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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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¬† ūüôā

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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Monster Bash

October 31, 2017. Category: diy, Halloween, holidays

Halloween is one of our favorite days of the year at A. Dominick Events. Hosting a Halloween party at home is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Halloween spirit and enjoy an unforgettable night that’s fun for the whole family!

Nothing gets people into the Halloween spirit like some festive decorations. The fireplace mantle was the perfect spot to highlight these gorgeous black, white, and gold pumpkins.

You can’t properly celebrate Halloween without treats for the whole family! Kids indulged in some yummy Halloween candy, while the grown-ups were treated to a full bar featuring some delicious fall-inspired cocktails.

A great DIY trick to incorporate into your Halloween party is to make your own lights. With a little help from Frost Lighting, these black witch hats from Oriental Trading were used to cover hanging light bulbs, adding a fun and spooky feel to the outside decor.

The party was full of activities that kept guests feeling the Halloween spirit throughout the night! There were plenty of games for the kids, including a skeleton ring-toss and this ghost bean-bag toss from Oriental Trading.

The palm reader added to the spooky atmosphere of the party, and guests had a blast learning about what their future might hold.

To fully embrace the Gypsy-inspired theme of the party, the grown-up dinner option included Spanish fare and tapas catered by¬†Occasions Caterers.¬†We couldn’t forget about the little monsters, so the dinner buffet for the children featured some kid-friendly favorites, including pizza and pigs in a blanket.

A huge hit with the kids was the decorate-your-own pillowcase table. They loved getting creative and designing their own trick-or-treat bags!

The night concluded with a costume contest for the adults, and with so many fantastic costumes, it was hard to choose a winner!

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography

 

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Memorial Day

May 22, 2015. Category: holidays

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all who have and continue to serve.

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Image courtesy of Eric Kelley

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Holiday Greetings

December 23, 2014. Category: holidays

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!

Our office will be closed this Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 – Thursday, January 1st, 2015.

See you in the new year!

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