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Martha Stewart Article

Martha Stewart Article

There's no doubt about it: Summer is a wonderful time to get married, as it usually guarantees favorable weather and jaw-dropping scenery that results in incredible photography. However, there are important things to keep in mind when planning your perfect summer wedding. According to the professionals, weather, shading, and attire are key elements to pay close attention to. In an effort to help you create your very own summer wedding checklist, we talked to two expert planners about all the important seasonal details you'll want to keep an eye on. From ensuring your guests are properly hydrated to keeping bugs at bay, here are seven crucial details to definitely jot down…

Brides Feature

Brides Feature

Meredith Gloger, a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, had hoped to meet someone the "old fashioned way." But when long hours—and regular trips to Central Asia—seemed to make that impossible, she signed up for the dating app Hinge. In January of 2016, she was swiping through the app and spotted Gordon Griffin, a Marine fighter pilot-turned-real estate attorney. "The first photo was of him in front of the F/A-18 he'd flown," she recalls. "It was very Top Gun, and I was immediately intrigued!" They immediately connected on their first date, and by the end of the night, Meredith says it felt like they'd known one another for years. It was their second date that sealed the deal. "Gordon and I lived on opposite sides of D.C., and had scheduled our date during 'Snowmageddon,'" she says. "He trekked over three miles in the snow to meet me for dinner, and the rest is history!"

Carats & Cake BTS Article

Carats & Cake BTS Article

Brides Article

Brides Article

Weddings can be so stressful that you find yourself a little more emotional, anxious, and sleep-deprived. You may even find yourself asking, "do I even want to get married?" If you're having cold feet before the wedding, know that it's perfectly normal and happens all the time. You're not alone, and it's not a sign you're making a mistake. Chances are it's just pre-wedding jitters and anxiety. Here, discover 6 common signs of cold feet that, in reality, are no cause for alarm….

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

The rehearsal dinner is an important pre-wedding event, as it brings close friends and family together right before your big day. To help set the celebratory mood, you'll want to create a great playlist that helps kick the revelry off. To help decipher what kind of tunes you'll want to put on your rehearsal dinner playlist, we spoke to seasoned wedding planners and an expert DJ for their best tips. With their suggestions, choosing the right music for your rehearsal dinner couldn't easier….

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

This secret garden style affair crafted by Jesse Tombs of Alison Events + florals by Natalie Bowen Designs is all about accentuating the natural beauty of Gardner Ranch. Think dried grasses and textured blooms lining the ceremony aisle, rustic bench seating and dinner tables under a blanket of lanterns. Speaking of those tables, it's a reception made gorgeous at the hands of Found Vintage RentalsTheoni Collection, and La Tavola Linens and all photographed to perfection by Christina McNeall….

Brides Magazine Feature

Brides Magazine Feature

It was love at first sight for Kristina and David Turken when they crossed paths in 2013, while studying abroad in London. "I had actually broken both of my feet in a skiing accident, just days before flying over to London, so I was in a wheelchair the first time we met," she recalls. But the two hit it off immediately (thanks to an intro by a mutual friend!) and spent the remainder of their time abroad traveling Europe together. "We spent our senior year of college doing long-distance, visiting each other almost every other weekend," says Kristina. "After college, he moved out to L.A. and the rest is history!"

To be specific: In 2016, three years after moving to the West Coast, David suggested a spontaneous weekend trip to Big Sur. "I was originally a little suspicious of this random getaway, but he said it was making up for a trip he had to cancel the weekend before," she recalls. Once they arrived at Post Ranch Inn, they grabbed drinks at the hotel bar—but after, David said "he forgot his wallet" so they had to stop by the room before dinner. When they arrived, Kristina found a path of roses leading to the deck, where David popped the question. The surprises continued the next evening, when Kristina bumped into her dad in the hotel lobby. (David had secretly flown both their parents in for the occasion!) And when they returned home to L.A., David revealed one last surprise: an impromptu engagement dinner with their nearest and dearest.

So, with travel at the forefront of their relationship and a proposal like that, a destination celebration felt like the natural choice for Kristina and David's wedding on February 10, 2018. "After many scouting trips and a lot of consideration, we finally landed on Cabo, a place that we had been going to for years," says the bride. There, they opted for a private beach ceremony outside the One & Only Palmilla, followed by a reception at Flora Farms. When it came to the decor, Kristina admits that she didn't go into wedding planning with a specific vision in mind. But ultimately, with the help of Jesse Tombs at Alison Events, they created a three-day celebration that read "chic and timeless," as well as "unique and different." "From the beginning, we were going for a simple, organic look and wanted to let the beautiful settings stand front-and-center," explains the bride. "Everything we did was meant to complement each of the venues, whether it be the amazing working farm or beach."

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

With jam-packed schedules and unwavering time constraints, people can't attend every event they get invited to. But when the event is a wedding, especially one of a friend or family member, you may feel guilty RSVPing "no."Here are six times when it's perfectly acceptable to decline a wedding invitation, plus tips on breaking the news to the bride and groom.

If you receive a wedding invitation while pregnant, feel free to attend the celebration as planned, unless the ceremony falls close to your due date. You'll prefer spending the last stretch of pregnancy relaxing on the couch, and you certainly don't want to miss the first precious days with your newborn. According Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events Planning + Design in California, women expecting intrusive pregnancy symptoms, like sore feet or nausea, can also RSVP "no."…

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Weddings are joyful and exciting occasions, but bringing together a lifetime's worth of people and personalities means that a certain amount of upheaval and drama might occur. Whether it's a bossy aunt, estranged parents who can't be in the same room without arguing, or college fraternity brothers who try to sing with the band after one too many cocktails, it's not entirely uncommon for difficult guests to pop up during the reception. Luckily, there are ways to handle these attendees without disrupting the rest of the event….

Vogue Magazine Interview

Vogue Magazine Interview

A Russian oligarch’s son, 28-year-old Said Gutseriev, and his now-wife, 20-year-old Khadija Uzhakhova, made international headlines and caused a social media storm with their lavish nuptials. The Moscow wedding, which featured performances by Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Sting, a $25,000 wedding dress, and thousands of fresh flowers on every surface, is rumored to have cost upward of 1 billion dollars. And that’s just the first wedding. The couple is reportedly having a second party in London.

Even in a period when couples are spending more time, energy, and money than ever on their big day, this is unquestionably over the top. Were some of those flowers hanging from the ceiling gilded lilies? Fortunately, couples with real-world budgets can still have a big-impact affair without spending like an oligarch. The trick is to strategize. We reached out to some of our favorite planners to get their tips on where to spend and where to save. Their rule of thumb? Opt to splurge on one to three elements that are particularly important to you and reflective of you and your style, whether that’s hiring your favorite band for an all-night dance party or treating your guests to the best cut of filet mignon. Here, the elements they think are often worth the extra money.

“I think the items that guests touch and experience are the most important to splurge on from a design perspective. Items like linens and napkins, hand towels in the bathroom, flatware, china, and menus should be spent invested in, as guests will come in contact with these items directly and feel them in their hands.”
—Jesse Tombs, managing partner at...

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Designing your reception tables is one of the more creative aspects of planning a wedding. There are just so many items to nail down—the dishware, cutlery, and drinking glasses, to name a few. There's one particular detail, though, that can make or break your tablescape's entire aesthetic: your linens. While sticking with classic tablecloths, runners, and napkins is perfectly fine—there's something to be said about a crisp, all-white scene—we're partial to the tablescapes you didn't see coming. While all of those eye-catching place settings we love tend to be as different as it gets, they do have one thing...

100 Layer Cake Feature

100 Layer Cake Feature

You know summer is upon is when we’re throwing as many dinner parties your way as possible (hi, Hamptons inspired dinner!). And who better to inspire us today than a team of event pros themselves? Jesse + Alison of Alison Events Planning + Design and their team have a big emphasis on community within the industry, so their latest dinner party hosted in collaboration with Fogcutter Catering at Stable Café was all about bringing new and old friends together. Peruse all the snaps by Meg Smith to get inspired for your own gatherings...

100 Layer Cake Feature

100 Layer Cake Feature

Did you get a chance to scroll through all the photos by The Wedding Artists Collective for their retreat, A Collective Gathering this morning? Rancho Pescadero resort is nothing short of a dream, and now we’re recapping the amazing time spent at this retreat put together by Lisa of The WAC and Jesse Tombs of Alison Events. Oh, and sharing some major wedding + honeymoon inspo too…

Snippet & Ink Article with William Sonoma

Snippet & Ink Article with William Sonoma

The holidays may be over, but we’re keeping the celebratory spirit alive with five festive tablescapes for you to try at home! Check out our simple tips to make your table stand out, and get the look with table settings from Fortessa — with their dinnerware and silverware lines now debuting at Williams-Sonoma...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

You've picked out your pearls and pumps — but what about the people who will watch you put them on? "A bride always has the right to decide who and how many people are getting ready with her on her wedding day," explains wedding planner Ashley Espinal, owner of Dulce Dream Events. "It's the most special moment in a woman's life, and the last thing she needs is someone else telling her who can be by her side."

While there are some changing room regulars — think the mother of the bride and her bridesmaids — a bride should feel free to mix up her morning guest list with whomever she feels comfortable asking to see her slip on her wedding dress. "Anyone from grandmothers to aunts, godmothers or cousins — anyone that has a special attachment to the bride — can be invited into the getting ready room," says Espinal...

SF Gate Interview

SF Gate Interview

If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 may be the year of the selfie nuptials. From ceremonies down to socks, couples are putting a personal stamp on weddings. “Personalization is the signature element of the Millennial wedding,” says Jolene Rae Harrington, director of creative content at Berkeley online wedding resource Here Comes the Guide. In an age in which digitization has spawned a culture of sameness, the desire to individualize weddings isn’t necessarily narcissistic. Instead, it’s a way for couples to make their affairs distinctive. “This is ideally a once-in-a-lifetime event. People are looking to specialize their wedding and not have it look like every other wedding on Pinterest,” says Jamie Miles, editor of wedding website TheKnot.com.

But personalized weddings aren’t cheap. Industry research firm the Wedding Report estimates the marriage market in the San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan area tops $1.1 billion. The improving economy and number of marriages later in life (the Wedding Report finds that nearly 60 percent of Bay Areas brides and grooms are 30 years old or older) also means the soon-to-be-betrothed could be shelling out for a greater chunk of their wedding expenses. “Many couples, particularly those in cities like San Francisco, are contributing to their wedding budget, and some are footing the entire bill rather than relying on parents,” says Harrington. “Partly it’s a sign of the successful urban two-earner family, but it’s also about control — if you’re paying for it, you can feel more comfortable being assertive.” So, if you’re planning on personalizing (or personally paying for) an event this year, here are the trends to look out for in 2015, according to our panel of experts...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

You splurged on an open bar for a reason — and that wasn't so you could treat your reception as if it were a dry county. But there are plenty of reasons to cut back on the alcoholic beverages you consume on your wedding night, not the least of which is so you can continue the fun back at your hotel room!

"Like any hangover, you'll regret over-indulging in the morning," says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "You want to present your best self to your new partner in life, your family and close friends. Not only that, but you set the example for your guests — if you are heavily drinking, they might too...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

If the idea of a winter wedding makes visions of shivering and slogging through the snow dance in your head, think again. You can throw a cold-weather celebration hot enough to keep warm in guests' memories for years to come. "In general, I prefer not to paint the pig red," says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Event Planning & Design...

Wedding Chicks Article

Wedding Chicks Article

Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events, literally had me at hello. I'm not joking. Instant crush. What can I say - I love warm happy people. He's the kind of guy you want to cozy up next to for a drink and a good laugh. I mean just look at him! He's so cute! That's Alison next to him and by the way, we are equally obsessed with her. Let's just dive into the wedding of Jesse's dream!

Alison Events Holiday Party 2017 - Featured in Wedding Chicks

Alison Events Holiday Party 2017 - Featured in Wedding Chicks

This past November,  I was invited to the Alison Events Holiday party - it's a virtual who's who of holiday parties. I got to rub elbows with the best of the best of San Fransisco area wedding professionals. I'm so fancy! This party was nothing short of amazing. The decor, the food and the attendees left us visually inspired, gave us culinary satisfaction, and personal connections are priceless.  Alison and Jesse are the most gracious hosts and no detail was left undone and you'll just have to see for yourself how the night unfolded in the image gallery photographed by Braedon Flynn. Feast your eyes on this Moroccan inspired event and if you're a Bay Area bride, you might just find your team. We got the inside scoop all about the event from Alison Events so read on!

Boxwood Avenue

Boxwood Avenue

I was so excited to hear Jesse Tombs from Allison Events speak at this event, and he did not disappoint! He spoke on the luxury wedding and event industry, but one of the key takeaways from his speech was: hospitality. Simple tips like replacing your usual, "How are you?" greetings with, "It is lovely to see you again." is a way to increase connection and show genuine interest in the person with whom you are speaking. 

Nick and Aleah also touched on this, saying that at the end of an event, they shake hands with every single person that helped produce it, even down to the dish washer. They never want anyone to have anything negative to say about them once the figurative door closes. I loved this challenge, and although I feel that I try my best, I could definitely be more present and engaging in conversations. I often times get very overwhelmed with how much I have on my plate and I think my brevity can come across as me being insincere. Moving forward, I will be going above and beyond to leave each person I meet with a smile on their face. 

The Knot Wedding Feature

The Knot Wedding Feature

An aisle dotted with potted greenery led to a birchwood chuppah, where Margot and Drew said “I do”. Post ceremony, guests indulged in Jewish fare in the form of open-faced Reuben sandwiches and Westwood’s famous cheese bagels. For cocktails “Nothing makes Drew happier than a frozen pina colada,” Margot says of treating guests to tropical and watermelon-basil drinks. In a move that caught her groom completely off guard, Margot invited one extra guest to the alfresco cocktail hour: a Clydesdale horse. “My favorite memory of the day was when Drew caught sight of the surprise,” Margot says.

Green Wedding Shoes Article

Green Wedding Shoes Article

What do you get when a city girl marries a country boy? This elegant gold mining inspired wedding at Dunton Hot Springs, in the mountains of Colorado! Incorporating brass, copper and geodes into the design, plus the pink and golden hues of the surrounding mountains – one dreamy palette was created. The planner, Jesse Tombs from Alison Events, tells us The ceremony, set in the tranquil meadow covered in daisies was a happy accident. On previous site visits and scouting trips – the earth had been covered in snow; so Natalie, the florist, and I were unaware of what was beneath. When we arrived on the weekend of the wedding we were thrilled to discover a pasture of daisies, a perfect setting for this bohemian ceremony.

Emily + Nathan’s rustic mountain wedding was filled with so many gorgeous elements, and the fun continued throughout the weekend. Photographer Paige Jones captured all the details – from the rehearsal dinner, to the day-after “Cowboy Brunch”, to a romantic hot springs shoot with just the bride + groom. In fact, there is so much pretty that we had to share this wedding in two parts! See all the details from their rehearsal dinner here.

Party Slate - Top 50 Event Planners in the United States

Party Slate - Top 50 Event Planners in the United States

Event planners go by many names: producer, event designer or consultant, creative director, and the list goes on. That’s because it’s difficult to capture all that goes into the work they do. These event professionals curate experiences. From concept to celebration to beautiful conclusion, they’re in touch with every detail and key player to ensure wonderfully memorable events.

Our program honors outstanding event industry leaders and tastemakers; this month we are singling out the event planners who have inspired us with their stunning work. We had an opportunity to ask these busy professionals about their beginnings, their companies, events they’ve loved and even their hobbies and favorite travel spots — read on for the scoop on how they work and play

Brides Article

Brides Article

Have you ever thought about a destination wedding on a ranch in Wyoming or a fortress off the coast of Spain? We spoke to top-of-the-line wedding planners about the up and coming destination wedding locations all over the world. Wedding planners are world travelers who search the globe for unique cities, historic resorts, and under-the-radar spots perfect for memorable ceremonies. They know what couples want, and what they need when it comes to destination weddings.

If you are looking for a breathtaking, memorable destination wedding, take it from the pros and get married in a spot your guests will never forget. Read on to find out what the wedding pros predict will be the best destination wedding locations for 2020…

Style Me Pretty Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

At this point, I've got a pretty good knack for spotting our most-loved vendors in wedding features. In today's classic-meets-whimsical-with-a-side-of-rustic-vintage California celebration planned by Alison Events, I spotted several of those crazy talented peeps before even peering at the credit list. Found Rentals was easy to identify with all those gorgeous rentals, Casa de Perrin and La Tavola graced the tabletops with their goods, while Zephyr Tents housed created a classic atmosphere and Ariella Chezar splashed the day in colorful blooms. It all came together for the most charming day of love held at Santa Lucia Preserve—see it all below, captured by Tec Petaja and Max Cutrone

Martha Stewart Article

Martha Stewart Article

Destination weddings can definitely provide that unforgettable ambience, but if you're looking to stay a little closer to home, it's great to know that farmhouse celebrations can provide an equally charming atmosphere, especially if you are looking to have a rustic and romantic party. To help you create a memorable experience, we spoke to Jesse Tombs, expert planner at Alison Events Planning + Design, about planning a farmhouse wedding, including how to embrace the location and easy ways you can get creative with your use of space. Below are five key pointers he says to keep in mind if you're definitely thinking about planning this type of celebration…

Martha Stewart Article

Martha Stewart Article

Although prepping for your wedding at the actual venue (we're talking hair, makeup, and photos) may seem attractive, expert wedding planners say that traveling to your ceremony and reception location hours before the ceremony isn't always necessary, especially if you're on the fence about it. While there are some definite benefits to getting ready in a bridal suite, there are also plenty of perks associated with getting ready at home, too. "Getting ready at home has a ton of advantages, including the convenience of not having to pack up and move to another location, having more space for your bridal party, and having more space for hair and makeup," says Megan Detweiler, associate planner at Anna Lucia Events. "It also adds more of a personal touch to your getting ready photos."

Brides Magazine Feature

Brides Magazine Feature

With the new year comes new engagements, new brides-to-be (welcome, ladies!), and new wedding trends. And while we're still excited about the trends and creative ideas we saw in 2018—think games for guests, statement bridal hats, and basically anything Harry and Meghan did—we, like you, are also ready to dive into the world of weddings for 2019.

Which is why we called on some of the industry's top wedding planners to see exactly what they're predicting for the new year. You'll have to keep scrolling to see exactly what they said below, but one thing is certain: The rules are all out. Think mismatched bridesmaids dresses, coeds on each side of the aisle, and more. Also out? Wedding welcome bags and expensive favors (don't worry, we'll get to that later). In terms of what's in, the experts say we're all still obsessed with the world's hottest power couple (hi, Harry and Meghan!) so feel free to continue copying the royal wedding's statement church entrance, meaningful ceremony touches, and unexpected reception details. They're also excited to see couples experiment with fresh color palettes and put unexpected twists on the traditional wedding in the year come to.

Keep reading for all the exciting, modern, and on-trend ideas, broken down by the pros who came up with them. Oh, and we also asked the experts to share which trends to avoid and their best pieces of tried-and-true advice for the newly engaged ladies like you... So, basically, read on because we've got you covered as you dive into wedding planning in the new year!

Vogue Magazine Interview

Vogue Magazine Interview

The once charming and alternative alfresco tablescape adorned with mason jars filled with wildflowers, antique flatware, and string lights draped from branches now seems to signal a 2010s Pinterest-board wedding. Trends come and go, and unless rustic-chic is a style you identify with beyond your big day, the experts advise to focus on timeless decor that’s a reflection of you and your fiancé as a couple.

“White and blush. I think white and blush weddings with a soft palette can be beautiful, but we are so over them. We want to work with clients who want something different, something that hasn’t been seen before and is an authentic reflection of their personal style and personality...

Brides Magazine Feature

Brides Magazine Feature

Pro tip: Do your best to meet your future spouse while in costume! In the spring of 2014, Heather Luntz and Michael Crain (who goes by Crain) were decked out in their finest ‘70s attire for a mutual friend’s disco-themed 30th birthday party. “Naturally, we were at a skating rink where Crain could show off his vintage white Levis and his roller skating skills,” she recalls. The pair dated for two and a half years before Crain proposed on Heather’s favorite beach in Cape Cod.

The couple spent ten months planning their October 21, 2017 wedding with Jesse Tombs of Alison Events, and had planned to tie the knot at Durham Ranch in St. Helena, California. “The October wildfires in Napa Valley began 10 days before our wedding, and it quickly became clear that we would need a Plan B,” says the bride. Their planner jumped into action, securing the sculpture garden at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the ceremony. “By absolute serendipity, the Ferry Building was available for our reception,” Heather reveals. “Moving our wedding with just days to go was incredibly hard, but it came together beautifully.”

The pair invited 215 guests to celebrate with them, and ultimately brought a fresh New England vibe to California. The groom even wore his white Levis (from the costume party!) for the occasion. Keep reading to see how Sylvie Gil captured the relocated celebration—and don't worry: every personal detail made the trip!

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

You've found the perfect wedding venue, but there's just one annoying detail that's stopping you from signing on the dotted line. Maybe it's outdated carpet or a rogue pillar that's tripping you up. Whatever the case, don't let the one element you hate stop you from choosing a venue that you otherwise absolutely love. The truth is, there's a way to disguise just about any venue's eyesore if you're creative enough. We spoke to Kate Delay, lead planner of Love this Day Events and Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events, who shared their professional tips and tricks for hiding an eyesore…

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." According to Old English tradition, having these four elements in your wedding ensemble brings good luck. Here, six wedding planners share their all-time favorite "something old" ideas, inspiring brides to incorporate thoughtful sentimentality into their big day.

Style Me Pretty Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

It's safe to say the sun is always shining in California, but infusing a February wedding with the look and feel of a stunning garden affair is still no easy feat. That is, unless you have a team of wedding superheroes on your side. This Calistoga celebration is a testament to the beautifully crafted design by Jesse Tombs of Alison Events along with those pretty, pretty (did I mention pretty?) blooms by Charlotte & Daughters and all captured by Larissa Cleveland. You would swear it took place smack dab in the middle of Spring but nope. We've got a winter wedding California style on our hands and it's a stunner...

Elle Decor Feature

Elle Decor Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

If by chance you haven't already perused the pretty that was Part I of this workshop, you should definitely do so because Part II? Well, it's somehow even more mesmerizing than the first. Inspired by the region with Chateau de Varennes resides, Jesse Tombs styled a day filled with rich hues of Dijon and bold bits of burgundy Sylvie Gil Photography has captured it all to share in The Vault...

Huffington Post Interview

Huffington Post Interview

When you’re spending so much money on a single day, it can be tempting to buy everything you need for your wedding to curb the feeling your throwing away your money. But some things are simply better to rent. How’s a bride-to-be supposed to know the difference?

First, before you buy anything, says Jesse Tombs, managing partner at Alison Events, ask yourself three very important questions: How many of each item do you need; will you be able to sell the item or must you keep it after the wedding day; and can the item be used for a gift at a later date? Beyond that, Tombs says, follow these guidelines for items that are black-and-white rent-or-buy...

New York Post Interview

New York Post Interview

If you think the men in your wedding party would never misbehave, think again. There’s the nervous groomsman who, dreading a toast, drinks too much during the reception and the groomsman who gets too crazy on the dance floor. And who could forget the groomsman who had a little too much fun the night before and shows up late to the big day? “I’ve seen this often,” admits Melissa Samek, senior event consultant at Clementine Custom Events.

The key to keeping your guys in check, of course, is picking a responsible lot from the get-go. “The selection of the groomsmen is key,” says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. “You don’t want to select a person that has a past of acting out or getting too carried away. Stick to safe choices you know you can trust and those who will behave...

Brides Magazine Article

Brides Magazine Article

For some brides, the stress they felt during wedding planning is nothing to what they feel on their big days. "Brides who take on too much tend to be more stressed, especially if they haven't asked for enough help when they needed it," explains Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "And someone who's tightly wound will be stressed out in any high-stakes situation, including their wedding...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

If you find you're second-guessing decision in the days leading up to your wedding, or even on the big day itself, you're in good company. "I think most people — right before they make any big decision in life — question themselves, even if just for a moment," says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "It's usually not that they are not in love with their soon-to-be partner or doubting their commitment — more commonly they are so excited and caught up in the moment they lose sight of what it's all about...

Great Outdoor Venues Interview

Great Outdoor Venues Interview

Our president, Brian Bozlinski, just interviewed Jesse Tombs of Alison Events in San Francisco. Their very fashion forward business model states that they are looking to “create that completely original, utterly unforgettable event. But most importantly, they want it to be a reflection of their clients and bring out the best in them.”

Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, WA (South of Seattle) and when Summer hits, we are ready for outdoor potlucks, BBQs, company events, etc. We pride ourselves on our outdoor culture and wanted to see what event planners have to offer in terms of outdoor spaces to hold our next event. Here is what Jesse had to say...

100 Layer Cake Article

100 Layer Cake Article

It’s always fun to walk into the weekend on a celebratory note (isn’t that what Friday is all about?!), which is why we’ve got this cozy autumn dinner Jesse of Alison Events Planning + Design dreamt up for photography duo Norman & Blake‘s launch party for you today. Lisa of The Wedding Artists Collective and Shannen + Emily of Norman & Blake brought together their San Francisco industry pals to celebrate at the Upstairs at Central Kitchen. We’re thinking Jesse’s modern fall tablescape will inspire a dinner party or two… Not to mention the light at this venue—so so good!

BizBash Interview

BizBash Interview

“Wild, ripped-out-of-the-garden-inspired floral design has been a trend in the wedding industry for many years now,” says Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events Planning & Design in San Francisco. “We love working with bold color, pattern, and vibrant fresh ideas and are starting to see our corporate clients moving away from the everyday corporate blandness and wanting more editorial, unique designs that speak to their companies’ visions of creativity, success, and individuality...

Elizabeth Anne Design Article

Elizabeth Anne Design Article

Chateau de Varennes, a beautiful 18th century chateau in the heart of the French countryside, set the stage for today’s incredible inspiration shoot photographed by Tara Francis Photography at the Sylvia Gil Workshop. Designing with the juxtaposition of vivid colors against a romantic landscape, Jesse Tombs from Alison Events created a farm style tabletop with mustard and bubble gum linens from La Tavola, turquoise glassware, and mixed wood and leather seating. Colorful blooms and hand-dipped taper candles from Holly Flora completed the eclectic look. Wooden flatware and acrylic tortoiseshell were etched as place cards by Yonder Design, and menus were printed on cloth favor bags. The gorgeous surroundings lend themselves to exquisite finery, and a tiered lace Oscar De La Renta gown didn’t disappoint. We are swept away by each graceful image by Tara Francis Photography!
 

The Venue Report

The Venue Report

What's cooler than a cucumber mask? A new barn venue in Napa Valley! When we heard through the Napa grapevine that there was a beautiful, brand-new barn on the block, we knew we wanted/needed/must have an insider's look at all the loveliness. Who else would be spilling this Napa news other than the dream team behind  Event Space Consulting/Alison Events. They got their designer hands all over this pretty new venue set amongst a bucolic patchwork of rolling vineyards and crafted a shoot to show off the new space, that is nothing short of sheer perfection (say that five times fast). At the helm of the shoot is Jesse Tombs of Event Space Consulting/Alison Events and boy did he ever bring it with an all-star team of vendors & a beautiful vision for this barn. It's not often a brand-new barn pops up in Napa so when it does and this team of vendors are involved, you best believe we are going to give you a front-row seat!

The Knot Feature

The Knot Feature

Hong Kong Tatler Feature

Hong Kong Tatler Feature

Martha Stewart Mention

Martha Stewart Mention

Here's proof that yellow complements pretty much every other saturated hue. A yellow tablecloth served as the base of this tablescape by Alison Events, which featured turquoise glassware and pink, orange, and crimson floral centerpieces by Holly Flora.

Brides Article

Brides Article

Guess what? Weddings are expensive. We'd be willing to bet some precious money that you already knew that, but what you might not know is why you're being charged what feels like an incomprehensible amount of moolah for certain things. To help us understand, we called three wedding industry experts and asked them two things: (1) Which wedding expenses consistently flabbergast your clients by how much they cost? and (2) Why is that number what it is?

We hope the next time you go to swipe your credit card or write a check for something so costly it made you lower your thrift-store sunglasses, you'll remember their responses below and feel a little bit better about it…

Martha Stewart Article

Martha Stewart Article

Personalized wedding vows can be a pretty difficult concept to navigate—after all, there's really no one right way for them to be done. In recent years it's become especially popular for brides and grooms to write their own vows, and though you should certainly feel encouraged to go that route if you want to, expert say there are a few things you should keep in mind. One important question you might have: If one partner is penning custom vows, does the other partner have to do so, too? 

Like most wedding-related questions, you should do what feels right for you. Here, some advice that will help you make a final decision about whether or not to write custom vows when one partner wants to and the other doesn't…

Martha Stewart Article

Martha Stewart Article

For a first-time hostess (which is exactly what most members of the bridal party are!), organizing and orchestrating an event as important at the bridal shower can feel intimidating. Although mapping out the guest list, selecting the right venue, and planning out a satisfying meal might feel complicated at the beginning, experts agree there are ways to plan the perfect pre-wedding event without becoming overwhelmed. It all comes down to the details you choose and the decisions you make, which includes delegating tasks to othersand planning as much as possible ahead of time.

To help you pull off the perfect (and not to mention painless!) bridal shower for your bride, we're sharing advice for expert planner Jesse Tombs of Alison Events Planning + Design. His six best tips will help you prioritize the elements that really matter in order to plan an incredible event without losing your mind along the way….

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Making big wedding decisions can be extremely difficult these days, especially since there are so many choices available to a bride and groom. If you're having a tough time deciding between two venues, vendors, or ideas, wedding planners agree that there are a few things you can do to make the decision-making process a little bit easier. To help you make even the most major decisions like a pro, we spoke to three wedding planners about the most important factors to keep in mind when weighing all of your different options…

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

It's safe to say that your entire wedding day will be busy, but the reception is arguably the most jam-packed portion of the celebration thanks to activities like your first dance, speeches, and the cake cutting. Even though there's a lot going on, it's important to find some time to enjoy your well-deserved (and carefully planned) wedding meal. That's why we asked some of our favorite wedding planners to share how they make sure their brides and grooms have time to eat dinner during the reception. Many of your friends and relatives will likely tell you they didn't have a chance to sit down for a meal at their own weddings, but our experts agree that a little careful planning is all it takes to ensure you get to enjoy all the delicious food you selected. Here, their best tips for carving out some time to eat.

Brides Article

Brides Article

Wondering what you should rent for your wedding and what you should buy? We're here to help!

One realization when you’re planning a wedding: You’re spending a ton of money on one day. It’s natural to want to buy everything. That makes it an investment, right? Not entirely. While it may be tempting to purchase everything (on sale, of course), sometimes it’s actually a better value, less expensive, and a lower chance of a major headache to rent your wedding supplies. The number-one question to ask yourself: Will I really use this item later?

To help you figure out when to throw down the Amex and when to sign a rental agreement, take a look at this list….

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

All brides have heard the traditional Old English saying of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." The four elements supposedly bring good luck to your wedding day. If you're trying to come up with the perfect token for "something blue" (which represents love and purity in a marriage), get inspired by these six ideas, which four wedding planners tout as their all-time favorites.

"In some cultures, lilies or pearls are seen as a symbol of purity," says Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events Planning + Design. "We've had clients carry a bouquet of lilies with a small piece of vintage blue ribbon wrapped around them. I also had a bride wear a pearl from her mother's necklace on a blue string as her 'something blue…

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Emily and Siddhartha met during their junior year at Stanford when they were studying in Washington, D.C., for a semester and were randomly assigned to rooms next to each other. Despite sharing mutual friends, the two had never met before the program, but they quickly became close. They lived in the same house during their final year in college, and they ultimately started dating after two years of friendship. There was no turning back from there.

On August 26, 2017, the duo and their 175 guests ventured to California's wine country for a weekend to remember. The London-based couple had spent much of their relationship in the Bay Area, so they wanted to showcase the locale as well as their love of food and entertaining. The Barn at Green Valley, in Napa, allowed them to throw their dinner-party style reception in a modern, rustic, and natural fashion. Jesse Tombs of Alison Events Planning + Design helped shape the look of the  celebration, which started with a muted color palette and gradually shifted to a bold and bright reception.

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

The new year is here, and what better way to follow a romantic holiday engagement than by planning a wedding chock-full of 2017’s top wedding trends?

We enlisted the help of top wedding planners across the country to peer into crystal ball of wedding planning, with an eye towards to most innovative and exciting 2017 wedding trends. If you’re over ombre cakes and countryfied, read on for the wedding trends that lay ahead… and which of 2016’s trends you can safely kiss goodbye...

 

Elle Decor Feature

Elle Decor Feature

Snippet & Ink Feature

Snippet & Ink Feature

It’s so exciting coming across new wedding venues, and this gem on the Northern California coast is one you’ll definitely want to remember! Originally designed in 1963, Timber Cove has just undergone a year long, multi-million dollar renovation. So when Snippet & Ink Select vendor Alison Events chose to host their end-of-year retreat at this stunning property, we knew we had to feature it...

Chowhound Article

Chowhound Article

Planning a party that will elevate spirits higher than a soaring eagle may sound like no easy feat. But as Jesse Tombs, managing partner at Alison Events, suggests, creating an event to remember is all about “customization: order custom disposable plates, napkins and cups to give the event a cohesive feel,” he says. Also, “specialty cocktails are a festive way to get any party started.” In the spirit of letting your individual freedom and flair ring, Jesse and Chowhound are proud to present 12 tips for getting in the spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as you’re cooking and entertaining this Fourth.

Style Me Pretty Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

If you were mistakenly born outside of France, then this Chateau de Varennes workshop is for you. Dreamed up by the talented Sylvie Gil Photography, it's unique pairing of vintage elements and modern details (thanks to the stylings of Jesse Tombs) will have you daydreaming about a trip across the pond pronto...

Martha Stewart Weddings Interview

Martha Stewart Weddings Interview

Guest list not getting any smaller? We feel you. It's tough to cut it down, especially when everyone (and your mother) says so-and-so just can't be left off the list. Your dream of a dozen people on a cliffside may no longer be a reality, but your ultimate desire to have a warm, personal affair isn't as far off as it might seem. We asked wedding pros to share their tips for taking a big wedding and making it feel just right. Here's what they had to say...

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Martha Stewart Weddings Article

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

There's a reason — or 10! — why photo booths have been immensely popular at weddings: "Photo booths bring guests together," explains Jesse Tombs, senior event planner at Alison Events. "They're great conversation starters, and create a sense of play, togetherness and remembrance among guests."

But all trends must come to an end. So, as we see photo booths slowly phase out, we asked a few of our favorite planners to predict what new activity might take its place...

MSN Lifestyle Interview

MSN Lifestyle Interview

If you want to throw your favorite bride the amazing bachelorette bash she deserves, but simply don't have the dough to go big — think a girls' weekend in Las Vegas — don't despair. "A bachelorette party doesn't necessarily have to be sexy," explains Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "It should be a celebration of a woman's single life before she met her beau. Pictures from her college days, baby pictures and funny stories are more interesting and original than penis shaped pasta. Keep it classy and simple — and skip the stripper...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

Think you've got the perfect wedding toast prepared? Before you take the stage and the mic, make sure you're not about to commit one of these nine major mistakes...

Brides Magazine Interview

Brides Magazine Interview

Creating a wedding budget can be daunting — and realizing you've gone over it can be downright debilitating. Unfortunately, for brides who don't set their budget in stone or trust a wedding planner's expertise, it's all too common to spend more than they intended. "Going over budget is common for brides and families who do not know what things cost in the industry and do not trust planners to advise accordingly," explains Jesse Tombs, senior event producer for Alison Events. "If a budget is set and the bride or groom keep adding things on, this is when the budget starts to become an issue."

The best thing you can do is set a budget, then work to stay under it. For example, if you fall for a wedding band whose rate comes in $1,000 less than your music budget line, don't throw that extra $1,000 toward your catering expenses. "Save it instead, because something will come up that's unexpected," Tombs says...

Destination Wedding Magazine

Destination Wedding Magazine

“I use the Maui Babe after-sun browning lotion every time I go to the islands. It works — and smells like coffee, which I love.” — Jesse Tombs, Alison Event Planning + Design

Sonoma Harvest Party Featured in Flutter Magazine

Sonoma Harvest Party Featured in Flutter Magazine

What better time of year is there to entertain with family and friends than the fall, especially in Northern California’s beautiful wine country? Inspired by the rich berry and copper colors of fall fashion, saturated brown and ocher wood stained tones, and the seasonal farm produce found in the Paula LeDuc garden, we’re sharing 5 tips to create the most heart-fluttering holiday tablescape from Jesse Tombs and Kathleen Deery.

When to Rent and When to Buy - Brides.com Advice Article

When to Rent and When to Buy - Brides.com Advice Article

When you're spending so much money on a single day, it can be tempting to buy everything you need for your wedding to curb the feeling your throwing away your money. But some things are simply better to rent. How's a bride-to-be supposed to know the difference?

First, before you buy anything, says Jesse Tombs, managing partner at Alison Events, ask yourself three very important questions: How many of each item do you need; will you be able to sell the item or must you keep it after the wedding day; and can the item be used for a gift at a later date? Beyond that, Tombs says, follow these guidelines for items that are black-and-white rent-or-buy.

Decoding the Destination Wedding Business

Decoding the Destination Wedding Business

This week I attended the inaugural Destination Masterclass, an all-day conference-style event focused on building better community among wedding industry professionals and wedding venues. While you’d think the relationship would be smooth sailing, communication can be wrought with difficulty and the changing demands of millennial couples creating a wider gap in understanding between industry veterans and their clients. Needless to say, tips were offered in mass, pros shared laughs, journalists offered recommendations on getting published, and some of my wedding icons spoke brilliantly on things like branding, collaborating with venues, and hot new destinations.

Green Wedding Shoes Article

Green Wedding Shoes Article

Kicking off a 3-day Colorado wedding extravaganza is this couple’s mountain home rehearsal dinner, in Dunton Hot Springs! Taking inspiration from a Ralph Lauren type estate, and all the rustic goodness that comes with it, Alison Events created the most beautifully themed banquet.

The planner, Jesse Tombs, of Alison Events shares We wanted the design to feel as though it belonged in the space and wasn’t just set up for the day of the event. I worked with Natalie Bowen Design to find unique vintage candlesticks, vintage brown glass medicine bottles and interesting styling objects to bring this vision to life… We also wanted to incorporate wildflowers – so they looked natural, as if they had been collected from a field or meadow near by.

Style Me Pretty Feature

Style Me Pretty Feature

First things first - major kudos to Alison Event Planning + Design for pulling off a single 75-person dinner table where we'd probably all kill to snag a seat. In collaboration with amazing vendors like Bright Event Rentals, they brought the couple's vision of an intimate vineyard-set gathering to life, with shades of berry thrown in for good measure. Sally Pinera photographed, and let's just say we won't be leaving The Vault any time soon.

Snippet & Ink Article

Snippet & Ink Article

It’s so exciting coming across new wedding venues, and this gem on the Northern California coast is one you’ll definitely want to remember! Originally designed in 1963, Timber Cove has just undergone a year long, multi-million dollar renovation. So when Snippet & Ink Select vendor Alison Events chose to host their end-of-year retreat at this stunning property, we knew we had to feature it!

When it came to planning the retreat, Managing Partner of Alison Events Jesse Tombs drew inspiration from all around him. One of our favorite elements is this stationery suite he came up with in collaboration with Yonder Design. This was drawn from Jesse’s love for Japanese raw denim combined with the fresh coastal feel and woodsy nature of Timber Cove.