The Secret to Stunning Flowers: A Workshop with Tulipina

Images by Jose Villa

Nothing brightens a space like breathtaking flowers, and nobody does it better than Kiana Underwood of Tulipina. So when Jesse had the chance to team up with her and Jose Villa for a workshop in Mexico, he jumped at the chance. Jesse spent a few spectacular days with two dozen creative minds in Cabo san Lucas, playing with fresh blooms, striking color, and beautiful models.

Centerpieces and personal flowers have never been more striking or more smile-inducing — we’ll let Jose’s photos speak for themselves!

Floral Styling and Design: Tulipina // Photography: Jose Villa // Event Design: Jesse Tombs for Alison Events, Assisted by By Jason Lloyd // Table Settings: Small Masterpiece // Onsite Coordination: Pina Cate // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Design House of Moira // Artwork: Claire Tollstrup // Hand-dyed Ribbons: The Poetry of Silk // Painted Backgrounds: Valerie Teele // Gowns: Francesca Miranda // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Event Rentals & Furniture: Event Design by Marianna Idirin // Hair & Makeup: Maripili7 // Venue: Flora Farms // Travel Planning: Ever After Honeymoons // Models: Loreto Ayuso and Jeniffer Hijar // Hotel: The Cape Hotel


Venue Spotlight: Timber Cove

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All images by Christina McNeil

After an extensive (and totally gorgeous!) renovation, we were so excited to head back to Timber Cove for our end-of-the-year retreat with the Alison Events team. This seaside property, situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is everything a California bride could want: rugged, relaxed, sophisticated, a hippie chic-meets-modern hotel with ‘60s styling, indulgent farm-to-table cuisine, and a plethora of spaces for both indoor and outdoor celebrations.

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Our retreat embraced that casual, woodsy vibe, with invitations that combined raw denim and cork, fresh and textured flowers drawing inspiration from the coastal setting, and a tablescape that mixed Timber Cove’s luxe lodge vibe with the property’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture.

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The rooms and suites, with stone and wood accents and a mix of ocean and forest views, are as inviting as they come. There are 46 rooms on-site, plenty of space for an intimate wedding weekend surrounded by your closest friends. Tuck 60 people into the Ansel Adams room, with panoramic views and a redwood deck, to immerse yourselves in the hotel’s history and identity as an artist’s destination.

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Photography: Christina McNeil // Venue: Timber Cove // Planning & Design: Alison Events // Stationery: Yonder Design // Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio // Dinnerware, Flatware, and Glassware: Frances Lane // Rentals: Bright Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Catering: Coast Kitchen // Wine: Jessica Lasky Catering


Venue Spotlight: The Barn at Green Valley

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Images by Sally Pinera

Tucked away in the hills of Napa Valley is a breathtaking barn venue like no other. The Barn at Green Valley is a secluded escape, a relaxed and welcoming property where you won’t know if you’re still in California or if the winding drive somehow transported you to the fields of Provence. Custom-built in 2015 for the owner’s daughter’s wedding, it’s now part of the Event Space Consulting family — and available to rent for your own wedding!

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The centerpiece is the barn itself, with a perfectly pitched roof, stone patio, and massive barn doors just begging to frame your ceremony. The covered veranda oozes refined Southern charm, just the place for cocktails on a warm Napa evening or an open-air dinner for a smaller crowd.

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Inside, the custom bar area is lit with vintage Edison bulbs, and the 8,000 square foot space easily seats 250 guests for a seated dinner or 350 for a standing reception. So whether you’re envisioning an indulgent multi-course meal (prepared in the property’s on-site catering kitchen!) or an evening of mingling and delicious libations, there’s space for everything. Follow the curved staircase up to the open-air loft, where you can sneak away for a moment to toast as newlyweds — or send the kids to play once the party gets underway!

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To really show off what the space can do, Jesse created an incredible shoot and opening party for some of our dearest friends in the industry. Found Vintage Rentals created the most inviting vignettes, Casa de Perrin helped set a stunning table, and Tulipina Design tucked breathtaking blooms on every surface. Élan Artists set the tone for an easy, relaxing afternoon, and Estate Events at Meadowood served an indulgent meal, delicious cocktails, and wine made from grapes grown on the property. And the incredible photography? Sally Pinera really outdid herself!

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The shoot itself captured the intimate, isolated nature of the property. Icy blue and misty lavender hues popped against the dark wood and warm leather of the space. Rich velvets and soft linen added a lush feel to the furnishings, and garden-inspired centerpieces dripped over the tables.

Looking to escape for your wedding (while still celebrating just 20 minutes from Napa Valley and 40 minutes from San Francisco)? Look no further than the Barn at Green Valley. We can’t wait to see what sort of stunning celebration takes over the space next.

Photography: Sally Pinera Photography // Venue: The Barn at Green Valley // Planning & Design: Jesse Tombs of Event Space Consulting / Alison Events // Floral Design: Tulipina Design // Rental Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals // Tabletop: Casa de Perrin // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens, Silk and Willow // Paper Design: Yonder Design, Broadsheet Design // Calligraphy: Little Miss Press // Catering: Estate Events by Meadowood // Entertainment: Elan Artists


Love in Color: Our 2016 Workshop in Burgundy Featured in Flutter Magazine

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Workshops and styled shoots are a way for us to flex our creative muscles, to explore new ideas and collaborate with exciting vendors and industry professionals. They’re a joy to be a part of no matter the setting, but when a workshop takes us to a chateau in France? That takes the cake.

Jesse Tombs headed to Chateau de Varennes in Burgundy (one of the top 10 wedding venues in the world!) alongside Sylvie Gil, Yonder Design and Holly Flora, and let the breathtaking venue inspire the fashion-forward shoot, with luxe, fresh details, juicy colors, and couture styling that seemed to be straight Paris. We’re so thrilled to share that the shoot was featured in Flutter Magazine! Peruse the images below and immerse yourself in the elegant drama and one of the most stunning backdrops we’ve had the pleasure of working in, and see even more of the workshop on Sylvie’s blog!

Photography: Sylvie Gil // Venue: Chateau de Varennes // Styling: Jesse Tombs of Alison Events // Floral Design: Holly Flora // Stationery: Yonder Design // Wedding Gown: Vera Wang // Tuxedo: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Claire Pettibone for Trumpet & Horn // Hair & Makeup: Little Miss Makeup // Tabletop: The Tabletop Company // Decor: La Bohème // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab // Lingerie: Girl With a Serious Dream // Knickers: BHLDN // Veil: Jannie Baltzer // Headpiece: Styled by TC

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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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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.

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Venue Spotlight: Chateau de Bagnols

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After researching wedding venues in France for a wedding we have next year, we stumbled upon the Chateau de Bagnols in Beaujolias  – a stunning 5 star hotel complete with a moat, drawbridge, stone towers, and a spectacular garden covering acres surrounding the property. They also have several different event locations that can accommodate anywhere between 50-250 guests. Between staying in one of their 21 luxurious suites, dining in their authentic French cuisine restaurant,  or participating in one of the many activities they offer to their guests, you’ll get the full French experience from the moment you step on property.

Images courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Chateau de Bagnols

 


Research Trip: Greece

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Recently I visited Greece with my dear friend Amy. We have both always wanted to go, and since I’ve been living in Europe this summer, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. So many of our clients spend their honeymoon in Greece, I thought it was definitely time to check it out.

To me, the photos of clear blue water, amazing looking Mediterranean food, gorgeous white buildings overlooking cliffs and constant sunshine have always been alluring. With over 6,000 islands and around 200 of them inhabitable, we deliberated and decided on the island of Santorini: easy to access but still quaint. After a quick overnight stop in Athens to see the Parthenon and stroll the streets, we were quickly on our way to Santorini. I packed light: my Claire Vivier purse, a lightweight day bag, duffle bag (with room for those Grecian sandals) and a sun hat and I was on my way! Photos certainly speak louder then words, so have fun!

Coming soon…details on where to stay.

Xo – Alison