Anything But Gray Events: 2019 In Review

Check out the 2019 Year In Review with Anything But Gray Events!

I Love Lucy Styled Shoot at The Harper

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We wanted to start off 2019 with a highly designed, Valentine’s Day-inspired styled shoot based on the classic TV show, I Love Lucy. Recreating our versions of Lucy and Desi’s NYC apartment living room, car, and fire escape was epic!

Every year my styled shoot props seem to get bigger and bigger!

Peterson Design and Photography featuring Paper Moon Shoppe, Friar Tux, RMINE, Collective Rentals, Balloonzilla, BBJ Linen, Beauty by Miss Ruby, Signature Party Rentals, Brillant Earth, Party Pieces by Perry, Nicole Bakes Cakes, Roseville Designs, and Winston & Main. at The Harper.

BBJ Linen Launch at Sony Studios

As a “Linenfluencer” with BBJ Linen, I can’t wait to see their newest collections. Anything But Gray Events was thrilled to plan and design this launch at the iconic Sony Studios for their Fall 2019 Collection. Fingers crossed that an Anything But Gray Events linen line is in the works soon!

sony studios marquee at night with balloons
menu card on maroon napkin on dining table
rita hayworth dining room at sony studios
three african american musicians playing instruments
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This evening truly felt like a Hollywood dream!

Villa Visuals featuring Balloonzilla, Lights for Nights, BBJ Linen, La Pinata Party Rentals, Gilded Swan Paperie, Blueprint Studios, VIPs Entertainment, Winston & Main at Sony Studios.

EmilyJane & Ramzi’s Wedding at The Parker Palm Springs

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In 2019, Anything But Gray Events dove headfirst into our ideal clients. Colorful, bold, creative, and non-traditional Wackadoos are our jam! EJ & Ramzi, East-Coast dwellers, wanted a Palm Springs destination wedding featuring their favorite bird, the flamingo! It was truly a showstopper wedding with an amazing couple who trusted us to bring their vision to life!

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Cake designed by Anything But Gray Events and brought to life by the amazing pastry team at The Parker.
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My ‘Barbie Dream House’ fantasies were brought to life with these pink reception chairs!
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Jenn Emerling Photography featuring Paper Moon Shoppe, Town and Country Rentals, RMINE, Lights for Nights, Cecile’s Paper Co, BBJ Linen, Shindig Chic, and, Diamond Beauty Hair & Makeup at The Parker Palm Springs.

Kaitlin & Lars’ Brunch Wedding at Everson Royce Bar

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Planned in just 17 days as an intimate, daytime, destination wedding for this Aussie-based couple, this DTLA Bar wedding was one of our most badass of the year! We played with all the elements that were included at the venue including using the picnic tables for dining and encrusting the centralized patio tree in brights florals. Plus, a surprise visit from the ice cream man!

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picnic wedding
breakfast wedding catering
This bright bouquet by Winston & Main was voted one of Green Wedding Shoes’ favorite of 2019!
Oh, you thought being a wedding planner was glamourous all the time?
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cvt soft serve ice cream cone
everson royce bar wedding

Aurelia D’Amore Photography featuring BBJ Linen, Betsy di Francesca, Winston & Main, Hey Mister DJ, and CVT Truck at Everson Royce Bar.

WIPA SoCal Design Challenge 2019

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The WIPA SoCal Design Challenge gave us the chance to design around my favorite city in the world, Los Angeles, creating an urban vibe featuring brick, basketball, and graffiti. Our design took home the win of the night!

colorful graffiti DTLA art installation
I look forward to being the Director of PR & Marketing on the WIPA SoCal board in 2020!
This is probably as close as I will ever come to playing any kind of sport!
floral installation basketball hoop
colorful 90s tablescape city market social house
wipa socal award on table

Jenny Quicksall Photography featuring Premiere Party Rentals, La Pinata Rentals, Roseville Designs, Sugar Studio, Whit Hazen, Signs of Our Lives, Collective Rentals, BBJ Linen, at City Market Social House.

Mother’s Day Styled Shoot at The Lodge

Our second styled shoot of 2019 was all about Mothers! This Mother’s Day Styled Shoot featured beautiful mothers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.

Mothers Day Styled Shoot
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I even got to dress up my own Mother, Trilby, as one of our ‘Momdels’.
And Aurelia’s (photographer) Mother, Faith, as well!
Mothers Day Styled Shoot
Aurelia D’Amore Photography featuring Lili Bridals, Betsy di Francesca, Smith & Lily, Julie Harris Designs, Dominique Hair Design. at The Lodge at Malibou Lake

The Bruncheon at Ruby Street

In 2019, I spoke on many educational panels including, The Bruncheon for the second year in a row. The Bruncheon offers engaged couples the opportunity to sit down and break bread with industry professionals who can address their one on one wedding questions and concerns.

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2019 Bruncheon was held at The Ruby Street in Highland Park. Photos by Laura Ford Photography.

Engagement Photos

In 2019, we were happy to see so many of our couples taking engagement photos. You can read all about the importance of taking engagement photos in our previous blog post.

Julie Shuford Photography at Venice Beach
Visuals by Arpit at The Pan Am Experience.
colorful engagement at coney island
Jenn Emerling Photography at Coney Island, NY.
Jenn Emerling Weddings at The Parker Palm Springs

Women of Courage Event at COMUNITYMade

2019 was a festive and colorful mix of social, weddings, and corporate events including the ‘Women of Courage’ Event for Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC) at COMUNITYMade in DTLA.

Youth Mentoring Connection ComunityMade
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beetz eats
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juniper rocks bar trailer

Aurelia D’Amore Photography featuring Town and Country Rentals, Los Angeles Floral Couture, Balloonzilla, Collective Rentals, Beetz Eats, Juniper Rocks, DJ Keelez, Jaz Sawyer, Oh Snaptastic!, Poop There It Is Restrooms!, and Roseville Designs.

Tuesdays Together Los Angeles-San Fernando Valley

Before the events, comes networking. As the Tuesdays Together LA San Fernando Valley leader, I helped plan not 1, not 2, but 12 meet up events in 2019. I am so proud of my group of entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners and thankful for the community we have grown over the last 4 years together.

Holly Gray speaking at Tuesdays Together Los Angeles
Photo: Ambient Image Photography

April 2019

tuesdays together los angeles members

Reptacular Ranch
Topic: SEO
Photo: Aurelia D’Amore Photography

May 2019

The Wild Plum
Topic: Mental Health & Wellness
Photo: Miki & Sonja Photography

June 2019

Tuesdays Together Los Angeles
Mega Meet Up
Topic: Video Content
Photo: Aurelia D’Amore Photography

October 2019

Tapia Brothers Farm
Topic: Time Management
Photo Credit: SDK Photo & Design

September 2019

The Madrid Theatre
Topic: Social Media Marketing
Photo: Crystal Lily Photography

November 2019

Tuesdays Together Los Angeles
Mulholland Tennis Club
Topic: Philanthropy
Photo: Ambient Image Photography

December 2019

Member Residence
Topic: Rest and Relaxation
Photo: Aurelia D’Amore Photography

The Confetti Conference with Aisle Planner in San Diego

In Spring 2019, I teamed up with Aisle Planner this year to speak at The Confetti Conference in San Diego. We presented to a group of events industry professionals on the capabilities of the platform as well as had a little fun with some out of the box team-building exercises.

Confetti Conference 2019 Aisle Planner
Holly Gray Confetti Conference 2019
Charissa Magno Photography at Flora Venue

20 on the Rise 2019 Winner

I was honored this year as one of Rising Tide‘s 20 on the Rise 2019. 20 On The Rise is a celebration of individuals who are making waves and raising the tide, rocking their respective industries through hard work and creativity hosted by HoneyBook.

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Photo: Julie Shuford Photography

This isn’t a popularity contest nor is it a ‘most liked’ list. 20 On The Rise is a curated list of 20 rising stars in 6 categories nominated by you and selected based on empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion.

Anna & Florence’s Wedding at Rimrock Ranch

The Fall of 2019 took us to the desert of Joshua Tree for Anna and Florence’s wedding at Rimrock Ranch. Their Southwestern-inspired outdoor wedding featured stargazing, hand-drawn artwork, a taco bar, and tons of sweet moves on the dance floor!

LGBTQ Desert Wedding Ceremony
All the paper goods for their wedding were hand-drawn by Florence, an artist herself!
What desert wedding is complete without a little neon?
Still colorful, even in the desert!

Cedar and Pines photography featuring Palm Springs Florist, Roseville Designs, Collective Rentals, Cali Craft Cocktails, Second Song, Churro Boss, Diamond Beauty Hair & Makeup, La Pinata Rentals at Rimrock Ranch.

Dia de Los Muertos Styled Shoot at The Stonehurst

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For our third styled shoot of 2019, we celebrated the colorful and cultural vibes of Dia de Los Muertos at The Stonehurst. Every bit of this shoot was dripping in color, culture, and creativity!

bride and groom orange smoke
colorful fiesta tablescape with floral centerpiece
dia de los muertos wedding invitation
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Did you notice that fully crocheted wedding dress?
colorful ring in blue box
colorful lounge furniture and bard
On style shoot days I am Director, Producer, and Killer of all wrinkles!
juniper rocks blue bar trailer

Julie Shuford Photography featuring Namaste & Crochet, Friar Tux, Beauty by Bon Bon, Debra Shirley, Jewels by Grace, LA Speakeasy, Los Angeles Floral Couture, Fancy Tables, A Fine Press, Papillon Rentals, Juniper Rocks, Mesa Chic Parties, Tastebuds Catering, and BBJ Linen.

LGBTQ+ Styled Shoot at the Ebell of Los Angeles

For our fourth and final styled shoot of 2019, we featured an LGBTQ+ model as both our bride AND our groom at The Ebell of Los Angeles. More to share on this AMAZINGLY inclusive editorial shoot soon!

Aurelia D’Amore Photography featuring Evora/Sergio, RMINE, Friar Tux, Leira Productions, Urban Marigold, Sugar Studio, Paper Moon Shoppe, BBJ Linen, Fancy Tables, Jewels by Grace, Gilded Swan Paperie at The Ebell of Los Angeles

Adam & Joe’s Wedding at The Skirball Cultural Center

Fall 2019 also took us up, up, and away in true Pan Am elegance. Adam and Joe’s blend of love for midcentury modern design and Pan Am Airlines created a one of a kind experience for their guests at The Skirball.

With intricate aviation set-pieces, original airline props, and flight attendants ready to prepare for landing, minding your tray tables are up of course! Now, forever co-pilots, these two have a special place in my heart!

Pan Am Wedding Grooms with Flight Attendants
Every last detail was Pan Am perfection!
grooms kissing at airplane
I love the genuine expressions of surprise and delight (and a bit of terror) on both Adam and Joe’s faces as the hora began and they were hoisted up!

Visuals by Arpit featuring The Pan Am Experience, Paper Moon Shoppe, Betsy di Francesca, Friar Tux, Susie Cakes, Flower Duet, Gilded Swan Paperie, Lights for Nights at The Skirball Cultural Center.

American Red Cross at City Club Los Angeles

December 2019 brought us up to 51st floor to City Club Los Angeles for the American Red Cross Donor Event. We love bringing a bit of whimsy to corporate events.

Danny Tierney Photography featuring Balloonzilla, Los Angeles Floral Couture, MTB Rentals at City Club Los Angeles.

Kiley and Matt’s Wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake

Our final wedding of the year was pure, Woodland Winter magic at The Lodge at Malibou Lake. This wedding incorporated seasonal touches like reds, greens, velvets, trees, and woodland creatures into its design.

bride and groom kissing
jewel tone invitation suite
the lodge at malibou lake winter wedding design
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Peterson Design and Photography featuring Smith & Lily, Roseville Designs, Elywnn and Cass, Friar Tux, and Susie Cakes at The Lodge at Malibou Lake.

What a year it has been! We are now booking weddings, corporate, and non-profit events for 2020 and 2021! We have a handful of dates left.

Don’t wait, contact us today!

  1. Love your blog, enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more.

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