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  • Post-Wedding Bridal Portraits

    Since I jumped the gun and published my Gator Friday post early this week, we’re going to skip it today and feature some pictures of sweet Seminole Bridesmaid.

    Okay, so obviously today’s post isn’t about me. I know, y’all love it when I talk about myself (only joking). This little ditty is about Seminole Bridesmaid (SB). SB was married a few years back. She never had bridal portraits taken (nor did I), which is a big ol’ thang here in the South. Recently she had the opportunity to “play” Bride again when her friends, who run An Absolutely Fabulous Wedding, needed a model for some promotional shots. Who wouldn’t say yes to the chance to get dolled up, prance around in a wedding dress (in cold December weather!) and have your photo taken? The result was some pretty awesome photos of SB.

    To see the rest of the photos from the shoot visit photographer Tiffany Vaughn’s bliggity blog.

    Do you plan/did you take bridal portraits?

  • Gator Fridays
  • Gator Fridays :: VS PINK Gator Sale!

    Most college gals are no stranger to the line of adorable college gear Victoria’s Secret PINK has been selling the past few years. For the first few years the line has always been sold out at the Gainesville Victoria’s Secret. What can I say? Us Gainesville gals love cute Gator gear.

    It’s no secret either that the collegiate line by PINK ain’t cheap. This year we paid $40 for a Gator long sleeve t-shirt for Mr. Knight’s little sister (last year we paid $70 for a sweatshirt for her). Very pricey. Which brings me to why I’m featuring this line for Gator Fridays this week…


    If you are looking for adorable Gator gear (or any sweet collegiate gear), this is the time to buy! Check out these sweet deals.

    Gator underwear? Yes please!

    Work appropriate attire? On Gator Fridays, I think so!
    Gator Pullover Sweater, $29.99

    Jeweled Gator Hat. Loves it.

    Gator Puffer vest with fur trim hood, totally need this for these upcoming cold winter months!

    White Gator tank top with lace detail. Adorbs.

    And let’s throw in a little UCF sale item in honor of Mr. Knight’s alma mater (who will be playing Georgia at the Liberty Bowl today)…

    UCF Knights slouchy sweat pants.
    I know Mr. Knight would LOVE to see me wear these. One day I will. Just for him. But I won’t leave my house. Wouldn’t want my Gators to see me!

    If Victoria’s Secret would be so kind as to find my post and send me all these items, I would forever be a happy little Gator girl. Okay, really I would be a happy little Gator girl either way, but wearing these babies I would be an EXTRA happy Gator girl. :)

    By the way, I’m writing this while Mr. Knight is watching a documentary on the invention of the computer operating system, Linux. He’s a major nerd.

    Do you have any favorite places to pick up cute Gator gear? Please share!

  • Recaps
  • Just Mauied :: Our First Look

    In the beginning, Mr. Knight wasn’t completely on board with the ‘first look’ idea. The ‘first look’ seems to be a relatively new wedding trend. My parents had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned it and many of my friends, who were married only a few years ago, hadn’t heard of it when they were planning their wedding. I searched the internet for some great examples to show Mr. Knight and even made a little pros and cons list for him to look at. In the end, Mr. Knight was on board (anything to keep his stressed out bride happy). After it was all said and done, Mr. Knight says these set of pictures are some of his favorite from our wedding. Bride – 1, Groom – 0. :-)

    I believe the ‘first look’ is such an important moment on your wedding day. Many brides and grooms are hell-bent on not seeing each other till the ceremony (which is tradition) but, having a ‘first look’ and seeing each other, just the two of you, is so much more intimate (in our eyes). We both were so excited to see each other and get a moment to take in everything that was happening that day… we were getting married! Enough of my jibber-jabbering, the pictures truly say it all.

    I’m trying to contain my excitement, but failing at it. I had never been so excited to see him in my life!

    At this moment I’m so excited that I’m stomping my feet up and down on the bridge super fast so that he can hear me coming.

    I’m here Mr. Kniiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhhhht

    Mr. Knight checking our my dress, the elusive little white dress he had been hearing about for MONTHS.

    This is right after Mr. Knight kissed me and got my lipstick all over his lips. He was smacking his lips together all funny. It was perfect. He made me laugh and I certainly needed a good laugh on our wedding day. Nerves anyone?

    That smile… agh I just love him so much!

    Mr. Knight checking out the detail on my dress and all my accessories. Even months later, when he sees a picture of us from our wedding day he still tells me how beautiful I looked on our wedding day. So sweet.♥
    Accessories: Watters Dress, J Crew Pave Crystal Heels, Handle & Spout hair flowers,  Tulip Couture clutch, Aquamarine drop earrings

    Truth be told, I don’t think our family was completely on board with our ‘first look’ idea till after they saw our ‘first look’ pictures. I remember telling my parents we were going to see each other before the ceremony and I will never forget the shocked look on their faces (they are very traditional). They also had this same shocked look when I told them the dress I wanted wasn’t white (it was champagne). They eventually came around when they heard all the positives: more time for pictures, less time between the ceremony and reception taking photos, giving us more time with our guests. My parents were really good sports with all my slightly untraditional ideas for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding.

    Having a ‘first look’ gave us time so that we could get all the fun pictures we wanted (which is coming up next!) and allowed us to just hang out and chill. We weren’t rushed, we had nowhere to be for an hour and a half. It was perfection. Just Mr. Knight, Me and our 2 photographers and 2 videographers (okay, we were quite a crew). We frolicked all over the Plantation Bay Country Club property. I had time to really think about which pictures I wanted, what would be a good background, etc. I was one of THOSE brides who directed our photographers some. I was out of control. I could have taken pictures with Mr. Knight for hours if I hadn’t gotten so hungry/sweaty/thirsty/tired. I remember wanting to take a nap right before our ceremony. Staying up all night before your wedding is never a good idea. Bad gator bride.

    Did you plan to have a first look? What was your deciding moment to have a first look? If you decided not to, why? I’d love to hear what y’all think of this (relatively) new wedding trend.

    And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

    a moment with Gator Dad
    We got silly with our iPhones
    The girls and I mastered laughing
    put on that little white dress
    The boys got full of themselves
    I was hungover while getting our hair did
    We rehearsed with yummy BBQ
    The ladies lunched

    *All photos by Ben and Amy Starks of Starks Photography

  • flowers
  • Just Mauied :: Hello Beautiful Ladies

    I love my bridesmaids. Not only are they incredibly beautiful (which makes for some excellent pictures), but they are the sweetest gals a girl could have as friends. Not to mention, they look FABULOUS in light blue. Fabulous. I swear I’m not shallow, I just can’t get over how good they all look in those dresses, and hair flowers. Amaze-balls.

    Hello hardest picture to pose for EVER. You wouldn’t think so. I was seriously cranking my neck around as hard as I could so I could see the camera, but sooo worth it. I needed at least ONE picture with my little Bride hoodie. :-) BTW, totally rockin’ the southern bump. You know you love it.

    Hi Bridal jacket that costs mucho $$ and can only be worn 1 day. I wore the jacket on the plane to Maui hoping they would see we were newlyweds and bump us to 1st class. My plan didn’t work. I understand though. We were competing with the girl CARRYING her wedding dress on the plane, and a couple wearing bride and groom hats (complete with detachable veil). Next time we will be more prepared.

    Everyone wearing different silver shoes? Love. Red color of the boards of the little white bridge we were on, in contrast with the girl’s dresses. Also love. This is one of those pictures that older folks look at and ask “Why did the photographers cut all y’all’s heads off? They must not be very good.” Oh quite the contrary, they are soooo good.

    Faux laughing like its our JOB. We rock.

    Sunny MOH and I possibly laughing at how awkward it is to take a GAZILLION photos.

    We’re FIERCE and we know it. Seminole Bridesmaid and I hamin’ it up for the camera.

    Gator Bridesmaid and I Gator chomin’, our usual activity when we are around each other. :-)

    Happy Bridesmaid and I bein’ sweet.
    Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, those are the bridesmaid bouquets/weeds our florist delivered to us. Waaaay embarrassing. A full drag-out post on ‘he who should not be named’ is coming soon!

    Sporty Bridesmaid and I rockin’ like the true Rock Stars we are.

    Definitely a framer! Sweet Bridesmaid and I giving our best ‘whateves’ face. We had run out of poses at this point.

    Aren’t we a little more creative in our pictures then the boys were? I always joke to Mr. Knight that his pictures with the boys were sooo creative {sarcasm}. Being the funny guys they are, I figured there would be some goofy ones in there somewhere, but they really ‘held it together’ during their picture session. Us gals, I can’t say we held it together. :-)

    This post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of me and the cutest little flower girl ever, my god-daughter KK. Fun (and random) Fact: Little KK and I were born exactly 20 years apart and both our names start with a “K.”

    And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

    The ladies lunched
    We rehearsed with yummy BBQ
    I was hungover while getting our hair did
    The boys got full of themselves
    I put on that little white dress

    And if you haven’t seen our Wedding Video, I can’t talk to you. You MUST see it. Loves it like WOAH.

    *All photos by the rockin’ husband and wife team of Starks Photography (Go to their website, the music on it is AMAZING. Loves it.)

  • Recaps
  • 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.