PRESS: Brian Kappra Names Two of His Favorite Local Venues in Bride’s Magazine

January 8, 2014

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Not only is Evantine’s owner and Creative Director, Brian Kappra, a Philadelphia area native, but he’s been planning events across the Northeast for over 30 years! As a result, it’s no wonder Brian is called upon by magazine editors for his insight into some of the best places to get married.  Together with other wedding experts across the nation, Brian is featured in the recent issue of BRIDES Magazine talking about the Best Wedding Venues in America.

Looking specifically at the Greater Philadelphia region, Brian loves the classic elegance of outdoor tented weddings  at Andalusia and the sexy, urban loft vibe found at Front and Palmer. Why are they high on the list? Well, there are many reasons, from the scenic views and romantic settings, to the blank slate “make it your own” qualities that both offer our brides and grooms. Take a look at just some of the fabulous weddings Brian has designed at these wedding venues:  Vibrantly Hip Outdoor Wedding at Andalusia; Lilly Pulitzer-inspired Wedding at Andalusia; and a Candlelit Wedding at Front and Palmer.

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COMMUNITY: Marian Anderson Award to Honor Motown King Berry Gordy

November 19, 2013

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Motown founder Berry Gordy, Boys II Men, Chris Tucker, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Brandon Victor Dixon and Smokey Robinson! Just another Tuesday at Evantine Design, Inc. as the crew heads to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to install fabulous décor for tonight’s Marian Anderson Awards Gala honoring the incredible music industry icon, Berry Gordy. As it always does, the gala brings out the creme de la creme of Philadelphia society with just over 600 guests attending to honor and celebrate the amazing career of Berry Gordy. After all these years, we still manage to get starstruck when confronted with such amazing talent.

Hosting the 2013 Award Gala will be critically-acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker, seen most recently in the Academy Award-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook,” set in Philadelphia. To honor the musical legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the performance line-up will feature stars of American pop music. The program will include two multiple Grammy-winning groups: Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men plus Kool and the Gang. Joining them will be Philadelphia up-and-comer, Cody Wise, who starred in the “Lion King” on Broadway. Motown superstar Smokey Robinson will present a tribute, along with “Philly Sound” songwriting and producing pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, followed by a special performance by Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Gordy himself in “Motown The Musical.” Finally, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Marian Anderson Award, Former Governor Ed Rendell will be honored as its founder and for his impact on the arts in Philadelphia.

In announcing Gordy as the Marian Anderson Award’s 2013 recipient, Award Chair Pamela Browner White said that,

“This year we will be honoring an individual who created a new genre of American music that is beloved around the world, by young and old, black and white. Just as Marian Anderson did for classical music, Berry Gordy created an extraordinary common ground for all music lovers. Through his work with so many great artists, our society was brought closer together and we continue to sing the classic songs of the genre he created.”

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 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.


PRESS: Brian Kappra Shares His Thoughts on Outdoor Weddings in Philadelphia Style Magazine

September 4, 2013

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In this month’s Aisle Style in Philadelphia Style Magazine, Brian Kappra shares his thoughts on why historic Philadelphia venues for weddings are at the forefront of today’s sophisticated wedding market. “Riverfront ceremonies, brick patio cocktail hours, and intimate interiors fulfill the desires of discerning couples looking for the utmost in romantic country settings.”

In the article, Brian also suggests when selecting an old property or country building for your wedding that it’s “best to choose decor that complements the space rather than fights it.” Chances are, the whole reason the vintage venue has been chosen is because of the wonderful architecture, country quirks and whimsical details one cannot find in a hotel ballroom or country club setting.

Take a look at the full article above for additional tips from Brian…

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WE LOVE: A Garden-inspired Place Card Table for Ball on The Square

June 23, 2013

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We most certainly love getting these notes from clients after we have designed a party for them. Their note of excitement, amazement and gratitude makes our job all the more worthwhile.

“Brian – Many, many thanks for an outstanding job!! The decor last night was truly amazing! Everyone was raving about how beautiful the tents looked. The place card table was so creatively done and gorgeous!!! -Mary Parenti, Co-chair for the Ball on The Square”

These images were taken at Thursday’s prestigious Ball on The Square gala, an event we have designed for 27 out of its 30 years of galas. For this year’s celebration we went back to the beginning with an ode to formal gardens, classic architecture and elegant outdoor events. The Ball on The Square is always held in the heart of Rittenhouse Square on the 3rd Thursday of June.  This year’s gala, hosted by Mary Parenti and Rich Castor & Lynn and Howard  Shecter, was particularly special as it was a celebration of both the 30th annual ball but also the 100th anniversary of Paul Cret’s elegant design of the park.

If the name is unfamiliar, let us introduce you to Paul Philippe Cret, the French-American architect and industrial designer who for more than 30 years headed up  the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. As a prolific and influential architect, Cret co-designed (with Jacques Greber) the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as well as the Rodin Museum. He also built the Delaware River Bridge, now known as the Ben Franklin Bridge, as well as the Barnes Foundation Gallery, the Memorial Arch at Valley Forge, and Rittenhouse Square. Further afield Cret’s designs include the Pan American Union building and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the campuses of Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin.

A true visionary who inspires us every single day, if only in the creation of a place card table for a party celebrating his work.

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REAL STORIES: A Candlelit Wedding in An Urban Philadelphia Loft

June 6, 2013

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Some days we have patience, many others we do not. Today was one of the latter. We simply could not wait to share these stunning images from Cliff Mautner and Susan Stripling’s recent wedding as captured by their friend and professional photographer, Daniel Kudish.

As two of the best photographers in the event industry themselves, we knew Cliff and Susan would have an army of incredible photographers on hand to shoot their Spring wedding. And they did. Believe it or not, Daniel Kudish was actually the second shooter for the event, working alongside the lead photographer Mary Beth Tyson. {You can view Mary’s gorgeous images of the wedding here.}

Both of these tremendously talented wedding photographers brought their own artistic perspective to the day in a manner that every bride and groom should experience. Frankly, just having Mary Beth Tyson alone or Daniel Kudish as the lead would be a dream come true. But to have their collective views capture the wedding day in such emotional detail is something to cherish. As the event designers for the wedding, we were truly amazed by how Daniel captured the warmth and intimacy of the wedding ceremony, the rich, golden light of the candles on the dinner tables, and, of course, the ethereal cloud of Susan’s bridal veil. Simply magical.

{Photos by Daniel Kudish of Davina Plus David, Montreal, Canada}

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{CREDITS AND EVENT PARTNERS: Lead Photographer: Mary Beth Tyson Photography; Second Photographer and Artist who captured these stunning images DavinaplusDanielVenue: Front & PalmerEvent Designer: Evantine DesignCatering: Feast Your EyesLighting and Sound: Eventions ProductionsBride’s Dress: Monique LhuillierCalligraphy: Everly CalligraphyCinematographer: Ray Roman FilmsInvitations & Stationery: Two Paper DollsBand: Carnivale}


DESIGN NOTES: A Walk in the Warehouse

March 7, 2013

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Walking through the Evantine Design warehouse always impresses and delights our clients, from the new merchandise we’re constantly sourcing to well organized party supplies to keep things efficient… it takes a dedicated crew but the passion for what we do every day clearly shows… It’s truly a labor of love.

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COMMUNITY: Let Art Transport You to Another Time {Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts}

February 19, 2013

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In the Spring of 2011 the city of Philadelphia experienced a moment. An unprecedented moment of creativity, collaboration and innovation: The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, PIFA inspired our city to join together for 30 days of artistic presentations featuring more than 150 arts partners across the city. Would you believe that PIFA 2011 brought with it millions of dollars in economic activity? Amazing, right? We need more of that!

In total, more than 400,000 people – including 170,000 from outside the Greater Philadelphia region – attended the festival in venues and with partners from across the city. But beyond the numbers, PIFA put Philly’s diverse and extensive artistic contributions on the world’s center stage. This year’s PIFA will allow the community to embark on a new journey by asking “If you had a time machine…”  The answers are limitless and could include such concepts as exploring events that have or could change our world. Or, that let us see moments where new ideas were born. Or, perhaps encourage us to look back to places where history was forever altered.  Trust us, from everything we’ve heard about this incredible festival, through the expression of art we will all be transported to another time and place.  We were honored in 2011 to participate in the festival and can’t wait to design another incredible gala environment for this year’s celebration!

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During the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, stop by the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza and discover what “time travel” can mean to you on a personal level. See live performances, hear great music, grab a snack, bring the kids, and join audiences of all ages as they navigate an interactive Time Machine. As you can see from these photos, we all got to witness the construction of the time machine during yesterday’s press conference. As the always gracious Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center said, “Your own heartbeat will be part of the driving force of our time machine.”

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We were also treated to a preview performance of Tribe of Fools: Shut Your Wormhole. Using song, dance, and slapstick, Tribe of Fools create a fast-paced, five-part serial that comically explores the paradoxes that we often overlook when we think about time travel and the ethics that inevitably come along with the technology to change history.

Just one of many fabulous performances that will take place at this year’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts! So mark your calendars for a month of spectacular art ~ March 28, 2013 through April 27, 2013. Get your tickets and check the whole performance schedule HERE.

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MITZVAHS: Bringing the Jersey Shore to The Rittenhouse for Alexa’s Bat Mitzvah

January 30, 2013

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We love when clients walk in the door with a fun party concept that’s derived from cherished family memories. For Alexa’s Bat Mitzvah celebration, our inspiration came directly from our young client’s love of the Jersey Shore. Particularly, her love for carousels, ferris wheels and boardwalk arcades. With this fabulous collage of brightly-hued and vintage-toned beach scenes as inspiration, we managed to gather up plenty of playful ideas for her boardwalk birthday party.

{Awesome photos courtesy of Marie Labbancz, collage via Pinterest}

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REAL STORIES: A Zen-inspired Birthday Celebration at The Barnes

January 18, 2013

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What DO you do when you’re celebrating your 80th birthday? Duh, you throw a fabulous party at one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious museums! Just this past weekend, in the midst of producing several events on the same night, we created a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration at The Barnes Foundation.   Read the rest of this entry »


Sneak Peek at Our Moonlight Garden Wedding at the Hyatt at The Bellevue

November 21, 2011

Remember all those gorgeous flowers we mentioned on Friday? Well, here’s just a small peek at where they went and how they were used… {photos taken at the Hyatt at the Bellevue}

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More fabulous photos to come soon! Not to mention the sensational wedding we produced at The Rittenhouse… it was a BUSY weekend for the Evantine Design Team!

 


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