IN YOUR WORDS: A Musical Note of Thanks

July 3, 2014

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Welcome to our new Thursday “Thank you” blog series where we intend to start sharing some of the truly unbelievable thank you notes and testimonials we are lucky enough to receive from our clients.

As you can imagine, “Thank You” can be an incredibly powerful pair of words and we never tire of hearing them. After spending months or years producing an event there is nothing better than hearing feedback from our client on how they experienced the event. We want to know if we nailed it! Did we achieve the intended goal? Were they blown away by all the details? What did they hear the most from their guests? Did we create magic, if only for one day? We live on this stuff, seriously!

So, here we are, ready to share our first amazing thank you note from one of our recent Bat Mitzvah clients who hosted their daughter’s special event at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia earlier this summer.

Dear Evantine Design Team:

Thank you so much for all of your magnificent recommendations, designs, planning, organizing and execution of Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah! It was truly beyond what I could have ever imagined. There was not a detail left undone. It was just PERFECT!

Brian is truly a creative genius. The graphic arts designs were unbelievable! The flowers, tables, linens, gift boxes and of course custom dance floor were incredible!

I truly feel honored to have had the privilege of working with all of you and seeing what artistic talent truly is.Thank you for making Rachel’s day the most special and a memory we will never forget.

Bill, Bonnie and Rachel Welch

{Photo courtesy of  MK Photo, “Documenting Life”}

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

January 8, 2014

Best Wedding  Venues on the East Coast Brian Kappra Evantine

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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REAL STORIES: A New Years Eve Winter Wedding Sparkles in Rittenhouse Square

December 4, 2013

As we enjoy another holiday season, we just couldn’t help looking back to this glittering New Years Eve wedding at The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia!  This stunning celebration was all about sparkle, shimmer and shine!

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WE LOVE: Designing Outdoor Weddings

November 13, 2013

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It’s only chilly November and we’re already craving warmer temperatures and outdoor weddings. Earlier this season we were thrilled to design a lovely garden-inspired ceremony chuppah for clients getting married at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Having planned and designed hundreds, if not thousands, of events at this gorgeous hotel, we can’t say enough about the beautiful setting and exceptional service. We just wish we didn’t have to stop working outside!

All that’s left for us to do is layer our floral designs and event styling onto the setting and another wedding environment is ready to serve as an unforgettable backdrop.

{Photo courtesy of Fred Marcus Photography}

WE LOVE: September Blooms

September 11, 2013

Fall Wedding Flowers Evantine Design Liz Banfield

SEPTEMBER WEDDINGS always seem to get the best of the summer blooms! Flowers that have warmed in the late summer sun, either intensifying in tone or fading into soft romantic shades that many brides adore.

This floral arrangement is just one of the many decorative displays we designed for a large tented wedding in the Philadelphia suburbs. As you can see, it was all about hydrangea, lilies, roses, berries and branches. It made quite a statement in the entrance tent!

{Photo courtesy of Liz Banfield Photography, Inc.}

WE LOVE: Fireworks!

July 4, 2013

“Fireworks are an art form that uses the night sky as the canvas.” Larry Crump.

Like most people around the world, we’re fascinated by the spectacle of fireworks.  Perhaps it’s their mystic allure of bright lights and big bangs in the dark night; all we know is fireworks transport us to a place of celebration.  Young and old, it doesn’t matter, we’re all brought together under the spectacular displays of falling stars.

Fireworks date back to 7th Century China, where people believed that fire could disperse evil spirits. Sparks were a good omen, sound could frighten ghosts, and smoke could create a healthy atmosphere. In modern China, much like their ancestors, people set off fireworks to express their happiness, to pray for peace and invite good luck during community festivals.

Here in America, the very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777 and fireworks were a major part of the celebration. This early fascination with their noise and color continues today as the American fireworks industry is now a billion-dollar-a-year business.  Most of which focuses on Fourth of July celebrations, followed by New Year’s Eve and Memorial Day.  However, more and more private events are using dramatic fireworks displays to mark momentous lifetime occasions.  As the perfect finale to their perfect day, we love when brides and grooms incorporate a fireworks show into their wedding.  Hearts race with excitement as the night sky literally lights up right before your eyes.

We wish our family, friends and colleagues a very Happy Fourth of July!

{Photo:  Philippe Cheng, Fireworks:  Firework Concepts}

WEDDINGS: Setting the Style for a Winter White Ceremony

January 22, 2013

Winter White Wedding Ceremony Chuppah

Weddings are rather like theatrical productions, with variations only in the pieces being performed and the personality of those carefully cast.

Some wedding ceremonies we produce are alternative, modern and downright edgy. Others are traditional, classic and grandiose in scheme. And then there are the wedding designs that fall beautifully in between, like this one we created for a Jewish wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Beginning with the softly draped ceremonial Chupah, the all white wedding was an elegant blend of lush traditional and updated contemporary elements that in the end made it truly magical.

FASHION: Monique Lhuillier’s Lovely Wedding Gowns for Fall 2013

October 30, 2012


As usual, Monique Lhuillier has designed a collection of wedding gowns that rocks our world.

Her Fall 2013 collection is all about a modern, fairy tale of romance with light tulle overlays, lacy illusion necklines, long sleeve columns, and wispy feminine florals. There’s even plenty of shimmer and sparkle on many of the silhouettes, just enough to satisfy every bride’s dream bridal style!  And, there’s a hemline and neckline for everyone as the collection includes contemporary high-low gowns, Hollywood-inspired A-line gowns with cap sleeves, one-shoulder tulle necklines, shirred and draped form fitters, corseted mermaids, as well as the traditional strapless ballgown. What is simply ingenious about the collection is that all gowns designed with an overlay can transform into a different look simply by removing it! For that after-party, rather than purchasing another gown entirely, you just need to remove the overlay, change your hair and jewelry and VOILA!  You’ve got a whole new look to work.

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Collage

The Monique Bride loves to feel red carpet ready, blending romance with sensuality right down to her toes! Monique’s new line of bridal shoes not only completes the look as she intended, but also makes a dramatic fashion statement.

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013

Other than seeing these beautiful gowns float past us down the aisle or dance around us on the dance floor, we find event design inspiration in the look and feel they convey overall.  We’re already envisioning wedding design concepts with whimsical, dreamlike gardens.

If you haven’t seen the collection yourself, take a little look at some of our favorites here…  or hop up to Manhattan as Monique Lhuillier’s new boutique opened this month.

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REAL STORIES: A Summer Camp Wedding in the Poconos

September 14, 2012

Camp Cafeteria Becomes Wedding Ballroom Evantine Design Love Shack

A true love story dating back to when the bride and groom attended Pine Forest Camp as campers themselves, then as camp counselors and administrators. They even shared their first kiss under the Friendship Tree. Their charming country wedding took place at the end of summer, when the last of the young campers had headed home, the football fields were quiet and the wild flowers were at their peak. Owned by the bride’s parents, Pine Forest Camp is a coed sleepaway camp with a sprawling compound that supports sports, arts, theater, cooking, horseback riding and more. Truly, the camp is a labor of love for this family and choosing a location for their daughter’s wedding was a no-brainer. It could only happen at camp! The 400 wedding guests were invited to their own “mini wedding camp” weekend packed full of activities, such as a welcome luau, aerobics classes, flag football, fishing, tented barbecue rehearsal dinner, fireworks, bonfires, lunches in the dining hall and horseback riding. In addition to the camp cabins, every hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast for miles was filled with guests. It was a warm, inviting and playful wedding celebration that made everyone feel like part of the family.

{Photos: Love Shack Photo}

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REAL STORIES: An Intimate Wedding at the National Museum of American Jewish History

May 16, 2012

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The religious and historic aspect of the National Museum of American Jewish History evoked the feeling of Jewish pride and modern glamour that this couple envisioned for their Philadelphia wedding.  {Photos: Cliff Mautner} Read the rest of this entry »


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