Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WHAT A VIEW! The Jones Victorian Estate

HI!

What a view!

Rachell and Travis made the trek up the hill for a spectacular look of the city!
And look at the results... so many wonderful shots.(here only 2)

In August, the mustard flowers have gone but the stunning foliage remains!


Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, the different locations for photographs are amazing! Do you have a change of shoes? 
Take it from me, it will be worth it... especially getting the setting sun!

Thank you EMP Studios for the fantastic shots!
I love what I do!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Saturday, February 24, 2018

LIONS AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE... A LION DANCE THAT IS!


Hi!
There were Lions at the Jones Victorian Estate!

That's right! The Lion Dancers and their crew celebrated Christine and Robbie's Wedding!
Their routine was amazingly beautiful and artistic! They moved elegantly through the guests and were so life like. All the guests enjoyed the dance and presentation. 
This is something I hope we do over and over again!

"Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune." 

Walking thru the guests and interacting!

Even the kids enjoyed themselves!

Two dancers for each Lion... they are so talented!



And FUN!
Smiles,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Friday, February 23, 2018

WHAT IS YOUR COLOR SCHEME? AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!

What are you dreaming about for your color scheme for your wedding?
Are you looking for something soft and romantic?
Are you looking for something bold and bright?
Are you looking for whites and the elegance of gold?

Whatever your style is... embrace it!! Let us help you threw the process!

Ejla's pinks and lavenders!

 Kelly's bright pinks, oranges and greens!
 Pilar's ivory and gold accents!
 Hailey's chose whimsical purples, burgundy, deep pink!

It's your day... make it your way! 
Smiles
Michelle
the Jones Victorian Estate

Friday, February 16, 2018

PICKET FENCES.... ANOTHER BACKDROP AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!
What is it about a picket fence that is so charming?
The history?
The playfulness?
The lightness?
Whatever it is, I love them. Ours is extra special with a heart gate! Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, it's just one of the many backdrops that a photographers can indulge in! 
Check these out!!


Katie and her new hubby! 


This photographer loved the simplicity of the green!

Erica added a wreath and a vintage tin to the gate for her wedding!

Hmmm, cute?


I love this... Channtel and Aron!

Here the guys are impromptu!


Brandi's group! We needed a backdrop large enough and presto! Perfect!


 Sara and Ryan enjoy a secret moment!


I just love this picture!  Ashley is so adorable!!

Picket Fences! Adorable!!!
Come and see!
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the  Jones Victorian Estate



Thursday, February 15, 2018

4 WOMAN WORE THE SAME HANDMADE GOWN FROM 1932...IT WAS AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE! THANK YOU ABC NEWS

Hi!
This is such a great story that I had to repost it on my blog. I was caught up in the whirl wind of the coverage that it produced. 
The main point is that Pilar wore her great-grandmother's gown and it was truly an amazing experience as was for her Mother, Aunt and Great-grandmother. (4 Generations)In a throw away world, it is so extra special to have been part of this wonderful story to host her reception and pre-photos!
Here it goes...
"Four women in one California family have walked down the aisle in the same wedding gown handmade by the family’s matriarch in 1932.
Pilar O’Hara Kassouf, 27, was the most recent woman in her family to wear the dress made by her great-grandmother when she wed Nick Kassouf in September in Orange, California and the reception and before pictures taken at the Jones Victorian Estate

“Once I tried the dress on, I knew,” O’Hara Kassouf told ABC News. “I couldn’t look anywhere else after that. It fit perfectly and didn’t need any alterations, so that was another sign.”
O’Hara Kassouf’s great-grandmother, Maria Teresa Moreno, was a mother of four who learned how to sew before she came to the United States from Mexico as a young woman.
Moreno, who was known as “Grande” to her family, sewed her own wedding dress for her 1932 wedding to Manuel Moreno in Los Angeles.

“She was a very frugal woman who worked hard,” said Marta Prietto O’Hara, Moreno’s granddaughter and O’Hara Kassouf’s mother.When O’Hara got married in 1983, she wore her grandmother’s wedding gown.
“When I saw the fabric I fell in love with it and the dress was in perfect condition,” O’Hara said of the crepe-back satin fabric dress. “I tried it on and I said, ‘I am wearing this dress.’”
O’Hara’s mom, who wore a dress made by Moreno at her wedding, and grandmother updated the dress by cutting a “V” in the back and adding lace trim and beading around the neckline.They also trimmed off some of the dress’s original nine-foot train.
When O’Hara tried the dress on before her wedding, one of her sisters, Elena Salinas, was close by watching.
“I was at our mom’s house when Marta tried it on and I thought, ‘Oh, let me try it on, too,’” said Salinas, who was just out of high school at the time. “I knew. I said, ‘Forget it. I’m wearing this, too.’”When Salinas tied the knot in 1997, she became the third family member to wear her grandmother’s dress down the aisle.

“When I got engaged, I was like, ‘Wedding dress, check,’” Salinas recalled. “It’s just a gorgeous dress.”
O’Hara Kassouf wore the same tiara that Salinas wore at her wedding. She also continued a family tradition by becoming the sixth woman in the family to wear Moreno’s earrings at her wedding."

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GREEN AND GOLD ACCENTS WITH MIRRORS FOR KAILY AND AARON'S WEDDING AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!

Gold, black and green! A nod to the green that is nature and the gold and mirrors for the elegance. After all, nature is so beautiful in its own right!

Seating to reflect the trees and greenery that is natural about the Jones Victorian Estate!


Only Magnolia leaves in the centerpieces!!! THAT'S ALL! The contrast of the leaves added the gold element brought into the rest of the design.


Even the Arch was completely covered!
Kaily's favorite!
Wooohooo! Congratulations!!!
We did it!
So precious!
Where? Our drive! Love, Love it!

Here is our finale... End of the evening rose petal exit!!!

Absolutely Beautiful! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A REVIEW FROM CALDWELL'S PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!
I just found this review from Caldwells Photography and it was so well written that I just have to post it!



"Julianna and Kevin’s wedding was a beautiful fusion of simplicity and elegance.   The festive atmosphere was accentuated by the charming ambiance afforded by the Jones’ Victorian Estate’s bubbling streams and splashing water fall, all surrounded by swaying palm trees draped in twinkling lights.  This tranquil estate was  the perfect setting for Andrew and Anjula, of Caldwell Photography, to capture the romantic glances exchanged by Jules and Kevin while the newly wed couple were bathed in the rays of the setting sun.  The entire ceremony was orchestrated perfectly by the Jones’ Victorian Estate’s very own Michelle Gregory.  Michelle seemed to be every where at once, making sure things were running smoothly and that the guests, as well as the crew behind the scenes, were well taken care of."

Thank you so much for the great review! I enjoyed working with you!
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate


SPECIAL SEATING... COUCH FOR MY BRIDE AND GROOM! AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!
Have you given any thoughts about where you will be seated and on what?
No? 
I have!

Kaily and Aaron wanted something different. Even though Chiavari chairs a grogeous, they were looking for something else...something special. 
Their theme colors were green, brown/black and gold.
We just happen to have a vintage green couch that we offered to them. 
It worked perfectly! 
I couple of comfy pillows added and an instant hit!


Kaily's centerpieces were made of fresh Magnolia leaves. 
The contrast of the leaves were just what she was looking for!
They carried her theme throughout the decoration!

Guest tables... with mini herb bouquets tied with gold twine for Aaron! His love for plants made this match elegant and earthy.





Their seating display?
A magnolia leaf and asparagus fern garland was added to accent their gold mirror!



What is your dream? 
Let's get together and have some fun!
Smiles
Michelle
the Jones Victorian Estate



IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS... THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE

Hi!
It's all in the details! Right!?

If you are purchasing a car, you're deciding on the make and model, the color, the engine size, the interior, the special wheel treatment (some do!) before the final purchase...Right?

Wedding planning is really not that different! 
And, that's a perfect analogy for the Grooms that they 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 (you can do it!), a time for fun (enjoying the planning equals a fun wedding day) and a time that you can call your own, (seriously, it's your day!).

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
Chandelier lighting.


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 - jonesvict@aol.com
Have a fabulous day!
Love
Michelle Gregory
Stylist/Coordinator

Friday, February 9, 2018

CHANDELIERS AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE FOR ADDED ROMANTIC LIGHTING!

There is something yummy about chandeliers!
It doesn't matter what time of year. your wedding and reception will be more exquisite with these crystal chandeliers. 

AND GUESS WHAT?
They are always included in our packages.

What is your dream?
I am here for you!
smiles
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Crystal Centerpieces... Are They Vintage Too? YES, YES, YES!

Hi!
Can a vintage theme also include crystal?
Absolutely!
Check out these crystal centerpieces that were created with our vintage crystal vessels!
OoOoOoOooo, I love them!



How about this double-decker crystal arrangement? ...


Even the bottom crystal was accented by flowers!!!

Here, the crystal ice tea doubled as a fantastic vessel for another centerpiece.


We mixed sizes and styles of crystal for a vintage vignette!



I love the combination of mixed crystal containers!



Here is an up close photo of the detail on the vases.

The flowers are gorgeous and really pop with the crystal. 

What is your dream?
Let's get talking and planning!
Smiles,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate
(714) 744-1608