A Gorgeous Rustic Charleston Wedding at Cannon Green

April 21, 2019. Category: anniversary, destination wedding, uncategorized

Happy First Anniversary Ashley and Dave!

This stunning couple wanted to get married in a city that their friends and family would enjoy traveling to; Charleston was the perfect destination! With it’s gorgeous, warm, southern, and somewhat of a second home for the bride as her parents retired there in 2008.

They even made sure to give guests a list of their favorites places to see, eat, and shop so they could experience the best of what the city has to offer during their visit.

The bride wore a gorgeous bridal gown by Lela Rose

They wanted guests to see a more modern side of Charleston’s southern hospitality. They loved Cannon Green for its elegant simplicity.

They also knew that the “live wall” in the courtyard would be the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and cocktail hour (and look amazing in photos) and were drawn to the Trolley Room for its historic, industrial vibes. The two spaces complemented each other perfectly on the day.

Additionally, they picked Cannon Green for its incredible food! During cocktail hour, guests were treated to grilled peach and brie crostini, tuna tartare, lamb meatballs, crispy fried oysters, and fried chicken biscuits.

For dessert, they served guests full-size and miniature cupcakes from Sugar Bakeshop – a must if you ever visit Charleston! They loved how their signature vanilla cupcakes looked with their sugared blueberry toppers and their custom sign by Flourishing Penguin

One of their favorite details was incorporating Charleston palmetto roses into their place settings. They date back to the Civil War, when women gave men the roses to protect them from harm. Today, they are still considered symbols of true love. Many guests took theirs as keepsakes from the day.

For florals, their vision was classic flowers you see in rich, southern gardens. The bride’s bouquet had white peonies, white garden roses, Vendela roses, white anemone, olive branches, seeded eucalyptus, blue thistle, and dusty miller, and was wrapped in an ivory ribbon by Branch Design Studio

The round tables had centerpiece bouquets with similar flowers, and the gray wood rectangular tables had lush garlands made of several types of eucalyptus, succulents, blue thistle, dusty miller, accented by oyster shells and candles.

We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and many more travel adventures!

Vendors: Photographer: Sam Hurd, Ceremony/Reception Site: Cannon Green, Florist: Branch Design Studio, Stationery: Minted and Flourishing Penguin, Cake: Sugar Bakeshop, Hair & Makeup: Nadine Matarand Winston Thompson, Gown Designer: Lela Rose, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Ratio Clothing Customer Menswear, Band: Ben Fagan and The Charleston Groove Factory, Hotel/Bridal Suite: Zero George, Linens: La Tavola, Rentals: Event Haus, Vintage Car: Lowcountry Valet, Trolley for End-of-Night Transportation: Absolutely Charleston & Biscuits for Welcome Party Favor: Callie’s Charleston Biscuits.

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Desert Destination – Palm Springs!

January 15, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, bachelorette, destination wedding, inspiration, uncategorized

Here at A. Dominick Events we might be all about event planning, but we also enjoy getting out of the office from time to time and exploring! After a recent trip to Palm Springs, we would love to share our recommendations for this amazing destination – perfect for a fun weekend getaway, bachelorette location, or of course a desert oasis destination wedding!

Here are our recommendations for food, drinks, and fun activities!

Food:

We love the original Las Casulas for Mexican food, but be careful, the margaritas are strong!

Recommended Mexican food in Palm Springs
Yummy guacamole at Las Casulas!

Farm is such an adorable spot! Great for breakfast, but also a very romantic for dinner (think live music and twinkle lights). Be sure to get reservations!

Great breakfast, romantic dinner spot in Palm Springs
The perfect patio for brunch at Farm!

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. Totally the spot to run into celebrities in town from LA.

Pool side dining in Palm Springs
Purple Palm, the place to see and be seen!

Drinks:

Bootlegger Tiki – we love this tiny tiki lounge!

Intimate bar/lounge in Palm Springs
Fun and intimate drink spot – Bootlegger Tiki

4 Saints on the rooftop of the Rowan Hotel (which is also a great restaurant!). We stayed at this brand new Kimpton property and it was fabulous!

Recommended bar and restaurant in Palm Springs
See you at the 4 Saints bar!

Fun:

We went horseback riding at Smoke Tree Stables and LOVED it. The views are absolutely to die for and our guide taught us a ton about the desert.

Horseback riding in Palm Springs
The west is waiting for you at Smoke Tree Stables!

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for some amazing views. Full disclosure, I needed a few drinks with my fear of heights, but there is a bar at the top.

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Enjoy the view from the top on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

Take in the architecture of Palm Springs with The Modern Tour.

Modern architecture in Palm Springs
Visit the historic mid-century modern homes of Palm Springs

These are just a few of our recommendations for this amazing destination!

Where do you like to go in Palm Springs? Any suggestions for our next adventure?

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Destination Wedding at Round Hill Montego Bay Jamaica

January 25, 2017. Category: destination wedding, real wedding, wedding planner, weddings

We couldn’t think of a better place to kick off our 2017 wedding season, than at the beautiful Round Hill Montego Bay Resort and Villas in Jamaica! With its private enclave of luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms and lush tropical hillside it really is the perfect setting for a destination wedding. From understate luxury, rich history and old world glamour it is hard not to want to get married here!

We have been fortunate to plan weddings at Round Hill throughout the years, and as we get ready for the wedding we have this weekend, it is hard not to look back at one of our favorite couple’s destination wedding.

Photography: James Christianson

See more of this island wedding featured on Carats & Cake 

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Destination Wedding Tips!

May 23, 2016. Category: destination wedding, how to, planning, weddings

Though getting married on a sandy beach in the Caribbean or at a French Chateau in the South of France sounds magical, planning a destination wedding can be very  overwhelming! Here are a few tips on how to make planning your destination wedding a little bit easier!

Amory Donelly and Sean McAndrew1. We often recommend that couples take the necessary steps to ensure that their wedding is legal when they return to the states. It is always a good idea to be aware of the local (foreign) laws

Venue: One and Only Ocean Club Resort Bahamas  Photography: Christian Oth Studio

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2. As most destination wedding ceremonies take place outside, you will want to make sure your guests are comfortable during the ceremony. A great option is providing a parasol or handheld fan which will keep your guests cool and is a nice keepsake!

Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas   Photography: James Christianson

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3. We find hair and make up to be one of the more challenging aspects of a destination wedding. Whenever possible it is best to do a trial with the local options early on in your planning process. Even if the exact hair style  or make up look changes closer to the wedding a trial early on will allow you to evaluate their skill set and decide if it is worth bringing someone in for the weekend. Unlike other vendors that have a lot of stuff, hair stylists and make up artists easily travel to any destination

Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards   Photography: Sam Hurd

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4. Don’t honeymoon at the same resort as your wedding. Many of your guests will choose to extend their trip beyond your wedding weekend and while you love your family and friends you don’t want your honeymoon to feel like a family reunion. If you want to stay in the same destination at least consider switching resorts so you can enjoy some alone time as a married couple.

Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas   Photography: James Christianson

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Welcome with a Twist

February 24, 2015. Category: destination wedding, details, inspiration, rehearsal dinner

With so many people traveling to attend most weddings, it can be overwhelming for the rehearsal dinner to include all of the out of town guests.  One solution,  for many of our couples is a Welcome party.  This can be a very casual and fun way for guests  to meet and mingle.

Here are some pictures from one of our favorite destination wedding welcome parties.

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Be sure to incorporate some local flavor and fun!

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica| Photography by: James Christianson

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 Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica| Photography by: James Christianson

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica| Photography by: James Christianson

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica| Photography by: James Christianson

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica| Photography by: James Christianson

 

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