A Real Wedding at The Sunset Room National Harbor, Marylard

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 real wedding, Wedding, wedding photography

{Real Wedding} Gillian + Cody – Sparkling Vintage Fête

{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

{LaToia + Bernard} Posh Princess Wedding

{Quick Look} Lori + Shun: Charming Whimsical Wedding

“I Wish I Knew” – Photography

Thank you so much to Ebony for asking me to be part of her amazing blog. I’m Marirosa Anderson….I believe real life is worth documenting and celebrating. Time moves faster than ever, few things ever slow us down allowing us to relive a moment like the power of a photograph. I am a wedding photographer, located in

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+ July 18th, 2012 in wedding photography

“I Wish I Knew” – Selecting Wedding Vendors

Happy Monday! This week I am starting a new series that will run for the next couple of months discussing what you should know when selecting wedding vendors.  Over the past few months as we move through wedding season, I have noted a few things that I wanted to share with you all.  I also

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{Fabulous Friends} Weddings by Marirosa Photography

A few weeks back I introduced a new section to my blog called {Fabulous Friends} and I’m back today with a new Fabulous Friend.  Weddings by Marirosa!  I’m excited to be working with Marirosa next year on at least one wedding and possibly some other top secret endeavors (she doesn’t about just yet).   I

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From Inspiration to Reality: Modern Vintage Wedding

This is by far one of the best “From Inspiration to Reality” wedding inspiration boards that I have seen over at Style Me Pretty!  Everything about this photo shoot screams glam!    It all started with this inspiration board submitted by Annie Packman.   The colors and decor are just fantastic!  You must run right over to Style

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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.