we believe // at the heart of every event is an amazing event space // less is more and modular is even better // mother nature is the best designer out there // fire pits spark conversation and candles make everyone look great // in Yves Saint Laurent, Andrew Goldsworthy and that great architecture should be memorialized // life is incomplete without puffy coats, furry hats and pairing Carhartts with cashmere // good hospitality comes from the heart, and a good welcome comes from the smile // the details matter, like pressed hand towels at the sink or a small bud vase of freshly cut rosemary // in spending our time in nature and our money in the local community // our clients come first (especially those who trust us to do our thing!) // you deserve to have a kick-ass, design-savvy, exceptionally well-traveled team on your side // your venue should make your clients happy and you even happier.

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Alison hotchkiss

Driven by a passion for design, Alison found her calling in 2003 when she launched Alison Events Planning + Design. In 15 years at the company’s helm, Alison and her team have planned, designed and produced more than 400 events; scouted hundreds of properties (in 14 countries and more than 27 cities around the world); and developed a tight network of industry contacts. Fusing incredible event expertise with her particular interest in venues, Alison launched Event Space Consulting in 2012. She knows exactly what high-end clients want in a venue — and how to deliver it.

Alison’s work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, C Magazine and Brides, in addition to every major online wedding blog. She has written two event-planning books and is a frequent speaker on the subject. In 2016, Vogue Magazine named Alison Events one of the top wedding planners in the world. Alison lives in Sausalito with her daughter, Vivienne.

Jesse Tombs

Jesse’s passion for interior design started early on. When he was 7, his mother would come home to find him rearranging the furniture in their living room. In college, Jesse studied theater at The Boston Conservatory, painting backdrops for operas and building large-scale sets for musicals. After moving to New York City he worked with famed American and British fashion designers as a stylist and window dresser, working on magazine photo shoots and styling red carpet looks.

Upon Jesse’s return to San Francisco (where he was born and raised), he began working with an acclaimed Bay Area catering company, planning, designing and producing weddings and parties all over California Wine Country and beyond. Jesse then worked with Michelin Star-awarded restaurateur Daniel Patterson and James Beard Award-winning chef Craig Stoll, opening restaurants and training employees and managers. Prior to joining the ESC and Alison Events team, Jesse opened The Battery, a highly anticipated private social club and luxury boutique hotel in Jackson Square. There he planned events for top Fortune 500 tech companies, local and international political leaders, exclusive luxury brands and elite publishing houses, as well as worked with some of the most influential and important wedding planners in the world.

Jesse has taught at workshops and delivered speeches on event planning, design and venue management, both domestically and abroad. When Jesse’s not styling event spaces, planning parties or plotting out floor plans, he likes to cook with friends, hike on the coast with his dogs, and spend time with his close-knit family.