• DIY
  • Miss Gator’s Veil Status: Finally Done!!!

    This past week I met up with Debbie of Alterations Unlimited at Solutions Bridal to check out my wedding veil she was altering. From previous posts, here, you can see that I decided to have a designer make my veil to look like one of the fabulous $630 veils I loved at Solutions Bridal (at 1/6 the cost!). Well, that didn’t turn out all so well. Mostly the reason it didn’t turn out well is because I didn’t speak up when I didn’t like the outcome of the veil that was made for me. I have a tendency to do that. I just didn’t want to hurt the designer’s feelings when I didn’t like the cut of the veil. I should have realized then that I paid her good money to make me a veil that I wanted and that I need to get it fixed so it was just the way I imagined.

    Soo… last August, when the veil was finished, I just went with it. I tried it on for Mr. Knight and agonized over the cut of the veil for months. What was wrong with the cut you ask? Well I wanted a cut more like this, straight and over the shoulder, like all the past veils I tried on:

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    And the designer cut the veil with these ‘wings’ I called them, more of a mantilla cut, like this:

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    Seems like a simple fix, right? Well, since I never spoke up, it wasn’t a simple fix. I later went back to the designer, paid extra money, and had the designer change different things about the veil that I didn’t like. Which was bringing up the price of the veil overall. After my first alteration with the designer and added expense, I decided to just let my veil ‘be’ and that I would see how it looked with my altered dress.

    Fast forward several months and here I was trying on my veil, for the first time, with my altered dress at Alterations Unlimited. When Debbie saw the veil she let out a small scream and immediately pin-pointed the cut of the veil as a problem (not to mention the comb was sewed on backwards). She offered to fix my veil for me, and make it the beautiful over-the-shoulder look I wanted, and the comb, for… wait for it… FREE. Umm.. I love her!?

    She said it was no problem and it would be a quick fix for her… she is seriously my angel for rescuing me from the heinous-ness of a veil with ‘wings.’

    Want to see the final product????? Check it out!

    The perfect ‘over the shoulder’ look I wanted! It seriously felt AMAZING to put this veil on. This veil made my week!
    image by Debbie on Miss Gator’s iPhone

    I guess I was so happy I couldn’t even keep my eyes open! haha. The veil is now PERFECT! Totally up to this little Gator Bride’s standards!

    Who knew a veil would cause so much drama?

    Did you have any issues in your wedding planning process that just drove you nuts and you just couldn’t keep it off your mind till it was fixed? My agonizing lasted for 7 months, how long was yours?

  • Uncategorized
  • I Did It Again…

    I did it again to my beautiful readers… I went M.I.A.

    But… for a very very good reason… to prepare for my final Thesis presentation on MONDAY!!!! I can’t believe it has come up so fast. I remember last year worrying more about having to get over this big ‘hump’ that is thesis, before our wedding, but the day has finally come. I was more nervous about doing a thesis, then preparing for our wedding. Thesis for Architecture students at UF is very different then thesis for other majors, here. Yes, we did have a written portion (which I did last semester) but, what is different is the second part is project-based, often called a Master’s Research Project.

    A picture of my studio wall at school, taken about a week ago.
    Do you love my red drawings? I do! (there I go, practicing for our wedding… I do! I do! I do!)
    crap*y photo taken on Miss Gator’s iPhone

    So, for the past 3 months I’ve been working feverishly (okay.. maybe mildly in the beginning, and now feverishly… hey, I had a gazillion invitations to make.. girl has to juggle school with wedding crafts!). After Monday, I hope to return in full force. Okay, that’s lie, it will probably be moderate force, being that I still have three books to design before graduation, May 1st, along with tons of things to mark off on our infamous wedding to-do list… but, I will do my best to be here for ya’ll.

    Speaking of which, where is Mr. Knight? I think it’s about time he made another appearance on the blog, and recapped his day with the boys playing paintball. He was a good little Knight, taking lots of photos (like I asked) and even some video of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the guys. What a sweet pea. :-)

    Till then… I’ll see you all on the other side of Monday!

    {heart}
    Miss Gator

  • Weekly Obsession
  • • Weekly Obsession • The Pissed Off Bride Blog

    Having such a public blog, where both your family and friends follow, makes it difficult to really voice your opinions on certain subjects and just plain vent your frustrations of the Wedding Planning process. Brides, Stacy of You Can’t Take it With You and Kelly of Miss Pug’s Pawfect Wedding started The Pissed Off Bride blog, for well… some royally Pissed Off Brides.

    Here is an excerpt from their ‘About’ Section:

    Everyone has someone they’d like to tell off – but this site is for the pissed off brides out there.

    Did a baker completely screw up your wedding cake? Write them a letter here – as unprofessional as you’d like.

    Your great-aunt decide that the dress she’ll be wearing to your wedding will be… white? Tell us how you really feel.

    It doesn’t matter if you got engaged 3 minutes ago (and already are considering eloping) or got married 30 years ago (and still harbor hefty resentments) – this site is for you. So stop ripping out your hair! Spill your guts, breathe a sigh of relief, and anonymously commiserate with like-minded women everywhere.

    The Pissed Off Bride

    The post that was up there today is a Pissed off Bride who is tired of getting calls from David’s Bridal, and tired of receiving their copious amount of catalogs in the mail. I can’t help but laugh, because what she says is so true. Whether you need to vent something that has bothered you for days, months, or years, or you just need a plain old laugh, head over to The Pissed Off Bride Blog… it is bound to have you saying “OMG… that really happened?…. She did WHAT?” And… can put your own wedding planning in perspective.

    I have yet to submit anything to The Pissed Off Bride blog… but if I had… I wouldn’t tell you, now would I?  :-)


  • 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):

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    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?

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  • The Countdown Has Begun…

    And no Wedding countdown is complete without a long ‘TO-DO’ list taped to your dining room wall, like so:

    I believe there is about 60 items on this list? Mr. Knight left no stone unturned. He wrote down EVERYTHING we have to do before the Wedding. I have a love/hate relationship with this incredibly organized and massive TO-DO list.

    Mr. Knight has been pestering me about making a list with him on what is left to do before our wedding. Truth be told, I was avoiding the subject because I feared how long the list would actually be. Now I have a list staring me in the face every morning as I eat my breakfast, reminding me what needs to be done. Some are easy things to mark off, like buying stamps for thank you cards (and ordering thank you cards), and some quite harder like, design and print invitations… wow that task will easily take a few weekends.

    Mr. Knight even organized the entire list by due date, so I know what needs to be done the soonest, a man after my own heart :-).