Giving Thanks

Days are getting a little chillier and we can feel the holiday spirit creeping in. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it gives us the gentle nudge to remember we have so much to be grateful for – we’ve connected with new (amazing!) vendors, had some truly wonderful clients, and planned some great parties…and what’s more, we’re looking towards the coming year and there are even more fantastic things on the horizon!

All of us here at Alison Events feel so blessed to be oh so in love with the work we do, so, for all that and more, we give thanks and reflect on these wise words…

xo

Alison, Jesse, Alyssa, Susie, Alicia, Melissa, Campbell

 

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Image credit goes to the very talented Mel Barlow, who captured this shot at Kristin + John’s wedding this past summer in Long Island.

 


In the Press: A Healdsburg Inspired Dinner in the City

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We’ve been counting down the days till we can share this oh-so-gorgeous event with you and the day is finally here! Our Healdsburg inspired dinner is featured on Green Wedding Shoes today!

Guests arrived to Pier 48 in San Francisco and were transported to wine country for the night. We can’t resist a good entrance and this one was seriously good.  The laidback yet sophisticated design created the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy the evening.

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Event Planning & Design Alison Events//Photographer: Edyta Szyslo // Venue: Pier 48 in San Francisco  // Floral and Production: Brown Paper Design //  Catering: Componere Fine Catering // Cake: Perfect Endings // Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events, Hartmann Studios, Classic Party Rentals // Lighting: Got Light // DJ: Josh Dukes of Boutique Entertainment // Music: Entire Productions // Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF // Valet: Soiree Valet Parking Service, Inc. //


A Northern California Gala

This year marked our second year working with La Cocina on their annual gallery. The non-profit incubator kitchen works with low-income and immigrant women entreprenuers who are launching, growing, and formalizing food businesses, and this year we were honored to design the event yet again. The gala hosted 200 guests and took place at the AirBnB headquarters here in San Francisco.

Photography by Drew AltizerSilvana di Franco, and Gustavo Fernandez

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In the Press: Rachel and Abhishek’s Indian and Western Wedding in San Francisco

Rachel and Abhishek’s wedding bonanza was featured on 100 Layer Cake this week.

Here’s a little taste of this colorful celebration. With a traditional Indian ceremony, followed by a Western ceremony, and a wardrobe change in between, the reception after was filled with much revelry and celebrating—not to mention florals that made us swoon, a pretty and delicious cake, and 360 views of the city by the bay.

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See more of this wedding over on 100 Layer Cake.

Photographer: Kate Webber // Ceremony & Reception Venue & Catering: Fairmont Pavilion & Fairmont Crown Room // Event Coordinator: Alison Events // Florist: Natalie Bowen // Hair: The Red Chair Salon // Makeup: Lili from Artists by Sherrie Long // Invitations: Alexandra Rinde of The Aerialist Press // Cake: Inticing Creations // Rentals: Hartmann StudiosFrances Lane VintageClassic Party RentalsOne True Love // DJ: DJ Cams / Photobooth: The Magnolia Photo Booth Co. // Horse: Hackney Horse // Bride’s Dresses: Oscar de la Renta from Marina Morrison in SF & Sahil Boutique in Chicago // Jewelry: Kate Spade // Wedding Rings: Smythe Jewelers // Lipstick: Bobbi Brown // Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers // Shoes: Bruno Magli // Bridesmaids’ Sarees and Bangles: from India // Bridesmaids’ Ceremony Dresses: Joanna August // Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Banks


In the Press: Susanne and Ed’s California Ranch Wedding on Snippet & Ink

Today we’re thrilled to share that Susanne and Ed’s elegant, traditional wedding in Napa Valley was featured on Snippet & Ink.

We loved their style, their musical selections (it was Van Morrison and Willie Nelson for the ceremony), and their inspiration of spring and new beginnings. The setting was casual and the guests were formally-dressed, and all the details in between made perfect sense, with an effortless essence with an attention to details big and small.

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The locally-grown flowers, food ingredients, and grapes used in the wines celebrated California. Following the outdoor ceremony, guests progressed through a series of tents for cocktails, dinner, and dancing, including a lounge tent modeled after a speakeasy with old-fashioned cocktails.

Read more at over on Snippet & Ink!

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Photography: Jesse Leake // Event Planning & Design: Alison Events // Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California // Dress: Carolina Herrera // Shoes: Rene CaovillaJimmy Choo // Tuxedo: Brioni Tuxedo // Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy // Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group // Stationery: Olive Route // Videography: Lola Video // Cake: Alexis Baking Company // Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth // Rentals: Hartmann StudiosOne True Love VintageFrances LaneZephyr TentsRoyal Restrooms // Hair: Stella Rickett // Makeup: Darcy Hunt // Valet: Soiree Valet // Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation // DJ: Boutique Wedding DJs // Ceremony, Cocktail Music: Synchonicity Strings Quartet via Entire Productions // Band: Monophonics // Catering: Tasha De Serio // Lighting, Sound: Got Light


Destination Spotlight: Jumby Bay in Antigua

The third destination we visited with Katie Frederick from Ever After Honeymoons on our Caribbean scouting adventure was Jumby Bay in Antigua.

This Rosewood resort won me over. With its super great vibe, private island, fabulous food, bikes to ride all over the place, private homes as well as hotel rooms, this place would make for a great spot to hold a destination wedding. And the reception space is awesome! The restaurant overlooks the white sand beach where you can have the ceremony. Best to consider this spot for weddings under 100, so that everyone can stay at the hotel. Heart set on a bigger bash? You can rent homes and up the guest list.

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And a few more pics courtesy of the venue…

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And just so you really get a sense of the place, an awesome aerial shot.

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Destination Spotlight: Viceroy Anguilla Resort

Earlier this week we shared photos and scoop from our trip to the British Virgin Islands with Katie Frederick from Ever After Honeymoons. Today, we’re on to Anguilla, where we’re spotlighting the Viceroy Anguilla Resort.

This is a larger hotel that’s actually super easy to get to from New York City and perfect for larger destination weddings in the Caribbean. Great food, amazing beaches and pools, daily yoga, private estates, and a restaurant overlooking the sea. I love that everyone can stay there together (up to about 200 people) and there are several different event spaces to choose from.

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Photographer Joshua Zuckerman, who has shot a wedding a the venue snapped the pretty images below.

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Destination Spotlight: Valley Trunk in the British Virgin Islands

I recently had the pleasure of checking out some great islands and properties in the Caribbean thanks to Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons—who by the way, plans awesome honeymoons and trips with a boutique feel to them—and I’m super excited to share my highlights. I couldn’t stop taking photos, each of the places we visited were breathtakingly beautiful!

First up, Valley Trunk in the British Virgin Islands. They’re just starting to do weddings here and it’s a great fit for ones with smaller guest lists, say 30 or fewer people. With 15 rooms and a private beach complete with a yacht you can use to check out the scenery, it’s a great setting for a relaxed destination soiree. Plus the food and service were great! With lots of activities to do to keep you entertained, it would also be good for a family trip or a getaway with the girls!

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In the Press: Kate and Sean’s Napa Rehearsal Dinner on Martha Stewart Weddings

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We’re always thrilled to see our work graces the pages of magazines and blogs, and this sunny, sleek, yellow-and-grey rehearsal dinner we did in Napa last summer is no exception. You can check out the full story and  more images over on Martha Stewart Weddings! We loved layering the textures and patterns together for this modern event, which also boasted a fun tent for the kids in attendance, a one-of-a-kind seating chart, and loads of cheerful yellow flowers.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher  // Location and Catering: The Carneros Inn // Event Planning: Alison Events // Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design // Cake: Baskin-Robbins // Hair: Diana Lyons, Napa Valley Hairstylist // Lighting: Jeffrey Stone, PSAV Presentation Services // Nannies: Joanna’s Nannies


Ten San Francisco Rehearsal Dinner Spots

If you’re considering a wedding in the San Francisco area, then you should definitely check out our list of great spots to host a rehearsal dinner. So many great options in this city, it’s hard to narrow down, but these are our top 10, in no particular order:

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Central Kitchen (ok, well all of the Flour + Water private dining rooms, really). Great food, lots of different areas for different party sizes, and the pasta tasting menu is amazing. Have more that 25 people? The courtyard fits 40 for a semi-private buyout and boasts a nice layout.

Bar Agricole. The private dining room fits 40, and the patio is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails (which are fabulous).

La Mar. This Peruvian seafood joint has one gorgeous view. And the patio seats 100 guests.

AQ The look and feel of the restaurant changes every season, as does the menu. You can invite two dozen loved ones to join you in their cellar room.

Town Hall. Perfect for about 40 people, and for Southern and comfort-loving foodies.

Tosca. You can fit up to 32 people at this former dive bar. Chef April Bloomfield always serves stellar cocktails and Italian cuisine.

Park Tavern. -The Eden room seats 50 and the burger is simply amazing.

Wayfare Tavern. Chef Tyler Florence’s restaurant that serves upscale bar food done right. Choose from two private rooms—one for 16 and one for 50.

Foreign Cinema. Want a beautiful outdoor setting? Consider buying out the courtyard, where you can even play movies on the large wall. The food is consistently great.

Cotogna. With 50 guests you can buy out the restaurant (which is a sister spot to Quince) and have a rustic Italian feast.