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  • Just Mauied :: Gettin’ Our Hair Did

    Where did we leave off? Oh right…

    It is the day of our wedding and I’m slightly hungover.

    Me at our wedding. You think I would have learned my lesson the night before?
    photo by Gator Dad’s BFF, Sam Dobrow Photography, crap-o crop job by me

    I hate using that term, because I NEVER drink (I can count on 1 hand the amount of drinks I’ve had this year – minus the rehearsal dinner). But, I had this grand idea the night before our wedding to have one too many Malibu Bay Breezes at our Rehearsal Dinner. Go me. Chose the PERFECT night to drink alcohol. The night before our wedding I spent staying up with Seminole Bridesmaid (who couldn’t sleep because she was waiting for her hubby to get into town) and Sunny MOH. I think I got a total of 4-5 hours of sleep in-between the tummy aches, head ache and the nausea. Looking back, I’m really not sure if it was the Mailbu Bay Breezes or my nervous-ness that the day we had been planning for 2 YEARS was finally upon us. Still not sure…

    After Gator Dad made an emergency run to our Bridal condo the morning of our wedding to bring me Pepto and Asprin, we were off to the gorgeous Veranda Pampering Salon to get our hair did. By the way, I LOVE saying “gettin’ our hair did.” Makes me feel all gangsta.

    Seminole Bridesmaid and Happy Bridesmaid posing with our food spread from PAN PAN (my nickname for Panera). Carbs never looked so good. What happened to the whole ‘dieting before the wedding/being in the best shape of my life’ thing? Yeah… that didn’t happen.

    Don’t I look fabulous on my wedding day (sarcasm)? Yeah… I was a total hot mess. I even messed up my pedicure from the day before and had to drop by the nail salon to have it fixed. I was frazzled to say the least, but what Bride isn’t? If you weren’t frazzled and a complete train wreck the morning of your wedding, I can’t talk to you.

    The pampering salon is in a little old house, so all the rooms are super small but have so much charactor. Absolutely love this place. We had a good time taking over EVERY square inch of this place with all our bags, food, and chatting.
    Gator Bridesmaid chatting it up with Gator Momma’s Sister while Happy Bridesmaid looks on.

    Eating my ‘last meal’ as a single gal with Mr. Knight’s sister, Sweet Bridesmaid. Activia Yogurt and a Coke is the perfect last meal. One is to keep me ‘regular’ (very important, even on your wedding day, y’all know what I’m talkin’ about) and the second is for energy.

    With all that downtime (explained later) Sunny MOH had time to ice her knee. Our rehearsal wasn’t without a few mishaps, between me drinking too much and Sunny MOH taking a fall at our reception site. We were certainly a pair!

    Lady Gaga (Seminole Bridesmaid’s nickname) doing my makeup. She is AMAZING with makeup. I strive one day to be just like her. I’ll buy a pair of shoes and be like ‘these are my Seminole Bridesmaid shoes’, or ‘this is my Seminole Bridesmaid purse.’ Yes, I’m a stalker, it’s okay, she knows.

    Even sweet little Flower girls need some pampering. KK getting her nails painted by her Momma. Her little dress even had daisies on it… how appropriate!

    The whole morning I was having weird ‘out of body’ experiences. I think during our whole wedding I kept saying “it is so weird, it is like I’m not even here and I’m watching it all happen in front of me.” Planning a wedding so long can do this to you, I believe. I tried my best multiple times throughout the day to take a moment and say “This is our wedding day” over and over again till I was ‘back in my body.’ I just couldn’t believe that the day we had been dreaming about for 7.5 years was FINALLY here. It was just unreal. That is the only word I have to explain it.

    Thanks to my good planning (yes I like to praise myself; weird, I know) we had plenty of time to get our hair done, eat lunch and lounge around till the wedding started. I think we had a total of 2 hours downtime. Which was WONDERFUL. I just hung out with my ladies, ate food, watched TV, chatted, snuck a peek at our ceremony site, bossed people around, tell them I love them afterwards, text my groom, get phone calls from a florist who doesn’t know where to deliver their shiz, receive frantic phone calls from my groom over not knowing which boutonniere is his, facebook, twitter… all sorts of fun and relaxing things. It was THE BEST. I highly recommend having some ‘downtime’ worked into your schedule.

    And because I love y’all so much, click here to download our wedding schedule. I think the key factor in all of this was our hair stylists. They finished 6 Bridesmaids, 1 Bride and 2 Momma’s within 2.5-3 hours. They were AMAZING.

    When our videographer and photographer called, that is really when the shiz hit the fan. I went into full on BRIDE MODE and started freaking out. It was here. I was getting married!

    Up next? Time to put on that little white dress, and take some pictures with the family and friends (my awesome support team). Here’s a little sneak peek, captured by Knight Mom.

    I remember being super annoyed when Knight Mom took this picture. It was HOT (May in Florida… need I say more?), I had just taken a bazillion pictures with my maids, family, and future hubby (yes we did the ‘First Look’, you know you love it) and hungry. Don’t come between a Bride and food on her wedding day. Looking back I’m so glad Momma Knight captured this moment. My face says it all. :-)

    Okay… so serious update on our photography and videographer situation (which has been the reason for my absence, miss y’all!):

    1. Supposed to receive our pro pics this week. They were sent to us but then returned because of an ‘insufficient address’. I don’t appreciate the mail man coming between me and my pictures!!! So…. must wait EVEN LONGER. Is 2 months not enough??
    2. Met with our videographer last weekend (she is amaze-balls, affordable and I can’t wait to tell you ALL about her) and saw our ‘highlights’ reel. It was beyond amazing. Epic is the only word I had to describe it. Just EPIC. Sometime next week I will have it posted (I hope). I can’t wait! :-)

    So the whole  ‘no pro pics/video’ has been killin’ be these past few weeks. I have started about a bazillion blog posts but find myself not being able to finish them for lack of the appropriate picture. I’m been waiting so long to rip our florist a new one, but with no pictures, how am I to show his unprofessionalism and bad handy work? Bummers I know. Even my MOH agreed that our florist was ‘the suck.’

    I’ve missed y’all so much and can’t wait to say ‘I’m back.’ Should be soon. :-)

    {heart} y’all like WOAH
    Mrs Gator

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  • Gettin’ Mah Hair Did

    Armed with some sweet hair inspiration (collected over the course of our engagement… 2 years!) and my Handle & Sprout hair flowers, I headed to my hair trial at the beautiful Veranda Pampering Salon, this past week.

    A collection of hair inspiration I showed my wonderful hair stylist, Sabrina.

    Outside view of the Veranda Pampering Salon. Isn’t is cute? I absolutely LOVE this place. My Grandmother (Gator Dad’s Momma) has been going here for years and loves it, so naturally, I had to try it out! I even got to meet her stylist!

    1.5 hours later, and many, many bobby pins later, this is what Sabrina came up with…

    I absolutely love it, and think she did a wonderful job combining all my inspiration into 1 look. Naturally, the day of my hair will be flawless (no wisps or pieces of hair out of place). Minor alterations to the look that Sabrina and I have planned is to lower all the curls in the back a bit (more like the first line of images on my inspiration page) and cut more bangs at longer lengths to frame my face better (like the first line of images on my inspiration page). Did I mention that I love my southern ‘bump’ she added? If you don’t know what a southern ‘bump’ is then you need to check out Bumpits, which are basically southern hair ‘bumps’ to the extreme.

    Here I am trying to get a front view of my hair around 5pm. Mr. Knight just had to get in the picture and try and antagonize me by using a laser pointer in my camera lens. This is typical Mr. Knight behavior.

    I’ve made appointments for all the Mommas and my bridesmaids at the Veranda to have their hair done the day of the wedding. We all are going there together and hanging out while everyone gets their hair done (they have a great waiting room, open to the inter coastal, and it has french doors into the salon, so we can watch each other get our hair done). I’m planning on making (or possibly ordering) trays of fruit, breakfast munchies, etc to have laid out for the girls to snack on, and maybe a game or two to play, to keep everyone busy.

    Do you have any special plans for the day of your wedding, with your ladies?

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  • Beautiful Hair Flowers by Handle & Spout

    After a rather dull and long Tuesday, I took a break and took the bus home to pick up my car before heading back to school. When I approached our front door I found a little square package on Mr. Knight and I’s doorstep. My bridal hair flowers from Handle & Spout had arrived! {happy dance}

    I quickly ran inside to open the box (Gator Kitty was quite annoying and insisted on trying to be ALL over me while I was trying to open the package). Here are these sweet thangs (Yes, ‘things’ are spelled ‘thangs’ in the South. All good Southern girls know this). :-)

    Miss Gator's Handle and Spout Hair FlowersHandle and Spout; $54 (including shipping)
    Aren’t they pretty?

    How could I stare at these little beauties with out trying one on? Who do you think I am? :-)

    Miss Gator modeling one of her Handle and Spout Hair FlowersThat would be Gator Kitty’s tail peaking out from behind me. She was thoroughly enjoying the packaging.

    I had to place a custom order to get the 4 flowers in the sizes and colors I wanted. I ordered their Mixed Pastel combination (which was three small flowers), along with 1 larger ivory flower for a more fuller look similar to this:

    Miss Gator's Hair Flower Inspiration from Handle and Spoutsource Handle and Spout

    You can check out Miss Gator’s Wedding Shoes here: Sweet Dreams of Nina Electra Wedding Shoes
    Missed out on Miss Gator’s accessories inspiration? Catch up here: Accessorizing the Bride

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  • Little Beauties for My Beautiful Bridesmaids

    At first, I really didn’t want to reveal any gifts I would be giving my beautiful bridesmaids. But, I declared that not showing these little lovelies would be a disservice to my awesome Gator Bride readers. They are just so incredibly beautiful. I only had them in  my hot little hands for 5 minutes and here I am writing a post about them! So here is my story on how these little babies got to be in my Gator Bride hands…

    After choosing (and my bridesmaids purchasing) an aqua colored bridesmaid dress, I decided that, without a doubt, they would need a hair flower to grace their lovely locks. It would help complete the look of Mr. Knight and I’s romantic/garden wedding. The search for a bridesmaid dress was long and discouraging at times, but I will save that story for another day. When searching for a hair flower I immediately got on Etsy and found the store of the seller JMGJewelDesign. I loved her flower hair piece called ‘beach wedding’ but had a difficult time with paying $36 a piece one for my bridesmaids. I’m a budget bride—this was WAY out of my budget. So I messaged her to see if she could make them in a smaller version for me (and since I would be ordering so many, if a discount could happen as well). She quickly responded that she could make me a smaller version for $14 a pop. SCORE!

    They are made of hand-trimmed ivory silk, ivory and powder almond Swarovski pearls, aqua tulle and felt petals. Check them out↓

    Beautiful Hair Flower for Miss Gator's Bridesmaids

    I highly recommend JMGJewelDesign. She did an amazing job and I am sure my bridesmaids will love their custom (and handmade!) hair pieces.