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.

Breathtaking views from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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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Sketchbook Series

May 02, 2018. Category: inspiration, wedding planner

Coming up with new ideas for clients is one of the very best parts of my job.  That said, it can be hard to communicate something visual, that doesn’t exist yet. How lush is the floral arch?  When I say asymmetric, are you thinking the same thing? How will the lining from your invite translate onto your cake?  The last thing we want, is to replicate something that has already been done, just because we can’t find a photo of it.

I have wanted to take a sketching class to better communicate with our clients, for ages and this year, I decided to take the leap and do it!  The Sketchbook Series lead by Very Mary Inspired was hosted at Paisley and Jade in Richmond.

The two day class was life changing.  I am only half joking.  I have become obsessed!  Not only am I making time everyday to practice for our clients but I have started drawing all kinds of random things that I see.  My husband is only slightly amused by the now constant bag of sketching pad, pencils and ruler I carry.

As a small business owner, I am always trying to find ways to improve and stay current.  I can’t wait to see how the sketches I am creating will translate to real life moments for our awesome clients!

Here is a sneak peek of some fun things we are working on.

Photography: Jessica Maida Photography

Stationary & Calligraphy:  The Idea Emporium

Custom Cakes & Desserts: Sweet Fix

Floral Designer – Floral Supplier: Photosynthesis Floral Design

Host Planner: Type A Society

Tabletop Decor: Something Vintage Rentals

Linens: Nuage Designs

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Lilac for Spring

April 19, 2018. Category: attire, inspiration, trends

I have loved fashion and following what is happening on the runway for as long as I can remember.  Once I graduated from FIT and got a job as a wedding planner, it became pretty easy to see how fashion trends make their way to the wedding world.

This season Lilac is all the rage. Pastels are always a popular choice for springtime, but lilac has emerged to be the favorite for the fashion gods and we are seeing it everywhere from suiting to jackets to accessories.  These pastel shades are light, and easy to translate to weddings. And we are sure they will be on everyone’s wedding Pinterest board soon.

Photo Credit: InStyle Magazine

Incorporating lilac into weddings will be super easy!  Bring in a pop of color into your bridal look by wearing a lilac hued shoe. Serve a lavender infused cocktail for your specialty drink like a lavender lemonade or lavender gin and tonic. Brighten up your  tablescape with colorful arrangements – try blooming wisteria, sweet peas, hyacinth, lilacs and tulip. Don’t forget that you can bring color to your table through the linen as well. And bridesmaids in lilac, will be fabulous.

Photo Credit: Jose Villa | Floral & Event Design: Joy Thigpen

You can see our take on the trend here.

 

Layering lilac linen and water glasses really drive the color home.

Dip into the lilac trend, and have fun with it!

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Grease is the Word

November 16, 2017. Category: afterparty, caterering, inspiration

After a long, fun night filled with dancing and celebration, your guests are definitely going to be craving a late night snack. Here are some of our favorite creative ways that party hosts have treated friends and family to delicious mini-meals at the end of the night!

 

You can’t ever go wrong with a burger and fries, especially from Boardwalk Fries. This classic combo was a huge hit as the party came to a close, and guests were loving the chance to indulge in some yummy sliders and fries at the end of the night.

 

At the end of this couple’s wedding celebration, they treated guests to the quintessential snack food after a night of fun: pizza! This pizza truck from DC Slices pulled up at the end of the night with several delicious options to satisfy guests’ late-night cravings.

 

This fabulous sixtieth birthday capped off an unforgettable evening with a wide variety of late-night treats, our favorite being a Breakfast At Midnight bar!

 

This fun couple stepped out of the box with this taco truck from Surfside in Washington, DC. This creative snack was a huge crowd-pleaser and was the perfect way for this couple to continue the good times had at their celebration!

 

 

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National Wine Day

May 25, 2017. Category: decor, details, escort cards, inspiration, National Wine Day, real wedding

 Did you know that today is National Wine Day? Not that we need a holiday to raise a glass, but it is certainly more fun when we have a good excuse!

We love how this couple’s vineyard wedding in Charlottesville inspired them to use wine bottles as their escort cards, such a fun way for their guess to find their seat.

Photography: Jen Fariello

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