A Very Married Christmas!

December 22, 2017. Category: anniversary, black tie, DC Wedding, holidays, luxurious, real wedding

With the Christmas holidays so close, we can’t help but dream of last year’s amazing winter wedding! Read more about all the details from this real DC wedding below or pop over and check out more photos from their big day in our portfolio section.

When Griffith and James got engaged, Griffith knew she wanted a white winter wonderland celebration!

Out-of-town guests were welcomed at the hotels with lavish welcome gifts featuring a collection of the couple’s favorite snacks: his, hers and ours nuts, Popped Republic’s popcorn, sugar cookies decorated with the couple’s crest and a silver snowflake ornament in a custom “Married Christmas” muslin bag. The welcome note was hand painted by Happy Menocal.

The ceremony was a lovely, traditional service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown. Lush white flowers with bright greenery from the church’s flower guild set the stage for the special event. The bride walked down the aisle in her stunning Oscar de la Renta gown carrying a bouquet of lily of the valley and white lilac. The bridesmaids wore ivory separates: high-low taffeta skirts and cashmere embellished sweaters. The groom and groomsmen looked dashing in their black tuxes, with the groom standing out in his lily of the valley boutonniere.

Guests bundled up after the ceremony for their shuttle over to the reception at a private DC club. They were greeted by carolers dressed in festive, holiday attire.

Once inside, the guests found their hand painted escort cards on the entry table which was covered in a custom hand stamped green and white patterned linen. The cards were displayed on a collection of heirloom silver trays, collected by the mother of the bride, and interwoven with greenery and magnolia blooms.

Sipping on the signature “Good Tidings” cocktail, guests mingled while a string quartet played holiday classics by the fire.

For dinner, guests were invited up the stairs past the club’s enormous Christmas tree, decked in white and gold ornaments. Upstairs, the tables, flowers and decor showcased the white winter wonderland – huge white floral arrangements mixed with white taper candles in vintage silver candlesticks, custom monogrammed napkins featuring the bride’s initials, silver candy dishes with white and green chocolate candies and personalized menus topped with the couple’s hand painted crest designed by Happy Menocal. Each guest’s chair also held a vintage botanical print, wrapped in green velvet ribbon and secured with a wax seal featuring the couple’s initials. The bride and groom’s table held a pair of glittered bunnies, a symbol of their Easter time engagement.

A ball of mistletoe hung over the entrance to the ballroom, creating a perfect welcome to the night’s festivities. The band was set on a custom stage that matched the wood paneling in the room with a backdrop of a festive tree, twinkling and glowing as they played.

The couple cut their all white wedding cake, covered in white sugar flowers, and then hit the dance floor. Later in the evening, guests donned santa hats and reindeer antlers. Mini hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches were passed to dancing guests and a back room opened, revealing an amazing dessert display. Snowflake sugar cookies, gingerbread men and peppermint bark surrounded a storybook gingerbread castle. A hot chocolate bar was set with snowflake shaped marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate curls, cinnamon donut holes and cookie straws. Guests could prepare a cup and take it to go in cups emblazoned with the couple’s crest.

At the end of the night, they were sent off through a path of sparklers to their antique white Bentley. For anyone craving a last late night bite, DC Slices was on hand with pizza to make sure no one went hungry. It was a spectacular event!

All photos by Kate Headley

Check out more photos from this event in our Portfolio Section!

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A. Dominick Events Spring Internship

December 07, 2017. Category: internship

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 17th, 2018 our spring internship is full, check back in March/April for postings regarding our Summer 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 our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, 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 required

Strong communication skills (both written and oral)

Proficiency in Word and Excel

Great organization skills 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

Details:

The office internship program runs from mid-January to mid-May 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.

Both internship formats are paid internship opportunities and you will be compensated at $12.50 per hour.

Questions?

For more information or to apply, please contact Ashley Allman (ashley@adominick.com or 202.216.9557). Please submit both a cover letter and resume for consideration.

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Move Aside Candy Spelling – We Have Our Own Wrapping Queen

December 04, 2017. Category: diy, Happy Holidays, holidays

You all know that each of us ladies here at A. Dominick Events have some unique quirks and that is why you love us. Aimee would eat everything with chopsticks if possible, Ashley is obsessed with fonts and I (@cindybastron) invest a lot of time, energy and let’s be honest, money each year into crafting the perfect holiday wrapping theme.

I refuse to have any store gift wrap an item for me and make sure to order each gift early enough so it can be shipped to me, wrapped and then shipped out to my friends and family – before you criticize me remember I am the only one on the A. Dominick team without kids  🙂

I have included below a look back at some highlights from the past few years along with some of my very own wrapping tips and tricks.

2016

2015

2014

2012


Cindy’s Wrapping Tips and Tricks:

– When at all possible use a solid as one of your wrapping options. This not only gives you a pretty base for patterns and ribbon but keeps costs down. My go to is Uline solids paired with more expensive patterns.

– Don’t get stuck in a green and red rut! As you can see I love using neutrals and even black and white to make an impact under the tree.

– Ribbon scissors are a must! No one will care how cute your theme is with a ribbon that looks like your dog ate it! Haute Papier’s gold scissors are a personal favorite and extra sharp!

– If you are struggling for inspiration try starting with your Christmas card. Some of my favorite themes were pulled from the design of our holiday card that year – like the 2016 custom patterned paper that matched the card below with hidden symbols that coordinated with the highlights of our year.

I will leave you with one final wrapping story: in 2015 my parents traveled to DC to celebrate the holidays with us instead of us heading to Colorado. This meant that all the gifts we would receive that year would be under our tree when my parents arrived. I had already put so much effort into matching our tree to my wrapping theme that the inevitable had to happen – 2015 is the year I rewrapped every gift that was sent to us (over the wrapping paper of course so there was no peeking) so that each gift perfectly matched out theme. Call me crazy but it was adorable!

Have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to seeing your wrapping themes this year and check our Instagram for the reveal of my 2017 theme!

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