Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Favorite Pictures Until 2013!!


Well, 2012 is about over so I thought I'd take this time to post some of my favorite photos each day until the end of the year!
Each photo is so precious and has it's own story to tell!

Here's Shelby and her Mother sharing a very tender and precious moment together! It's so dear and one of my favorites. 

Here's Kallie and her ladies! It's just plain fun and I love the Bridesmaid on the left with her stretch and cute face!!

Here's Haamed and Kari at the end of the evening! They are both so joyous and the photographers (Kim and Jeray photography) caught the rose petals in flight! I love Haamed's expression and his fist in the air!!

And Brandi and Josh! They are just so cute! This photo was before the rose petal send off but after the last dance. I just love it! 

I'll post more of my favorites!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fun with Wine Barrels!

Have you seen any of the remarkable uses for the come wine barrel? 
They add character to a bar, a focal point to a dessert station, a surprise to a beer display, an informative touch for a beverage menu, a stunning backdrop for the gift favor jelly jars, and a beautiful accent piece for family photographs!
Whatever your theme, a wine barrel can be wine-y :), vintage, country, rustic, or just plain-ole-fun!

We surprised the guests with a beer filled wine barrel!

This beverage menu and display was a huge hit! 

The jelly jar display was fun and inviting!

An up close photo of the jelly display. The picnic baskets were a lovely touch!

A dessert station with a "help yourself" sign.

We added bunting to the wine barrel for Marysia and Matt's wedding. The bunting added color and play fullness!

Thirsty? This beverage display is not only beautiful but inviting!

Need a special focal point? A wine barrel photo display might just be the trick!
(Thank you Pinterest!)

Are you looking for something different than just a table with linens? 
A wine barrel might just be a nice change!
And guess what?
We have them at the Estate!!!
Let's talk about what makes you smile!!!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Friday, December 21, 2012

Congratulations Carrie Dischner and Ronnie Behn!!


I am so excited to post that Carrie Dischner and Ronnie Behn have booked the Jones Victorian Estate for a summer wedding on August 25, 2013!!!
I am so excited to work with you!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blessings to the families of Newtown, Conn.

My heart is  broken from this terrible shooting tragedy. 
I just couldn't remain quiet. I keep thinking, "What if it was my child?"
Actually, I feel like they are all of our children!  
In an effort to help, I'm sending lots, and lots of love and prayers to all the families who are suffering in Newtown, Conn. 

This holiday season, I am going to hug tighter and longer! I'm going to say "I Love You" more often! 
 I am so grateful for all my family and friends!

This is a special dedication of love is to the children and adults that perished that day.
 May you rest in peace.

Charlotte Bacon
Daniel Barden
Rachel D'avino
Olivia Engel
Josephine Gay
Ana Marquez-Greene
Dylan Hockley
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung
Madeleine Hau
Catherine Hubbard
Chase Kowalski
Jesse Lewis
James Mattioli
Grace McDonnell
Anne Marie Murphy
Emilie Parker
Jack Pinto
Noah Pozner
Caroline Previdi
Jessica Rekos
Avielle Richman
Lauren Rousseau
Mary Sherlach
Victoria Soto
Benjamin Wheeler
Allison Wyatt
Nancy Lanza
Adam Lanza

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vanity Mirrors!

Do you enjoy the romance and delicacy of anything vintage? 
How about Vanity Mirrors? 
They are very reasonably priced, from $5.00 to $30.00! They can be found a your local thrift store, flea market, antique store or antique swap meet. They are all unique and a beautiful piece to start with.
Kelly and her friend loved the look of the vanity mirrors and she decided to incorporate them in her wedding. This is how an idea starts!
What do you love?

She had a blast finding all sorts of different vanity mirrors. We then teamed them up with a vintage frame, some old and new bottles and lace doilies. I have an abundance of dried lavender so we made little bouquets for each mirror.

Here is the happy Kelly  with all the trays, frames with chalk boards and bottles for each arrangement.

From there, she had the table numbers professional "chalked," and we added flowers to the vases.

I have never liked the back of table number frames! So, I came up with an idea to add a card the size of the frame that detailed Kelly's bridal party and some fun facts about them. In that way,   no matter where a guest sits, it looks good and finished!!

The little lavender bouquet was just what Kelly wanted... a delicate addition.

The flowers were simple but elegant and each table hosted an assortment vintage bottles.

I love the combination of three vases; small, medium and tall, and a mix of color too!
Since her colors were green and light lavender, the green bottles just added to the fun of the overall design!

Here's Kelly and her girls!

This very vintage and unique centerpiece was a huge hit that everyone enjoyed.
In fact, all the ladies wanted to take the trays home!

What do you think? The mirrors are a beautiful base for any centerpiece. The delicate metal designs and the shape of the trays make them a great starter piece!
You can add your own touches and make it completely different!!

Do you need some help with designing? 
Let's have some fun!!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ahhh, Lois!!


I just received this photo from Ashley of APictureLife Photography of beautiful Lois (D'Addario) Henley, my bride from October 21st!
(I actually stole it from Ashley's blog!! - thank you Ashley!)
It was an absolutely enjoyable experience from the beginning to the day of her event. I still remember the formal dining room in the Victorian House piled high with the most intriguing items she had collected and or made! We sorted and giggled, we paired and giggled, we created and giggled, we came up with wonderful ideas and giggled some more!
It's what I enjoy the most... creating!

I'm sorry to say I don't have more pictures but I will! Ashley will be dropping of a full c.d. of the event and I can hardly wait!!

A huge thank you to Flower Allie for the magnificent flowers!

Here's what Lois wrote in my Christmas card:

"Dear Michelle- We are on month "2" of wedded bliss! I thought you might like a photo or 2 to remember that beautiful floral arch OMG !!!  I will try to catch up with you after the holidays...
Got the CD of photos from my niece, we are trying to pick out of 600 shots she took! Your Estate looks so awesome I want to do it all over again. the "Photo booth" shots are a gas! ...
Love and Miss you - Lois and Page"

This is what having a wedding at the Jones Victorian Estate means... you are ALWAYS family!
I hope you will visit us today and make" the best decision of your life!"
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silver Candelobras...Wow!!

The elegance of silver candelabras! Wow. Ashley and Ron took one look at our candelabras and it was love at first site! 
To make it even better, we mixed the silver candelabras with low silver pedestal dished that matched the tall candelabra bases. 
The result?
Thank you Flower Allie for the beautiful flowers!

The satin eggplant overlays were a perfect match and an elegant touch to the tables!
What is your theme?
What is your Color?
What are you thinking?
Need help?

I'm here for you!!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Congratulations Laura Harlak and Todd Halverson!

I wanted to post a special thank you and congratulations to Laura Harlak and Todd Halverson for reserving the date of June 8, 2013 here at the Jones Victorian Estate for their Wedding and Reception!!
Welcome to our ever-growing Wedding family!!
I can hardly wait to work and play with you!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our Park Swing!!


I just love all the pictures taken at the Estate but one of my favorite backdrop/location is 
the Park Swing. 
It's a time for the Bride and Groom to just relax and have some fun...
that's just what Ashley and Ron Palusso did!
I love these!!  Just Gorgeous!!
Thank you!!

Come see just how special the Jones Victorian Estate is!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Perfect Purple with Pops of Pink for the Palusso's!


I just love the dramatic pop of color. For Ashley and Ron, Purple, Burgundy and Hot Pink were the colors of the day. Flower Allie of Fullerton's flowers are so perfect they actually look artificial. I love it when the plan comes together...

Here are some spectacular photographs from michaeljonathanphotography of the Palusso's!!!

Seriously, these flowers are rich in color and create a beautiful pallet for this shot!

Gorgeous Ashley with her purple and jeweled waist accent! I love her hair! It's so soft and romantic!

And the ladies!!

 Oh so cool, the guys!

  Here's Ron and his possy waiting for the first glimpses of Ashley.

I love this photo! I agree Ron, she is stunning!

And now ladies and gentlemen, Mr and Mrs Ron Palusso!!!!

Here's the entire bridal party on the drive!

A quiet moment inside..

I simply love this photo. Great Job Jonathan!

This shot shows off Ashley's playful personality.

And the men's!

A perfect end photo for this blog! More details to come!!!
Congratulations Ron and Ashley!

What are you looking for?
Let's talk!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Thank you from Mr and Mrs. Ron Palusso!


Here's a thank you note I just received from Ashley and Ron Palusso! I just love sharing these notes because they mean so much to me.

"Dear Michelle~
Thank you for all your hard work to make our day so special. I know we were difficult at times but thanks for all your patience. You and your husband are so sweet. I also wanted to thank you for your excellent staff and how much we appreciate their special attention to us and our guests!! 
p.s. The FOOD was FANTASTIC!" Ron and Ashley Palusso

Thank you Ron and Ashley for choosing the Jones Victorian Estate! Congratulations!!!

Love and Smiles,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Engagement Shoot with Jade and Warren!


Wow! Jade and Warren had a beautiful day for their engagement shoot. 

We had them climbing the hills of the Estate, sitting next to Cactus, crouching, leaning, bending and they did it all with a playful attitude and cheerful smiles! We had a ball!!!
Here's a sneak preview from Michael Jonathan Photography. 

I'll post more as I receive them!
Thank you Michael Jonathan Photography! I love how you capture the light!!

Thank you too to Jade and Warren! 

Where are you getting married? Here at the Estate, the engagement shoot is part of the fun!
Don't miss out!!

Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Special Thank You!


I met with the new Mr and Dr. Marysia and Matt Boeckman the other day and they brought me a lovely photo for my desk and a wonderful thank you note. The note means so much to me.
I'm not going to post the whole note, but I must post this...

We are so blessed to have found you the beautiful Jones Victorian Estate for our wedding celebration!
We couldn't have found a more perfect place as the location, timing, ambiance, inviting staff and your professionalism were exactly what we were looking for in our reception venue. Michelle, you made wedding planning so enjoyable and sparked even more creativity out of me than I thought possible. Then the big day came and I knew I would be (and was) so stress-free and relaxed because you would take care of every detail. You really were more than we asked for! I've heard so many of our guests say that the Jones Estate was so beautiful and the reception was the best they had been to! So kudos to you for making our dream day come to life."

I am humbled and so thankful! 
Love and Smiles,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Congratulations Dora and Zeki!!


Congratulations to Dora Kim and Zeki Oguz! They booked their date of May 5, 2013!!
I can hardly wait to work with you!!
Happy Holidays!
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ashley and Brian Boothe!


I found more photos from Luminaire Images of Ashley and Brian Boothe's wedding so I just had to post them. 
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 Thank you Ashley and Brian Boothe!
Love and Smiles,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate