REAL STORIES: A Modern Blue and Purple Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

January 9, 2015

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WITH THE COMING OF THE NEW YEAR, we’re ready to renew and refresh our blog presence beginning with, well, blogging! Duh! The last few months of 2014 were a blur of parties and events, and sadly, hopping on the blog and sharing the journey wasn’t as often as we like it to be. But we know you understand as we all get a little bogged down from time to time, right?

We ARE grateful to see that after 35 years in the weddings and events business, Evantine is not only still relevant, but THRIVING! Many, many wonderful changes are ahead of us this year, but one of those changes will be to see the end of one of our dearest event partnerships. Well, not the end, per se. Just a major shift that will require the end of a glorious era while we wait {impatiently} for the birth of a new one. Of what do we speak? The closing of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia on One Logan Square, of course! Over the many years since the Four Seasons Hotel opened its luxurious doors at One Logan, Evantine has produced countless glamorous weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, private celebrations, corporate and non-profit events in its stylish rooms. Too numerous to list, frankly. Blessed, honored and grateful would be the words that come to mind in thinking of all the parties we’ve had the pleasure to design inside and outside at One Logan. We’re truly sorry to see it end!

Transformation is afoot! With its closing comes a major renovation and a new luxury hotel set to open in its place. AND, more importantly, a fabulous new home in the clouds for the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia! But where, you ask? Well, as with most things hailed as “top of the line”, not just Anywhere Philadelphia. Comcast Corp. announced in January 2014 that it would build a new skyscraper tower in Philadelphia and as part of the $1.2 billion {and climbing} project, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia would relocate to the top of the new Comcast tower.

Well, as we like to say here in our own stylish rooms at Evantine Design, BRING IT ON! We’re ready to partner on new adventures! But first, to honor the beautiful relationship we’ve enjoyed with our friends and colleagues at the current Four Seasons Hotel property, until June when One Logan closes, we’re going to regularly feature a Four Seasons event we’ve designed. Yep, right here, All Things Four Seasons will exist on our Evantine Blog! And there’s no time like the present, so without further ado, here’s Juliet and Grant’s Modern Blue and Purple Wedding from May 2014!

{Photos courtesy of Liz Banfield Photography}

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PRESS: Four Seasons Magazine Features Juliet & Grant’s Philadelphia Wedding

January 6, 2015

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{As written by the Four Seasons Magazine}

Although Juliet and Grant envisioned a formal setting for their May wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, above all they wanted to ensure that their guests had a memorable evening. Their inspiration? Disco balls and Champagne. “I wanted a classic look, but a party feel,” Juliet says. “I wanted guests to remember how much fun they had.”

Blue and Purple Palette . . . Courtyard Ceremony . . . Candlelit Reception

The Scene: The wedding ceremony was held outdoors in the courtyard of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, followed by a candlelit reception in the ballroom. For décor, the couple chose a vibrant colour palette of blues and purples. Banquet tables were set with purple centrepieces of varying heights, shimmering tablecloths and cobalt blue stemware. A live band helped achieve the fun atmosphere Juliet and Grant had envisioned. “They made our reception,” says the bride. “We requested very few slow songs, and the band director added a rock and roll element so no one wanted to sit down. Everyone was dancing the whole time!”

Magical Moment: For Juliet and Grant, no single element of their wedding day was more memorable than the others. But seeing each other as Juliet walked down the aisle, with the sun setting, was one of two that stand out. For the second, she says, “We entered the reception to Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train,’ and the energy and excitement as we ran into the room was incredible.”

The Bride & Groom: Juliet chose a fitted lace Rivini wedding gown with an open back, which she paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps. The groom wore a custom black tuxedo designed by Peter Oliver.

A Personal Touch: For her “something borrowed,” Juliet wore her sister’s pearl-drop earrings. “I also wore a pearl bracelet that was a gift my dad gave my mom on their first Valentine’s Day,” she says.

Photography Liz Banfield Photography
Florals and Event Planning Brian Kappra, Evantine Design

- See more at: http://magazine.fourseasons.com/weddings/real-weddings/four-seasons-hotel-philadelphia-wedding#sthash.Rg0WHfcg.dpuffour seasons hotel magazine philadelphia weddings evantine design planning liz banfieldquaker weddings philadelphia non-denomination ceremonies exchange own vowsballroom weddings four seasons hotel philadelphia evantine design liz banfield


COMMUNITY: 2014 Marian Anderson Award Honors Jon Bon Jovi

November 18, 2014

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Over the years, Evantine Design has had the pleasure and honor of designing the event decor for many of the prestigious Marian Anderson Awards Galas. Tonight’s grand celebration honoring American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor JON BON JOVI, is sure to be as incredible as the others. If not more so. Not only for the amazing show that will assuredly take place on stage in the magnificent Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. But also, and more importantly, for the well-deserved recognition the event will highlight of the work Bon Jovi has done, and continues to do, to fight hunger and homelessness through Project HOME and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Many of his philanthropic projects focus right here, in and around Philadelphia, which makes this year’s dedication even more precious as our local community has been touched so personally by this humble humanitarian’s passion for helping others. We particularly admire his community restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey as HOPE really is delicious.

Tonight’s 2014 Annual Award Gala Dinner and Concert program guarantees a rockin’ night to remember with comedienne Wanda Sykes as host, spoken tributes by Senator Cory Booker and Project HOME Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion, as well as performances by Grammy Award-winning Estelle, The All American Rejects, Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Reaching out to others less fortunate really is a simple and straight-forward concept. One we have always taken to heart here at Evantine Design as that’s the principle Creative Director, Brian Kappra, feels strongly about himself and strives to honor every day. In other words, giving back isn’t complicated. It is black and white with sunshine rippling through it in hopeful, caring ways. Reflecting on that clarity of purpose, in our own simple way, for tonight’s gala, Evantine Design will be creating a comfortable black and white environment with pops of bright happy yellow, magenta and purple. It is a true honor to participate once again in this amazing annual event.

We encourage you to read more about the esteemed Marian Anderson Award below as it really is a tremendous gift to the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the greater community around us.

The Marian Anderson Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, honors artists whose leadership on behalf of a humanitarian cause(s) or issue(s) benefits society. Previous recipients include Berry Gordy (2013), James Earl Jones (2012), Mia Farrow (2011), Bill Cosby (2010), Maya Angelou and Norman Lear (2008), Richard Gere (2007), Sidney Poitier (2006), Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (2005), Oprah Winfrey (2003), Danny Glover (2002), Quincy Jones (2001), Elizabeth Taylor (2000), Gregory Peck (1999), and Harry Belafonte (1998). No award was given in 2004 or 2009. Created in 1998, the Award is named for the great Philadelphian and American singer Marian Anderson, and is produced and administered under the direction of J. Patrick Moran. Since its inception, the Award program has provided more than $500,000 in free public programs, residencies, commissions, and grants to young artists.

Marian Anderson, the most celebrated contralto of the 20th century, was born in Philadelphia on February 27, 1897, to an African-American family of modest means. Recognized for her extraordinary musical talent, as well as her generosity and commitment to others, Ms. Anderson was a master of repertoire across operatic, recital, and American traditional genres. Throughout her musical career, she played an incalculably vital role in the acceptance of African-American musicians in classical musical and in other previously segregated performing arts genre. In 1957, Ms. Anderson was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a Special Envoy to the Far East, and the following year President Dwight D. Eisenhower named her to the post of delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations. She sang at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961; in 1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon her. On her 75th birthday, in 1974, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution ordering a special gold medal minted in her honor. On April 8, 1993, Marian Anderson died at the age of 96 in Portland, Oregon. Her legacy continues to shine.


Freaky Good Times at M. Night Shyamalan’s “Shyamaween”

October 31, 2014

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As per usual, October had us partying down with a vengeance! One fabulous event after another to orchestrate, many of them for charitable organizations, kept us jumping from one side of Philadelphia to the other and beyond. Each party was chock full of all the fun, thoughtful, and, let’s be honest, sometimes whack-a-doodle, details we love to obsess over. None more so than M.Night Shyamalan’s first ever spookfest fundraiser, “Shyamaween” at the Mask & Wig Club in Philadelphia. As you can see from these incredible photos, we had a blast working with the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation’s uber-creative team! Wicked costumes, playful attitudes, clever entertainment, and generous guests. Everything you want in a Halloween gig! To read more about the incredible work they’re doing at the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, we encourage you to hop on over to their website. Happy Halloween!

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{Photos courtesy of M. Night Shyamalan Foundation aka #MNSFund}


Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Special Gregory Benjamin Jam

October 15, 2014

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Now, on sale exclusively at Evantine Design’s Boutique at The Rittenhouse, Gregory Benjamin Jam’s Special “Scented Lemon and Raspberry Preserves” created specifically in support of the Breast Health Institute and The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health.
If you know Evantine Design at all, you know we are HUGE supporters of charitable causes, particularly those organizations near and dear to our hearts. The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health is just one of those causes, and one we have supported since its inception. Apparently, we are not alone in our unwavering support as Gregory Benjamin Jam is joining in on the fight to raise awareness of the importance of breast health, and local Philadelphia-based Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH) is directly benefiting from their generosity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And that month is? October!
Gregory Benjamin Jam, the “Best of Philly” winner and recipient of “Best Artisanal Spread” by Cooking Light magazine is partnering with FBPH for the first time this year by using their artisanal craft to create a signature raspberry and lemon jam called Scented Lemon Raspberry Preserves.

“In creating the recipe for the Scented Lemon Raspberry Preserves, we wanted to use fresh antioxidant-rich ingredients like raspberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to not only make a great tasting jam, but also one that had important health benefits to shine a light on how nutrition can play an essential role in in breast health,” said Gregory Conocchioli, founder of Gregory Benjamin Jam. “As a long time supporter of FBPH, I’m honored to use my talents to help FBPH in the Philadelphia area in their mission to raise breast health awareness.”

When you buy a jar (or two or three) of Gregory Benjamin’s specialty Scented Raspberry Lemon Preserves you’re not only promoting#breasthealth, you’re also getting a jar full of fresh antioxidant-rich ingredients like raspberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

The delicious preserves will be sold all month in our fine gift boutique in The Rittenhouse, as well as online at Gregory Benjamin Jam. All proceeds will go to benefit FBPH’s Fund for Living program which assists women by covering costs or addressing unique problems associated with breast cancer care that are not commonly covered by health insurance programs, such as transportation to a medical appointment or childcare during treatment.

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Not familiar with The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health

The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health is a world-renowned nonprofit 501c3 foundation and think tank that serves as a catalyst to advance breast and prostate cancer education, awareness and treatment, while advancing the scope of scientific research through grants to pioneering doctors in both fields.  Since the organization was founded, it has gained regional, national and international recognition as a major source for public awareness of breast and prostate cancer related issues. We encourage you to learn more about the foundation and the wonderful ways they selflessly do what they do by visiting their website at www.fbph.com.

Available until October 31, 2014 at Evantine Design at The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Upper Lobby Level, Center City Philadelphia
Hours Monday through Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm, 215-790-2576

Opera Philadelphia Celebrates Their 40th Season Right on Broad Street

October 12, 2014

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Just a month ago today, Opera Philadelphia celebrated its 40th Anniversary season with a spectacular evening of performances entitled “From the Stage to the Stars.”

The black tie event began with a cocktail reception at the Academy of Music, an historic arts venue that was built in 1857 and which is the oldest opera house in the United States. The more than 400 well-heeled guests, including opera superstars Nathan Gunn, David Daniels, Eric Owens, Isabel Leonard, Ailyn Pérez, and Stephen Costello, as well as actor David Hyde Pierce, the gala’s Honorary Chairs Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife Lisa, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Kevin Puts and Jennifer Higdon, sat on the stage of the Academy of Music for an intimate recital by Soprano Ailyn Pérez and Tenor Stephen Costello, and then dined and danced in a tented ballroom constructed on the Avenue of the Arts. In this time lapse video shared below, you can see the amazing tented ballroom as it was installed on Broad Street aka Avenue of the Arts. The tent itself was beautifully and efficiently constructed by Select Event Rental with air-conditioning provided by Priority Rental.

Attendees were seated in a clear tent “under the stars” for dinner with special guest performances, a lively “live auction” and plenty of dancing. And if that wasn’t enough celebration, guests were invited to continue the party with dessert and dancing back in the Academy of Music lobby. We had a ball creating a glamorous event design to honor the momentous occasion.

The Gala proceeds of $500,000 will benefit Opera on the Mall, Opera Philadelphia’s annual broadcast to Independence National Historic Park.


Colorful Leadership Meeting for ADP at Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 3, 2014

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Yet again, when a client puts their complete trust in the event planning team at Evantine Design, we are only too happy to tackle every challenge to bring to life the thoughtful, branded event they imagined. Earlier this week, we produced a rainbow of modern style for ADP’s Senior Leadership Meeting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As one of the nation’s foremost destinations in which to see world-class art, the Greek Revival main building of the museum is one of the city’s most prestigious venues for corporate events. Thanks to the tremendous talent of Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele, the original architects of the building, the grand, formal nature of the museum gives us event designers much beauty to work with! From stellar, artistic lighting and special effects projected pn statues, walls and steps, to the innovative, urban-classical entertainment and branded decorative accessories, ADP’s meeting was one to remember.

But of course, as you know, we love to make a dramatic statement with our floral decor and this event was no different. Working within the traditional walls of the museum, we elevated the majestic spaces to modern times with contemporary designs that included long feast tables covered with green and white patterned linens, clean white table settings, and glossy white dinner chairs. Running the length of each of the dinner tables, we created centerpieces in custom-made white rectangle wood vases filled with low, lush ombre arrangements of flowers. Seasonal and exotic blooms, such as orchids, dahlias, hydrangea, roses, and tulips, were arranged in bright modern colors that moved from white to yellow, vibrant green, orange, magenta, red, plum, and purple. Striking, bold and yet perfect for networking across the tables.

All branded materials, from signage to menus, placecards and napkins, were orchestrated by our team to flesh out all the details into one cohesive event design. And, as mentioned earlier this week, we brought in the uber talented Black Violin to perform for the guests as yet another nod to ADP’s focus on innovation.

Knowing that it takes a village to make these types of events happen, particularly when produced in pressured, short time frames in public spaces, we thank the talented culinary team at Stephen STARR Events for their collaboration on the menu and food styling for the event.


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