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
Tumblr: stagdining.tumblr.com


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…

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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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