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


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}


WE LOVE: A Chuppah with a Rainbow of Blooms

May 28, 2013

Colorful Chuppah Arlene Bluestein Evantine Design

We just had to share a quick peek at the colorful floral Chuppah we designed at one of our gorgeous weddings over the holiday weekend. If the bride’s note indicates anything, we NAILED IT!

You are a brilliant, creative, mind-reading genius. THANK YOU for making the wedding of our dreams. WE LOVE YOU!” ~ Elizabeth

Together with the rest of our hard-working Evantine Team, Event Designer, Arlene Bluestein, created a vibrant celebration at the Please Touch Museum. And it all started with this happy, lush floral Chuppah!  How many people can say they were married next to a carousel? Not many. But when you’re designing a sentimental focal point to sit next to such a powerful visual,  you know you have to think BIG and BRIGHT!

Carousel Wedding Please Touch Museum Chuppah Evantine Design


WE LOVE: The Beauty of Black and White

May 8, 2013

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For event designers and party planners, the world of events is tremendously exciting because designing rooms and spaces is a process of starting afresh, taking risks, and giving shape to the imagination. Working within the constraints of budget and the client’s taste is expected, but as far as color selection, most event designers draw on a kaleidoscope of options. Yet, sometimes living on the color wheel is overwhelming.

We have found that paring down a party’s color scheme to black and white can tone down that pressure, yielding a tremendously powerful, eye-catching result. In all its simplicity, black and white décor is at once modern and classic, dramatic and understated, as it is timeless and elegant.  In other words, it’s a sure thing.

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Evantine-Room

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Black and White Modern Mid Century Stage Backdrop Evantine Design

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Black and White Polka Dots Evantine Design Paul Loftland

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No matter how you position them,  black and white will evoke a sense of romance and style that transcends time.  We have only to look to classic black and white films or photographs to know that time goes by in color, but we remember it in black and white.

{Photo Credis from top to bottom: Gown by Jean Louis Scherrer; Cake by Faye Cahill; Chuppah by Evantine Design, Photo by Cliff Mautner; Sheath Dress by Reem Acra; Photo of White Anemones in Black Vase by Kira Brandt; Black and White Wedding Gown by Vera Wang; Wedding Decor with Grand Piano by Evantine Design, Photo by Susan Beard; Beaded Evening Clutch by Oscar de la Renta; White Stephanotis Boutonniere by Evantine Design, Photo by Ash Imagery; Shoes by Balenciaga; Ballroom Decor by Evantine Design, Photo by Cliff Mautner; Black-and-white stripe round tray by French Bull; Cocktail-napkin tray by Jaye’s Studio; Melons sugar bowl by Josef Hoffmann from Neue Galerie Design Shop; Stripe salt and pepper shakers by Jonathan Adler; Awnings cup and saucer by Marc Blackwell-New York; Background of Cannes stripe cotton fabric by Ralph Lauren Home; Black and White Check Gown with Black Gloves by Pierre Balmain 1954; Polka Dot Table Settings by Evantine Design, Photo by Paul Loftland; Black and White Wedding Gown with Black Gloves by Vera Wang; Black Lace and White Wedding Gown by Atelier Aimee; Black Lace and White Wedding Cake by The Cake Girls.}


DETAILS: Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Dragonflies

March 19, 2013

Butterfly Placecards Arak Kanofsky Studios

As we work on a Summertime garden party, it’s not a surprise that butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies would come to mind for all the design details. Yes, like everyone else still buried under the blanket of Winter, we’re craving warm weather, lush gardenscapes and the beauty of nature. Our craving led us back to a lovely garden wedding we planned in New Jersey which incorporated butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies into the design. In addition to the beautiful custom save the dates and wedding invitations, the talented Heather Arak of Arak Kanofsky Studios designed hand-painted place cards that attached into the client’s hydrangea trees for guests to grab during cocktails. Absolutely, one of our favorite details! {particularly when we saw many ladies wearing them in their hair during the evening}

Butterfly Placecards Arak Kanofsky Studios Evantine Design

{Photos by Rachel McGinn}