• Wedding Fashion
  • Staying Grounded

    I’ve gotten to the point in Mr. Knight and I’s wedding planning process where I no longer look at inspirational wedding websites. There’s no more clicking through the pages of Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, or Southern Weddings (and wasting 3 hours of my Saturday/Sunday… or School day). The only wedding websites I stick to these days are still my trusty ol’ Wedding Bee and the sites of my blogging Brides that I love to follow (you can find them on the left, in my link list). Just when I thought I no longer needed my sweet Wedding Bee, it presents me with something that keeps me coming back for more. This time, it is Heart Stoppers.

    I’ve had the problem of my wedding shoes slipping on carpet, and since there is tons of carpet at the Country Club where we are having our reception, I knew I was going to have issues. I hadn’t really began the search for a remedy and then {wa-lah} I came across a blogging bride on Wedding Bee who mentioned these lovely little heart shaped shoe grippers. I was smitten! I immediately ordered these and are now waiting patiently for them to come in the mail.

    source drugstore.com

    Heart Stoppers, $7
    source Alexandre Weddings

    How adorable are these? Plus, you know I love a good photo op!
    Cuteness + Practicality =  a Winner!

    Did you ever find something completely unexpected while browsing your favorite blogs/websites that caused you to jump up in the air and cheer? Okay, so maybe I didn’t jump up in the air and cheer when I saw these, but I definitely let out a little squeal of excitement!

  • Uncategorized
  • A Night Out With Mah Ladies!

    In about 2 1/2 short weeks I will be re-united with some of my best friends for a girl’s night out before my bridal shower at Mama Knight‘s house. Our plans? Who knows… and who cares! All I know is that I’m gonna have my girls by my side for a night/weekend of girl time, girl talk, eating, dancing, and girl bonding (with no boys!). What more could a sweet little Gator Bride want? Is it weird I just called myself sweet? Well, I am sweet, what can I say? :-)

    *click image to get a better look at my chickas!

    Unfortunately, one awesome chicka will not be able to make it for a girls weekend, my beloved happy bridesmaid. She is cooped up in a blizzard-y NYC and has a boss who gives her very little days off a year (but, hey, that’s NYC for ya). She will be missed!

    ♥Love her

    And, an entry about a girl’s night out wouldn’t be complete without an outfit mood board…

    Donna Morgan Dress, 6pm.com, $107; Nine West Valenka Heels (bought on sale last summer… by the way, most comfortable heels I own) $69; J Crew Earrings, $68; J Crew Necklace $50; random Pink Satin Clutch; cute Forever21 hair clips, $1.50 (love this $)

    Of this look, I currently own the beautiful Donna Morgan dress, and the Nine West Valenka Heels. I’m currently on the look for a clutch, jewelry and hair accessories (totally hitting up Forever 21 soon). While I absolutely adore these JCrew earrings and necklace, they are way out of this budget brides price range. Sunny MOH and I are headed to the outlets this weekend for some dress/accessory/bonding shopping day, so I’ll be on the lookout for these items.

    I plan to wear this sweet Donna Morgan dress for our Rehearsal Dinner, which will be poolside at our Country Club (in-less I fall in love with something else while out shopping… but this dress is, most likely, the one I’ll be wearing). I plan to accessorize the dress differently, with possibly more gold tones in jewelry then the black, which I’ve accessorized with for the girl’s night out.

    Do you plan to wear the same dress to multiple wedding events? Or will you be changing it up each time?

    Also, do any of my lovely readers have some ideas for me, on how I can re-accessorize this dress for the rehearsal dinner?

    ♥Miss Gator

  • Wedding Fashion
  • I’m a Two-Shoe Bride

    Which is waaayyyy better then being a two-dress Bride. Right?

    Let me set the scene. I take the long drive (okay… maybe it was only 40 minutes.. but that is long for me!) down to Ocala to Alterations Unlimited, and ultimately to finally try on my dress for the first time in months (bringing along my brand new and adorable Nina Electras). I get there, slip into my huge dress (that is a whole other story) and slip into my satin Ninas. As Debbie, the wonderful owner, went over with me my options with the dress and what undergarments I should purchase for our next meeting, all I could do was stare at my feet. How could I have been so absent minded to not even try on my beautiful new shoes with my Wedding dress (which Mr. Knight asked me over and over again once I came home and told him the story)? All I could see is how balently the shoes didn’t match my dress, not in style, material or color!

    My dress is very light, air-y, lace-y and is devoid of any satin whatsoever (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much). So when I put on my beautiful satin, ivory, and bow-ed shoes with it, they just didn’t match. The shoes were meant for a more modern dress, and my dress has more of a vintage look to it. I think it was ultimately the big satin bow that threw off the whole look.

    I’m normally very good about these things. I think about every decision I make extensively… probably think about my decisions too much. At this point, usually Mr. Knight would come in and say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to the shoes and call it a day (relinquishing any worry I had about them not matching my dress). But, alas, we are trying to keep some part of our Wedding traditional, and Mr. Knight hasn’t seen my dress.

    I spent the 40 minute drive home from Ocala fretting about my shoes and what to do (I know… with so much going on in the world today and I’m worrying about a stupid pair of shoes… bridezilla much?). Then I had a sort of Wedding Shoe revelation. Not only was the bow on the Ninas a problem but so was the fabric, satin. I needed a shoe that was metallic, either silver or gold, to match my dress.

    When I got home, I immediately got on the internet and searched high and low for Real Wedding pictures of Bride’s in my dress (I only found about two Weddings), looking strategically at their shoes to determine if my revelation was correct… and wa-LA.. I was sooo correct.

    With the ‘okay’ from Mr. Knight I searched the internet for little metallic heels with a vintage flair (and with the same heel height as my previous Ninas) and came across these on eBay (one of my favorite shopping destinations):

    These are some J Crew Beauties from a season or two ago. They are Pink Metallic (which will match my hair accessories) with a Pave Crystal Jewel. They were for about 1/3 their original price on eBay. Gotta love eBay!

    I thought about these beauties for awhile (okay, maybe for all about 1/2 a day) and sent them over to Mr. Knight (who wasn’t very helpful… other then saying ‘Get what makes you happy’… ahh what a guy?). I ordered these beauties and waited patiently for them to arrive on our doorstep. I have to say, ordering them immediately calmed me down. I got really excited to get these little shoes in the mail, and to try them on with my dress (which my next alterations appointment is March 1st, where I will arrive shoes, veil, and undergarments in hand, to see the complete look).

    The perfect amount of vintage-y goodness to complete my look! Once again Gator Kitty giving the shoes the ‘once over.’
    (please ignore my feet… I’m sooo not a feet person.. so posting this picture of my own was hard)

    I do have to say that I’m incredibly embarrassed to blog about my two-shoe Bride-ness. I plan to keep the Nina Electra’s till after the Wedding and sell them (thank goodness I didn’t pay full price for them!). I’m a good little eBay Seller, so I’m confident I can get just about the same price I paid for the Ninas, back.

    I did feel like a crazy women, driving home and immediately ordering a different pair of shoes for my Wedding dress. But, I know that these are ‘the ones’ for sure. And if not, well I’m going to wear them ANYWAYS!

    I have been joking to Mr. Knight that they are a little more uncomfortable then my Ninas, and as a result, I’m making him carry me everywhere at our Wedding. He usually responds that he better start lifting weights more often. I’ve worn more uncomfortable shoes then these before, and for many hours and been fine (I guess that is what dancing in pointe shoes for years will do for you). So, I’m not worried at all. Hey, beauty is pain, right? haha.

    Was there a moment in your wedding planning process/or wedding where you felt you were a total mad, crazy, bridezilla women?

  • Reception
  • The Wedding Shoe Game

    I bet ya’ll got really excited when you saw that title. “ohhhh Miss Gator is going to talk about Wedding shoes… oh goodness I’m sooo excited!!!!” Well, I hate to burst your bubble but I won’t be talking about Wedding shoes but rather the Wedding Shoe Game Brides and Grooms play at their reception! I had never heard of this game till I found pictures of it over at Jenna Cole Photography. Since Mr. Knight and I are all for games, I just had to check this out. Do you all want to know how to play?!? Of course you do!!

    Two chairs are set up in the middle of the dance floor and the Bride and Groom sit back to back, like so:

    source: Flickr

    The Bridal Party stands about 10′ away from the Bride and Groom, with the Bridesmaids facing the Bride and the Groomsmen facing the groom. Then the Bride and Groom will take off their shoes and exchange shoes so each person has one Groom shoe and one Bride shoe, like so:

    source: Jenna Cole Photography

    Then the DJ will start by saying: “This game is to show how much the new Mr. and Mrs. Knight really know about each other… I will ask you a question and you raise the shoe that you think best fits the answer to the question… alright here’s a practice question…”Right now, who has the most cash on them?”

    Then it goes on from there, with fun questions like:

    • Who’s the better cook?
    • Who’s the best driver?
    • Who’s the fastest driver?
    • Who has the wackiest family?
    • If you haven’t already… who is most likely to pass gas today?
    • Now that you’re married, who will be the first to say… “not tonight”?
    • Who talks more?
    • Who’s most likely to get lost?
    • Who’s most likely to ask for directions?

    source: Flickr
    Some deliberation by the Bride and Groom…

    source: Grand Rapids Wedding Photography
    A Bride and Groom having a TON of fun at this game. It’s funny to see how each answers.

    Check out the clip below of a Bride and Groom playing the Shoe Game at their Wedding:

    Too funny!

    Mr. Knight and I want to have a fun at our wedding and I think this is a great game to play. I know it really isn’t traditional to play games at a wedding (I don’t really consider the garter toss and bouquet toss, games), but I think it would be a great addition to our wedding reception, and I believe Mr. Knight agrees.

    Will any of you be playing any games at your reception?

  • Vendors
  • Sweet Dreams of Nina Electra Wedding Shoes

    If you all remember my post last week, Accessorizing the Bride, I mentioned these cute little ‘design your own’ Nina Electras I have been eying for well over 6 months. I mentioned my predicament that in order to get my dream shoes for our wedding I would need to special order them in a 3.25″ heel (they come stock in the 4″ heel which is wayyy to tall for this lady). The problem? The price. The custom heel height is $199. If you join their mailing list you can get 10% off your first order, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around paying $180 for shoes that I may only wear once (it has taken me a long time to get to this point, when we first got engaged I started looking at shoes that were between $300-600… yes I was out of control).

    One day, while browsing Weddingbee , I decided to check out their classified section on the site and came across a pair of Design Your Own Nina Electras in Ivory in my size. A bride ordered them custom from Nina and later decided to wear a different shoe for her wedding. SCORE! and the price? $80 including shipping. DOUBLE SCORE!

    Now you may say “$80 is still quite a bit for a pair of heels,” not if the only difference between them and the $200 one is that they have been worn around the house once. Check out  my sweet WeddingBee classifieds deal (I still can’t get over it!). As my Mom says, when its meant to be… its meant to be.

    Miss Gator's kitty taking a sniff at her wedding shoesGator Kitty giving the new shoes her sniff of approval

    Miss Gator's Design Your own Nina Electras

    iPhone picture Miss Gator took as soon as she opened the packageYes I had to immediately take a picture with my iPhone when I opened them. They are adorable and I love them! *Please ignore all the bug bites on my leg… we live in Florida and it is swampy