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


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: 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: 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


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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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

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