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This is the Anything But Gray Events blog, where caffeine and kindness power me as I relive the most fantastical events through poignant write-ups and gorgeous images. 

No fiddle-faddle, just trusty wedding tips & features.

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History Unveiling the Charm of 440 Elm: Long Beach’s Newest Wedding Venue. 440 Elm is a historic landmark building in the Renaissance Revival style. The venue was in 1913 as the First Church of Christ Scientist by architect Elmer Grey, this once religious sanctuary, has been restored to its original charm, and is now Long […]

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As the backdrop for Robyn and Sven’s ‘Vintage Shanghai meets Art Deco’ engagement photoshoot, The Oviatt Penthouse embodies the glam and glitz of Art Deco excellence.  These video game designers, artists, and graphic novel enthusiasts travel back in time to meet somewhere in an alternative universe, at the intersection of their cultures and creative outlets […]

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Featured in Love Inc. Magazine. Update: It is with great sadness that we share that our beautiful bride Beth passed away on June 2, 2024, just shy of 4 months after their wedding celebration. There is something poetic, fitting as Beth as she was a writer, and poetry was a focus of their wedding celebration, […]

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Featured in Green Wedding Shoes.  Planned and designed from top to bottom with love by our team at Anything But Gray Events, this celestial celebration of Queer Love was as unique as the couple it represented. Hiring an LGBTQIA+-affirming vendor team was incredibly important to the couple. Giving back to not only inclusive, small businesses, […]

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  Welcome to this Elegantly Wacky Wedding at The Parker in Palm Springs. It’s a classic story with a not-so-classic ending: EmilyJane and Ramzi plus their crew of 70 “flocked over” to sunny Palm Springs from the East Coast to soak up the mid-century vibes for this Elegantly Wacky Wedding at The Parker Palm Springs. […]

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In this blog post, Demystifying Wedding Planner Costs in Los Angeles, we will shed light on the factors that influence the cost of hiring a wedding planner in Los Angeles and provide a general understanding of what to look for and expect. We share this information not to scare you, but rather to educate you […]

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  Join us for Anthony and Mark’s Tower of Terror Engagement Photo Shoot as we transform Castle Green, in Pasadena California, into the infamous, Hollywood Tower Hotel. This Tower of Terror Engagement Photo Shoot set the tone for the couple’s spooky, Fall wedding, of the same theme, just a few months later at another historic […]

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Wedding planning is often associated with romance, excitement, and dreams of a perfect day. Cue any Hallmark movie. I am here to get REALLY honest with ya’ll, and say that wedding planning isn’t always so shiny, and perfection, of any kind, does not exist. You know that at Anything But Gray Events, we keep it […]

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Welcome to this Colorful Fusion of Love and Heritage: An Unforgettable Wedding at Rancho Las Lomas. As a wedding planner and designer, I have had the pleasure of creating countless beautiful celebrations, but Hailey and Kimia’s wedding at Rancho Las Lomas in Orange County, California, holds a special place in my heart. After knowing these […]

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Embrace the Beauty of Compromise: No Wedding Venue Will Have It All Photo by Mary Costa Photography at Valentine. Let’s talk about wedding venues! As a colorful maximalist Los Angeles wedding planner, I understand the desire to find the perfect wedding venue that fulfills all your dreams. However, it’s important to acknowledge that no venue […]

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