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  • Just Mauied :: Love dem der Boys

    Love dem der boys
    I was feelin’ a little redneck up in herrr. Be prepared for a full on southern language post.

    A long time ago, in a far and distant pre-marriage world, I spoke about how I would be outfitting Mr. Knight and his groomsmen. On our wedding day, I was so happy to see all the boys outfitted in our selections. Them boys sure did look snazzy.

    There some good lookin’ boys right there. Mmm hmm.

    Getting the Bride’s Approval from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.
    Mr. Knight is so silly. He even took a video with his iPhone, so that I could see that the boys were all accounted for, in their tuxes, and were wearing the right boutonnieres (as Mr. Knight was originally worried about who had which boutonniere… you think it would be obvious). Love him and his silly-ness.

    I love this picture of the boys and how it looks like they are nonchalantly going to go bust a cap on someones a**. The boys knew how good they looked and even had a full on Facebook conversation with each other about it (related to this photo).

    Them boys be out of control.
    Conversation taken from Facebook

    Love ‘in the moment’ pictures of Mr. Knight. My happy little Groom!

    I think Mr. Knight was more excited about having all his friends in one place and hanging out with them then us actually getting married. None of our friends live near us, so having them all there for our wedding was like Christmas (or the best wedding gift ever).

    Yellow daisies and aqua ties. Love it. Let me guess, who’s unshaven face is that? They DID know they were going to a wedding, right? And that they were IN the wedding? It’s all good though. As much as Mr. Knight probably doesn’t want me to tell y’all, he had crazy bursting nose hair the day of our wedding. I was like “It’s our wedding day and you forgot to cut your nose hair when you shaved? Fabulous.” Not like anyone was close enough to tell. Just another funny memory from that day that I love. ♥

    What’s even more out of control then the Facebook love-fest? Our two youngest groomsmen smoking cigars at our wedding.
    Taken via random guest’s camera

    I probably should have had Mr. Knight recap his pictures with his groomsmen. He could have provided  more insight into what was really happening while these photos were taken.

    Stay tuned as I prepare one of the most awesomest posts EVER… our Wedding Highlights video. It is nothing short of AMAZING and I can’t wait to share it with y’all. :-)

    All the photos above were taken by the husband and wife team of Starks Photography unless otherwise noted.

  • By the Groom/Husband
  • Meet the Groomsmen

    Ya’ll have heard a lot about Miss Gator’s bridesmaids and how awesome and sweet they all are. Well, I have to agree with Miss Gator—they are all really the perfect bridesmaids. She’s been blessed with so many friends and family to support her on our wedding day. In fact, we’re both blessed in that sense. Sadly, you haven’t heard too much about the groomsmen, save the article about the best man’s Christmas gift to us… So, without further adieu, as promised, I’m going to attempt to create “interesting” aliases for my groomsmen (sorry if they suck) and give a brief back-story on each of them…

    Little Knight (Best Man):
    Little Knight is my little brother, hence the name Little Knight. In truth, he’s really not so little any more—he’s grown into quite a man in the past few years.

    Mr Knight an Little Knight at the engagement party.Little Knight and I at the engagement party 2 years ago!! Can you believe it’s been almost two years since we got engaged?? Crazy…

    Growing up, Little Knight and I were your typical brothers… arguing, fighting, name-calling, etc… it’s healthy brotherly-love and one of the reasons why we know each other so well. Of course, we weren’t always beating on each other; in fact, most of the time we were just good ol’ buds watching/playing football, playing video games, building forts, teasing Sweet Bridesmaid and Mama Knight, or finding something else crazy to do. We really are quite a dynamic duo when we work together.

    Little Knight’s a free-spirited 19 year-old who’s still trying to find himself. He’s very intelligent and has incredible potential. In fact, he’s going to be making Miss Gator and I’s rehearsal dinner slideshow/movie since he has a new-found knack for video editing. Honestly, it’s hard to not like this guy—he’s going to make a heck of a best man and lifelong friend.

    Proficient Groomsman

    Here I am with all my siblings at Proficient Groomsman‘s wedding in 2008. It was a really awesome/beautiful wedding on the beach.


    Proficient Groomsman
    is my accomplished big brother. Unlike with Little Knight, Proficient Groomsman and I never really argued, fought, or name-called. Proficient Groomsman and I have a very different kind of relationship since we didn’t grow up in the same house. Of course, that doesn’t make him any less of my brother—it actually made him somehow more of a role model to me. Growing up, we usually only saw each other one or two weekends per month, if that. When he went to college at Clemson, we saw each other even less. But, just to give you an idea of what this guy’s like if you don’t know him already… He’s a helluva surfer, was a great soccer player, got a scholarship to Clemson for his amazing diving skills (on top of the fact that he had a 4+ GPA in high school), is fluent in Spanish, he could make a second career as a comedian, is a great father, husband, and brother, is a good Christian, and spends his days saving people’s lives as a paramedic. I mean… Come on… What a guy!

    Geeky Groomsman
    I think Geeky Groomsman and I have more in common that any of my other groomsmen. I’m pretty sure we met in cub scouts in first grade but I could be wrong… it might have been earlier. In any case, it turned out we lived basically just down the road from each other which made it easy for us to forge a lifelong friendship. We spent many-a-night together, staying up late playing TMNT on his NES. During the day we’d play two-hand touch with Little Knight and other kids from around the block as well as build forts way out in the woods. We’d also spend hours punting and throwing the ball back and forth in my cul-de-sac. Of course, when we got in high school we played football on the varsity team together. All those days spent punting back and forth was probably what made me a good enough punter to be the varsity Special Teams MVP in my junior year. Geeky Groomsman was a first-team all-state left offensive tackle in his senior year. In high school, we both became big computer geeks (not to be confused with computer “nerds”), hence the name, building our first computers in our freshman year. We both worked in construction for my dad which is why we’re now both IT professionals. We are still major geeks.

    Justin and Mr. Knight chillin at the Knight/Gator Engagement PartyHere we are chillin’ out on Miss Gator’s parent’s  back deck during Miss Gator and I’s engagement party.

    Geeky Groomsman is one of those guys that you know you can always rely on. He’s honest, fun, and has a great sense of humor. Plus, it’s always nice having a guy around that can lift three times as much as you.

    Rocker Groomsman
    Rocker Groomsman and I have a long history together—he was my first real friend. We met at Jungle Hut beach when I was only 3 years old. I think he may have been 4. We’ve been friends ever since.

    Old picture of Mr Knight and Mark in the Blue Ridge mountains.Man, now this is an old picture. Definitely not the oldest I have, but, this is a classic… look at that fro! This is up in the Blue Ridge Mountain chain around Thanksgiving time in 2003.

    Rocker Groomsman and Mr KnightA more recent picture of Rocker Groomsman and I at Miss Gator and I’s condo in Gainesville last summer. Bad angle for me…

    We went to pre-school together but, unfortunately, we didn’t attend the same elementary or middle schools. When we finally got to high school, I think we only had one class together. Can you believe that? Nevertheless, throughout all those years, we stayed best friends because we’d make up for not seeing each other during the week by sleeping over each others’ houses basically every weekend (and basically every day during the summer). We’re both musicians but Rocker Groomsman has certainly taken his skills to a higher level than I have (can you tell by his name). He plays several instruments and has been in several bands, including his own. He plays trumpet, bass, guitar, and keyboard. I’m more of a “classical” [crappy] musician playing flute, oboe, and dabbling in piano/keyboard. I was also in the drumline in high school but that doesn’t really qualify me as a drummer. He definitely plays the drums better than me.

    Rocker Groomsman has a really funny sarcastic kind of humor that makes him really fun to be around. I wish I got to see him more often.

    Humanitarian Groomsman
    Humanitarian Groomsman and I met through our better halves. Humanitarian Groomsman is the husband of the lovely Sunny MOH. We met before they were married (or engaged for that matter).

    From Left-to-Right: Steve, Mr Knight, Miss Gator, and Sunny MOHSunny MOH and Humanitarian Groomsman had a really beautiful wedding just down the road from where we are having ours. What a good lookin’ bunch we are.

    Lemme tell you something… this guy is impossible not to be friends with. He’s got this way about him that is just indescribable. For instance, he can’t be but a buck-fifty but can eat like a sumo wrestler. Or how ’bout this… he wants to make a website (just for the heck of it) that categorizes and shows-off paper restaurant napkins. He explains, “they’re so interesting… they’re all different”. But, of course, there’s a more serious side to him. He and Sunny MOH are both humanitarians through and through—they spend countless hours a week helping the poor and less fortunate. Whether it be working at the food bank, caring for refugees from places like Mumbai or Myanmar, or just taking care of his wife, Humanitarian Groomsman’s remains a model for selflessness.

    Super-Fly Groomsman
    Super-Fly Groomsman is Rocker Groomsman’s little brother. I’ve known him since he was an infant and he’s like a brother to me in some ways.

    Old picture of Mr Knight and Kevin at Nana Jackson's House in Panama City.Another old-school picture from 2005. I think we were pleading to go water skiing up at my Nana Jackson’s house in Panama City. Check it out… I’m sportin’ my UCF Knights apparel…

    Super-Fly Groomsman and Rocker Groomsman come from a family that is very close to my family and I. We’ve been on vacations to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cruisin’ to Cozumel, and have taken a couple trips to Panama City to hang out at my Nana’s house. I consider them my second family and would do anything for them. Coming from such a good family, Super-Fly Groomsman has a strong work ethic and is planning to join the United States Air Force when he graduates from high school. He’s always been intrigued with air warfare history. He can pretty much name anything that flies (see what I did with his name…? It was Miss Gator’s idea… sorry…). He has other talents too… Like Rocker Groomsman and I, Super-Fly Groomsman plays the drums; and, from what I’ve heard of him, he’s really quite good.

    Well, that pretty much sums them up. Sorry if that was boring for you ladies who come here to read about girly things like rehearsal dinner dresses, shoes, and inspiration boards. I’m doing my best here.

  • Uncategorized
  • Little Knight :: Truly A “Best” Man

    I have to say that Mr. Knight and I are truly blessed to have an amazing family. For Christmas this year, Mr. Knight’s younger brother, Little Knight, made us this amazingly sweet video. Okay, so his nickname on Gator Bride is Little Knight, but he isn’t really little at all, he’s 19. I still can’t believe he just finished his first semester of college, I still think he’s like 13 years old (and I think Mr. Knight and I are 18). Yes… I know I’m in major denial.

    Christmas Gift from the Best Man from Miss Gator on Vimeo.
    Mr. Knight and I ♥ Little Knight. I mean… what a cool gift?!

    Can you believe this is only the second video Little Knight has ever made? He did an amazing job… I think he has a future in film making for sure! Mr. Knight and I are so impressed with Little Knight’s handy work, that we are enlisting him in helping us make a video for our rehearsal dinner. I know he is going to do an amazing job. Oh… and did I mention Little Knight is the Best Man? Aren’t we lucky?

  • Wedding Inspiration
  • Our Wedding Color Evolution

    If you haven’t noticed from the past two posts, our wedding colors have changed (or rather… evolved) slightly. I don’t expect any of you to remember what Mr. Knight and I’s Wedding colors are {those screaming orange and blue in the back, please keep it down! :-)}.

    Originally our wedding colors were blue and green, with hints of brown (aren’t all these colors fun?). Mr. Knight styled our Wedding website in those colors (which by the way… needs a slight makeover to match our new scheme… just a little note for Mr. Knight :-)). While blues, greens, and browns will still make an appearance as secondary colors in our wedding, our main colors are aqua and yellow.

    Our colors are aqua and yellow (as pictured above with the groomsmen tux, bridesmaid dress, and flowers) but the invitations have certainly taken on a more aqua, orange, peach and grey look. {aqua and orange…. how did those get in there?} :-)

    Mr. Knight and I are very happy with the evolution of our wedding colors. They are bright, cheery, fun, and happy… just like Mr. Knight and I! Oh… I soo can’t wait to reveal some of the DIY projects I have in the works… so much fun stuff!! Ya’ll will just have to stay tuned!

  • Ceremony
  • A Weekend of Tuxes and Diamonds

    First off, I want to apologize for being MIA lately. Can you believe it has been three days since my last post? Unfortunately it will probably only get worse as we head into finals these next few weeks. I have TONS of posts just waiting to be written, I only wish I had more time!

    This past week Mr. Knight and I reviewed our little checklist for what needs to be done each month before the wedding. We are 6 months out and the list is long that we need to accomplish this month. We need to find a Priest, a florist, rent the chairs for our ceremony, look for flower girl dresses, search for wedding bands, register for gifts, and pick out tuxes.

    This weekend we decided to try and tackle the Priest (sorry for the football pun) and the tuxes. We went to Men’s Warehouse on Saturday and picked out the tuxes for Mr. Knight and his Groomsmen. Mr. Knight was so sweet and modeled the two combinations for me (since I’m a very visual person). :-)

    The Groomsmen will be wearing a Pool tie and vest along with an ivory tux shirtMr. Knight is wearing the Groomsmen’s tux. The Groomsmen will be wearing an ivory shirt (since my dress is ivory), and a pool vest and tie to match the bridesmaid dresses, along with a Calvin Klein tux. The Tux is specially made to be as cool (temperature) as possibly. Which is good, considering our wedding is outside in May at 5 in the afternoon. Can you say hot?
    *Note: The jacket is way too small and Mr. Knight needs a haircut and to shave his face. Don’t judge Mr. Knight’s hott-ness from these photos.

    Mr. Knight modeling what he will be wearing on our wedding dayMr. Knight is modeling what he will be wearing when we tie the knot in 6 months. I originally wanted him in a color, since we are both very cheerful and bright people. But, the sales lady some how convinced me to go with all ivory. I was skeptical but once he had it on I was pretty happy. Boy, does he look sharp.
    *Yes, Mr. Knight is wearing khaki shorts. It is Gainesville. It is hot…. and it is Game day. What can I say?
    **Yes… that is a Christmas tree you see in the background. Men’s Warehouse is out of control.

    Men’s Warehouse also had grey suits for rentals, which I would have LOVED for Mr. Knight and his groomsmen (check out my inspiration for it here) to wear… or even khaki suits. But, Mr. Knight would not budge on wearing a black tux. Which, in the end I’m very pleased with.

    We also dropped by the mall to check out some wedding bands. We found one that matched my engagement ring PERFECTLY! I couldn’t believe it. The round diamonds and baguettes lined up perfectly with the ones on my engagement ring.

    Helzberg Diamonds Wedding Band source

    Mr. Knight ruled it out and said we should continue looking and take a trip to Orlando to some jewelry stores. His problem with the ring? It didn’t have big enough diamonds in it. Don’t you just love him?♥ Too bad ladies, this one is taken!

    Another problem with the wedding band is that you couldn’t specify the clarity of the diamonds since it was a ‘stock’ setting. Mr. Knight says he wants the diamonds to be as perfect as possible. We always noticed that with my engagement ring the side diamonds are not as sparkly (it was a stock setting) compared with my center diamond (hand picked by Mr. Knight). He always says to me that he wants to make sure we get exactly what we want. Which you should when you will be wearing something for the rest of your life. That is a long time to wear something your not happy with.

    I believe Thanksgiving weekend we will be driving down to Orlando to check out some wedding bands for both him and I. Stay tuned shortly after for a full run down complete with pictures of some beautiful diamonds!