{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

{Real Invitations} Silver & Pink Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations

Inspire.Smart.Succes – My Experience Recap

I’m so excited to share with you a recap of the experience that I had a few weeks ago at the Inspire Smart Success Experience in Orange, Virginia.  Over the past year I have been researching several different conferences to attend because I’m a true believer in continuing to education.  I’ve noticed an increase in people starting their own “workshops” but I knew that I wanted to attend an experience where I would truly learn from recognized seasoned professionals.  I have been following ISS for sometime now and when I learned that they would be hosting an “experience” in Orange, Virginia AND one of my idols Preston Bailey would be attending…it was a no brainer that I would attend!

Stacie Francombe  has been embedded in the wedding industry for over 12 years, starting her own wedding businesses including Get Married. Working as a producer and host for the Get Married TV show and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly publication Get Married Magazine, Stacie grew the brand into a multi-million dollar company, and sold it in 2008.  Stacie Francombe is the founder of Inspire Smart Success, a three-tiered approach to helping wedding industry businesses grow and succeed utilizing the ISS Magazine, ISS Experience and ISS Mentoring.

The “experience” was held at The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange Virginia and it was just BEAUTIFUL.  I can definitely see returning to enjoy the award winning boutique hotel for short getaways and even a place to visit and be inspired to work.  I’m currently designing a wedding invitation suite that came to me as I worked while there.  The “experience” was amazing. I met a lot of wonderful, motivated wedding professionals and Stacie was such a warm and generous hostess! Having the opportunity to meet, Preston Bailey, Sonny Ganguly {CMO of Wedding Wire}, Brooke Thomas {Creative Director of Weddings Unveiled magazine} and Katie Martin {Editor-in-Chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings} was just phenomenal.  I have lots of ideas and plans to work on over the next few months.  #Excited!

Here are a few of my photos from the event! 


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1 September 29th, 2012 in Uncategorized

{LaToia + Bernard} Posh Princess Wedding

{Quick Look} Lori + Shun: Charming Whimsical Wedding

It’s ME! That’s my uterus!

Yes, its true….that’s my uterus!  We are expanding – LITERALLY…:)  Couldn’t be happier.  Lots of changes coming to make room for this little dude or diva’s arrivals!  Thanks for following our journey! Thank  you to The Purple Pug, Carolyn Horten Events, Lynlee Petite Cakes and Party Box Design for participating in my baby crawl!

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18 September 19th, 2012 in Ask Ebony

{Real Soiree} Hello Kitty Moonlight Cinema!

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5 September 14th, 2012 in birthday party ideas

LaToia + Bernard: Posh Princess Wedding

{Real Invitations} Navy Nautical Wedding Boarding Pass Invitations

hello lovely!
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.