Archive for January, 2011

Alison Events Opens East Coast Office

San Francisco, CA and Rowayton, CT

January 10th, 2011

I’ve been following Alison Events, a wedding and events planning company that specializes in destination weddings (and is based in my favorite city, San Francisco) from the very minute I got into this business. I love everything about them, as far as I can tell. I love their website, their blog, the fact that they have a special place in their hearts for photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy (her wedding photo site) whose very special work I’ve been following for years, and the idea that they just opened an east coast office right in my old neck of the woods, Fairfield County, Connecticut. I couldn’t have put them in a better spot myself. I can hardly wait to see what this talented group does with weddings all through New England, and I’m especially excited to see the weddings on water, of course!

Lame, I know, that I don’t have any of their imagery posted, but I didn’t want to lift without permission, and I just learned today, via Twitter, that the east coast office was now open (in lovely Rowayton, CT), so I chose not to wait. Nevertheless, be sure to check out their book, published by Chronicle Books,

    Destination Wedding Planner – The Ulitmate Guide to Planning a Wedding From Afar

Written by THE Alison, Alison Hotchkiss, with photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Could it be something about the name Alison/Allyson? Hmmm, note to self……

Wedzu Love

January 3rd, 2011

I don’t know what took me so long to spend some time on Wedzu, but I’ve been missing out! Rather than skiing with my family on New Year’s Day, I spent most of my waking hours looking at every inch of that site. Wedzu is a (relatively) new online marketplace for handmade wedding-related products, and most of them are great. It’s got everything from whimsical invitations to skincare products, custom cake banners (love that idea), to white vegan leather mini wedding dresses (awesome). Check out the cake banner from Ready Go and the mini from Blushless (photos from I’m not vegan, but I would be if that was a prerequisite for wearing that rockin’ dress. Then I’d pop a cake banner on my 4-tiered vegan wedding cake. Hey, whatever it takes.