Thursday, June 27, 2019

A special day at the Jones Victorian Estate - Orange County Weddings 714)744-1608




Hi!
I received this wonderful email that I just had to share. Abbey also sent these pretty pictures! They are so beautiful!!! Thank you Abbey and Matt for allowing us to share in your special day!!!
Love,
Michelle


"Hi Michelle,

I was just watching the video of our wedding ceremony and toasts and I was again just amazed at how beautiful everything was!! If I didn't say it enough before, thank you so much for every thing that you did for us! People at the wedding still mention to me how gorgeous it all was and how incredible it was that the rain stopped and the sun came out! Such a special day!

Sincerely,
Matt and Abbey Mankiewicz"

FUN WITH THE BRIDESMAID'S!!! THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE Orange County Venue

Here, we have a few of my favs of the Bridal party... Bridesmaids that is!
So fun and refreshingly beautiful! 
I love the accent colors each Bride chose. It WAS a great day!
Thank you!















Love, love, love these pics! What a great day to celebrate!
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

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."

What is a Wedding Vignette? Ask the Jones Victorian Estate

Hi!
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
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Doors... They're Not Just for Opening! Orange County Wedding location - Estate wedding 714-744-1608




 \Hi! I found an old door with a lovely window recently and it has now found a lovely home with all my wedding props! It's a wonderful accent and a lovely detail to add. The doors may be decorated with flowers, special sayings, family photos... there are any number of decoration ideas available. They can go anywhere but I particularly love them as the entrance to the ceremony site.
These are just  a few of the fun with doors!
"I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them." Elizabeth Taylor

We have beautiful French Doors for the assigned seating! No one will loose their cards!!!
In this picture, a special family photo display was added to the middle!

Welcome! An open door is the best welcome!


Is there a place for a door at your wedding? 



Doors and windows outside? Yes, they are a marvelous greeting and a beautiful way to invite your guests forward.






What's your dream? Let's have some fun....
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Call me today at (714) 744-1608 - jonesvict@aol.com - www.thejonesvictorianestate.com


FLOWERS, FLOWERS, AND MORE FLOWERS... FUN AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE 714-7441608

Hi!
On this rainy day, what is the best pick-me-up?
Flowers!!
Beautiful flowers!
(Thank you so much to Flower Allie in Fullerton... the best florist)


FLOWERS FOR BOUQUETS...


CENTERPIECE FOR THE HEAD TABLE....


CENTERPIECES FOR THE GUEST TABLES...


AND EJLA, SHE LOVES FLOWERS!
What is your color scheme?
Do you want just a floral accent?
Whatever it is, the Jones Victorian Estate will work with you to create your dream wedding and reception.
LET'S HAVE FUN!!!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate
(the caps are excitement!) 

THE ELEGANCE OF THE OUTDOORS... THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE 714-744-1608


Hi!
Aahhh, the beauty of outdoors!!

And, here at the Jones Victorian Estate, there are countless backdrops in which to celebrate the splendor of the environment...


Precious!

Our famous drive...


Romantic...


And, playful.

ALL AVAILABLE AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE.

COME SEE FOR YOURSELF.
smiles
Michelle

WHAT A VIEW! The Jones Victorian Estate 714-744-1608 Estate weddings, Unique weddings in Orange County

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

AWE... THE WINDOW SHOT AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE - Beautiful, personalized events - Orange County Weddings


HI!

One of my favorite spots at the Jones Victorian Estate is the front picture window!

With the light that streams thru the lace curtains, the silhouette of the draperies and the Bride and Groom's eagerness to enjoy this moment, makes it all just perfect. 


Here is another beautiful silhouette!


Ooooo, black and white silhouette!!

  And, the Bride and Groom for that sneak peak.
Whatever your dream photo is, it is here at the Jones Victorian Estate.

smiles
Michelle

A big thank you to Marcella Treybig Photography, Santiago Valencia Photography, Michael Jonathan Studios, April Smith Photography, and Kamee June Photography

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