In the Press: Kim’s Bachelorette Party at Viansa Sonoma

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We never pass up a chance to get creative with Sylvie Gil and the Flutter Magazine team! Jesse jumped at the chance to head to Napa, along with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, Kathleen Deery Design, and Sylvie to create an incredible Tuscan-inspired bachelorette bash like no other for Kim Wiseley, set at Paula LeDuc’s newest exclusive venue, Viansa Sonoma.

We created a fall-hued table that was every bit as indulgent as the pairing menu. Instead of the dining room, the table was set al fresco, with the building’s rustic shutters and sprawling ivy in the background. Stoneware chargers were set on warm woven linens, then topped with terracotta-hued napkins and die cut place cards shaped like grape leaves. Organic materials, like ceramic, wood, and marble, let the delicious food and soft florals really shine.

Speaking of food, the offerings were absolutely mouthwatering. Cocktails combined sparkling wine with pineapple syrup, then the girls dined on an elegantly casual menu of parmesan cones filled with Mt. Tam cheese and apricot jam, duck confit and roasted corn fritters, oven-roasted B.L.T. salad with pork belly and grilled romaine lettuce, and almond torte with figs and Grand Marnier sabayon — each expertly paired with Viansa Sonoma wines, of course!

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be when you’re done taking a look at the feature, in the latest issue of Flutter!

Photography: Sylvie Gil // Venue: Viansa Sonoma // Design & Styling: Jesse Tombs for Alison Events // Floral, Décor, Design & Linens:Kathleen Deery Design // Catering & Paper Materials:Paula LeDuc Fine Catering // Furniture Rentals: Urban Parlour // Tabletop Rentals: Mrs. Peasy, March // Hair & Makeup: Gabriel Perez for Katie Nash Beauty

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In the Press: Elizabeth and Patrick on Style Me Pretty

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There’s nothing like a wedding at home, especially when your family’s backyard is as gorgeous as Elizabeth’s! She and Patrick pulled out the stops for their elegantly rustic wedding at Elizabeth’s mother’s home in Napa, with stunning mountain views and an intimate garden vibe. From the softly textured invitations to the linen tablecloths and lush blush and white centerpieces, it was everything you’d imagine for a wedding on a September afternoon in California.

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The lace appliqué on Elizabeth’s gown gave the classic silhouette a modern spin, while Patrick was so handsome in a traditional tuxedo. And those kids! From ring bearers in pink suspenders to flower girls (six of them!) in blush dresses in flower crowns, the little ones almost stole the show — almost. Elizabeth came down the aisle carrying a bouquet that included blooms from her mother’s garden, then the couple’s wedding bands were passed amongst the guests before the couple exchanged vows.

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The sweet ceremony was capped off with an indulgent spread from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, from tuna tartar cones and miniature tacos to a salad of tomatoes and smoked mozzarella and local beef filet with grilled corn ragout. A white dance floor overlooked the valley, full of grape vines, and Project M kept it packed until guests headed to the grotto for the after-party.

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Want more about this fabulous fall celebration? Head over to Style Me Pretty to see the feature!

 

Photography: Jesse Leake // Planning & Design: Alison Events // Venue: Bride’s Family Home // Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design // Invitations: A Day in May Design // Officiant: Lisa Francesca // Hair & Makeup: SHE Artists // Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen, Urban Parlor, Standard Party Rentals // Draping & Tent: Bright Event Rentals // Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design // Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering // Cake: Perfect Endings // Band: Élan Artists // DJ: Boutique DJs // Photo Booth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Max and Molly Films


In the Press: Tyler & Mary’s Big Sur Wedding in Destination I Do

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When we found out Mary and Tyler’s wedding was going to be featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Destination I Do Magazine, we were thrilled. Then we found out that one of Feather & Twine Photography‘s portraits of Mary, in a gown from Stardust Celebrations and a bouquet and flower crown by Natalie Bowen Designs, was going to be on the cover… Well let’s just say we couldn’t contain our excitement! We are so honored to have this gorgeous celebration at Ventana Inn & Spa featured so beautifully. With only 13 guests, the Pacific Coast serving as the backdrop, and an indulgent dinner full of heartfelt toasts and fabulous food, we loved having the chance to pull out all the stops for Mary and Tyler’s destination wedding. Take a peek below, and pick up a copy of Destination I Do to see more!
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Photography: Feather & Twine Photography // Planning & Design: Alison Events // Venue: Ventana Inn & Spa // Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs // Wedding Gown: Stardust Celebrations // Groom’s Attire: Armani // Officiant: Life Celebrations // Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Music: Kelly Productions


In the Press: Katelyn and Anthony on The Southern California Bride

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We had so much fun celebrating Katelyn and Anthony’s wedding at the Parker Palm Springs, and loved getting to see it on Southern California Bride! Desert-inspired hues of berry and ochre, paired with warm wood, gold, and gray, accented the setting while creating a warm and inviting space for the couple and their 140 guests. Katelyn loves the Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic banana leaf print, so we sprinkled a hand-painted version of it throughout the day, from the invitation belly-bands to the calligraphed dinner menu.

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Anthony and Katelyn wed beneath a creamy draped tent-like structure, with vintage pews and wooden chairs taking the place of traditional seating. Their ceremony was incredibly personal, written and performed by two of the couple’s closest friends. At dinner, we mixed mismatched chairs with bare farm tables, arranging an eclectic collection of vases full of burgundy dahlias, peach peonies, and white ranunculus amongst votive candles and geometric objects. The theme continued overhead, with geometric light fixtures strung above the tables.

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Katelyn and Anthony’s priority was to create an amazing weekend for their friends and family and ensure every guest felt special. They pulled it off with aplomb, and we are so thrilled we could be a part of such a special day!

Photography: Abby Ross for Lauren and Abby // Venue: The Parker Palm Springs // Event Planning & Design: Alison Events // Floral Design, Rentals & Decor: Brown Paper Design // Paper Materials: Paper Plane Paperie // Hair & Makeup: Jessica Belknap & Amanda Chaney // Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Elan Artists // DJ: Dart DJ // Videography: Shark Pig

In the Press: An Interview with Jesse Tombs of Alison Events on Borrowed & Blue

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We recently had the chance to speak with Stephanie, a Napa & Sonoma Market Specialist for Borrowed & Blue, about what we do, why we do it, and what we love most. She spoke with managing partner Jesse Tombs, and we’re so excited to share the interview with you! Here’s a little peek into the world of Alison Events.

If you’ve ever sat down and thought about everything that goes into planning an event—let alone, your wedding day—then you know why it’s sometimes just best to leave it all to the professionals. Enter: your very own wedding planner and designer.

“Trust us when we say that wedding planners and designers will make your life a WHOLE lot easier. That’s why Borrowed & Blue loves Alison Events, who time and time again proves they’ve earned the title of one of the top wedding planners in the world (as instituted by Vogue Magazine). Today we’re doing an exclusive interview with Alison Events and after working closely with Jesse Tombs, Managing Partner of Alison Events, we’re going to give you a peek into the stunning, spectacular world of an event planner.”  – Stephanie, Borrowed & Blue’s Napa & Sonoma Market Specialist

Here’s Borrowed & Blue’s Q&A with Jesse Tombs of Alison Events:  

If you could possibly narrow it down, what is your favorite moment of a wedding day?
I love watching the client as they see the whole picture come to life, seeing the excitement in their eyes and on their faces. We see weddings as a way to tell stories from the beginning of the guest experience (usually a mailed save the date) to the final goodbye at the end of a wedding weekend. I want to help our clients create a vision that gives their guests a glimpse into who they are, both individually and as a couple. It can be a challenge for some of our clients to visualize the concept we’re creating, so the most gratifying moment for me as a wedding planner and event designer is when they see all the details and beauty come together on their wedding day and can truly understand the vision we have brought to life for them.

How’d you get into wedding planning?
I have an extremely mixed professional background. I worked in catering in high school and college, and then after in the fashion industry. I returned from New York to the Bay Area and worked in restaurants and hotels. I have always loved taking care of people and feel like hospitality runs in my veins. I also love to create and make things with my hands. When I was six or seven, I moved all the furniture in my parents house and re-hung all the pictures on the walls. I’ve always had an innate design capacity and enjoy using the skills I have gained over the years to provide unparalleled personalized service to my clients. My background enables me to bring a truly hands-on approach to design and aesthetics. I’m not the type of wedding planner that sits in a corner barking orders. I am a servant leader: In the room, moving furniture, folding napkins, and personally making sure that every detail is seen to so that the client’s vision can be brought to reality.

Describe your event aesthetic in three words.
Effortless, Innovative, Rich.

The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?
Who are you? What turns you on? What makes you laugh?

Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged?
Don’t rush into anything. Enjoy the planning process, it should be fun. Spend what feels right to you.

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What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My team and the people I get to work with. I love our vendors and consider many of them dear friends, if not family.

What’s the best thing about having your wedding in Napa?
The weather, the views and the amazing local vendors and venues.

What about Sonoma?
I really enjoy the relaxed, laid back feel of Sonoma, it is less pretentious than Napa, and also provides beautiful backdrops for weddings and events.

Most important detail of wedding decor?
Paper Materials. Guests come in direct contact with these, and they make a huge impact. Paper sets the tone for the whole event so take that into consideration when you’re deciding on the design and materials. The invitation can be simple, with the majority of the information for guests on an inexpensive custom website, but the feel of the piece of paper they do receive is important, and that usually costs a bit more.

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The celebrity wedding you wished you planned?
Carolyn Bessette & John F. Kennedy Jr.

Your thoughts on DIY weddings?
I certainly don’t have anything against clients making things themselves for their wedding. I had a client this year design the invitations and they are stunning, however he is a graphic designer by trade, so that was a project that made sense for him to take on. If you are not a painter or a sculptor, don’t paint a backdrop or create a sculpture for your alter. Hire professionals to do the jobs that aren’t in your wheelhouse. But if there is something that you love doing, like making granola, by all means make granola as the parting gift for each guest. In my opinion, doing it yourself should be a way to to make things more personal, not more affordable.

Your favorite out of all the Napa wedding venues?
Z Modern.

What about Sonoma wedding venues?
Annadel Estate Winery.

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Tell the story of the biggest day-of disaster and how you swooped in to save the day.
I worked my first wedding when I was 15 and worked for a caterer, and I dropped the wedding cake. I was able to save the top and ran to the closest store to buy frosting and another cake. I pieced it back together and did the best I could with frosting and flowers. It wasn’t beautiful, but the couple saw the amount of effort (as well as the tears) that I’d put into fixing it. They forgave me and ended up having the best day of their lives! It was a day I’ll never forget. After the wedding, the client sent a thank you note and specifically thanked me for all of my hard work. They said their cake was one of the things they would never forget, which was terrifying but also made me realize that my hard work will be remembered, even in the shadow of an embarrassing error.

Describe your dream wedding.
My dream wedding would be small, with my closest family and friends. It would feel authentic to me and the location, as well as intimate and personal in both size and details. I want all the weddings I plan and design to feel like a dinner party —not overly produced or overthought, but specific and planned with thoughtfulness, clarity and purpose. Design should be a big factor, but practicality is also at the top of my list. I want everything you need, and none of the things you don’t, so everything is just right.


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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In the Press: Ashley and Nick on Style Me Pretty

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We are so thrilled to see Ashley and Nick’s laid-back vineyard wedding on Style Me Pretty!

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There are so many gorgeously intimate venues nestled around Healdsburg, California, and we think Ashley and Nick might have found one of the best ones. They were on the hunt for a remote, off-the-beaten-path spot for their wedding, and Wallace Creek Vineyards was all that and more. From a ceremony beneath a hundred year old oak tree to dinner at a single table for 75 in the vineyard to a fun and rustic dance party in the barn, we made use of every inch of the property (with a few golf carts making the sprawling space feel a little less… sprawling!).

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The food was spectacular, a five-course feast surrounded by vines and served at a table eclectically set with bowls of nuts, seasonal fruits, and rich earth tones. The watercolor invitations and menus make our hearts flutter!

Head over to Style Me Pretty to see more of the berry-hued details, and to hear the story straight from the bride and groom!

Photography: Sally Pinera // Event Planning and Design: Alison Events // Venue: Wallace Creek Vineyards // Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs // Stationery: A Fabulous Fete // Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Reception Dress: Dolce & Gabbana // Makeup: Bianca Rubi // Hair: Jacqueline Duignan // Groom’s Attire: J.Crew // Rings: Kwiat // Catering: Sage Catering // Ceremony and Cocktail Music: San Francisco Conservatory of Music // DJ: DJ Funklor // Linen Rental: La Tavola Linen // Rentals and Lighting: Bright Event Rentals // Photo Booth: The Bus Booth // Transportation: California Wine Tours


In the Press: Jesse and Matt on Style Me Pretty

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Style Me Pretty has just published a fantastic post about a wedding we did in Northern California last fall!

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Last October, we celebrated Jesse and Matt’s wedding with a stunning celebration at the Burlingame Country Club in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was full of personal touches (like the cocktail hour dim sum from the bride and groom’s favorite local Chinese restaurant!), and the cream and gold color scheme was the perfect complement to the dinner tent we erected around the club’s stone fountain. Head over to Style Me Pretty to see all the amazingly gorgeous photos, taken by Jose Villa!

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Photography: Jose Villa // Cinematography: Elysium Productions // Planning: Alison Events // Venue: Burlingame Country Club // Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Tailor: SewHeidi Wedding De-Tailor // Hair & Makeup: Kate Rodriguez // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Invitations: Olive Route // Custom Signage: Yonder Design // Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design // Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oyster Company // Entertainment: Elan Artists, The Hudson Project // Cake: Perfect Endings


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 //

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Press: A Healdsburg Inspired Dinner in the City

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. //