excited! The lovely Tessa of Prettylicious is awesome. Seriously. She contacted me last week after I featured her adorable team color flower headbands as one of my favorite Gator accessories and offered to give away one of her beautiful designs to one of you. How sweet is she?


    Tessa of Prettylicious is giving away one of these beautiful headbands to one lucky reader. Not a Gator fan? {what?!?!} Any of the headbands in the Prettylicious shop is up for grabs.

    Burnt Orange and White headband, $7

    Set of 2 flower hair pins, $8

    All of Prettylicious‘s headbands are made in a smoke-free and pet-free home, and fit girls age 6 to adult (fun for everyone!). She also makes headbands for toddlers and infants, at request. Don’t see the color combination you want in her shop? She LOVES doing custom orders. :)

    Okay, so now you’re asking “How do I win this Gator-tastic headband?” You have 2 chances to win (holla!):

    1. Visit the Prettylicious shop and comment below on your favorite headband combination.
    2. Follow Gator Bride on twitter and retweet the following: {plz RT} I entered to win an adorable headband from Prettylicious and @themrsgator!!! http://gatorbride.com then comment to let me know it was you!

    *Please no international entries. Contest closes Thursday, January 26th 2012 at midnight. Please only enter once a day.

    Also, use the code GATORBRIDE in the Prettylicious shop to receive 20% off any of her headbands (totally grabbing one for myself!).

    Good luck my sweets and a very special thank you to Tessa for this wonderful giveaway!

  • Wedding
  • 1 Year Down

    Mr. Knight and I have been married for 1 year… ONE YEAR!?! I can hardly believe it. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were cutting endless invitations and fretting over whether an ivory vest would go with a white shirt? Ahh, the worries of planning a wedding.

    This year has been amazing. So much has changed for us both personally and professionally. It has certainly been an eventful year with many weekends spent working towards our future together. I guess you can tell by my light posting from the past year that we have been busy enjoying the newlywed life.

    Photoboothing-it-up at Ryan & Jen’s Wedding we shot as Gator Bride Videography (the business we started as newlyweds!)

    I love being able to call Mr. Knight my husband, which also makes chasing after him and calling him “boyfriend” so much more fun. No idea why this is fun, but it just is! I love giving his honeymoon tattoo a kiss before I head to work in the morning and greeting him at the door when he comes home from work. I love our daily walks to the mailbox together and sitting around talking about our day with each other. I love “date nights,” which are spent cooking dinner together and cuddling up on the couch watching our latest Netflix movie. I love how he playfully talks with our two little kitties, Pepper and Gator Kitty, as if they were little people running around the house. I love how he’ll show up with flowers for no reason, and with daises (my favorite). I love how thoughtful he is towards his family and mine. I love that he embraces my obsessive compulsive-ness, and will move furniture, rugs, glasses, plants, pictures, etc. to just to the right place to make me happy. I love that he is my biggest fan. I love that when I’m depressed he talks me through it and always reminds me of what’s truly important in life. Most of all, I love how hard he can make me laugh.

    Happy Anniversary Babe!

    And because we ate our cake topper 11 months ago I didn‘t like the idea of eating year-old cake, we had a new topper made to look exactly like our cake top from our wedding day. It was adorable and I loved taking our little toppers out of storage for the special occasion. Oh yeah, and fresh pineapple carrot cake tastes a million times better than the month-old cake we tasted 11 months ago. For sure.

    And, keeping with tradition, I gifted Mr. Knight with a special paper-cut by Storeyshop with a lyric from our favorite song:

    you and me together
    we could do anything

    Together, we could truly do anything.

  • Uncategorized
  • Holiday Gift Giving via Etsy

    The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s getting to be that gift giving time of year. I know, it’s crazy that it is even November, wasn’t it just May and Mr. Knight and I were tying the knot? Boy how the time flies!

    This year, Mr. Knight and I plan to purchase most of the gifts for our friends and family on Etsy. Those who are not familiar with Etsy, it’s a fabulous place where handmade artists from all across the world sell their goods (and services!). Heck, I even have a little ol’ Etsy shop. Anyways, they have TONS of great items on there, and most are one-of-a-kind. How awesome is it to give your loved ones one-of-a-kind gifts along with supporting an artist and their art?

    Hens and Chicks Echeveria Succulent Garden, $44
    by monkeysalwayslook
    This would look so great on a dining room table or in an office. Shoot, you can put this thing just about anywhere and it will look fabulous! Can you believe they sell plants on Etsy?

    Dinky Porcelain Hanging Drop Vase, $21
    by wendyjung
    How cute would these be for a Mom or Grandmother?

    Gator Girl Onesie, $18
    by fulfilled
    For the little Gator in your life!

    Open Heart Necklace, $30
    by moncdeau
    So cute for a sister or friend.

    Heart Rose Gold Ring, $260
    by zahour

    Bear hat for Cat, $24
    by xmoonbloom
    I feel like Gator Kitty can’t go one more day without this hat. Sooo adorable!

    While Mr. Knight and I have most of our Family and Friends gifts figured out for this holiday season, there are still a few lingering. For our Family, this year Mr. Knight and I made something for them. You can probably guess what it is. We love it and it took us 5 months to put together. We are out of control, I know.

    Trying to find the perfect little something for the one’s you love can be difficult, but with so many amazing one of kind items on Etsy, your bound to find something that will put a smile on their face. :-)

  • DIY
  • Just Mauied :: Ladies Who Lunch

    The day before Mr. Knight and I’s wedding, I threw a small little lunch for my awesome bridesmaids, Gator Mom and Knight Mom. I set up the luncheon at a local place in Ormond Beach, Frappes North.

    Okay, before I start the story of how fabulous our lunch was (and finally reveal my gifts for my beautiful bridesmaids and mothers), I have to say something about the restaurant we lunched at. Okay so, number 1: I hadn’t had lunch/dinner/whatever there in YEARS, but I remembered it being a nice classy establishment way back when, so I thought it would be a safe bet for lunch. WRONG. Although, the food was nice, the place left little to be desired. I was actually sort of embarrassed when I went inside with my ladies. From the weird ‘old’ smell, to the smallness of the place, and the fact that they sat us RIGHT NEXT TO the doors to the kitchen, made me a little upset/embarrassed/couldn’t believe I took my sweet ladies here.

    But, alas, we were already there and my OCD Bride-ness had to just GET OVER IT. Cause we were having lunch here whether I liked it or not. Note to self: For Mr. Knight and I’s next wedding, I’ll remember to have it locally so that I won’t have to book things ‘sight unseen.’

    So moving on…

    I put this lunch together so that I could have a moment with my ladies, and thank them all for being such amazing people and taking such special roles in Kyle and I’s lives. I mean, how awesome is it to have your best friends, your future sister, your mother, and mother-in-law in the same room? Some other Bride’s nightmare, my dream!

    After we ordered lunch, it was time for gifts! My favorite part! I LOVED putting together these gifts for my bridesmaids, and Mr. Knight’s tight budget he gave me made it even more fun! I know… this is about the point where you are probably thinking I’m crazy. It’s okay. I get that a lot. :-)

    Sweet Bridesmaid showing off her goodies, while Sporty Bridesmaid searches for the rest of hers.

    Gator Bridesmaid studying my pocket schedule intensely while Happy Bridesmaid laughs at my silly OCD-ness. :-)

    All this unwrapping, and I know y’all just want to know… what did they get?!? Once again, since I’m crazy, I put together a little photoshoppin’ to show you all their goodies. Holla!

    Earrings on Etsy, $6; Custom Hair Flowers on Etsy, $14; Ikea Vase for each, $2.99; Liberty of London Gift bag (w/tissue), $2.99; Pocket Schedules $My blood, sweat, and tears; Frames from Target, $4; Personal message to each in the frame, Priceless.

    So my grand total on my ladies? $29.98 a piece, and I would have spent more, if Mr. Knight wasn’t holding the purse strings. But, looking back, I think this was just the perfect amount, and I managed to get my ladies everything I wanted to get them (minus those dang heart sunglasses I couldn’t find ANYWHERE… oh well). Happy bridesmaids make for a happy bride.

    The Mom’s were certainly not left out. Not only did they receive cute little turquoise silk tissue packs (via Etsy), they also received a ‘wedding day survival kit’ complete with Advil, a sewing kit, breath mints, safety pins (which came in handy keeping my dress up), bandaids, bobby pins, and so many other ‘must have’ goodies for the big day. Oh… and we also included this little note in their gift bags:

    Wedding albums for our Mommas!!!

    I wish I had more pictures to show y’all from the lunch. Maybe a picture of me in my cute little J Crew dress I bought for the event? Well, all the pictures I need are in places I can’t get to. :-( And I thought it was about time I got on and finally STARTED our recaps. It’s only been a month and a half, right?

    Stay tuned for our Rehearsal Dinner recap, complete with awesome bbq food, great company, Mr. Knight running around with his fisheye lens and a fabulous video by Little Knight (♥ him and his video making mad skillz).

    I will leave you with this picture of Mr. Knight, in a shirt gifted to him by one of this groomsmen:

    Mr. Knight thinks he’s funny. I’m not amused, well actually, I was pretty darn amused! He wore this shirt the day we got back from our honeymoon.

    Mrs Gator

    P.S.- Our photographers said we would most likely be getting our professional pictures sometime this week. SCORE! I can’t wait to unleash those babies all over this blog. Be prepared! :-)

  • flowers
  • 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?