Daniele Donato and Dominic Briones are married. The Big Brother contestants Donato and Briones had been wed in a Bohemian-style wedding Saturday afternoon at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California. The pair had met on film of the reality television show.
“Truth be told, I really didn’t like him at first,” she says with a laugh. “I thought he was a little troublemaker. But we became friends, and although I didn’t like him like that, it just grew.”
“After the finale, we became inseparable. We got to know each other really well, and we fell in love!”
During the building of their relationship he thought of the perfect way to propose to her,
I took Dani on a road trip last August and we stopped at the St. Louis Zoo,” he says. “We both love penguins, because they mate for life, so I set up a behind-the-scenes tour without her knowing. One of the zoo workers brought out two little penguins. As we were playing with them, I turned and popped the question right there. She loved it!”
The ring, he says, “is a solitary diamond with a half bezel set. She had told me what she liked and didn’t like, but it was still a surprise.”
Next came the wedding planning.
“We wanted something that was a good reflection of who we are,” says Daniele. “We didn’t want a traditional ceremony, because that’s not exactly us.”
After looking at “maybe 1,000 dresses,
” Daniele found the perfect one online – a vintage-style dress from BHLDN, the wedding line of Anthropologie.
“It’s vintage but modern,” she says, “with little sequins in copper. I’m sort of a hippie girl. I saw the dress and immediately knew it was the one. I went into one bridal stores and I felt like the dresses looked like down comforters. So when I saw this, I was like, ‘Perfect.’ We had a much harder time looking for something for Dominic to wear.”
Briones don dark purple pants, plaid purple shirt and a cardigan sweater. His bow tie was off-white, with matching Converse shoes. Family and friends did attend, the ring boy was the five year old son of Big Brother 6 contestant April Lewis. Fittingly, he was dressed as a penguin. The bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to the vocals “Stuck On You.”