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

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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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WEDDINGS: Fall Wedding Flowers Featured in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine

October 24, 2013

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Last year we designed this centerpiece of muted autumnal tones for Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.

Glittering golds and champagnes all blended together with ‘Vendela’ roses, mimosa, phalaenopsis orchids and cream ‘Gracia’ spray roses. {Gold-leaf cachepot, antique candle stands, woven gold-sequined tablecloth, gold-rimmed stemware and gold flatware and chargers, all provided by Evantine.} 

{Photo courtesy of Brett Thomas for Philadelphia Wedding}

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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FEATURED: The Romantic Wedding of Susan Stripling and Cliff Mautner is on Junebug Weddings

July 12, 2013

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We’re thrilled to see the wedding of Cliff Mautner and Susan Stripling featured on Junebug Weddings today. We particularly love what Susan had to say about the event design…

“I’ve had 12 years of watching other people design their weddings and I knew very clearly what I wanted to do, and Cliff felt the same. Along with Brian Kappra of Evantine Design we chose the clear ghost chairs and long farm tables. I provided an image of what we wanted the chuppah to look like. And other than that? It was all Evantine. We spent a few hours with Brian choosing the china and I hired a calligrapher to do the place settings but otherwise the execution of the vision was all him. I think the only direction we gave him was really “a lot of fire and we don’t really like flowers.” Simple, clean, dramatic, and nary a mason jar in sight.”  ~ Susan Stripling

Oh, Susan. You KNOW how we feel about mason jars! To read more about their wedding, hop on over to the always delightful Junebug Weddings.

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You can view more images from Cliff and Susan’s incredible wedding HERE.

{Photo courtesy of Daniel Kudash of Davina + David}