Venue Spotlight: McEvoy Ranch

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McEvoy Ranch is one of our favorite hidden treasures in the San Francisco area. The winery and olive oil farm are absolutely gorgeous and totally charming, so we were thrilled when they decided to start hosting more events on the property and asked our sister company Event Space Consulting to help them spread the word (and invited us to tag along!).

We worked with their team to select the best areas for private events on the property, ranging from The Mill to the Poplar Alley to The Greenhouse, then teamed up with Natalie Bowen Designs and Bright Event Rentals to come up with a vision and transform the ranch for a photo shoot with photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

The results? Welcoming, cozy, and incredibly chic vignettes that embody McEvoy Ranch’s vibe and brand, something we hope will inspire clients for years to come!

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Instagram Takeovers, Wanderlust Edition

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We’ve had a serious case of wanderlust lately, and our is no exception! Some of our favorite vendors have taken over our account over the past few months, filling it up with beautiful pictures of amazing locations near and far.

Archive Mexico took us to their home of Riviera Maya, filling the frame with some of the amazing pieces available to rent for your own celebration. We wish every rental came with sand between your toes and an ocean view!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of Archive Mexico

The Venue Report gave us the inside scoop on hot new venues around the world, from the private courtyard at San Francisco’s The Cheese School to Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. And we’ve officially added Nicaragua to our dream destination list–let us know if you’re heading that way and have something to celebrate!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of The Venue Report

Once you’ve said “I do” and are ready for a little one-on-one relaxation, Ever After Honeymoons has you covered. Katie stopped by our Instagram page to share some of her favorite global locales, whether you’re looking for a helicopter tour over Queenstown, New Zealand, or sun and sand in St. Barths. Or there’s always dramatic views and elephant rides in Bali!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of Ever After Honeymoons

Are you ready to hop on a plane yet? Because we sure are!


La Cocina 10th Anniversary Gala

La Cocina is a cause very near and dear to our hearts. For the past three years, we’ve worked on designing their annual gala and this year marks the 10th anniversary! The May 11th event promises to be a good one with a dinner featuring Traci Des Jardins, Gabriela Cámara of Mexico City’s Contramar, Karen Taylor of El Molino Central Sonoma, and more, all in honor of the “dama” of Mexican cuisine, Diana Kennedy.

They’re down to a handful of tickets for the cocktail hour so we urge you to head on over here to get yours now! It’s not to be missed!

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Vendor Spotlight: Stag Dining

We caught up with Stag Dining this week and got a fun glimpse into the world of catering. Stag never fails to bring a fun touch of edginess and we love them for it! And their dream meal? Amazing….sign us up!

 

 

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Where are you based? San Francisco, CA

 

 

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What do you specialize in? Creative Catering & Beverage Catering

 

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How did you get started?
As a Supper Club, in 2010 Throwing underground dinner parties with our favorite Winemakers, brewers and bartenders

 

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What inspires you/your work?
Nature first and foremost. We also believe that there is a unique power in connecting people through culinary experiences & events. Often times, the event that we are producing is the first opportunity for our guests to step away from their highly connected and device-filled schedule and allows them the opportunity to relax and connect socially in an authentic way.

 

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What’s a fun fact about you that clients may not know?
We started making wine last year. We partnered up with our good friends from Bodkin Wines for a beautiful rosé we call Deerblood and Derby Meritage Red. The fruit is from Sonoma County from some small family farms and is tasting quite lovely. We have always been about collaboration so when the opportunity arose to create food-friendly wines with one of the most up and coming winemakers in Sonoma we jumped at the opportunity.

 

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What is one of your favorite venues to work in and why?
Our Russian River outpost, The Rio Theater in Monte Rio, Sonoma. It’s a slice right out of of Wes Anderson’s imagination on the sunny sandy banks of the Russian River.

 

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Do you see any trends happening in the catering industry?
Away with the white tablecloths! The Craft-Casual approach that is dominating the hospitality scene in restaurants, bars & hotels, is something we are are applying to the mobile landscape (catering and beverage catering).

 

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What’s a dish or meal that you would love to put together if you were given free reign at an event?
Take over a seated section at a major league baseball stadium, serve 9 courses of gourmet-inspired take on baseball food during a game… an event within an event!

 

Tell us the best way to reach you and check out your work.
Instagram: @stagdining
Website: stagdining.com
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Hotel du Cap Wedding

Happy Valentines Day!  We’re hopeless romantics to the very end so can’t help but love February.

To celebrate, we’re showing you the wedding of Emily + Kent – it doesn’t get much more romantic than this! With blue skies, oodles of blush and ivory roses, and just the right amount of sparkle, this wedding perfectly captured the dreamy l’amour of Antibes which is located in the south of France. The beautiful Hotel du Cap was the perfect spot for this wedding as you will see. They topped the night off with their first dance to Chris Martin’s “Yellow,” sung by the man himself!  Photos by Elizabeth Messina

 

 

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Join us for a Book Reading!

Our go-to officiant, Lisa Francesca, just published a book to help anyone needing guidance to officiate a wedding. It’s just the manual we’ve been looking for and we recommend it to all our couples who are having a friend or family member officiate their wedding so be sure to check it out if this sounds like you!

Next week, Alison and Lisa are teaming up for an event at Books Inc on February 19 at 7pm. Swing by for a fun book reading and opportunity to meet these two women in the know!

 

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In the Press: Our very own Alison gets married!

It’s an exciting day here in the office! As you may or may not know, Alison was married this past February and today, all the gorgeous details are featured on Martha Stewart Weddings online and on newsstands December 29th! It’s always an honor to be published in MSW but it’s a whole new level of special when the wedding is our main gal’s.

Run to newsstands to get your copy, or, if you can’t wait, click on over to MSW to read the full write-up…including Alison + Markus’ “how they met” story! It’s a good one, promise!

In even more good news, Martha Stewart Weddings has also voted us as as a Top Planner in the United States and has shared Alison’s 12 Tips for a Stress-free Wedding.

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Event Planning & Design Alison Events//Photographer: Elizabeth Messina // Videographer: Elysium Productions // Venue: Manka’s Boathouse  // Floral and Production: Brown Paper Design //  Cake: Perfect Endings // Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin // Rentals: Classic Party Rental // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Music: Elan Artists // Paper Materials: Charlotte Osterman // Calligraphy: Michele Papineau // Officiant: Lisa Francesca //

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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