no other planner in los angeles designs the way I do
With a background in theater, hospitality and culinary arts, I’ve reinvented what it means to be a wedding planner. And trust me, you don’t just want a planner, you want someone to direct the show so you can be center stage and enjoy the spotlight.
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You live life to the fullest, so why put your wedding in a monotonous box just to line up with someone else’s idea of tradition?
I say, let’s toss out the traditions in lieu of a wedding that is totally you.
Anything But Gray Events makes the ordinary extraordinary.
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I’m a native Los Angeleno with a steady pulse of innovation, community, and kindness. And no, I will not be running around your wedding with a walkie talkie. If you see someone running, that means something unexpected has happened. #notmystyle. Let’s be real, one of my superpowers is to put out the fires way before they start, and am waiting with open arms and a can-do attitude (as well as bright pink lipstick) for the unexpected. The only time you’ll see me run is when there’s an ice cream truck in front of me or a serial killer behind me.
A SECOND-GENERATION CALIFORNIA WEDDING PLANNER WITH SEQUINS AND SUNSHINE IN MY DNA.
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I'm Holly Gray
To add to the mix, I went to culinary school to deepen my understanding and appreciation of food, especially as it relates to event hospitality. Along the way, I competed on a Food Network show and won! From those winnings, I took my part-time side hustle into the full-time business realm. With sweat, tears, and a ton of heart, I’ve never looked back.
BEFORE STARTING MY JOURNEY AS A WEDDING PLANNER IN 2012, I PLAYED A VARIETY OF ROLES — STAGE MANAGER, HOSPITALITY EXPERT, and long-suffering nine to fiver.
Let’s be honest, I was too colorful and creative for the corporate world.
Nowadays, I come to every wedding with the mind of a stage manager, streamlining your creative ideas into an event that harmonizes like a Broadway musical. Just imagine the enthusiasm that will crescendo as we plan your wedding experience, stress-free, culminating in an event that will feel like the grand finale at a fireworks show. Lights, camera, and love.
I love the creative and logistical process of going from an idea to a final product with all of the steps and challenges in between. The ability to turn nothing into something amazing is why I consider all creative entrepreneurs, "magic makers."
I have a sincere passion for color. It gives rise to thought, creativity, happiness, and positive energy. Everything I do in my personal and professional life is in one way or another guided by color. I live, love, and create anything but gray!
I love community building and leadership. I serve in a variety of leadership roles, including the Los Angeles Tuesdays Together group. With a firm belief in true collaboration, especially with other female-owned businesses, the idea of community over competition is at the core of everything I do.
(people and animals, of course)
Creating. Color. Community.
I lived in Korea right out of high school for six months after studying the language. While my Korean is not what it used to be, people are always surprised when I bust it out at dinner parties.
I am a game show contestant junkie, making an appearance on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games and twice on The Price is Right!
I am a long time Hanson fan and have been to over 100 concerts.
As you might suspect at this point, I color code my closet. #sorrynotsorry
As a hobby, I studied, performed, and taught improv comedy for 20 years with ComedySportz Los Angeles.
I won best dressed at summer camp for three years in a row! Who wins that at a summer camp?? This gal!
I have always been a dog person — growing up with half a dozen rescue dogs at any given time. This is why a portion of each sale goes to the Best Friends Animal Society. They promote pet adoption, no-kill animal rescues, and low cost spay-and-neuter practices. I’m a proud animal rescue supporter and couldn’t be more inspired by the work they do to help animals in need.
I am a doggie mama to Oliver, a 14-year-old Boston Terrier rescue. He is the light of my life and my constant office assistant, either at my feet while I’m answering emails or making a special guest appearance in my video consultations.