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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+ 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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Real Party: Sophisticated Superhero Party – Twin Super & Sweet 16

Welcoming Prince Sparkle – A Moroccan Baby Shower

I know its been a while since I’ve been around and this blog has been really slow.  However, I’m spending much needed and deserved time away from social media and enjoying this last pregnancy of mine.  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first son and the countdown is ON.  I made a decision

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5 February 25th, 2013 in baby showers ideas

{Real Invitation} Black, Silver Chandelier Wedding Invitation Suite

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{Real Wedding} Gillian + Cody – Sparkling Vintage Fête

{Published} James Madison University – Madison Magazine

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

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+ October 22nd, 2012 in press

{Contributing Post} Wedding Day First Look

Most couples have heard of the ‘First Look’… but what is it, what are the options, should you do it? You know, the moment when you see the love of your life for the first time that initial first glance? Nowadays, couples have options – The Traditional and the First Look. The Traditional choice is when the

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+ October 16th, 2012 in wedding photography

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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!

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