{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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1 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

Jillian + Andrew: Christmas Holiday Wedding Reception

Today I’d like to share with you a few photos from an at-home Christmas Holiday Wedding Reception for a lovely couple (Jillian & Andrew) who got married in Dominican Republic.  On November 29th, the very beginning of the Christmas season, their parents hosted an amazing reception at Wolfgang Puck’s – The Sunset Room in the National Harbor.  We were brought in to handle the design and decor for the event.  Embracing the holiday spirit, we opted for arrangements featuring red and gold Christmas ornaments, pairing them with red and white floral arrangements.  They turned out just beautiful.  It was held on the night of the annual Christmas Tree lighting which made for an absolutely beautiful setting.

After enjoying a wonderful meal comprised of a fushion of Cuban and Soul food, guests danced the night away. Fireworks (like literally fireworks) erupted upon the evening close.  What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season. Congratulations Jillian & Andrew! 

Enjoy photos provided by Capitol Media USA.


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Sparkling Events & Designs - The Sunset Room - Christmas Holiday Wedding Reception


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+ December 13th, 2013 in real party, real wedding

Real Wedding: Kim + Emil: Take Me to the Ball Game!

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!



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+ November 21st, 2013 in real wedding

Free-Day Friday! Free Printable Thank You Card

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

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+ August 9th, 2013 in DIY, printables

Crazy 8 Party Train – Sparkling Giveaway!

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

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1 August 8th, 2013 in giveaway

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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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