Last minute Easter party planning tips.

April 20, 2019. Category: Easter, Easter Brunch Tips, Easter Floral Inspiration, Party Planning Tips, uncategorized

Spring has finally sprung in DC and we are getting very eggcited for Easter this weekend! It’s no surprise that we love the holidays and Easter is one of those holidays that is just – well happy!

From the array of pastel colors, the gorgeous blooms, delicious food, not to mention the Easter Bunny and egg hunts, it’s the kind of day where everyone no matter their age enjoys.

Pastel pink and blue flowers, accompanied with blush water glasses and scalloped chargers would make this table setting for Easter irresistible.

Hosting an outdoor Easter brunch? Make sure your littlest guests are hydrated for their Easter Egg Hunt with a fancy twist on some of their favorite drinks.

Photography: Lisa Blume Catering: Occasions Caterers Signage: Flourishing Penguin

Easter is one of those holidays where it is fun to pull out some of your family heirlooms, from your mother’s silver vases, to you grandma’s silver and your wedding china. Just make sure if you choose to use some of these pieces to keep the rest of the table light and airy – this will make it feel less stuffy.

{1) Photography: Jodi and Kurt Floral: Victoria Clausen Floral
{2) Photography: Jodi and Kurt Floral: Sweet Root Village

These refreshing cocktails will be a hit this weekend, easy to make and a simple garnish and a fun and festive straw is all your need!

Photography: Lisa Blume Floral: Sweet Root Village

It wouldn’t be an Easter celebration without sweet treats! Just in case there aren’t enough candy filled eggs to go around, a candy bar or cupcake bar are a great idea.

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

It wouldn’t be a party without a favor and how cute are these plush bunnies and lambs?

Photography: Lisa Blume
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April 14, 2019. Category: anniversary, Luxury Weddings, Museum Wedding, uncategorized

Happy First Anniversary Amanda and Ben!

Classic DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

This classic DC wedding was full of southern charm! Amanda grew up in the area so she knew she always wanted a DC wedding! Ben however, did not. Ben’s home state is Mississippi and the couple knew they wanted to include his southern roots in their wedding at The National Museum of Women in The Arts. To achieve this, they picked an iconic DC venue and brought in some elements of the outdoors and the south to make it feel (a little) more relaxed.

DC Wedding full of southern charm Edge Floral Design

They incorporated magnolia leaves into the bouquets by the bar, which is the state tree of Mississippi. Which was such a sweet nod to Ben’s home!

Magnolia Leaves DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

Amanda wanted neutral soft colors throughout the day so she chose a dusty pink for her bridesmaids and added in elements of light blue, grey, and white throughout. Maybe they were drawn to the blue because it is close to Columbia blue – their alma mater!

Blush Pink Bridesmaid Dresses A. Dominick Events

Cheree Berry Paper Wedding Invitations, DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

One of the things that was most very important to couple was that even though they were having a black tie wedding, they didn’t want it to feel stuffy or uptight. They wanted people to just be able to relax and let loose since most of their guests were traveling to attend.

Luxury DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

The bride’s favorite memory was just dancing and singing the night away with her new husband and all the people they love most in the world!

Black Tie DC Wedding

Wishing you both a lifetime of love and laughter!

First Anniversary DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

Photography: Jodi and Kurt Photography | Ceremony Church: Holy Rosary Catholic Church |Floral Design: Edge Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Paper Materials: Cheree Berry Paper | Save The Date: Serendipity Beyond Design | Catering & Cake: Occasions Caterers | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd & La Tavola Fine Linen | Music: Rhythm Collective – Elan Artists | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Videographer: Bowen Films

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Planning a Milestone Birthday!

April 11, 2019. Category: 40th Birthday Party, 60th birthday celebration, First Birthday Party, milestone birthday party, uncategorized

Is there anything more fun than planning a birthday party?

From your child’s first birthday party, to your mom’s 60th or your 40th, we love any reason to celebrate! Here are a few of our favorite milestone celebrations

This boho themed first birthday party for this darling little girl was colorful, relaxed and beautiful.

From the moon bounce, to the petting zoo, face painting and a performance from the Great Zucchini this lovely little’s girl first birthday party had something for everyone!

Her beautiful and delicious birthday cake by Buttercream Bakeshop was almost too pretty to eat. Thank goodness sweet Ella had her very own smash cake!

Guests gathered under a shaded tent to sit, eat and cool off! Rustic farm tables and mismatched chairs from Something Vintage along with beautiful lush flower arrangements by Sweet Root Village was boho perfection!

Even the kids table was a huge hit low farm tables with pillows, poofs were the perfect height for the littlest guests. Photography: Lisa Blume

For this fun loving and stylish 60th birthday party held at the industrial Dock5, we pulled inspiration from a PaperlessPost invitation which featured a large gold pinata inspired 60, which was the perfect theme and threaded throughout the entire party.

Guests were greeted by scrumptious food stations like Breakfast at Midnight, activities from blackjack to pool to a palm reader and who could forget about the band.

This mirrored bar with large. white frilly balloons gave the guests the perfect spot to grab one of the birthday girl’s favorite cocktails! | Catering: Design Cuisine

Photography: Bonnie Sen | Event Decor: Amaryllis Floral and Event Design

For this Palm Springs inspired 40th birthday celebration we wanted bright warm hues, a mix of different textures and relaxed vibes using inspired from the Parker Palm Springs hotel.

This beautiful custom and delicious birthday cake by Fluffy Thoughts was a focal point, with palm springs inspired flowers and Parker Palm Springs details it was a hit!

No birthday celebration is complete without balloons and this balloon installation was the perfect accent to the succulent plants that were given out as favors at the end of the night. Balloon Installation: All About Balloons

Photography: Lisa Blume | Rentals: Something Vintage | Rentals: Social Supply Design and Decor

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Classic Black Tie Wedding at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

March 24, 2019. Category: anniversary, black tie, classic, uncategorized

This sweet couple had a spectacular wedding day even though every unexpected thing that could happen, did. Luckily for us Jen and Jamie took everything in stride and they had the perfect wedding day despite some aforementioned hiccups!

Wishing you both very happy first anniversary!

Black Tie Wedding, Luxury Wedding, Washington DC Wedding, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Wedding, A. Dominick Events, Eli Turner Photography

After scouring the DC events calendar, Jen and Jamie decided March 24th, 2018 was the perfect day to have a wedding in DC. There were no “scheduled” events, the weather would be great, and the Cherry Blossoms were sure to be in full bloom. They booked their venue – the Andrew Mellon Auditorium – right in the heart of Washington, DC. A few weeks prior to their wedding date, the unfortunate reality set in that snow was in the forecast and the largest anti-gun march ever would be the same day!

Andrew W. Mellon Wedding  A. Dominick Events, Black Tie Wedding
Classic Black Tie Wedding Ceremony Eli Turner, A. Dominick Events Wedding Planner, DC Wedding

The week prior to the wedding, two funny things happened. First, one of Jen’s bridesmaids unfortunately had the wrong wedding date planned. She was leaving for Tokyo for her spring break that Sunday. And guess what? She wasn’t supposed to return until a week and a half later. Jen says she learned just how strong their friendship was when the bridesmaid said she’d fly back early from Tokyo to be there for the big day!

Bridesmaids, Bridesmaid dresses, Black and White

Second, the Monday before the wedding, the couple learned all streets surrounding the Mellon Auditorium would be closed until 6:00 pm on their wedding day. This meant their 5:00 pm wedding ceremony couldn’t happen until 7:00 pm when the streets were open.

The road closures meant no vendor trucks could get near the Mellon Auditorium on Saturday; everything needed to be at the venue by Friday. This included everything from tables and chair to flowers… and a refrigerated truck (guarded by an overnight security guard) with all of their food!

Andrew W. Mellon Wedding, A. Dominick Events

Within two days, they collected email addresses for all 235+ guests, and notified them via Paperless Post about the last minute schedule change. Thank goodness for technology – everyone noted the change and they were good to go! After the 5” of snow hit and completely shut down DC that Wednesday, they thought nothing else could possibly go wrong and they were right – everything after Wednesday was perfect.

Saturday evening was filled with delicious food, tasty cocktails, and amazing music and dancing.

Happy Anniversary Jen and Jamie

We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and adventure!

Photography: Eli Turner Floral Design: Edge Floral

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Let’s hear it for the boys!

March 21, 2019. Category: groom, groomsmen, uncategorized, wedding style

As much as we love a gorgeous wedding dress and a timeless veil, we can’t forget to mention all of the handsome (and fun) groom looks we have seen. From classic black tie tux, to a well tailored suit, custom cummerbunds and bow ties, the possibilities are endless for the gentleman.

Here are a few of our favorite ways our grooms have showcased their style and looked fresh on their wedding day!

A classic black tux is a timeless and classic choice, and is always in style not matter what time of the year you are getting married! Jodi and Kurt Photography

Tailored suits is shades of blue, are great for a summer wedding when the temperatures are warmer. Abby Jiu Photography
Having a mobile barber come to you for a trim or a hot shave the day of your wedding will ensure your skin or beard look the very best! Mantas Kubilinskas Photography

A unique boutonniere will make sure the groom stands out! Abby Jiu Photography

Monogrammed suspenders are a fun way for him to personalize his tux and they make a great groomsmen gift! Patricia Lyons Photography
These gentleman had a little fun as their role as groomsmen, each choosing their favorite superhero motive to wear as socks. Cassidy Duhon Photography

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