Congratulations Allison and Doug!

August 29, 2016. Category: anniversary, black tie, classic, timeless, traditional

The Top of the Hay, at The Hay Adams Hotel was the perfect backdrop for this couple to host their timeless black tie affair! With its French doors leading to the wrap-around balcony with a commanding view of The White House, iconic Monuments, and the Potomac River, they knew it was the perfect spot for their reception. With a beautiful custom save the date that told a bit of their story from the Beach to D.C. from Cheree Berry Paper they were able to add some personal and unexpected details to their classic and traditional wedding.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. DuShuttle on your first anniversary!

We wish you a lifetime of Love, Laughter and Happiness!




Photography: Jodi and Kurt Photography  Florist: Edge Floral

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May I have S’mores please?

August 10, 2016. Category: dessert, National S'Mores Day

Did you know that today (August 10th) is National S’mores Day! We have a particular fondness for this campfire classic and if you haven’t had one this Summer then today is the day. What’s not to love? A campfire, chocolate, graham crackers and roasted marshmallows!


Venue: Farmington Country Club Photography: Eric Kelley 

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August 09, 2016. Category: Intern Spotlight, internship

We were so lucky to have such a wonderful intern spend her summer with us! So, before she leaves and heads back to school we thought it would be fun to see what some of her favorite moments were while she was at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Jillian Loeffler


Where are you from: Ellicott City, Maryland

Where are you at school: I will be a senior at The University of Delaware this fall!

Did you always want to be in the events industry: I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do in high school or even during my first year of college for that matter. My sophomore year of college, I was elected to my sorority’s executive board as the Vice President of Public Relations, which is what first sparked my interest in events. Through this position I had the responsibility of planning and executing various chapter events, and I realized that it didn’t feel like a job to me. I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the planning process, as well as being able to combine creativity with organizational skills. This experience really helped me discover that I wanted to pursue a career in this industry.

What has been your favorite part of your internship: I absolutely love that event planning isn’t monotonous. Each day is different, and every event is different, which adds an exciting aspect to the job that really sets it apart from other careers.

What was your favorite moment during your internship: My favorite highlight was definitely attending my first wedding at the Newseum. Being able to work on-site and witness each specific detail come together for the big day really emphasized the rewarding aspect of event planning. The fast pace of the day-of operations really showed how crucial an event planner is in making the day run as smoothly as possible.


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I’ll have my cookie and eat it too

August 04, 2016. Category: cooking, dessert, National Cookie Day

Did you know that today (August 4th) is National Chocolate chip cookie day?!

Not that we need an excuse to want to have a cookie but when there is a holiday about them how can we resit?

Here are some fun facts about Chocolate chip cookies….


Photos: Courtesy of Hostthetost

The chocolate chip cookie was created by accident. In the 1930s, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added broken chocolate bar pieces into her cookie batter thinking that they would melt. Instead, the classic dessert was born. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.

Chocolate chip cookies were first called “Butterdrop Do Cookies.” Wakefield’s recipe first ran in a Boston newspaper. In 1936, she published her first cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, and renamed them “Chocolate Crunch Cookies.”

The first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter. It was super crispy and could be devoured in just one bite.

 The creator of the cookie was paid for her recipe with a lifetime supply of chocolate from Nestlé. After acquiring Wakefield’s recipe, the company invented the now ubiquitous teardrop-shaped chocolate chip in 1939.

In case you now want a cookie or two below is one of Aimee’s favorite recipes for the perfect chevy chocolate chip cookie courtesy of Alton Brown YUM!


The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 

8 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces granulated sugar
8 ounces light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 ounce whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate. Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture.

Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.

Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be.

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A. Dominick Events Fall Internship

August 02, 2016. Category: internship

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings?  Do your plan your friends’ birthdays and love looking at Pinterest and event planning blogs?   A. Dominick Events, based in Chevy Chase DC, is one of the premier event planning companies in the area and can teach you how to turn that passion into a profession.  With more than 30 events per year, we are one of the busiest planning firms in the Mid-Atlantic.


A. Dominick Events has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects.  As an intern you will get to work with our staff, while working on real projects that will teach you what event planning is really about.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is friendly and professional, someone who is obsessed with event planning and is creative and thoughtful when approaching assignments. He or she should also be ready to take great notes and open to learning the intricacies of planning high-end events.

What You Will Learn:

To create a high-end event from start to finish

To balance client expectations and budget constraints

To create and present a scale floor plan using Social Tables software

To brainstorm event details and design including creating inspiration boards

To build relationship with our online community by maintaining Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog and other media accounts.

To create proposals for prospective clients

To dress professionally and interact as an adult in a workplace

To design and set up a sample table presentation

Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects.

Format for Learning and Future Benefits:

Our firm prides itself on the quality of its internship program and many of our former interns are now working in influential positions in event planning roles in Washington DC and beyond. Our introductions and recommendations have helped our former interns to secure position at many companies including; The Ritz Carlton, Hay Adams Hotel, Elan Artists, Amaryllis Inc, our own firm and many others.

We begin our internship with a full day of intensive training and provide each intern a comprehensive full training manual. Each day, interns are provided with varied tasks that are discussed in detail and overseen by their direct supervisor. At the conclusion of each day, the intern is required to recap their progress providing opportunity for supervisor feedback and learning.

At the mid-point of the semester a quiz and review are given to assess each interns’ progress and to establish a dialog to ensure that the intern’s goals are being reached.

At the conclusion of the semester, a final review is conducted to access the progress of the intern and to discuss the intern’s goals beyond the internship. At this time career advice, resume review and if appropriate, recommendations and introductions are made to possible future employers.

What We Are Looking For:

Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not require

Strong communication skills (both written and oral).

Proficiency in Word and Excel

Organized candidates with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments

Creativity and flexibility

Strong problem solving skills

Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train.


The office internship program runs from late-August to late-December and you are expected to work 15 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

Class or work schedule preventing you from committing to 15 hours per week? A. Dominick Events offers a day of event internship to accommodate interns’ schedules. These interns work more limited office hours (approx. 8 hours per week) and assist the A. Dominick Events staff at all off-site events (typically 4 to 5 hours on evenings or weekends). The day of event internship allows you the opportunity to experience first hand what all of the planning results in and learn to manage high end events.


For more information or to apply please contact Cindy Bastron ( or 202.216.9557).

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