Photo by Krystal Balzer Photography

Photo by Krystal Balzer Photography


With Two Kindred Event Planners, you get the unique experience of working with two expert planners for the price of one. From your initial meeting up to the day of your event wedding, co-founders Alison and Jonathan will be by your side every step of the way.

As a LGBTQ and woman-owned small business, Alison and Jonathan are proud to work in such an inclusive industry, with like-minded vendors who celebrate couples of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and faiths.

With their combined twenty years of event experience, including an extensive background in catering, Alison and Jonathan have a comprehensive understanding of what goes into the making of a successful event. Whether you are planning your wedding, child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or annual fundraising gala, you can trust Alison and Jonathan to execute your vision. Why have one planner when you can have two?


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. After meeting 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, and Two Kindred Event Planners was born.

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, incorporating elements of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony with handmade décor and transformed the garage into a Kosher kitchen. With an affinity for 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.

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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 came to New York City by way of London, which means he’s had a lot of good food, and has 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 planning his own gay wedding in DC before gay marriage was recognized in all 50 states, 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.