• Recaps
  • We’re Married!!!

    We did it… we have crossed over to the other side…


    The day was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or better company. We are so thankful to be surrounded by so many loving family and friends, we had a fabulous time! As Mr. Knight and I embark on some much needed time together, we would like to leave y’all with a little preview our amazing photographers, Ben and Amy of Starks Photography, posted today (♥them).

    Mr. Knight and his Wife, Mrs…. Knight? Gator? Knight-Gator? We’re still workin’ on that. :-)
    Starks Photography

    the married version of Miss Gator

  • 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:


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


    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?

  • DIY
  • The Status of Miss Gator’s Custom Veil

    I’m incredibly busy today (that’s what happens when Grad School starts… your recreational life stops!), but I just wanted to give all my Gator Bride-ers an update on my veil situation. On Tuesday I went and met with Jacquelyn of Jacquelyn Brooks Design. I was there to see my veil she has been making, and to drop of the alencon lace I had tea dyed a few weeks ago.

    JB Designs StudioShe has a cute little studio right on University Ave (above Ben and Jerry’s).

    I tried my veil on and we did a few alterations to the shape and Jacquelyn pinned the lace I brought to the bottom of the veil. ↓

    Miss Gator modeling her VeilWe pinned a piece of lace to cover the comb at the top, but then later decided against it. Later, I realized it really doesn’t go with my dress or the theme of our wedding to have the lace over the comb (gives the veil a very spanish look).

    I’m overall pretty pleased with how my veil is shaping up. It is in my budget and it is very close to the $630 Lori London Veil I liked so much. I can’t wait to see how it looks with my dress (which comes in this September!).

    Here’s the breakdown on cost:

    Jacquelyn Brooks Design prices vary
    Ivory Illusion Tulle from JoAnn’s Fabric $6
    Alencon lace off eBay $14
    Tea dye Materials (Lipton Tea) $3

    Total $23 + JB labor cost

  • DIY
  • Miss Gator’s Afternoon Adventure: Tea Dying Lace from White to Ivory

    Okay… so I searched all over Gainesville for someone to professionally dye my beautiful white lace to ivory (so it would match my dress). Can you believe that there is no place in Gainesville where you can get this done? Unbelievable!

    But, there’s a ray of hope. One seamstress I asked mentioned tea-dying my lace. I had heard of this before but was slighting skeptical as to whether I could successfully do this myself. Searching the internet, I only found a handful of ‘how-to’s’ and no one really went into detail. They just skimmed over what they did to show you their beautifully dyed ivory lace. But, I’m a girl who needs directions. I ain’t gonna mess up my nice lace…

    For all the other Brides out there like me, who need some directions, here is, step-by-step, of how I got to the perfect shade of ivory for my beautiful Alencon lace for my veil:

    What you will need to tea dye your laceThe beautiful Alencon lace to be tea dyed ivoryYou will need:

    • 4 Lipton Tea bags
    • a wooden spoon
    • measuring cup
    • and (of course) your lace to-be-dyed (I got mine off eBay for roughly $2/yd; can’t beat that!)
    1. I first boiled 10 cups of waterboiled water with tea bags
    2. I then let 4 Lipton Tea bags sit in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes; taking the wooden spoon and taping them lightly to make sure they were totally submerged in the water
    3. Take the tea bags out and let the mixture sit until it has completely cooled (2 hours); Very Important – you don’t want to burn your lace in the hot tea.
    4. Once the tea cooled, I cut a small test strip from my white lace and placed it in the tea just long enough to get it totally submerged (by using the wooden spoon); I then took it out and rinsed it for a second under cool waterTest strip in tea mixture
    5. I  laid the lace on a dish towel to dry and compare with my ‘control’ lace (the original white lace)1st Test Strip Comparison As you can see it is a little too dark; so I added 6 cups of water to the mixture to dilute the tea (looking back I think I should have only used 2 Lipton Tea bags)

    Repeating the process a second time with the diluted mixture seemed to work out much better and is the right shade of ivory I was looking for. I think I would change the original recipe to : 10 cups water, 2 Lipton Tea bags

    2 test strips with 'control' white lace
    The middle shade is the shade I decided to go with. Here is a picture of it in natural light, it looks barely off-white/ivory… perfect. ↓

    Dyed lace in natural lightYes… I took this picture to show my engagement ring too. I can’t help it… I like to take pictures of it!

    Okay, moving on…

    I then preceded to submerge the rest of my lace in the tea mixture (do I make this look easy? I was freaked out the whole time!).

    All of Miss Gator's Beautiful Alencon Lace in the Tea DyeI then rinsed it and hung the lace to dry in our guest bathroom.↓

    Miss Gator's newly tea dyed lace hanging to dryOh! look at the detail! This is why I fell in love with this lace and had to have it (plus the price was amazing; can’t beat $16 on eBay for 8 yards! A budget bride’s dream!)

    Detail shot of Miss Gator's newly tea dyed laceNext it is off to the designer where it will be sewn on to my veil. I will have a veil update in the next few weeks!