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


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 »


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.


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.


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