GSS Featured Wedding :: Jennifer & Brian’s California Vineyard Wedding :: Three Nails Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Hunter and Brittney Leone of Three Nails Photography.  They are a Shreveport, Louisiana based husband and wife wedding photography team.  Hunter and Brittney have been more than accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Jennifer and Brian were married at Lago Giuseppe Winery in Templeton, California on June 11, 2011.  Jennifer was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and your  husband meet?  At business school.

How long have you been together?  5 years

How did Brian propose?  Brian proposed on a rainy day on the pier at Nick’s Cove— an adorable oyster shack on the coast near San Francisco. 

What sold you on your wedding venue?  When we visited Lago Giuseppe, we knew it was the place for us. We love the central coast of California and the venue is simply beautiful, with wispy oak trees and a private lake.  We also loved the fact that the venue is family owned and run. Joe and his family were warm, accommodating, and extremely easy to work with. They didn’t have strict, limiting rules like most wineries in Napa or Sonoma. They allowed us to make our wedding into what we wanted and not something that had to fit in a package.

Your dresses are gorgeous, where did you get them and how did you know they were “the ones”?  My wedding dress is from Vera Wang. I loved the layers and the romantic feel to the dress. It was also not your typical wedding dress.  My 2nd dress is from BHLDN. I loved it because it was fun, comfortable, a bit bohemian, and it still looked like a wedding dress.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  I actually didn’t follow this tradition.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I wanted something soft, a bit rustic, and something that complemented the outdoor setting.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?

1.Unless you have unlimited time on your hands, try to limit the DIY projects to just a few things that you’d like to really personalize.  With all the amazing DIY weddings you see online nowadays, it’s easy to let your creative juices run wild. But there’s only so much time for everything.

2. Set realistic expectations on the level of your fiancé’s involvement — some guys will want to have a say in everything and some will want to just show up on the day of the wedding. If the former, let him have a say. It’s his wedding as much as yours.  Perhaps decide what’s most important for each of you and let each have ownership of those things.  If the latter, know who you’re marrying and accept that. This will save a lot of fighting, disappointment and resentful feelings. Having full carte blanche isn’t necessarily the worst thing. It could even make the deciding process easier. Just make sure to get enough support from others so you’re not taking the full burden of managing everything.

3. Try to get everything done a week before the wedding so that you’re not completely stressed out or sleep deprived the days leading up to your wedding day. You could end up getting sick, breaking out, or just simply exhausted and grumpy.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Frank Sinatra.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite moment of the wedding was when Brian gave his speech at the reception.  He secretly planned to give his speech to my mom in Korean, as my mother doesn’t speak English very well.  Reaching out to one of my Korean friends to have it translated, he had planned to surprise the both of us. Though I unfortunately found the translation on the dining room table two days before the wedding, the thought and effort he put into it will never be forgotten.  His mispronunciations made the moment that much more adorable and the look on my mom’s face told me that this gesture meant the world to her. 



Venue: Lago Giuseppe

Dress: Vera Wang and BHLDN

Wedding Cake: Sarah Lagrotteria of Apples and Onions; Other cakes and desserts: Madonna Inn, Lette Macarons

Floral: April Flowers (bouquets and boutonnieres), Skyline Flowers (DIY)

Linens:  Elite Events Party Rentals

Catering: La Donna Dolce

DJ/Band: We played our own playlist

Videographer: Chad Clough

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: (all DIY) Re Jin Lee and Me

Event Design & Styling: Re Jin Lee and Me

Thank you so much, Hunter & Brittney, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by Three Nails Photography’s website and show them some love!  And thank you, Jennifer, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Brian a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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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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