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.
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.
With a passion for design, Alison found her calling in 2003 and launched her event-planning and design firm, Alison Events Planning + Design. During her 14 years running the company, 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. She knows exactly what high-end clients want in a venue and now is looking to help venues attract more lucrative business. Fusing her incredible expertise with her new passion, Alison decided to launch Event Space Consulting in 2012.
Alison has authored two books on event planning, both published by Chronicle Books. She’s produced events for every imaginable client: wineries, bridezillas, international hotels, Fortune 500 companies, and high-profile and celebrity clients. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, C Magazine and Brides in addition to all of the major online wedding blogs. In 2016, Alison Events was named one of the top wedding planners in the world by Vogue Magazine and a top planner in the United States by Harper’s Bazaar and Martha Stewart Weddings. Alison Events has been named the best wedding planner in San Francisco by San Francisco Magazine and 7x7 Magazine.
Alison has lived in California for 17 years (by way of her Connecticut hometown, Colorado and New Zealand). She now lives in Sausalito with her husband, Markus, and daughter, Vivienne. In her spare time, Alison enjoys traveling to new places, cooking, surfing and textile shopping.
Erika has a passion for architecture and real estate – the tangibility of the assets. Since 2010, she has worked in numerous facets in the commercial real estate industry. In 2015, Erika and her husband purchased their first investment property, an 1893 nationally registered historic building in the Austin MSA. The property needed to be fully remodeled, and under Erika’s project management, it has been restored and thoughtfully designed to host weddings and other private events.
Erika built this business from the ground up, including the interior design concept, branding, marketing and all operational aspects. The venue has become one of the most highly sought-after event spaces in the central Texas market, with coverage by both print and online wedding publications and an impressive social media following. Given Erika’s ‘less is more’ design concept, her favorite part is seeing how each client uniquely makes the space their own.