{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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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

{Real Wedding} Gillian + Cody – Sparkling Vintage Fête

{Quick Look} Lori + Shun: Charming Whimsical Wedding

{Real Invitations} Slate Grey & Pink Wedding Invitations

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virginia wedding planner I meadowlark botanical gardens

Last month I had the pleasure and honor of planning and coordinating Karla and Jorge’s botanical beautiful wedding on Memorial Day!  When Karla reached out to us we had a mere 3 weeks to familiarize ourselves with her wedding vision, vendors and the venue.  It was fast and furious but in the end turned out beautiful.    It was a HOT HOT day on May 28th but it was an absolutely beautiful day for a botanical garden wedding.  The Meadowlark Botanical Gardens was the perfect backdrop to this lovely wedding.  Here are a few photos from the videographer duArte Image!


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+ June 22nd, 2012 in real wedding

destination wedding planner I jamaica I Robin + Sly = destination Paradise

  Today we are so thrilled to share with you some sneak peeks from the lovely destination wedding we planned in April. The couple’s location of Negril, Jamaica wedding was absolutely beautiful and proved to be the perfect atmosphere for this union. The wedding was hosted at the boutique resort Moon Dance Cliffs in Negril.   We’ve

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{Eye Candy} Napa Valley Wedding Inspiration

This time next week I will be taking a much need mini-vacation to beautiful Napa Valley, California.  This will be my second time there and I can hardly wait to visit wine country again.  I thought I would share some beautiful Napa Valley wine country wedding inspiration.Enjoy! {Green Country Affair}  Decor/Tent: Classic Party Rentals Napa, Venue: The Densmore Farm, Favor: Nicki

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Wedding Eye Candy – Persian Italian

A few days ago, I came across a wonderful wedding planning site and blog that has so much beautiful wedding inspiration called Wedding Nouveau.  Where oh where were these sites when I was planning my wedding!  Thank goodness I get to live vicariously through my brides and other hostesses.  Look at this beautiful glamourous wedding

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+ May 4th, 2010 in crystals, eye candy, real wedding, yellow
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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.