GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Red & Chocolate Brown :: Rustic Red Barn Chic

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  It seems as though the “Weather Gods” have finally heard our pleas!  Temperatures have FINALLY begun to drop (and by drop we mean we’re just happy to be out of the triple digit heat!) and we have even received a little rain!!!   Fall seems to be creeping up on Texas!!!  With that said, check out this Fall inspired, Rustic Red Barn Chic :: Chocolate Brown and Red wedding inspiration board. Although the color palette of Chocolate Brown and Red can be used anytime of the year, we’re putting a Fall spin on it.


Rustic Red and Brown Cake Table Decor:  Image Courtesy of Robert Evans Studio

Red Barn Bride and Groom Portrait:  Image Courtesy of Robert Evans Studio

Red and Brown Rustic Barn Wedding Reception:  Max Ultimate Food        Image Courtesy of  Emilie Inc.

Bride in Cowboy Boots:  Image Courtesy of Souder Photography

Red and White Gingham Ring Bearer Pillow:  Image Courtesy of Angela Anderson Photography

Canvas LOVE Banner:  Image Courtesy of Erin Hearts Court

Rustic Red and Brown Bridal Bouquet:  BMJ Events         Image Courtesy of Eclectic Images

Red and Brown Wedding Programs:  Lynn Graham Designs        Image Courtesy of  Modern Wedding Photography

Rustic Red and Brown Wedding Chair Ties:  Celebrations Ltd  Cayman Islands


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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Chocolate Brown and Sage Green

There is just something so relaxing about this Chocolate Brown and Sage Green wedding inspiration board… Maybe it’s the organic and natural feel of the Brown’s and Greens?  Or the use of actual floral and greenery to the prints of it on the ring bearer pillow to the wedding stationery?  Whatever it  is, we feel these two colors really work together as a wedding color palette.  Plus, by using a neutral Chocolate Brown for your bridesmaids dresses, your bridesmaids will be very happy because they can wear them again and again!

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Ring Bearer Pillow:  Michael Levine Inc.           Image Courtesy of Kari Kochar Photography

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Escort Card Display:  Image Courtesy of Sweetwater Portraits by Julie Melton

Chocolate Brown Bridesmaid Dress: Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Wedding Cake:  Providence Spotts       Image Courtesy of  Leslie Gilbert Photography

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Tablescape:  Orchids by Karen         Image Courtesy of Cinematic by David M.

Chocolate Brown Tuxedo with Green Boutonniere: Image Courtesy of L. Photographie

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Wedding Invitations:  Cheree Berry Paper      Image Courtesy of Thorsen Photography Co.

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Wedding Guestbook:  Image Courtesy of Wendy Q Photography, LLC

Chocolate Brown and Sage Green Bridal Bouquet:  Daylily Floral & Gifts       Image Courtesy of Harrison Studio

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac

We’re just loving the contrast of the dark and rich Chocolate Brown with the light and soft Cream and Lilac.  This wedding color palette has both feminine and masculine qualities- sure to make both bride and groom happy!  This wedding color palette is perfect for a wedding any season of the year!

Chocolate Brown Bridesmaid Dress: Lela Rose via Dessy

Lilac Bridal Bouquet:  Daniel Florals and Events Inc            Image Courtesy of Sara & Sarma Photography

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Clutch:  Etsy

Wedding Dress with Lilac Sash:  Vera Wang

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Wedding Invitations:  CECI New York      Image Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Centerpieces:  Celebrate Flowers   &  Swank Productions         Image Courtesy of  Antonis Achilleos

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Wedding Programs:  Image Courtesy of Mitch Ranger Weddings

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Wedding Cake:  Cake Bliss         Image Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Wedding Favors:  The Cookie Connection          Image Courtesy of Bellissima Photography

Cream, Chocolate Brown & Lilac Boutonnieres:  Martha Stewart Weddings

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Hot Pink Honeysuckle & Chocolate Brown

As you may know, Pantone has declared the color of Honeysuckle the color of the year for 2011.  So we thought we’d put together a little inspiration board featuring this fine color!  We paired this beautiful hue of pink with the always in style Chocolate Brown.  These colors balance each other out perfectly!  And with Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks away… Don’t you think this color palette would be just gorgeous as a Valentine’s wedding?  This hot pink Honeysuckle & Chocolate Brown palette is so romantic and seductive!

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Tablescape:  Image Courtesy of Jose Villa Photography

Chocolate Brown Bridesmaid Dress:  After Six via Dessy

Khaki Suit, Chocolate Brown Tie & Honeysuckle Pink Boutonniere:  Fifty Flowers        Image Courtesy of Orange Turtle Photography

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Favor Boxes:  E-Fortune Cookie         Image Courtesy of Photography by Vanessa

Honeysuckle Pink Bridesmaid Dress:  After Six via Dessy

Honeysuckle Pink Peep Toe Pumps:  Nina          Image Courtesy of Patricia Kantzos Photography

Honeysuckle Pink Bridal Bouquets:  Glendale Flowers and Gifts         Image Courtesy of Sarah J Photography

Puppy Dog Floral Ring Bearer Pillow:  Image Courtesy of Alternate Angles Photography

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Invitations:  Bird and Banner         Image Courtesy of Artisan Events

Honeysuckle Pink Centerpieces:  Image Courtesy of Christopher Record Photography LLC

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Cake:   Hotcakes Bakes           Image Courtesy of Next Exit Photography

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Eric & Aubrey’s San Diego Winery Wedding :: EE Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  We’re halfway through this work week! YAY!  Today we have a fabulous submission from Erin of EE Photography.  EE Photography is based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. 

Side Rant:  Does the name EE Photography sound really familiar to you?  It should… Back in October, we ran this fabulous “Bohemian Meets Farm” styled photo shoot by Amanda Marie Portraits and EE Photography AND then EE Photography ran a giveaway for a free photo shoot all of November on GSS!  So, if you can’t tell, we just LOVE EE Photography!!!

Aubrey and Eric were married in San Diego, California at St. Gregory the Great and hosted their beautiful reception at The  Bernardo Winery on November 6, 2010.  Aubrey was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Eric meet?   We were cast in a play together as husband and wife. Eric is a co-founder of Furious Theatre Company in Los Angeles and they were doing the world premiere of “An Impending Rupture of the Belly” by Matt Pelfrey. Eric was already cast in the role of the husband but they put out a casting call for the role of his wife and had over 400 submissions! I was lucky enough to be cast opposite him as his wife and apparently the chemistry was good enough to carry over into real life :)

How long have you been together?  Three and a half years. 

How did Eric propose?  Eric proposed to me on a trip to Italy in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if a visitor tosses a coin in the fountain, they are ensured to return to Rome. Eric asked me to close my eyes, throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee.

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We were originally looking for a winery (we love wine!) and when we were doing our research, we came upon The Bernardo Winery. When we got to the grounds and started walking around we realized it was a perfect blend of our two families – it had a quaint, rustic feel that reminded us of Eric’s Texas home and the family that started the winery was from Sicily, the same Italian place that my dad’s family (the Saverinos) were from! As for the wedding ceremony, we chose St. Gregory the Great, a church that my family had been a part of when I was a child. The congregation started out in an office with folding chairs but over the course of my childhood, my parents helped contribute to the building of this beautiful new church. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?    The dress is from a boutique in La Mesa, California called “Amour Bridal“. I was out to lunch with my mom after I got engaged, but it was still over a year away from the wedding. She suggested we just pop in a few places to get some ideas, since I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for at the time. When we went into Amour Bridal, I saw this dress on the hanger and thought I’d never seen anything like it! It was too unique not to try on. I’d only tried on a few other dresses but once I put this one on, I knew it was the one. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? 

My something old was a gift from my mother’s best friend who recently passed away – it was a beautiful chocolate brown garter that she had worn on her wedding day.

My dress, shoes and unique flower headpiece (created by my Aunt Pam) were all new so I figured the “something new” category was pretty covered :)

Something borrowed were a pair of pearl earrings from my mother and my something blue was a sapphire ring my mother gave me. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  Eric & I danced to Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. We wanted something classic with a twist and since we had both discovered Ingrid Michaelson at a concert we went to in Los Angeles, we thought using her cover of the song would be perfect!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  We chose fall colors for our wedding palette – deep browns and greens, with accents of copper, yellow, orange and burgundy. We wanted the colors to complement the colors of the outdoor fall reception at the winery and my aunt took the idea and ran with it. She did an amazing job incorporating those colors into the bouquets and all the arrangements and decorations for the reception. 

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  It’s easy to get hung up & stressed out about tiny details, but always remember the bigger picture: this is day where so many people you love and care about come together to celebrate the two of you, and that doesn’t happen very often. So be present, enjoy the moment and don’t sweat the small stuff 😉

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one – but we’d have to say the best part was being surrounded by our family and friends. It was such a fantastic day and we are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it so special. 


Venue: The ceremony was at St. Gregory the Great in San Diego & the reception was at The  Bernardo Winery 

Dress: purchased at Amour Bridal 

Bridesmaid dresses: Two Birds  

Cake: Vegan cupcakes from Cupsin La Jolla, CA

Floral:Courtesy of Aubrey’s very talented aunt & independent florist – Pamela Tamkin

Catering: Cafe Merlot at The Bernardo Winery

DJ/Band: Jeremy Jones at Party People Mobile Entertainment 

Event Planner:Aubrey, Ashley Saverino (sister of the bride/Maid of Honor) & Connie Saverino (mother of the bride) :)

Thank you so much, Erin, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Aubrey, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Eric a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at  We HEART submissions!


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GSS Inspiration Board :: Coffee & Cream

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  With the cooler Fall weather in full swing, coffee has been on our minds a lot lately!  So we thought, a Coffee and Cream inspiration board would be a perfect palette for a fall or winter wedding.

Coffee Brown Bridesmaids Dress:  Lela Rose via Dessy

Coffee Brown Wedding Cake:  Lotus Cake Studio

Coffee Bean Escort Cards:  Image Courtesy of Millie Holloman Photography

Coffee Bean Bar:  Image Courtesy of Millie Holloman Photography

Coffee Brown and Cream Earrings:  The Beautiful Garden Boutique (BGB Jewelry) via Etsy

Coffee Brown and Cream Wedding Ceremony:  Lighting:  FROST lighting          Image Courtesy of Kingen Smith Photography

Cream Tea Length Wedding Dress with Coffee Brown Sash:  Stephanie James Couture (FYI- This picture is of Stephanie James herself AND this is her wedding dress that started it all!)

Coffee Bean Ring Shot:  Image Courtesy of Image Courtesy of Jeff Newsom Photography

His and Her’s “I do” & “Me Too” Coffee Mugs:  Image Courtesy of Birdsong Photography

Coffee Brown and Cream Menu Card and Napkin:  Image Courtesy of Erica Ferrone Photography

White Bridal Bouquet:  Moreton’s Flowerland            Image Courtesy of Courteny Dellafiora Photography

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Chocolate Brown & Cornflower Blue

Good Morning, Lovelies!  We hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today’s board is featuring wedding color palette of Chocolate Brown and Cornflower Blue.  We’re loving the richness and softness of this board!

Boutonniere:  Making Arrangements Floral Design        Image Courtesy of Lisa Lefkowitz Photography

Cornflower Blue Place Setting and Menu Card:  Beautiful Blooms        Menu Card Courtesy of Carrot & Stick Press

Chocolate Brown and Cornflower Blue Wedding Programs:  Image Courtesy of Denise Cregier Photographer

 Chocolate Brown and Cornflower Blue Wedding Invitations:  Paper Source           Image Courtesy of Allegra’s Studio

Cornflower Blue and Cream Ceramic Ring Dishes:  PrinceDesignUK via Etsy               Image Courtesy of Ling Photography

Chocolate Brown and Blue Hydrangea Centerpiece:  Flowers by Toshi          Image Courtesy of Danielle Gillett Photography

Chocolate Brown and Cornflower Blue Bridesmaids Dresses:  DaVinci Bridal              Image Courtesy of Shultz Photography

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cornflower Blue Icing:  Sibby’s Cupcakery        Image Courtesy of Geoff White Photographers

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