2017 in Review | Wedding & Event Planning | Anything But Gray Events

Review time! It was a very busy year for Anything But Gray Events. This year was a year full off amazing clients, colorful weddings and a whopping 4 grooms named Michael!! How does that happen?! Here is a jolly jaunt through all the fun we had this year. Anything But Gray Events is now booking colorful and creative clients for 2018. Let’s make some magic together. And away we go!


Josephine + Johnny at York Manor 

We started off the year with BBQ, a hand painted backdrop of a vintage moon and a castle bounce house for Josephine & Johnny’s wedding at York Manor in Highland Park. This was an international affair; bringing in family and friends from all over the world. They wanted a vintage feel with some pops of playful touches. Guests were welcome to jump in the bounce house during cocktail hour and later enjoy karaoke.

Venue: @yorkmanor, Photography: peterson.design.photo, Florals: @flowerduetla, Rentals/Bounce House: @partyonrentals, Backdrop: @radalienglitter Makeup/Hair: @betsybmu, Dress: @ bhldn & @deborahlinquist, Tux: @theblacktux, Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

Bounce house at wedding cocktail hour bride and groom

Photo Credit: Peterson Design & Photography


Ashley + Chase at City Club Los Angeles

Ashley & Chase celebrated with a black tie wedding at City Club Los Angeles. As as a young and fun couple they wanted to mix their fun playful styles with their families more traditional, refined style. A tablescape of dramatic gold, black and red set the tone for this elegant yet whimsical evening on the 51st floor overlooking the lights of DTLA. Their signature popsicle champagne cocktail, strolling magicians at cocktail hour and processional streamers were a huge hit!

Venue: @cityclubla & @chefsebastiantakesla, Photography: @kristinaleephotography, Florals: @flowerduetla, Rentals: @tacerla, Papergoods: @heirloompaperco, MUH: @face_it_sugar, DJ/Live Music: @luxuryentertainmentgroup, Lighting: @pacificeventservices, Magician: @showmonkey Cake: @hansencakesla, Tux: @friartux, Planning: @anythingbutgrayevents

Bride on wedding day with champagne popsicle cocktail

Photo Credit: Kristina Lee Photography

Sweetheart table with rentals and signage at City Club Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Kristina Lee Photography

black and white wedding invitation black tie wedding los angeles

Photo Credit: Kristina Lee Photography

Bride Groom Processional streamers downtown los angeles city club la

Photo Credit: Kristina Lee Photography


Victorian Styled Shoot at Big Daddy’s Antiques

Several times a year, aside from our wedding clients, we will collaborate on styled shoots. This moody Victorian inspired styled shoot was a departure from my typically colorful style but rather showcased my interest in the macabre. The inspiration behind this styled shoot was fusing the ideas of old and new together, bringing a moody Victorian vintage aesthetic to a modern love story showcasing two brides. The enchanted and unique treasure trove of Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles set the perfect stage for this tale. Check out more photos on The Overwhelmed Bride.


Venue: @bigdaddysantiques | Photography: @peterson.design.photo | Planning: @anythingbutgrayevents | Invitations/Paper Goods: @gogosnap_vintage_stationery | Calligraphy: @fawnlettering | Models: Monica Vasandani and Albertine Nicholls: @albertinevas @monicavas | Ceremony Design: @papermoonsshoppe | Flowers: @mulberryrow | Dress: @deborahlindquist | Accessories: @theblushingbird | Tux: @friartux | Rings: @trumpetandhorn | Ring Box: @the_mrs_box | Beauty: @face_it_sugar | Linens: @luxe_linen | Table Top and Decor Rentals: @sundrop_vintage | Coffee: @urbanespresso | Stuffed Fox: @bischoffsanimals | Cake Topper: @melabogo | Cake: @vanillabakeshop | Photo Booth: @immortalisphoto | Ribbon: @shymyrtle | Vintage Stamps: @shymyrtle | Smoke Bombs: @shippedysterday | Smoke Affect: @atmosphereaerosol

LBGTQ couple women tuxedo wedding dress black bridal bouquet

Photo Credit: Peterson Design and Photo

LBGTQ tattoos offbeat couple kiss interracial marriage

Photo Credit: Peterson Design and Photo


















Allison + Brian at The Lodge at Malibou Lake

Allison and Brian’s outdoor wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake in Agoura Hills celebrated family traditions, outdoor beauty and some good ol’ Texas flare.

Venue: @maliboulakelodge, Catering: @trulyyourscatering, Dresses: @bhldn & @deborahlindquist, MUH: @betsybmu, Florals: @flowerduetla, Cake: @susiecakes, Papergoods: @cecilespaperco, Officiant: @greatofficiants, Planning: @anythingbutgrayevents

the lodge at malibou lake bridesmaids grey white flowers

Photo Credit: Miki and Sonja Photograpy

dr pepper bride groom sweetheart table signage

Photo Credit: Miki and Sonja Photography

susie cakes bakery texas rangers baseball fan sports team wedding grooms cake

Photo Credit: Miki and Sonja Photography


Megan + Mike’s Northern California Wedding: 

Then came #TheRedwoodWedding in Northern California for Megan and Michael’s Game of Thrones inspired wedding. The immense redwood trees set a calm and beautiful scenic backdrop for their magical outdoor ceremony and colorful dance party reception that included food tucks, an ice cream bar and personalized touches that reflected the TV show that brought them together. Check out more of this wedding on Offbeat Bride.

Venue: Family Home, Photography @wildaboutyourpix, Custom dress: @rmine, Florals:@california.sister, MUH:@rainaantle, Food trucks:Me @mesohungrytoo & @thewaffleroost, Ice Cream: @smittenicecream, Dj: @djcrimson, Photobooth: @altarimagephoto, Planning: @anythingbutgrayevents

redwood wedding in northern california purple wedding dress outdoor wedding

Photo Credit: Wild About You Photography


Marilyn’s 85th birthday party in Beverly Hills: 

A special 85th birthday was next. The birthday girl loved the color red so we went red crazy. Her guests were treated to a step and repeat, photos of her life throughout the years and a delicious BBQ meal.

Photos: @julieshufordphotograhy, Catering: @jenniecooks, Rentals: @tacerla, Florals: @mulberryrow, DJ: @heymisterdj, Planning:@anythingbutgrayevents

Photo Credits: Julie Shuford Photography











Jessica + Brian at Maravilla Gardens

Jessica and Brian wanted an outdoor wedding filled with natural beauty at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo that was refined yet relaxed. Lavender infused cocktails, a gourmet buffet, an almond flavored wedding cake AND mini donut station kept their guests happy and full of deliciousness!

Venue: @m_gardens, Photographer: @thekomans, DJ: @redshoela, Videographer: @thebyrdsisters, Cake: @chantelandbella, Catering: @commandperformancecatering, Donuts: @thedoughlife, Photobooth: @theboothandbusco, Forals: @flowerduetla, Tux: @theblacktux, MUH: @jrmmakeup, @paulinehacopian, moniquehalehair, Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

bride and groom at maravilla gardens for their outdoor rustic wedding blush and white

Photo Credit: The Komans


Joanna + Michael at Ramona Convent:

Joanna and Michael’s wedding at Ramona Convent was slightly more unconventional. Joanna, and most of the women in her family, have attended and/or taught at Ramona Convent High School. This all-girls Catholic school tucked away in Alhambra is very near and dear to her family’s heart and was the perfect intimate setting for their private wedding ceremony in the chapel and reception for family and close friends. Joanna event tailored her graduation dress into her wedding dress. As someone who went to an all-girls Catholic school herself, I totally understood. And when the mother of the bride pulls you on to the dance floor, you go!

Photographer: @caseybrodley, Florals @flowerduetla, MUH: @betsybmu, Rentals: @tacer_losangeles, DJ:@djfrankmarvel, Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

bride and groom at ramona convent wedding yellow and white

Photo Credit: Casey Brodley Photography


Ellen + Eric at Long Beach Museum of Art

Ellen and Eric (E2 as they were lovingly referred to) wanted lots of colors and patterns for their nuptials at the Long Beach Museum of Art. This was their families second wedding at the venue as Ellen’s sister had gotten married there just a few years before. They incorporated their cultures, love of the beach and utilized some of their talented friends who created hand drawn table numbers representing all the cities they have traveled too before as well as a a lego card box!

Photographer: @marycostaphoto, Venue & Catering: @lbmaorg, DJ: @voxdjs, Florals: @greenleafdesigns, Cake/Desserts: @sweettraders, Hair/Makeup: @flawlessfacesinc, Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

mary costa photography colorful wedding long beach bridal bouquet sunflowers

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

bridal bouquet pattern wedding dress girlfriends mary costa photography long beach museum wedding

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

colorful and unique cake dessert and pie table for wedding reception long beach museum of art

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography


Harmony + Ernie at Agoura Hills Recreation Center: 

Harmony and Ernie were married at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center. The new building is modern and full of floor to ceiling windows that flood in light and open up to a sprawling green lawn perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Their colorful wedding was a celebration of their bond and family. Don’t you just love their matching eyeglasses? Harmony was escorted down the aisle by their son, Storm, which brought a tear to everyone’s eye! Guests were treated to authentic Mexican street tacos and a mini donut station. One guest even danced so hard that she fractured her ankle and had to go to the ER. Talk about a dance party! See more of this wedding on Pretty Pear Bride: http://prettypearbride.com/real-wedding-colorful-and-vibrant-california-wedding-peterson-design-photography/

Photography: Peterson Design & Photography | Venue: Agoura Hills Recreation Center | Planning: Anything But Gray Events | Floral: The Halo Experience | Stationery: Minted | DJ: Hey Mister DJ | Wedding Cake: Bread Basket Cake Company | Rentals: Great Taste Catering | Linens: Great Taste Catering| MUH: Betsy diFrancesca, Hair & Makeup  Doughnuts: The Dough Life | Photo Booth: Joyfullyyours | Bar: Great Taste Catering | Wedding Dress: Pebbles Bridal |

Bride and groom ring bearer outdoor wedding pink bridal bouquet

Photo Credit: Peterson Design and Photo

Bridesmaids bouquet super colorful and pink

Photo Credit: Peterson Design and Photo


Love Colorfully Styled Shoot at The Fig House:

And the second styled shoot for the year, Love Colorfully, was at one of my favorite technicolor venues in Los Angeles, The Fig House! With this shoot we wanted to showcase everything colorful, whimsical and out of the box. We didn’t want to take the safe route at all. This shoot makes me so happy because it represents what I believe weddings should be – a true reflection of the couple no matter what! There should be no such thing as a cookie cutter wedding because every couple is unique. Soon to be featured in Green Wedding Shoes.

Photographer: @marycosta, Venue: @thefighouse, Food Styling: @pharmacie_ & @roomforty, Florals & Installations: @shindigchic, Cake: @cakesbycolin, Rings: @jewelsbygrace, Papergoods:@ink&nod, Balloons: @balloonzilla, Rentals: @fernandbone, Dress, Bridal Accessories & Styling: @losangelesbride, MUH: @cheektocheekartistry, Models: @tayhoo & @jonathanbias

african american couple bride and groom pink yellow balloons bridal bouquet the fig house wedding

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

colorful wedding tablescape with vintage rentals from fern and bone and the fig house in highland park los angeles

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

colorful vintage furniture floral installations and balloons at the fig house

Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography


Aja + Steve at Big Daddy’s Antiques 

Aja and Steve wanted a BIG, blow out party for everyone they loved, which was a lot (around 230 guests)! Big Daddy’s Antiques was the backdrop to their Fall boho chic wedding ceremony and reception. Aja is a flower child. I know this because I have known her for more than 15 years. Steve is the pragmatist businessman. Together, they are an unstoppably beautiful combination of unending love. She is like a balloon in the sky and he is holding the string in his hands. While she helps him to float a bit, he helps her stay near the ground and not hit the sun! We had such a great time planning out their wedding and I am so thrilled to share that they called me on NYE to tell me they are expecting their first child! Shall we start planning the baby shower?

Photographer: @juliepepin, Venue: @bigdaddysantiques, Catering: @roomforty, Bar: @pharmacie_, Coffee: @urbanespresso, Cake: @sweetladyjanebakerycafe, Florals: @primarypetals, Rentals & Lighting: @tacer_losangeles, Papergoods: @cecilespaperco, DJ: @heymisterdj, Photobooth: @theboothandbusco, Dress & Accessories @bridelosangeles, Makeup: @nicoleblanoofficial, Hair: @ms_natalie_paz, Planning & Design: @anythingbutgrayevents

Bride and groom kissing on boho chic wedding at at Big Daddy's Antiques

Photo Credit: Julie Pepin Photogaphy

Vintage boho chic bride in lace wedding dress and bridal floral bouquet

Photo Credit: Julie Pepin Photography

Photo Credit: Julie Pepin Photography


Amanda + Mike at The Natural History Museum

Amanda and Mike wanted to blend their loves of history, dinosaurs and everything nerd chic! How do you do that? You get married at The Natural History Museum. As an LA native myself I have visited museum for three decades and to actually get a chance to plan a wedding there was pretty exciting. And to answer your question, yes, it was truly a night at the museum! From amazing food and specialty cocktails, customized signage and maps, agate place cards, a dessert display, a dancing dinosaur, prehistoric inspired centerpieces all the way to a Back to the Future cover band. This wedding truly had it all!

Photography: @jemerlingweddings, Videography: @wanderingstudy, Venue: @nhmla, Catering: @roomforty, Bar: @pharmacie_, Papergoods: @cecilespaperco, Florals: @flowerduetla, Dress: @watters, Tux: @malcolmalexanderofficial, Accessories: @losangelesbride, Rentals: @tacer_losangeles, Lighting: @pacificeventservices, MUH:@face_it_sugar, Cake/Desserts: @thesugarphilosophers, @Agate place cards: @_rockparadise_ & @thebleudahlia, Band: @fluxcapacitors, MC: @wyattgraywyatt, Shuttle: @mybuscharters

october fall bridal party wedding at the natural history museum in los angeles

Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling

dinosaur wedding at october natural history museum los angeles california

Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling


Nicole + Rob at the Cabrillo Beach Bath House:  

Nicole and Rob wanted a California style beach wedding at the Cabrillo Beach House in Redondo Beach. It was a beautiful clear day and the sky could not have been a brighter blue.

Photography/Videography: @theidophotography, Florals: @flowerduetla, MUH: @face_it_sugar, Catering: Pat’s BBQ, Bar:@sunserisbar, DJ: Jonathan Monte, Cake: @torrancebakery, Rentals: I&O Rentals. Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

beach wedding redondo flowerduet bridal bouquet

Photo Credit: I Do Photography


Amie + Ithamar at Oviatt Penthouse

Amie & Ithamar longed for an Art Deco inspired wedding at one of DTLA’s coolest vintage buildings, The Oviatt Penthouse. A venue that drips old world glamour and history was the perfect backdrop for this Hollywood couple. As professional puppeteers, their ceremony involved puppets that looked just like them! It was an intimate wedding that was full of so much love from all sides. Ithamar’s father’s speech during dinner brought me to tears as I stood in the back watching. Guests couldn’t get enough of their flamingo topper adorned tres leches wedding.

Photography: @thisischarliet, Venue: @oviattpenthouse, Catering: @trulyyourscatering, Cake: @portosbakery, Florals: @flowerduetla, Papergoods: @gogosnap_vintage_stationary, DJ/MC: @thesenoramor, Hair:@missrockabillyruby, Makeup: @erikareno_artistry, Magician: @showmonkey, Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

downtown los angeles wedding oviatt penthouse bride and groom

Photo Credit: Silver and Soul Photography

vintage wedding dtla los angeles wedding dress wedding day tuxedo

Photo Credit: Silver and Soul Photography


Lucianne & Michael’s NYE Wedding: 

Lucianne & Michael rounded out 2017 with a New Year’s Eve Wedding. As two people meeting each other later in their lives they wanted to focus more on the party and less on the formality of a wedding. By adding in some offbeat touches we were able to make their wedding/NYE party comes to life! Complete with several disco balls including IN the florals! The wedding was held at their officiant’s soundstage, Bangwagon Media.

Photography: @altarimagephoto, Florals: @earthbabyflowers, Balloons: @balloonzilla, Rentals: @jcpartyrentals, Catering@twodoughs, Cake: @portosbakery, Staffing: @rollinhero, Bar:@sunserisbar, Makeup:@betsybmu, Planner:@anythingbutgrayevents

disco ball wedding new years eve bride groom tuxedo weddingday los angeles north hollywood marriage

Photo Credit: Altar Image Photography

wedding bouquet florals disco balls colorful wedding

Photo Credit: Altar Image Photography

And that is a wrap on 2017!



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