Real Wedding – National Museum of Women in the Arts

August 11, 2017. Category: DC Wedding, real wedding, wedding inspiration, wedding planner

We always love when our clients decide on a venue that is quintessential DC and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, is one of them. As we head back there this weekend for our last wedding of the Summer we thought it would be fun to look back at one of our favorite weddings held there.

Erin and Dan first fell in love with the National Museum of Women in the Arts shortly after they started dating, so when Erin and Dan made a shortlist of wedding venues, it naturally made it’s way to the top. “The museum is both simultaneously grand and intimate,” the bride said. “The tall ceilings and gold accents throughout the space add a touch of glam while not being ostentatious.” They locked the space in for February 6, 2016 — a date that coincided with the Lunar New Year, so the couple happily included elements related to the Chinese New Year and the groom’s cultural heritage.

With the grand staircase at the NMWA in mind, Erin looked for a ball gown, and instantly lit up when she tried on this Hayley Paige strapless wedding dress, complete with a silk radzmir crossover bodice, a full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces, and a chapel-length train, it was exactly what she had wanted and would be perfect for when she walked down the staircase with her father.

Photography: Sam Hurd   Floral: Edge Floral

See more of this real wedding featured on BRIDES 

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Gone but Not Forgotten

July 31, 2017. Category: advice, tips, wedding planner

One of the hardest parts of a wedding celebration is not having your loved ones that have passed away by your side. Here are a few ways that couples can include those that they have lost, in their own special way.

Use their favorite flower in the ceremony – It is a known fact, that smell and sight are two of the most powerful senses that we have. They also have the power to bring us back to a moment or time that you cherish the most. By incorporating a favorite flower in your bouquet or flower arrangements or even wearing a scent that has that flower is a great way to honor a loved one that has passed.

Photography: Bonnie Sen 

Dance to their favorite song – There is something magical about music and even more so with a cherished song, that has the power to instantly transform you to a time or moment in your life. Dancing to their favorite song is a wonderful and touching way to remember a love one that can’t be with you. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, you can feel like they are dancing right there alongside you.

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

Have a small photo on your bouquet – We often see brides include a small photo on their bouquet as a way to remember someone. It is a very sweet gesture and almost feels like that person is with you, especially as you walk down the aisle.

Photography: Eric Kelley

 

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A Little R&R

July 21, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, vacation

After a wonderful spring and summer filled with weddings- it’s time for a little R&R!

 

 

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Intern Spotlight!

July 20, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Intern Spotlight

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful intern spend her summer with us. Today  we are turning the spotlight on her, so you can all learn a little bit more about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Carson Smith.

Where are you from: Yardley, Pennsylvania — about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia

Where are you at school: I am a senior in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University

Did you always want to be in the events industry: Growing up, I always had an interest in event planning and interior designing. I love the creative aspect of event planning and the diversity of it — no event is ever identical. Therefore, not a single day is ever the same (it’s not a cookie cutter job).

I started my time at Penn State in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and exploring major possibilities. I ended up in the business school (management information systems) with a minor in marketing. Although I will graduate with a business degree, I really see myself in the events industry once I graduate.

As the director of fundraising in my professional business fraternity at school, I am in charge of creating and orchestrating numerous events throughout my college experience. Obviously, they don’t come close to the events that A. Dominick Events create. But I am looking forward to returning to Penn State this upcoming fall and applying the skills I have learned this summer to my fundraising events.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship, without a doubt, has been the most rewarding, interesting and exciting job I have ever had. My favorite part is how active the position is. While I spend some days in the office, I often attend meetings and networking events with the team throughout the week at various different locations.

The team is also so hands on and really good at teaching me the ins and outs of the business throughout the meetings, events, and days in the office. Even if the information they’re giving me has nothing to do with the project i’m working on — or a project i’ll ever work on during my time here — they still teach me anyways.

Most of all, I have been incredibly taken back by the whole process. Aimee, Cindy and Ashley are all so talented at what they do. I am learning so much from the A. Dominick Events team — not only event planning skills but also life skills. Their taste, attention to detail, knowledge, and organization skills are exceptional. Not to mention the constant flow of communication they have with each other as well as countless vendors and clients at a given time is quite impressive.

What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I don’t think I can pinpoint just one moment — but I would say that being able to attend these events after working on them for weeks in the office is incredible. It’s remarkable seeing a portfolio of pages transform into a vibrant, beautiful event. It’s truly rewarding seeing everything come together. Especially that moment right before the guests start arriving — when all the people who have worked so hard to create the event can take in the finished product.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received texts saying, “I want your job”  after I have sent pictures of the events to my friends. Just being able to say “I love my internship” is the best thing in the world.

We love you Carson!!

 

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Wedding Timeline Tips

July 13, 2017. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

One of the most important elements to planning a wedding is having a great timeline. This alleviates stress and allows for a more seamless wedding celebration. Below are some tips we hope will help you on your wedding day!

Allow at least 30 minutes to get into the dress.
It doesn’t seem like it will take that long, but there is always that one last trip to the restroom or a tricky zipper (or though we don’t like to admit it, squeezing into your Spanx!).  The last thing you want is to rush through the dressing process, feeling and looking stressed in your photos.

Photography: Katelyn James

Distract your guests during band breaks by having something else happening.
Unfortunately, most bands don’t play straight through the reception and need to take a few breaks. During these breaks, it’s the perfect time for toasts or cake cutting. The band won’t be playing during those events anyway, so no one will notice they’re not playing or miss out on any dancing!

Photography: Sam Hurd

Make sure to limit number and length of toasts.
Though there is nothing we love more than a heartfelt speech or sweet toast, there is a limit to how long guests will pay attention. Try to limit the number of speeches at one time. Planning for some of the toasts to happen at the rehearsal dinner can help to reduce the number at the reception. We also find that splitting up the toasts throughout the night so that no more than two people are speaking in a row helps keep guests’ attention.

We recommend telling your speakers to stay within 3 minutes per toast, knowing that inevitably some will run a bit longer. Long speeches could compromise the quality of the meal, delay guests hitting the dance floor and minimize opportunities for additional photos. If you talk about the plan in advance, your friends and family will have a better understanding of why you want the toasts short and sweet: more time on the dance floor!

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

Double the amount of time you think it will take to get to your venue.
Even though we always plan for worse case scenarios, you never know what could happen on your wedding day. It’s really important to cushion your timeline and double the amount of time you think it will take you to get your ceremony and/or reception. The last thing you want is the stress of sitting in unexpected traffic, late for the ceremony!

Photography: Eric Kelley

Plan to arrive early to the ceremony to get out of sight.
There is something magical when the doors open and the bride walks down the aisle, everyone anticipating her entrance and a glimpse of the dress. It’s also really nice to have time to yourself right before the big moment. Plan to arrive 40 minutes before the ceremony, before guests start arriving, so that you can slip out of sight. Or, you can wait out of view in your transportation right up until the moment when you walk down the aisle.

Photography: Connor Studios

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