WITH GRATITUDE: A Fond Farewell to the Four Seasons Philadelphia

June 3, 2015
Wedding 2013 | Photo courtesy of Sarah DiCicco

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Sarah DiCicco

By Brian Kappra, Owner and Creative Director of Evantine Design, Inc.

Well, the end of an era has finally arrived. It’s a sad, sad, SAD week as the legendary luxury hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, is closing its doors at One Logan Square. In a couple years, it will reopen in a new chi-chi spot high in the clouds and we intend to party hard there, God willing! However, and I speak for myself, as well as the whole Evantine Design crew, WE will always be grateful for the amazing 30+ years we worked on events at the Four Seasons. The number of incredible events we produced and planned under that roof make my head spin! In fact, I remember bringing trees up to the roof of the building in 1983 when it was being topped off and the hotel was just being introduced to Philadelphia!

As you can see from the collection of event photos below, we have enjoyed many years of fellowship, collaboration and partnership with the exceptional professionals that proudly call(ed) the Four Seasons home. Unbelievable stories, memorable occasions, unforgettable celebrations. That’s the Four Seasons spirit and it will rise again! And when it does, Evantine will be there. Ready for the next chapter to begin… but seriously…

THANK YOU for redefining the standard of luxury in Philadelphia. XOXO Brian

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bat Mitzvah | MK Photo

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

Bar Mitzvah 2014 | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding 2005 | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Philip Gabriel Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Michael Smith/Ash Imagery

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Michael Smith/Ash Imagery

Corporate Party | Photo courtesy of Faith West Photography

Corporate Party | Photo courtesy of Faith West Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Wedding 2008 | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

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Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Paul Loftland

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Liz Banfield

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Evantine Design  /Photo Courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography


SHOP: Patrick Michael Fabric Clutches for the Savvy Styliste

May 29, 2015

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PATRICK MICHAEL FABRIC CLUTCHES are made with discontinued fabrics sourced from textile mills around the world, making each bag totally one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly and fabulously stylish for Summer. Or Fall, or Winter, or whichever season you need them for and feel inspired by!

Perhaps a brilliant wedding party gift? Our brides tell us all the time how almost impossible it is to figure out the perfect gift for their bridal attendants. Cashmere wraps? Necklaces? Earrings? Sure, all sweet ideas sure to please AND serve a purpose. But, we love the idea of these pretty evening bags from Patrick Michael serving as delicate, fashion-forward gifts for your gaggle of bridesmaids! All the same gift, but each getting their own unique variation! A gift to cherish for years to come and one not to scream BRIDESMAID when seen on the street. A win-win in our book.

Just a few photos of the lovely clutches now available in our retail store at The Rittenhouse.

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Visit our Evantine Boutique at The Rittenhouse at 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.


MITZVAHS: A Mod Mitzvah for Dylan at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

May 19, 2015

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Hard to believe our beloved Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is closing its doors soon {this June!} at their current location  at One Logan Square. At this point, it’s just a matter of days now when we end an era and await the new one to begin in 2016. Yes, they absolutely will reopen here in Philadelphia! But, as we mentioned before, we have many happy memories and proud moments of events we designed at the hotel. Like Dylan’s contemporary Bar Mitzvah celebration (shown here in this post) which we installed in the Spring of 2012. Another total transformation of the space where white fringe ruled the entrance area, sleek white furniture screamed MOD!, and the entire ballroom was aglow in dramatic blue lighting. {Photos courtesy of Susan Beard Design}

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FASHION: Style Reigns at Another Philadelphia University Fashion Show

May 3, 2015
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Kayla Donovan’s gown, made in collaboration with textile design student Jennifer Biggs, wins “best of show.”

AS SEEN ON WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY.

1200 sexy Lucite chairs later, we can say the Philadelphia University Fashion Show just gets better and better! Yet another very sleek, very BIGTIME fabulous, fashion event in the City of Brotherly Love to rival all others in the Big Apple and beyond! Creativity lives in our youth and Evantine Design couldn’t be more thrilled to set the stage, literally, for their talent to shine! Read the rest of this entry »


ABOUT US: Celebrating 20 Years at The Rittenhouse Hotel!

April 29, 2015

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WE’RE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS AT THE RITTENHOUSE!

Unbelievably, this week marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of our Evantine Boutique at The Rittenhouse!!!!!

Although we were creating some of Philadelphia’s chicest parties for years (and years, and years…) before we moved into this prestigious hotel, it seems like just yesterday we signed the lease for the lobby retail space. From designing stylish parties and lavish weddings in their elegant ballroom, to wrapping up fresh floral bouquets daily for dedicated clients, landscaping the garden with seasonal blooms, and decorating the lobby for the holidays, over the past 20 years we have gotten to know the hotel inside and out as our second home! Truly, it has been an inspiring 20 year partnership!

Over the years we have had the pleasure to work with many talented members of The Rittenhouse staff. Most particularly, Lori Maslowski in the catering department. Right up to last night when we were back in the ballroom with a cool Mad Men-themed party! As usual, Lori and her talented food and beverage team made sure each and every detail was taken care of beautifully and efficiently.

Thank you Team Rittenhouse for all that you have done and continue to do! Everyone at Team Evantine looks forward to another 20 years!

Love, Brian Kappra, Creative Director of Evantine Design

{Photo of a classic Rittenhouse Wedding we designed in the hotel ballroom courtesy of Faith West Photography}


REAL STORIES: Celebrating Club Cory on this Mitzvah Monday!

April 13, 2015

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Happy Mitzvah Monday! The weekend is behind us and we are happy to proclaim that we managed to survive another absolutely AH-mazing mitzvah party! When you produce the detailed, labor-intensive events that we do, day in and day out, it can get a little stressful. But all that passion for producing the impossible in a matter of hours is what we live for! Cory’s Modern Mitzvah this past Saturday at Meadowlands Country Club was another example of that passion. We designed and produced an experience that not only WOWED Cory’s guests from the moment they arrived, but kept them engaged and energized right up until the last sweet second. Always wonderful to get a note like this from your client:

Thank you Brian and Evantine Design for creating such an amazing night. The room was spectacular. You are a pleasure to work with and your vision and creativity is like no other. Thank you for making everything work and creating a beautiful room. There was no detail left out. Thank you for not only doing your part but also reaching out to all my other vendors and making sure everyone was on the same page!!! You are awesome!!!!

I thank my entire, talented design and production team for their dedication and creativity. Team Evantine, we did it again! We worked together to manufacture some unique custom touches throughout the event that made CLUB CORY truly special!  Love, Brian Kappra, Creative Director & Chief Crazy Read the rest of this entry »


SHOP: Spring is Blooming in Our Store with Faux Flowers

March 20, 2015

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Okay, calm down, you saw the word “faux” and thought… what? A floral designer and Best of Philly florist selling fake flowers? YEP! Yes, we are. Proudly, we might add. And, yes, we know exactly what you’re thinking. Fake flowers are nothing but waxy plastic leaves, fraying petals, fading ombré coloring, and, the pièce de résistance, a liberal coating of dust you can proudly display ever-more on your hall table. Does that about sum it all up? Well, think again! Those days are GONE!

The {faux} flowers currently blooming in our Rittenhouse shop are nothing like the scary fakes of old. Not only do these elegant silk petals, flowering branches and edible fruits look the part, they’re perhaps the laziest finishing touch we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. No watering, no wilting, no rotting stems festering at the bottom of your favorite vase or vessel – what’s not to like? Sometimes you just need EASY for dramatic impact on an everyday level.

When we opened these boxes we couldn’t believe they were fake flowers either. But hey, don’t take our word for it. You’ll have to come in to view these babies yourself. Seeing might well be believing on this one. There’s even a whole gaggle of silk herbs and ivy topiaries in every shape, size and container you can imagine. Hey, if your favorite celebrities love them, perhaps you can too!

So, next time you find yourself on an A-list yacht or high in the penthouse suite, peer a little closer at those pretty pink peonies. Better yet, put your nose in them and see if those beauties are really REAL. You’be be surprised how many of these babies we sell. {we’ll have your bunch wrapped up and ready as soon as you call…}

P.S. And YESSSSSS, we still do, and always will, have luscious real and infinitely fragrant flowers here in the Evantine Boutique as well. Duh.

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Evantine Boutique at The Rittenhouse, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-790-2576, Open Monday-Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.


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