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
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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