Photo by Krystal Balzer Photography

Photo by Krystal Balzer Photography


From sipping rosé through the summer to cooking “family” dinner with their husbands, Jonathan and Alison have a lot more in common than their profession. Jonathan and Alison met while planning weddings for a New York boutique catering company. It was clear they shared a similar mindset, yet offered complementary skills and experience. When they realized they shared the dream of owning their own event planning company, it was a no-brainer. They put their combined 20 years of experience in events together, and Two Kindred Event Planners was born.

No matter the type of event you are planning, Alison and Jonathan will be by your side every step of the way. With experience working in some of the hottest wedding venues and connections with some of NYC’s top vendors, Two Kindred Event Planners will execute your vision and help you get the most out of your special day. Why have one planner when you can have two?


Alison Szleifer_Two Kindred Event Planners


A native New Yorker with a love for food and wine, Alison prides herself on always being the first to know about the opening of a new restaurant or unique wine bar. She enjoys spending her free time with close friends, a glass of wine and a good meal.

Alison studied art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which propelled her into an events career back in New York where she worked as gallery manager and event planner for multiple reputable contemporary art galleries in Chelsea. She went on to earn her Sommelier certification and became a wine buyer at a boutique wine shop, where she led elegant tastings for corporations and private parties. With a flair for design (and the ability to pair it with the right wine!) Alison will make sure your next event is a work of art.

When Alison planned her own wedding, she turned her family’s 17-acre farm into a whimsical wedding venue with handmade décor. With an affinity for challenging DIY projects, she is a natural at visualizing the final product and bringing it to life, and does the same for her clients when crafting their dream weddings. For Alison, nothing is more rewarding than seeing her clients loving every moment of their perfect day. Bring your vision; she’s got the rest covered.

Jonathan Stamper-Halpin_Two Kindred Event Planners


As a designer, home cook, and an avid traveler, Jonathan has a knack for discovering hidden gems and getting the most out of every experience. He’s a D.C. native who not-so-recently came to New York City by way of London, which means he’s had a lot of good food, and he’s had the opportunity to plan some unforgettable events.

Since graduating from the University of Virginia, his events management experience includes non-profit, corporate, and private events, from Embassy soirées to the BRIT Awards (where he nearly made his way into a Taylor Swift & Ellie Goulding selfie). Having worked on both the vendor and client side of events, his well-rounded experience always finds a way to come in handy when negotiating contracts and choosing vendors.

Jonathan planned his first wedding at age fifteen, where he taught the bridesmaids how to wrap bouquets long before YouTube tutorials existed. Since then, his weddings have spanned the country and have been featured in Vogue, Page Six, and InStyle, among others. The only thing he loves more than seeing months of work and planning come together, is seeing the joy it brings the couple and their family on their perfect day.