In January of this year, Kim contacted me to discuss her upcoming wedding in June. She had me sold at “the reception is going to be at National’s Park baseball stadium!” This was such a unique selection for a wedding reception, I was thrilled to be asked to plan this wedding. It brings me so much joy when couples make their wedding a true reflection of their personalities. Kim and Emil were such a joy to work with. Kim was hands down the most laid back bride that I have ever met! When I started working with Kim, the only items that had been decided with the venues and dresses, so I had my work cut out for me. I think that it turned out absolutely stunning.
Check out these goregous photos from Connor Studios.
Read more about the details of this wedding on Brides.com as a featured Real Wedding!
By Ebony | DIY
Today I’m excited to introduce a new series to our blog! In our home we have “Free-Day Friday!” and that the night that we typically will order food in, typically pizza. Our girls get so excited about “Free Day” because they don’t get take out like that too often and they get to stay up late and watch movies. It’s a Free Day!!!!! So every other Friday here on The Sparkle Spot, I’m going to be offering you a freebie, one that I create or one that one of my favorite party peeps create especially for YOU!
Today, I have designed a simple but elegant folded Thank You card in black and white! This free printable thank you card would be perfect for weddings, bridal showers or any special event. It can be embellished with crystals and ribbon for added flair!
Happy Free Day Friday!
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo! The Purple Pug has done it again! She has organized a MEGA and I mean MEGA giveaway in honor of reaching 8,888 fans on Facebook. She has enlisted an awesome group of party peeps to help her MAKE IT RAIN…Yes, we are giving away COLD HARD CASH..as in Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all! (Ok that was kinda corny). There are 96 awesome party chicks that have donated to make this one special treat for the lucky winners! Go —-> Run to Enter below!
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THREE randomly chosen winners will each receive $88 USD in funds via PayPal. You must have a PayPal account to enter.
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I’m back! Yes, after nearly 5 months, I’m attempting to get back to blogging. I have just been absolutely completely in love and busy with my new little fellow Maxwell. Who knew having a boy could be so unbelievable! We were blessed with Mr. Max in March and he is now four months old. Routine and pattern are starting to become words I use these days. I have been looking forward to getting back to my blog, in fact so much so, that I have a personal blog in the works!
In January, I got three emails from an eager young lady looking for an event planner for her Sweet 16 party. So I called her mom and she says, “Nia has been talking about your website and loves your work, we need you for a Sweet 16 for her and her brother!” From that moment, I knew this was going to be fun.
Nia and Malcolm are the sweetest (no pun intended) teenagers ever! When I met with them, my heart sang and I thought, I hope my children are as sweet and respectful as these two. You see, I do this little thing called event planning, not for the fame or fortune but because I absolutely love celebrating life’s precious moments. I.love.what.I.do! If I can make two 16 years teenagers dream come true… then well, that’s just amazing.
The twins had already come up with a theme for their party called, Sophisticated Superheroes! It was the perfect blend for the two of them. Nia the sophisticated young lady who loves a touch of bling and Malcolm the classic superhero expert who knows everything about every superhero that has ever lived. Now it was my job to turn this dream into a reality!
Here are a few photos from their party! The baby blue and purple satin linens with the bling wrapped vases were just gorgeous. I Want Ambiance lit up the house with purple and blue LED lights, and Capital Party Rentals erected a tent in the backyard complete with a fabric draped ceiling and string lights! Each twin had their own cake, provided by Tastefully Treated! The Flair Exchange created this gorgeous tissue tassel garland for the dessert table! Gorgeous checkerboard and chevron printed cake for Nia and a Dragon Ball Z, Spiderman, Naureto cake for Malcolm. Unfortunately, I left my camera at home, so these were taken with my iPhone.
I can’t wait for to do their weddings one day!
Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. I’ve been taking it easy and enjoying my growing belly (in case you missed it, we are having a boy!). However, I do have a few special clients and projects that I have been working on over the past few weeks. I am absolutely in love with this suite of invitations…silver, black chandelier inspired wedding invitations with just a hint of color added by the pink Swarovski crystals. This invitation design includes a double layer of black and silver shimmer paper and the invitation printed on luxe linen card stock, embellished with sparkly pink Swarovski crystals. These invitations certainly make a statement!
I’m so thrilled to share with you professional photos from our last wedding of 2012 that I have affectionately coined Sparkling Vintage Fête. When I first began working with the bride and her mom, I knew immediately that this wedding was going to be a special one. Gillian and Cody are such a beautiful couple and I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be a part of their “once in a lifetime” wedding.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Leesburg, the ceremony and reception were held at the gorgeous 400 acre Merriweather Manor. The manor features sprawling views as far as Washington DC’s National Cathedral, rolling hills, and gorgeous woodlands. Within the Manors enclave are historic barns, a pond graced with a white light tulip fountain and a log cabin. The perfect setting for a sparkling vintage wedding celebration. As each guest drove upon a dirt road through the thick of the woods they were greeted by a gorgeous colonial manor sitting atop a cozy enclave in the middle of the forest. On this crisp fall October evening, guests were welcomed with hot apple cider, while they made their way to the stone patio for the ceremony. With moments to spare before the sprinkles began, the wedding ceremony began on the stone patio with nothing but the gorgeous foothills serving as the background.
During the cocktail hour, guests then enjoyed touring the manor’s beautiful estate including the equestrian room, verandas, and gorgeous suites where our team decorated each room with photos of the bride and groom, a cigar station and the bride and groom’s signature mustache wall. The drink of the night was “The Buzz” in honor of the groom’s late father. Photography by Marirosa also provided a photobooth for guests with awesome props to enjoy and leave memories for the couple!
The reception took place under a beautiful twinkle light tent with exquisite chandeliers floating from the ceiling. The grounds of the manor were a perfect backdrop for the reception. Guest were invited to select their own seats and found there tables draped with white satin linens, napkins and silver chargers. The low floral arrangements by Buttercups Floral Design were placed in a silver vase and featured soft pink roses, white stock and lilies. Even on this cool brisk evening, guests were kept comfy with warming heaters throughout the tent. Guests danced the night away under the twinkle lit tent and sent the couple off with a sparkle!
I’m so thrilled to share that Sparkling Events & Designs is being featured in Madison, the official magazine of James Madison University. I am a proud graduate of the College of Business. I want to publicly thank my husband who reached out to Madison to tell them about my business. He IS truly my #1 supporter and a fellow JMU alumni as well.
The article means a great deal to me because JMU is where I learned many valuable life lessons, made life long friends and received an education that serves as the foundation of my professional career. It is truly an honor to be recognized in this manner. As one of many JMU alumni in an extensive network of business professionals and entrepreneurs, I am so grateful that Madison chose to feature Sparkling Events & Designs. Would you like to know a little more about me, my family and the story behind SED, read the full article here!