Friday, January 30, 2015

Shoes! A Wedding Favorite!

One of the favorite accessory to any gown are the shoes!
Whether they are strappy, or flats, or decorated with rosettes, or Jimmy's, or with bows on top,
the shoes you wear will help you celebrate your day.
So, for really happy feet, find two pairs of shoes that you love...
One for show,
and one for go!
Your feet will thank you!

Happy Wedding Day!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Flower Planting Time!!!

The holidays are over and now it's time to liven up the Estate with lots of color! 

Come see how special the Estate is for your special day!
Yay, colorful flowers for the planters... I love planting days!

What's your dream?
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate
(714) 744-1608

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What is a Wedding Vignette?

What is a Wedding Vignette? 
According to Webster, "a small ornamental design filling a space in a book or carving, typically based on foliage."
To me...
"A Wedding vignette is a beautiful space with an intricate design based on detailed elements."
I love vignettes because they do fill space but done well, the space has a personality all its own.
They show case items that are special and important to you!

Here are a few Examples: 

We used an old door at the entrance to the back courtyard, where the ceremony is located. I felt it need a little more accent than just a door with a floral arrangement. So, for Sarah, I included a wonderfully vintage crate, vintage luggage, flowers, old tea set, books, lace, and the Bride's sign! 

Here, I used our old shutters for the seating arrangement. I painted them green and accented the shutters with not only the place cards but with photographs, vintage china and floral bouquets. To complete the look for Jade, I included an old Bistro set I painted white. 
(That's an old french watering can on the table.)

The entrance became more charming with the old door! The old door was accented by a galvanized floral box filled with flowers, lace and a special message painted on the window. 

Checkers anyone? This vignette was created with rocking chairs, an old window, galvanized tub and watering can and a wine barrel. The wine barrel hosted a checker set I created by painting an old children's desk top. The checker pieces were cut from wood and the Bride and Groom's faces were added to the top of each piece. I found an old Checkers guide book on line and included that as well. 
The guest's loved it! 

Carissa found this lovely mirrored table that worked perfectly for her guest book table. She added the chair, the card box and the light. I added flowers and the window with the painted words "Guest Book,  xoxox Carissa and Lee" to complete the design. 

The French doors are one of my favorites for the guest seating. For Jessica, we added old crates with lace, flowers and succulents,  luggage, an engagement photograph, a vintage lamp and plates to create a lovely vignette between the French Doors. 

There are all sorts of elements that can be used to create something special for you.
I first start with "what do you love" and it's so much fun to watch if evolve. 
What do you like?
Call me today,
(714) 744-1608
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cake Display... Table or Dresser?

A Dresser for the cake display?
Actually, yes!! 
However, in defense of the classic table, here are both and you can decide which one you prefer!

The Cake table with lace and jewels over a deep burgundy satin. The Cake stand...
A vintage punch bowl filled with flowers!!!

The Dresser with smokey grey satin and jewels. The cake stand...
a vintage crystal cake stand.

The Cake table accented with burlap and lace. The cake stand...
A stand made of real twigs tied with lace.

The Dresser, with our handsome Groom, is decorated with silver satin and accented with vintage silver pieces and a candelabra. The cake stand...
A vintage silver tray.

The Cake table draped with a vintage, colorful table cloth and topped with special treats displayed with assorted depression glass. The cake stand...
A vintage pink cake stand.

The Dresser is accented with vintage lace and pink depression glass. The cake stand...
White ruffled Milk glass cake stand. 

The cake table is decorated with vintage aprons from the 1940s. The pockets are filled with flowers for a special accent. The cake stands...
Vintage plates glued on candlesticks!

The dresser hosts a combination of a "naked" cake and two croquembouche towers!!  The dresser is accented by pink silk organza and lots of flowers.  The cake stand....
A mix of crystal and milk glass cake stands.

Whether you voted for the table or the dresser, just remember...
there are so many options for you at the Jones Victorian Estate.

Call us today for an appointment.
Michelle Gregory
Stylist and Coordinator
the Jones Victorian Estate
(714) 744-1608

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Photographer's Dream - Part 2 with Mr. and Mrs. Travis Moore!

I posted previously that at the Jones Victorian Estate was  a photographer's dream come true. 
With so many locations and just the tiniest bit of creativity, 
the photographs come out spectacular.

I just received a Facebook post from Travis and Susan Moore sharing
their great photos that I did not have!!!
AND, more locations!!

Thank you so much for the photos. They are beautiful.

This is from behind the Waterfalls. A new perspective and oh so beautiful!

The meadow in full summertime bloom. The wild mustard is a sight to see as well as an breathtaking backdrop.

And... fun in the palm farm. That's right! Our parking lot is lined with gorgeous palm tree forest.
Now that's a backdrop no one has!!

Come see for yourself!
Let us help you with your special day to make it special to you!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate
(714) 744-1608

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Review from the Mother of the Bride!


I received this wonderful review that I thought you would enjoy reading!
A special thank you to Pam Zitny, the Mother of the Bride. Wedding 11/2/14

"We would HIGHLY recommend Jones Victorian Estate for any event. The grounds are immaculate, very lush gardens surrounding a picturesque bridge over a small pond and waterfall. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue is. Great background for the photos! We had a slightly different situation in that the bride and groom were out of the country for several months before our wedding but that didn't stop Michelle, the owner and event coordinator. She and the bride communicated very well through email and pinterest. My daughter, the bride, had very unique ideas and Michelle was able to accommodate us in every way. Michelle is a very talented and creative person and she was simply a pleasure to work with. We also had what could have been a catastrophe right before the wedding: Lipstick on wedding gown! No problem - I panicked but Michelle handled it like a pro. It all came out. We absolutely love the way nearly everything is included in the package. It really helps keep the stress level down. Food was gourmet, DJ very professional, and the flowers - Wow! Another very much talked-about item at the wedding. Amazingly beautiful. As for the cake, my daughter had in mind a popular Australian dessert: Sticky Date Pudding, which is really a cake and not a pudding. However, it's virtually unheard of here in the U.S. Michelle had her baker bake it for us twice before the wedding because it wasn't quite what we had in mind. It ended up being perfect and we so appreciated the extra time and work that went into making it that way. All-in-all, it turned out to be a wonderful wedding day and we'll always have great memories of that day. Pam Zitny"

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Jones Victorian...A Photographer's Dream!


Did you know that the Jones Victorian Estate is a photographer's dream? 
Maybe, maybe not, right?!
Besides all the amazing features such as our lively grassy area with the swing, the beautiful waterfalls, the breathtakingly gorgeous drive, the old wine cellar and the vintage phone booth (to name a few) that are throughout my blog and website, did you know there is more?
Yes! So, much more!!

The hill shot in summertime.  Gorgeous depth of field, Yay! EMP Studios!
Are you interested in hiking up there as the sun sets?

Off the back road in fall...
 They wanted a natural contrast! Beautiful!
Are you a little bit country?

A stroll up the old rock road, Wow! EMP Studios! Thank you!
What's your favorite color?

The back road in March! Thank you Michael Jonathan Photography! The lighting is amazing!
What's on your wish list?

Wild flowers in August... at their best! Another feature of a Hill Shot!
 Are you looking for a natural and romantic backdrop?

A cool backdrop for all the men! When you have eight groomsmen it may be challenging but not at the Jones Victorian Estate! Oh yeah!
Do you have a large bridal party?

And just when you thought it couldn't get better!  Right! Here's our meadow up close in June. Nice!
Are you looking for some special portraits?

If you are looking for a unique venue with amazing features, unlimited variety in style AND photograph opportunities,  
The Jones Victorian Estate is the magical choice.

Because after all, when it's all said and done, all you will have left  will be your amazing memories and your absolutely gorgeous photographs. 

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate
(714) 744-1608

Thank you for reading.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's All In the Details!!

It's all in the details! 
If you are purchasing a car, your deciding on the color, the make and model, the interior, the special wheel treatment (some do!) and probably negotiating the price. Right?
Wedding planning is really not that different! 
And, that's a great comparison that the Groom will love!
Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, we offer so much more than just a location.
We offer the assistance, the care and the details in all our packages. 
Personalizing is our middle name... the Jones Personalizing Victorian Estate!!

Your event should reflect your style and rather than being overwhelmed by the process, (did you get overwhelmed buying your last car?), this is the time for creativity (if you like that sort of thing), a time for fun (fun planning equals a fun wedding day) and a time that you can call your own. 
After all, it's your day and together we can make it grand!!
Without the extra rental costs.... check out some of these props!

Luggage, crates, silver trays, silver tea pots and smalls, and books!

An old dresser instead of a cake table, frames, assorted cake stands, pink depression glass.

Old wine barrels! Who says you can't get beer from a wine barrel!

French doors, old doors, old windows, vintage china and

Shutters!! Right!!! Who knew they would be so cute for your seating cards. And, they re-purposed, we can use them as a vignette with the old bistro set...

Old gates with hearts... old pallets with hearts! Hearts? I love 'em.

Wine barrels as tables bases, old doors for table tops, old picnic baskets!!!

Silver and gold charger plates, old vintage blue trays, vintage tins, tea cups (stacked they are so impressive... table number or as a gorgeous accent), vintage napkins....

And of course, chandeliers and crystals. 

So, whatever your decorating style, let me help you find it!
Let's have some fun!

Call me or email me today!
(714) 744-1608 -
Have a fabulous day!
Michelle Gregory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Completely Unique!

I was looking through my picture file and realized that this is the perfect time to post these photos. 
They are fresh, beautiful and the joy is infectious. And,
just the inspiration we all need for the new wedding planning year. 
Proof! It's going to be a blast!!!

Join me on this new adventure and let's find out just what your style is!
It doesn't have to be pink to be you!

Call us today and let's start your planning at the Jones Victorian Estate.
The most unique and private site in Orange County.
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate