In the Press: Val and Lee’s Florida Camp Wedding on Green Wedding Shoes




Last year we announced our involvement in Cupcake Vineyards’ “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest, which took place via Pinterest. Val and Lee—the lucky winners— were gifted with the ultimate wedding package, including photography by Elizabeth Messina and design planning services from us. And now, their romantic, dreamy, laid-back day is now featured in full over on Green Wedding Shoes!

Both the bride and groom are adventurers who love hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. Mixed with their appreciation for design and movies and their overall great taste, the inspiration for the wedding started with Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. Their venue, a remote private campground in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, was the perfect fit. We incorporated details such as a canvas tent, oil lamps, a custom made flag that said “Camp Waters,” a neutral palette, textural floral elements, and vintage-inspired postcards for guests to fill in with best wishes and funny.

It was so great working with this awesome couple, and we’re so excited to share their wedding!












Photography: Elizabeth Messina // Wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // Location: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // Catering: Green Coat Catering // Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // Bride’s dress: Chaviano Couture // Bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // Bridal jewelry: Free People // Bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // Groom’s attire: J.Crew // Dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // Décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // DJ + lighting: Jacob // Ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // Officiant: Keith Kolakowski // Cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // Hair + makeup: Shelby George // Tent: Shelter-co // Invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors and letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce


Destination Spotlight: Cartagena, Colombia

We love traveling and discovering new destinations. With so many places we still have yet to explore sometimes we just have to live vicariously through others as they traipse around the globe. After we saw Belathée Photography‘s pics from a recent trip to Cartagena, Colombia, we were completely smitten. It was their first trip to South America and now we want to go check it out for ourselves. In the meantime, a little scoop and a lot of eye candy from the ladies at Belathée. Pack your bags!

Complete with remarkable charm and old world appeal, Cartagena is only a 4.5 hour nonstop flight from New York City. There to document a wedding at a private home, Dorothee and Annabel also covered the rehearsal dinner, which took place at Hotel Casa San Agustin. And while in town, they also dined at La Cevicheria, where naturally their favorite dish was the ceviche.

What they really enjoyed most was that the city is a mix of historic and colorful facades and beautiful people. The quiet side streets invite for strolls — though they highly suggest that you bring a map because the city, especially inside the wall, is a bit of a maze. Fruit vendors are setting up around every corner and everyday life seems to happen right on the street, from restaurants to car repair shops, everything happens out in the open. It’s a great place to soak in sun and culture, especially getting away in the winter months as the weather is pretty reliable. It was our first time to South America and it makes us want to come back for more.




















In the Press: Courtenay and Larrison on Martha Stewart Weddings

Last summer we worked with Courtenay and Larrison to bring their wedding weekend to life. These hands-on brides crafted quite the vision, mainly inspired by Tiki elements and the innate style of Palm Springs. We loved the ceremony and Tiki-Q dinner party, followed by dinner and dancing the night after. And these gals really fused color and patterns in such an impactful way.

Now you can see the wedding weekend in full, over on Martha Stewart Weddings.








Photography: Tory Williams // Venues: Frederick Loewe Estate +  The Gene Autry Residence // Event Coordination: Alison Events // Floral Design: Gilly Flowers & Events // Music: High Rize // Stationery Design: Happy Menocal


An Exotic and Eccentric California Wedding

We’ve been going through the Alison Events archives lately and couldn’t help but share this oldie by goodie. About five years ago, Jackie and Joby’s wedding at Costanoa, in Pescadero, California, was not only fun and exotic — with a “The Beatles go to India” theme — but it was also eco-friendly. Many of the elements in this tented soiree were reusable, the food was entirely organic and many of the flowers used throughout were locally grown. The 200 guests also enjoyed a trio of Beatles impersonators on stilts at this marigold and paprika-hued party.









You can read even more about this one right here and here.

Location and Catering: Costanoa // Photography: Jesse Leake // Flowers and Event Design: Sillapere // Tent liners: Raj Tents //

In the Press: Katie and J.D. on Style Me Pretty

Another one of our recent California weddings made its debut today on Style Me Pretty! We’re super excited to share Katie and J.D.’s elegant yet relaxed celebration, which is completely charming. It took place on the bride’s family’s ranch, and unlike most of the times when that happens, the bride’s father actually built the massive tent himself. In addition to some hands-on work by dad, the talented team that worked with the couple on this event crafted loads of loveliness, like the top notch flowers that were present from start to finish.














Photography: Adriana Klas // Planning: Alison Events // Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering // Floral: Brown Paper Design

In The Press: Stacey and Austin’s Anderson Ranch Wedding on Snippet & Ink

Last summer we had the pleasure of working with Stacey and Austin for their Wine Country wedding. The soft and romantic color palette and various textures made it a truly beautiful wedding. We kept a lot of the decor on the rustic side to seamlessly incorporate the natural California setting, and added touches like lavender sprigs on each place setting.

And now, we’re honored to share the full story and all the lovely photos over on Snippet & Ink! See it right here.

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Photography: Scott Andrew Studio // Event Planning and Design: Alison Events // Venue: Anderson Ranch // Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs // Ceremony Music: Mori Achen // DJ: Vaughn Wooster // Videography: Lola Video // Catering: Ramekins Catering // Cake: Cake Coquette // Rentals: One True Love // Linens: La Tavola // Stationery: The Aerialist Press // Hair and  Makeup: Painted Ladies

In The Press: Noel and John on Green Wedding Shoes

Check out our latest featured wedding, over on Green Wedding Shoes!

Noel and John combined their classic style with the natural beauty of Yosemite to create their dream wedding: a perfect match of rustic elegance and playful charm, all in a breathtaking setting.













Photography: Jesse Leake Photography // Location and Catering: Evergreen Lodge // Event Design and Planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // Floral Design: Brown Paper Design // Custom Buttons: Kristin Ketola // Makeup: Sophia Coyne of Painted Ladies // Hair: Kristin Maddox of Red Chair Salon // Videography: Fish Eye Films // Stationery and Day-of Paper Goods: Olive-Route Design & Letterpress // Music: Matt Masih & the Messengers // DJ: Penninsula Mobile Music

In The Press: Meaghan and Conrad’s Sausalito Wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings

Last fall we had the pleasure of helping Meaghan and Conrad tie the knot just across the bay in Sausalito. This Cavallo Point wedding was an awesome autumn wedding, with tons of ferns, golden accents, and personality. Check it all out in the new Winter 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine or download it on your iPad!


We love all the California touches this couple included in their big day, from the woodcuts of Monterey trees on postcards set out instead of a guestbook to the welcome bag of some of San Fran’s favorite treats: Blue Bottle coffee, See’s candies, and a cup from Heath Ceramics.


Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy // Venue: Cavallo Point // Event Coordination: Alison Events // Floral Design: Studio Choo // Music: DJ Blue // Stationery: Sesame Letterpress // Calligraphy: Anne Robin


In The Press: Carly and Alejandro’s Carmel Wedding in C Magazine

Carly and Alejandro’s October wedding in Carmel Valley just debuted in C Magazine. This Santa Lucia Preserve celebration reflected many elements of the couple’s relationship—which dates all the way back to the third grade, when they first met. We loved planning and designing this wedding and are honored that it’s featured in the magazine.

C, Spring Weddings 2014, Carly Brien+Alexjandro de Castro

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Photography: Sergio Mottola & James Moes / Location and Catering: Santa Lucia Preserve / Floral and Event Design: Brown Paper Design / Ceremony Music: Colin Hogan of Entire Productions / Cocktail Hour Music: Le Jazz Hot Quartet / DJ: Smiles Davis / Cinematography: Son of Sharkpig / Cake: Edith Meyer / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Stationery: Ladyfinger Letterpress / Bride’s gown: Vera Wang / Groom’s suit: Ralph Lauren Purple Label / Makeup: Geoffrey Rodriguez.

Reflections and Resolutions

Another year has come and gone, filled with great events, projects, and couples. We’re excited to see what 2014 has to bring. To celebrate the new year, a few reflections and resolutions…

In 2013, we helped 17 couples get hitched and worked on 6 other parties. Mexico, California, Rhode Island, and The Bahamas topped our list of most popular locations, but we also ventured to new lands, including Marrakesh, Santorini, St. Tropez, Barcelona, St. Moritz, and Saigon.

In 2014, we’re looking forward to working in Maui, Cabo San Lucas, New York, France, and of course California. Our very own Alison will tie the knot, too, which we’ll be sharing more on in the weeks to come.

We’ve been so fortunate to work with such great couples and talented professionals, and all around the globe no less. It’ll be exciting to see what the next 12 months will bring our way! You can always see what we’re up to on our instagram too, which is @alison_events.

Happy New Year everyone!