Flora to fawn over

January 26, 2011. Category: cake
There are some incredibly talented cake designers in the DC area but you may have found that your venue, be it hotel or country club require that you use their cake.  Some in-house bakers are amazing others, no so much.  Be sure to schedule a tasting and pick a flavor that you and your guests will like. But what about the look.  I am a huge fan of the clean simple cake with just one large sugar flower detail, like the one in the image above.  Ask the pastry chef to create a clean cake with rolled fondant and you can provide real ribbon (our favorite resource is M&J trimmings) and one big sugared flower from Global Sugar Art.  Yes, I am a micro-manager.
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Feeling punchy?

January 24, 2011. Category: bar

I’m not sure how but, someone (probably Martha) says you must have something at your wedding and we all fall in line.  The specialty drink is great example.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a yummy cocktail, or two, but since everyone has them, the specialty drink just isn’t feeling so special anymore. 

For a new twist, how about serving a punch? You can create a beautiful display with the libation and it might even take the crush off your bar a bit. 

Two of our favorite recipes
Pomegranate Champagne Punch Recipe

yield: Makes 12 servings

Ingredients of Pomegranate Champagne Punch Recipe

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block

Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

Baptist Punch
1 part cranberry juice
2 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
* Everclear

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Don’t be tardy…

January 20, 2011. Category: event
Yes, for the party! If you’ve been under a rock, you might not know that the premier DC wedding event is taking place this Sunday at the Park Hyatt – The Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled event. We might be a bit biased, because this is the third year that we have planned the event, but if you are getting married in the DC area, you have to stop by! Along with yummy food and drink provided by chef Brian McBride from the Park Hyatt there will also be a Vera Wang runway show and many of the area’s top wedding vendors.  There are only a few spots left, but if you are lucky enough to snag one, please stop by and say hi to our team!
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Spring Fever

January 02, 2011. Category: real wedding

It’s true, we have dropped off the Earth for the past 10 days or so. The whole A. Dominick team took a real break over the holidays, but now we are well-rested any ready for weddings!

As I daydream about spring, I wanted to share a few images from a wedding we did last spring at Keswick Hall.  Meg Runion  gave us these beautiful images and Beehive created the floral arrangements.  I loved this wedding and I think you will too.

If you just got engaged or know someone who did, please let us know.  The calendar is really booking up for 2011!

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