Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A Thank you from the Bride and Groom! The Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964

 Hi

At the Jones Victorian Estate, I am always striving for the best day ever for my Bride, Groom and their event. 

I just received a thank you from Becca and Dave Ward and I was thrilled. You see it rained all morning and just before Becca was to walk down the aisle, the sun came out in all it's glory!

Here is what they wrote:

"Michelle:

Hi Michelle.

I just want to thank you again for a beautiful wedding. The rain and the pandemic threw us some curve balls but you handled them beautifully. I am so impressed with all you did to ensure that our day was safe and people kept healthy. You had our masks and hand sanitizer ready and easily accessible for the guests. I never saw a staff member without a mask either. You kept the tables far enough apart to be safe, yet it still looked gorgeous. I constantly saw staff wiping down common areas and restrooms. I was sad to have to give up the buffet option, but you plated the food wonderfully and your staff was so professional. I loved how it turned out. 
My day wasn’t what I had originally planned, but you gave me the best memories while keeping everyone safe and not a single person was sick! No Covid , not even one complaint of symptoms! Truly a success! You followed the regulations set out to you and still managed to make the wedding feel just perfect. 
We so appreciate you and all you did for our beautiful day!
Thank you!!

I don't know what we did to get so lucky to find you and the Jones. You have been such a steady source of encouragement and security in an already stressful day. All through it al, you have been a Rockstar! You're amazing and we are so incredibly grateful for you! Love, Becca and Dave Ward" 


Sooooo much fun! Thank you Becca and Dave!

Love Michelle


Wedding Trends for 2021! The Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964

 Hi!

Here comes the wedding trends for 2021! I sourced them from Harper's Bazaar, Pinterest, Greenweddingshoes, Wedgewoodweddings, Onefabday, Weddingwire, theKnot, countless blogs and even from the UK, all for a quick look at all the excitement!

1. RELAXED VIBES/BREAKING THE RULES: The couples are choosing to host less structured events with the emphasis on fun and designs that don't fit the classic mold. The celebrations  have more lavish decor, color, great food, entertainment and amazing photography. The focus is on mingling and conversation with quality over quantity.

2. HANGING ACCENTS: The florist are creating clever hanging florals from chandeliers, from wire, from lamps, whatever is up high. Sites are creating more overhead lighting with chandeliers, Chinese lanterns or large flowers, tiny lights, and bulb lighting. The results are stunning. Even at the Jones, we are adding more lights to our already stunning backdrops to create more magical appeal. 

3. SUSTAINABILITY: The emphasis is on putting sustainability as a top priority. I think we have all had enough waste of the throw away utensils, plates, cups and etc from 2020. It is spilling into the Wedding Industry and I am thrilled. They want to reduce their carbon footprints! The awareness of all the dumping  in the land fills is giving people new incentives not to waste. It is now all about purchasing locally (Etsy or a garden supply for flowering plants), finding a venue with natural and beautiful backdrops (YAY  JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE), Meals that are based on raw ingredients from Farmer's Markets and even implementing VEGAN options,  finding local spirits (breweries in your neighborhood) for the bar supplies, local entertainment and prioritizing how ethical and sustainable their wedding dress designer practices are. It is about finding out about what they are buying and who they are supporting.

4. OVERSIZED EVERYTHING (OVER THE TOP!): Is it a wonder? Since 2020's designs were rationed, it is the oversized fun with a HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR and BOHO (Bohemian) VIBE touches that are the rage. Large flowing bouquets,  long flowing veils, two gowns or dresses instead of one, Grooms with a change too, bouncing or groupings of balloons, sparkling hair accents, chandelier earrings, pearls, rhinestones and glitter galore,  and lots of accented colors of Ochre, Mustard, Buttery with lush greens, and the dusty hues are integrated into the theme.  I love the mismatching of China and these refresgubg color palettes.


5. HEIRLOOM INVESTMENTS: Connecting back to our past whether it is a grandmother's old China or her jewelry or even a gown, this is front and center. It is those relationships that were so devastated during this pandemic and the need to embrace them now is a priority. The treasured items that mean so much are being repurposed for and in the wedding decorations creating new memories with the accent of the past. Couples are bringing items such as candles, mirrors, and even furniture. It's about creating a personal atmosphere with history.  Here at the Jones Estate, we create just that. If you are missing those items, we have them here; vintage China, silverware, linens, quilts, chandeliers, crystal and more that will help link you to the past and history.  

 

6.  DIY: This is a year, DIY projects are not only being embraced but cultivated. With the enormous amount of tutorials on line, family and friends coming together to create one of a kind decorations. With the watchful eye of the Bride and Groom, these items are reflecting their style while bringing out the fun! 


 

7. OUTDOOR EVENTS: What can I say? The Jones Victorian Estate has hosted outdoor events for over 140 years. It does not get any better than that! The events might have fewer guests but the emphasis on close family and friends brings more meaning and love to the event and it has never been more necessary than right now. 

There is lots to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. Contact us today and let's see how we can make your dreams come true!

Love

Michelle Gregory

the Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964
 

 


"Over The Top" Designs for 2021 at the Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964- Make it your own!

Hi!

As we head full steam into the new wedding season, "Over The Top" is one of the key designs for this year. Is it any wonder since for a year we were at home watching the months roll by.

What is "Over The Top"? My interpretation is anything that is taken to the extreme! Let's break it down...

It is Overhead decorations with lights, crystals, chandeliers, flowers, flags, bunting and even draping fabrics. 

 It is bigger and taller wedding Cakes. 

It is a dramatic entrance with doors, windows, mirrors, flowers, arches, trees and lights. 


It is recessional celebrations with rose petals shot from a cannon, bubble dancing from bubble machines, explosion of bio-degradable snow flurries. 

It is incredible backdrops for photos with larger than life size theme books, large paper flower backdrops, large trees with hanging lights, huge frame with wrapped flowers. 

 

It is huge accents on the Bride and Grooms' seating with pretty couches,  overstuffed chairs, elaborate benches. 

It is large table centerpieces with candelabras wrapped in roses, tall trees with flowers and lights, towering floral ball arrangements.

The "Over the Top" designs might seem a bit overwhelming. However, adapting that crazy style to yours is where all the fun begins. The photos above are a bit off the original idea but oh, so beautiful.

Call me today and let's see what your style is!

Love

Michelle Gregory

the Jones Victorian Estate


 

WHAT SHOULD YOUR WEDDING COLOR PALLETE BE? THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE (714) 343-1964

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 with the process!

Ejla's pinks and lavenders!

 Kelly's bright pinks, oranges and greens! This is very BoHo and it's popular again.
 Pilar's ivory and gold accents! Timeless beauty with the Over The Top bouquet that is in right now.
 Hailey's chose whimsical purples, burgundy, deep pink!

It's your day... make it your way! 
Smiles
Michelle
the Jones Victorian Estate
714-744-1608

New Sustainability Efforts in Weddings! at the Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964

 Hi

SUSTAINABILITY! It is time and it is now.

The emphasis is on putting sustainability as a top priority in the wedding planning. So what does that mean exactly?

According to Junebugweddings: "When it comes to sustainable weddings, it's all about locally sourced and seasonal food, natural materials over plastic, recycled paper and goods, eco-friendly and all-inclusive venues, and mindfully choosing decorations (reusable is preferable).” 

I think we have all had enough waste of the throw away utensils, plates, cups and etc from 2020. We all should want to reduce are carbon footprints! 

The awareness of all the dumping  in the land fills is giving people new incentives not to waste but better, to find new ways to re-purpose. It is now all about purchasing locally (Etsy, farmer's market, or a garden supply for flowering plants), finding a venue with natural and beautiful backdrops that are all inclusive (YAY,  JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE), Meals that are based on raw ingredients from Farmer's Markets and even implementing VEGAN options,  finding local spirits (breweries in your neighborhood) for the bar supplies, local entertainment and prioritizing how ethical and sustainable practices are each purchase. It is about finding out about what they are buying and who they are supporting. 

At the Jones Victorian Estate, we offer all inclusive  events with vintage, mismatched China, vintage silverware, as well as re-purpose and recycled design elements to personalize each wedding to each Bride. 

According to google, here is a list that will help in making your event better:

 

  1. Incorporate natural elements in your wedding details. (such as living plants, tip eucalyptus leaves in gold paint or  branches)
  2. Choose reusable signage options instead of printed signs. (like the mirror above)

 


 3 Make upcycled wedding decorations.  (shutters, French Doors, frames, vintage china, tea pots etc)

4  Buy used wedding decor.  (borrow or rent!)

5. Choose reusable items over disposables. (definitely, like assorted stemware)

6. Select organic materials for your decor. (see below, the containers were covered with fabric)


 

 

Make an appointment today and let's plan your day together. With so many options, the real fun begins by bringing all the elements together.  AND, with our extended inventory, you don't have to purchase anything! We have them at NO EXTRA COST!

Love

Michelle 

the Jones Victorian Estate  (714) 343-1964




What is a Wedding Vignette? Ask Michelle at the Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964

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 not only fill space but done well, the space has a personality all its own and adds a warm and charming feeling to the event. It gives the guests a peak into the personality of the Bridal couple. 
And, hopefully, 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, a 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 then the fun begins as we watch it evolve. 
What is your dream?
Call me today,
(714) 343-1964
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate

Monday, March 22, 2021

Outdoor Event Space is Even Better With Real History! The Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964

Hi!

We are an outdoor venue and  ready for all the fun and excitement your event has to offer! With all that wonderment, the Estate boasts its incredible history of over 140 years of glorious weddings, events and  love. 

Built in 1881, It's the place to be transformed and pampered for the day you will call yours!


Whether it is on the front porch...

Out on the swing...


Or the party and dancing in the back courtyard...

The Jones Victorian Estate has just what you need and more!
Call today for an appointment and let's start planning!

Love
Michelle 
The Jones Victorian Estate
p.s. we even have a phone booth!
Now, really, who has this??!


Are Place Cards Necessary? The Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964



 Hi!

Are place cards necessary?  Yes, Assigned seating is so much better but are you really asking if you should have assigned seating or free seating? 

Whether it is place cards, a seating board display (windows, poster board, mirror etc) or a list, it is one of those details that can make your event run more smoothly. An arrangement of cards might become disheveled if they are not secured, so plan ahead on the design you love.

The free seating option is awkward and messy.  For example: if the parents are busy taking pictures and arrive late, they could be seated in the back. Or, if friends are saving seats by tilting chairs or placing napkins on the chairs, it looks unorganized and be dangerous. Or, if someone has a larger party, they might be forced to split up into multiple tables. 

However, the best reason to have assigned seating is that the guests are now free to mingle and enjoy the day without worrying about where they will sit and who they will sit with. 

Here's what to do to make the process easier. Create a schematic of the tables and how they will be arranged.  Have the parents assist you  arrange who should sit with who. Inevitably, there is a family member that requires a little extra assistance, having that addressed prior to the wedding will keep you stress free and the guest (s) happy.

At the Estate, I work closely with each Bride and Groom to create that  special seating presentation.  Here are just few:

Mirrors! One or many, they are all crisp, clean and elegant.
A shutter display with place cards (in alphabetical order), flowers, photos and seating!
 

French doors painted for seating!

 By bringing out your style and creativity into the seating plan, it is sure to work out nicely.

Love

Michelle

The Jones Victorian Estate (714) 343-1964



Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Jones Victorian Estate, How many guests can we accommodate? (714) 343-1964

Hi!

I have received many phone calls and emails about how many guests we can accommodate. I thought I'd post these pictures to give the reader a general idea, especially if one has never been here before.

A special thank you to Joel at EMP Studios and MicahandMeganPhotographers for the photographs!!

Here, the ceremony site with the waterfalls flowing. We even have another site in the garden area as well. We can seat up to 200.








In the front courtyard, we can seat 200 there too! If it's hot, we have table umbrellas. If it's
cold, we have heaters. We try to think of everything!


 
Here, Courtney and Michael had a black/green theme. 
 
 
 
What is your dream?

Smiles and Love,
Michelle Gregory

CRYSTALS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING SPARKLE AND HOLLYWOOD GLAM! AT THE JONES VICTORIAN ESTATE(714) 343-1964

Hi!
The love of crystals and everything that sparkles was the order for the day for Carissa and Lee.
 For Carissa, it was all about the details! And did we have details!
It was so much fun creating vignettes that were not only beautiful and elegant but  playful as well.
The weather cooperated and Carissa and Lee had a fabulous day. 

The Ivory Silk Organza Arch with the chandelier, crystal strands and large floral arrangements made this Wedding Arch just what she had envisioned. 

It's all in the details and these crystals were just what Carissa wanted...
the perfect accent to the drape.

Black and White photos were hand tinted for a beautiful aisle chair decoration. We added ribbon and a broach to complete the look. (Each chair was a different photograph!)

Did she say crystals? Yes she did, so our crystal curtain was just the piece to decorate our Gazebo!  

Crystal cake stand, crystal drapes, crystal vases, pretty flowers in white vessels, white frames  and an adorable paper sculpted cake top finished the look! (The cake topper is in its own glass dome!)


The gorgeous arch was a spectacular backdrop for the first dance!

The clean and crisp French door seating doors allowed the guests to find their special seat assigned by the Bride and Groom.

A special Thank you to Gina and Ryan Photography for these wonderful photos!
Congratulations Carissa and Lee!
Love,
Michelle Gregory
the Jones Victorian Estate