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!

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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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5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

March 14, 2019. Category: advice, maid of honor, uncategorized

If you’ve been asked to be a maid of honor (or matron of honor) in your best friend or sister’s wedding this is not only a huge honor, but a role that should be taken seriously and with stride. Your main role is really to be the biggest supporter of the bride during the planning of her wedding and more importantly her wedding day.

Here are 5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

1. As a maid of honor be prepared to jump in and help with anything. Abby Grace Photography
2. Carry the brides cell phone! As the maid of honor hold onto the bride’s phone for her and take photos throughout the wedding so at the end of the night when the party is over, she can relive all of the special moments all over again!
Bonnie Sen Photography
3. Learn how to do the bride’s bustle or at least have the wedding planner show you, so you can assist if need be.
Patricia Lyons Photography
4. Always have a small emergency kit with Advil, bandaids, anything you can think of! We like the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Brides as they have everything you need in the most adorable little case that can easily fit in your clutch. Bonnie Sen Photography
5. Have your own dress ordered, altered and ready to go well before the wedding. Make sure that the other bridesmaids do the same, the bride should not have to be chasing everyone to make sure they have their dresses she has enough to worry about. Bonnie Sen Photography

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Wedding Budget: Where to Spend your Money and Why!

March 11, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, anniversary, Luxury Weddings, uncategorized

You finally chose a wedding day and think you have found the perfect venue but now what? Before you start planning anything further, you need to put together a budget for your wedding day!

Do you care most about the photos you will keep or is it your dream to have a killer band for a rocking party?  Know that going into the budgeting process and allocate more money for those areas.  You also need to be prepared to scale back on the things you don’t care as much about!

Luxury wedding at the meridian house, entryway, Amaryllis Floral and Event Design, A. Dominick Events

Be realistic: Most weddings we see in the Washington DC area are $800-$1,200 per guest.  Don’t believe the “average” DC wedding budgets you see in magazines and on other blogs.  Unfortunately, you can’t have a wedding like you see in bridal magazines for $50,000 in this region. Period.

Wedding Guests: Your guest count is the biggest way to contain your budget (read: save money). Take a hard look at not only your guest list, but your parent’s list, and your groom’s parent’s guest lists to see how necessary each invite and plus one is. But hold on, your list isn’t safe either. Stop and think who you will still be friends with in 10 years. Those coworkers might not NEED to be included.

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Don’t forget the un-sexy items: Yes, you have to think about transportation, insurance, rain plan and lighting. These items might not appear in your Pinterest-fueled dreams, but they have to be a consideration in your budget.

Prepare for the Unexpected: Know that you will likely go over budget.  Most couples go over by about 20%.  Last minute add ons and upgrades tend to be the culprit here.

Prioritize: What are the items you care most about? Those items should get weighted more in your budget. What items do you care least about? You MUST choose some items to be less of a priority to get a realistic handle on your budget. In reality, your food and beverage will be the most expensive line item, but depending on your priorities, the band or floral and decor will likely be next in line.

Ask An Expert:  Hire a planner or at the very least talk to a friend who is recently married in a venue similar. They can outline the true costs of the type of wedding that you are thinking of having BEFORE you book a venue! We happen to know the best wedding planner(s) in DC!

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Top 5 places in Washington DC to pick up a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2019. Category: Sweet Treats, uncategorized, Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day this week, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite local places in Washington DC that you can pick up the perfect sweet treat for the love of your life or even your bestie! If you are not local, don’t worry many of these amazing retailers ship nationwide!

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE

You can’t go wrong with ordering some delicious cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake not only does the line still go around the block for those who are willing to wait that long for one of these sweet confections, they not only have lots of valentines day cupcakes specials, but they also ship nationwide.

A. Dominick Events favorite cupcake place. Georgetown Cupcakes, Valentine's Day, Sweet Treats

District Doughnut

Who doesn’t love donuts, conversation hearts and flowers on Valentine’s Day? If you said yes to all or any of those District Doughnut is where you need to go this valentine’s day. They are partnering with with #MadeInDC locals Ash To Oak to bring you doughnuts and floral arrangements. Choose the doughnut box. For chocolatey deliciousness, the Box of Chocolates is the move. For cutesy miniature doughnuts, check out the Conversation Hearts Minis. Each box comes with a ribbon, rose, and personalized note.

A. Dominick Events favorite Donut place in Washington DC. Flowers and Donuts, Valentine's Day

BUTTERCREAM BAKESHOP

Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, DC, is celebrating famous women’s voices in a limited-edition Valentine’s Day confection treat. #WomenCrushWednesday Bars featuring six confection queens: Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling, Samantha Bee and Kristen Bell, with one of their famous sayings on decadent fudge brownie bites topped with whipped coconut pudding buttercream. – Don’t walk – run to get your hands on one these or all six!

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Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Known locally for their variety of delicious treats and their famous wedding cakes! Fluffy Thoughts Cakes located in Mclean Virginia has some really cute sweet options for Valentine’s Day. From conversation heart macaroons, to a variety of Valentine’s Day Card cookies like the StarWars inspired “Yoda one for me” or “We go together like bacon and eggs”, to mini heart cakes, the possibilities are endless and delicious!

Fluffy Thoughts Cakes. Best cake shop in DC. A. Dominick top pick, Valentine's Day

SUGARFINA

How sweet is this? Did you know that the luxury candy store Sugarfina has boutique locations in Bethesda, Tysons Corner and Union Station and that they have a sweet new way to send the perfect, personalized gift that that is easy for you, fun for the person you want to surprise, called a Candy Drop? You pick the box, and then they get to pick their favorite candies, which are then delivered straight to their front door, making gifting sweet and simple. Luxury candy gift instantly, or schedule it for the future like Valentine’s day!

How sweet it is. A. Dominick Events favorite candy store. Sugarfina, valentine's day treats

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