virginia wedding planner I Whimsical Willy Wonka Wedding in Reston, Virginia

Willy Wonka Wedding

A Whimsical Willy Wonka Wedding in Reston, Virginia I am so happy to share with you a few photos from this lovely wedding Willy Wonka Wedding of Termia and Willie’s, from last fall!  When I initially met with Termia and Willie, they told me of their desire to have a Willy Wonka themed wedding and honestly

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+ March 20th, 2016 in real wedding, virginia wedding

dc wedding planner I Lego Inspired Wedding in National Harbor Washington DC

A Lego Inspired Wedding in National Harbor Washington DC I was so excited when Aparna reached out to me to help plan her upcoming wedding.  My sweet friend, Marirosa from Photography by Marirosa had referred her to us.  Aparna and I met via phone where I learned all about her upcoming wedding.  What I loved

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+ January 4th, 2016 in dc wedding, real wedding, Wedding

Welcome to the new Sparkling Events & Designs

Welcome to the newly reimaged Sparkling Events & Designs! This rebrand has been a true labor of love!  As a designer myself at times it is hard to take a step back and let someone do what you think that you can do.  I designed my initial logo and I loved it for a while

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1 October 1st, 2015 in Brand

dc wedding planner I The Sunset Room National Harbor

Throwback Thursday:  Our lovely couple Alfreda and Harvey were married on one of the most popular wedding dates of the year 10.10!  When Alfreda and I began working on her wedding just over a year out from the wedding date, not even a venue was selected.  We worked together for months and months to perfect

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+ October 15th, 2014 in dc wedding, real wedding

{New Invitations} Slate Grey Fuchsia Glitter Wedding Invitations

Over the next few weeks I will be adding many new invitation sets that I have completed over the past year.  I haven’t always been able to photograph and post them but I’m trying to get better about that.  These invitations turned out just beautiful even though like many of my fellow colleagues, working with

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2 April 15th, 2014 in Wedding, wedding invitations

Lent: Random Acts of Kindness….. Your Turn!


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2 March 4th, 2014 in printables

{Real Invitations} Christmas Ornament Wedding Invitations

Last month we shared pictures from our Christmas Ornament Wedding Reception Celebration and today I want to share these beautiful invitations that we created for the event.  We used traditional Christmas and Holiday colors of red and gold with of course a touch of sparkle.  We used the gorgeous gold jacket sleeves and wrapped it

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{Real Soiree} It’s a Winter Wonderland Celebration

There is still snow on the ground here in the Washington, D.C. and I’m finally getting around to sharing some photos from one of our corporate end of the year events from last December at The Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner.  A local McDonald’s Co-Op hired us to design a winter wonderland celebration for their owners.  Ronald McDonald even showed up!  We decided to use these gorgeous 6ft tall crystal trees on alternating tables surrounded by soft pillowy foam and orchids at the base.  On the remaining tables we did an arrangement of white flowers including hydrangea, stock, and roses filled in a round orb vessel with silver ornaments.  The cool blue LED lighting and the lighting emulating snowflakes falling really made the room just beautiful!


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+ January 24th, 2014 in corporate events, crystals

It’s Our Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that we launched in 2010 on this very day and it’s been 4 years!  What a magnificent 4 years it has been.  Around this time of the year, I typically reflect on the previous year and everything that I accomplished and didn’t accomplish.  I tend to focus on all the things

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4 January 15th, 2014 in life

{Real Soiree} Casino Royale Holiday Celebration

Today I’m sharing photos from a beautiful Casino Royale Holiday Celebration hosted by one of our corporate clients for their employees. This particular Sunday in the Washington, D.C., area it snowed, sleeted and rained  – but that didn’t stop the almost 200 guests from arriving and partying the night away! Here are a few of my

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1 December 27th, 2013 in real party

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Welcome to the blog! I’m Ebony Sparkes and I am southern belle wedding and event planner serving the DMV. I love LOVE and celebrating all of life’s special occasions and this is why I became an event planner. I have been fortunate to plan amazing celebrations in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, Georgia, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic!

Our work has been featured by several industry icons like Preston Bailey, Amy Atlas, Hostess with the Mostess and Munaluchi Bridal.  Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC is also a recipient of Wedding Wire’s 2011 & 2012 Bride’s Choice Award, The Knot’sTM Best of Wedding Vendors for 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and an active member of the Association of Wedding Professionals.

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Founded in 2010, our mission was to celebrate life's special occasions, all of them. Today, we love working on all events big and small. We have a passion for designing events and stationery that are truly reflective of who you are. Contact us today to get started.