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Real Weddings: Latoya & Rodney

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The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning. Latoya and Rodney were married at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve on November 11, 2018, and we asked them to take us on a visual tour of their Autumn Wedding Day!Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

10:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Latoya and her bridal party began getting ready in the RiverCrest Bridal Suite, while Rodney was getting ready at home. The couple’s Photographer, Burkett Photography, & Videographer from EBE Talent arrived for some getting ready content.

4:30 p.m. – Ceremony

Latoya and her bridal party headed to the Patio Terrace at RiverCrest to meet Rodney and be married. Their ceremony was officiated by Rodney’s family pastor, Reverend Nathan Coleman of Bethel Baptist Church in Phoenixville.

6:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened at RiverCrest, and the Autumnal vibe was beautiful! High and low floral centerpieces adorned with burnt orange and cream flowers brought the whole room together. Amber lighting throughout the room created a warm, intimate feel.

We were able to ask Latoya & Rodney a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

Walking down the aisle together after saying our “I do”s as husband and wife for the first time.

What was it like working with EBE?

Everyone was great to work with and they were able to bring to life a drapery design that I really wanted for the ceremony and reception space, which turned out great!

What made you choose EBE?

I was able to get a package deal since they have so much to offer!

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Honestly, don’t stress! Just communicate what you’re looking for and your vendors will be able to make your day truly special.

Vendor List Recap

Venue: RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve
Photographer: Burkett Photography
Videographer: EBE Talent
Hair & Makeup: J Touch Xperience
Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal
Groom’s SuitMen’s Wearhouse
Music
: EBE DJ Tom Hefferon
Wedding Cake: The Masters Baker
Florist: Risher Van Horn



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EBE Spotlight: Katrina Osnoe

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EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Katrina Osnoe this week, EBE’s Contract Administrator.

Katrina joined the event industry 5 years ago, after deciding that the Paralegal life wasn’t for her anymore. She joined EBE a year and a half ago as our receptionist, and was quickly moved into the Contract Administrator position. Her love of events and background in the legal system made her the perfect fit for this position.

Katrina can often be found eating grilled cheese, quoting her favorite shows, and letting out a laugh that echoes down the hallway.

I asked Katrina a series of serious & silly questions to get to know her better. Check it out below!

What is your go-to at karaoke? Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

What is your favorite movie? Gladiator

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I can stick my tongue up my nose?

What is your zodiac sign? Capricorn

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, and Avocado on Rye

What is your favorite thing about your career? Working with a diverse group of people

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Add more hours to my day

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join? Queen



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EBE Real Weddings: Dubraska & Jill

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The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

We asked Social Worker, Dubraska, and Social Media & Logistics Manager, Jill, to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day. They celebrated their gorgeous Philadelphia Wedding on November 25th, 2017 at 23rd Street Armory in Center City West. Their Wedding Style was industrial and chic with some beautiful earthy touches, and their color palate matched that perfectly.

Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

9:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Dubraska and Jill woke up together at the Embassy Suites Center City Philadelphia Hotel, and promptly moved to separate rooms across the hall from each other. They were each joined by their bridal parties, mothers, and their team of stylists. Ahlee and Ronnie of Juju Salon & Organics took care of everyone’s hair, while Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs, lead by Angel Simpkins, handled everyone’s makeup.

1:30 p.m. – Photographer + Videographer Arrive

The couple’s Photographer, Colin Coleman of Colin Coleman Photography, and Videographer, Andrew Gormley of Silver and Spark, arrived for some getting ready photos and video at the hotel.  

2:00 p.m. – First Look

The couple went across the street to Sister Cities Park for their first look, and to take some formal portraits. 

3:00 p.m. – Head to the Venue

Philly Transportation, LLC took Dubraska, Jill, and their wedding parties to the 23rd Street Armory, where the couple would tie the knot. The rest of the pre-ceremony photos were taken in the Armory before their ceremony began. The Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Flower Girls’ dresses were from Azazie, Dubraska’s Pantsuit was by Jill Jill Stuart from BHLDN, and Jill’s Gown was by Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal.

5:00 p.m. – Ceremony

The candlelit ceremony was breathtaking, with pipe & draping, fairy lights, and uplights by EBE Talent. Their ceremony was officiated by Michael Wehrman, a dear friend of the couple. The music and ceremony sound amplification were also provided by EBE. Dubraska and Jill are long-time whiskey lovers, and incorporated a whiskey pour into their ceremony. They each took a white whiskey and poured it into a charred barrel to age together and share in a few months.

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour began as a trio from EBE Imagine played New Orleans-style jazz. While guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the ceremony area was flipped for the reception. Over 100 candles, lanterns, and photos were displayed along the tables to create an intimate feel in such a large space.

7:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened, and their guests were ready to party! Dubraska and Jill shared their first dance, then EBE’s Imagine played dance music that got all the couple’s guests right on the dance floor – where they would remain for most of the evening.

The couple chose to utilize food trucks for their wedding, rather than a traditional caterer. Their guests had unlimited access to food trucks from Dos Hermanos Tacos, Baby Blues BBQ, Hai Street Kitchen Sushi Burritos and Poke Bowls, and Jules Thin Crust Pizza for dinner, and a Chilly Banana food truck of frozen banana whips for dessert.

To celebrate Dubraska’s Venezuelan culture, the couple chose to have La Hora Loca, or “The Crazy Hour”, during their reception. Prop glasses, necklaces, streamers, and other giveaways were handed out to their guests, and Imagine’s DJ/Drum Combo dialed up the party from a perfect 10 to a 20!

Congratulations again, Dubraska and Jill!

Vendor List Recap

Getting Ready Hotel: Embassy Suites Center City Philadelphia Hotel
First Look Location: Sister Cities Park
Venue: 23rd Street Armory
Hair: Juju Salon & Organics
Makeup: Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs
Photographer: Colin Coleman Photography
Videographer: Silver and Spark
Photo Booth: EBE Talent
Dubraska’s Wedding Pantsuit: Jill Jill Stuart from BHLDN
Jill’s Wedding Gown:
Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses: Azazie
Transportation: Philly Transportation, LLC
BandImagine, EBE Talent
Lighting DesignEBE Talent
Food TrucksDos Hermanos Tacos, Baby Blues BBQ, Hai Street Kitchen Sushi Burritos and Poke BowlsJules Thin Crust PizzaChilly Banana



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EBE Spotlight: Tara Buchanan Glick

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EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Tara Buchanan Glick this week, EBE’s Director of Production & Events.

Tara has been in the event industry for 17 years, and has been with EBE for 13 of them. Throughout those 13 years, she has been an integral part of the growth that EBE has experienced. Tara is one of the two EBE Event Planners on staff, and, most importantly, is the Director of Production & Events. She has coordinated the lighting, sound, and production for over 1,000 events, and specializes in custom lighting designs.

Tara, or “T” as we lovingly call her, has a contagious laugh that keeps us all going. She is most often found reciting the details of every venue from memory, finalizing the perfect shade of blue lighting, and running between meetings and walk-throughs, all while managing to remember everyone’s birthday. Tara truly is the heart of EBE.

Photo by Colin Coleman Photography

I asked T a series of serious & silly questions to get to know her better. Check it out below!

What instruments do you play? I play upon the nerves of my staff 🙂

What is your go-to at karaoke? Jolene

Who is your hero? My Husband

What is your favorite movie? Big Fish

What is your zodiac sign? Virgo

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? 1969ish….I’ve always felt like I belong in that era and I’d love to explore it.

What motivates you to work hard? My Daughter

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Turkey Tacos

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? The power to heal….for humans and for malfunctioning technology

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? Giving birth was pretty crazy!

What was the best event you ever worked? My favorite event is a fundraiser for a non-profit Food Share program that we have done several years in a row. We get to take their actual distribution warehouse and have hundreds of pallets moved to another location for a few days while we turn the space into a hip indoor garden and raise a ton of money to stop hunger. So we get to feed our souls while they help feed Philadelphia.

What is your favorite thing about your career? I love that we can take a boring or sometimes truly dilapidated space and transform it into something spectacular with the magic of lighting and production.
On the social side with weddings and mitzvahs, I love helping a client plan an event that, in many cases, they’ve dreamed about their entire lives and then getting to watch everything come to fruition on the big day with all of the genuine emotions. I am a very sappy and sentimental person so it is the ultimate reward to me. These are the moments that life is all about!
I love non-profit fundraisers because they remind us how vital one event can be since many organizations rely heavily on those proceeds to sustain. The closest to to my heart are our annual repeat non-profit clients because we had the opportunity to help them raise money for an amazing cause once and now we get to help them again every year while seeing how their organizations have grown and are making the Philadelphia/South Jersey area a truly better place!

Show us your work!



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EBE Spotlight: Chris Michalski

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EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Chris Michalski this week, EBE’s Audio/Visual Director and Sound Tech for EBE’s Rio.

Chris has been in the event industry for 13 years, and has been with EBE for 5 of them. Throughout those 5 years, he has been assisting with anything in the Audio/Visual realm that you can imagine. If you ever catch EBE Rio setting up at an event and see someone setting up all of the sound… you’ve probably met Chris Michalski. To see EBE Rio in action, watch the video below and register for an upcoming Live Band Showcase!

At our Live Band Showcases, Chris can be found in the Sound & Lighting Booth. If you have ever seen one of our showcases, you can attest to the care and attention that is put into every aspect of it. If you have never been to one, what are you waiting for?! Check out our upcoming showcases here!

I asked Chris a series of serious & silly questions to get to know him better. Check it out below!

What instruments do you play? Guitar, Keys, Kazoo, Screaming Chicken Flute

What is your go-to at karaoke? Anything Pearl Jam

What is your favorite movie? Troy

What is your zodiac sign? Gemini

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? 1998 – so I could invest in Google

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steak

What is your favorite thing about your career? Getting to work with a ton of great people

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Slow Time

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join? Hammer of Love



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Real Weddings: Adrianna & Stephen

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The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

Attorneys Adrianna & Stephen met while attending college at St Joseph’s University. During Adrianna’s last year of college in 2011, she told Steve that one day she would get engaged in the courtyard of Barbelin at St. Joe’s, as she always felt it was an intimate and romantic spot. Little did she know Steve remembered these details and proposed a few years later.

We asked them to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day with their amazing vendors. They celebrated their fairy-tale Cescaphe Wedding on April 21st, 2018 at Tendenza. Their wedding style was based on a woodland theme with tons of greenery, candles, and vintage books.Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

7:30 a.m. – Getting Ready

Adrianna & Stephen both got ready in separate suites at The Hilton at Penn’s Landing. Adrianna had a slumber party with her bridal party the night before, which allowed everyone to wake up ready to go!

The couple’s Photography & Videography Team from JPG Photography arrived for some getting ready content.

2:30 p.m. – Ceremony

Adrianna, Stephen, and their wedding party were taken to St Augustine Church for their ceremony by the Cescaphe Trolley. Stephen and his groomsmen wore tuxedos from The Black Tux, and Adrianna’s bridal party wore mismatched pink, gold, and rose gold dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Adrianna wore a Maggie Sottero gown from Bridal Garden in Marlton, NJ with Marchesa jewelry.

Their pastor, Fr. Mke Matveenko, and ceremony musicians were from Adrianna’s home church in Sicklerville, NJ. Both Adrianna and Stephen were raised Catholic, and making this sacrament was very important to them. They incorporated readings from the bible, a blessing to the Virgin Mary, and chose traditional music for their Processional, Hymns, and Recessional.

3:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

While guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a string duo from EBE Sydney, and an aerialist from Jewelz Entertainment during the cocktail hour at Tendenza, the newly-married couple took some formal portraits at St Augustine Church & the Merchants Exchange Building.

5:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened at Tendenza, and their guests were ready to party! Adrianna & Stephen were introduced as Husband and Wife for the first time, they shared their first dance to Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. They took dance lessons with Bianca Gatto & Tiffani Giosa of Chez Dance Studio leading up to the wedding. After their formalities, EBE Sydney was ready to fill the dance floor.

We were able to ask Adrianna & Stephen a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

I am all about the details! I loved designing my gorgeous table arrangements and wedding décor with the help of Jackie from Beautiful Blooms and Jessica Hinds of Something Borrowed Philly, who provided gorgeous vintage pieces for our reception. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming especially when Pinterest exists, but I loved that I was able to make my own ideas come to life for our wedding day.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle to Steve and seeing him for the first time on our wedding day. I know it is totally cliché, but in that moment it truly felt like it was just him and I. You spend so much time planning flowers, décor, dresses, the cake, that you can sometimes lose sight of the true meaning of the day – to celebrate the love we have for each other and deciding that our story should be a forever story.

Did either of you have any “must-haves” for your wedding day?

We both absolutely hands-down wanted to have a band! We both love to dance and just have an amazing time, so when we found EBE and Sydney we knew that we would in for an unforgettable night!

What was it like working with EBE?

Total peace of mind! Nick Centrella (EBE Sydney’s Bandleader) could run a wedding with his eyes closed. He answered all of our questions and then some during the planning process. He also worked with my family to make very special and personal moments at our wedding day, which we are both so very thankful for!

What made you choose EBE?

They are simply the best when it comes to this industry. The talent, professionalism, and overall enthusiasm made our wedding that much better!

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Choosing vendors is a very time consuming and tedious process, but you are planning this very special day to celebrate the love you have with your partner. I know it gets overwhelming and frustrating, but taking the time to research and to get to know your vendors will absolutely pay off in the long run. Never be afraid to ask questions and do not wait until the last minute to try and book a vendor.

Vendor List Recap

Getting Ready Location: The Hilton at Penn’s Landing
Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley
Ceremony Venue: St Augustine Church
Portraits Location: St Augustine Church & Merchants Exchange Building
Aerialist: Jewelz Entertainment
Cocktail Hour and Reception Venue: Tendenza
Photographer & Videographer: Joe Gidjunis of JPG Photography
Bride’s Attire: Maggie Sottero gown from Bridal Garden with Marchesa jewelry
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom & Groomsmen SuitsThe Black Tux
Music
: EBE Sydney
Florist & Decor: Jackie Kemp of Beautiful Blooms and Jessica Hinds of Something Borrowed Philly



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EBE Spotlight: Matt Ostroff

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EBE’s Matt Ostroff:

Entertainment Representative,

Event Emcee & DJ

 

EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Matt Ostroff this week, one of EBE’s Entertainment Representatives & Event MC & DJ.

Matt is one of EBE’s six Entertainment Representatives. His drive and knowledge base are obvious to anyone who meets him, and he can have a conversation with just about anyone. Matt is extremely passionate about delivering an amazing experience to each and every client, which makes him an integral part of our team.

At the young age of 13, Matt and his brother Ben (who is also a part of the EBE Team!) started DJing parties. They called their company “Music and More”, and they worked independently for about 5 years. When Matt was in high school, he was hired as a DJ at Purple Haze Entertainment, and worked his way up the ladder as their youngest DJ. After a few years, he joined with Eddie Bruce Entertainment to eventually become one of EBE’s top-selling Wedding Emcees.

We found an old promo-reel of Matt DJing in 1986 and love it… check it out!

I asked Matt a series of serious & silly questions to get to know him better. Check it out below!

What was the best event you ever worked?
The one year anniversary of Ben-FM

Who is your hero?
Bruce Springsteen

What is your favorite movie?
Pulp Fiction

What is your zodiac sign?
Scorpio

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Steak

What is your favorite thing about your career?
The opportunities it has given me. I have met amazing people because of my job, and have had the opportunity to work with the best of the best.

If you could go back in time, what year would you go to and why?
The 60s. I’ve always said I was born a couple of decades later than I should have been. I would have loved to have attended Woodstock.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
Invisibility and the power to fly

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
John Cusack. I like that dude.

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which would it be and why?
A fox. I am sly and quick.



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Real Weddings: Ryanne & Conner

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The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

HR Representative, Ryanne, and Third Grade Teacher, Conner, met in 2012 when they were both students at Lock Haven University. They were friends throughout college, and then Ryanne moved out to California for an internship. Conner flew out to visit for a week, and they realized it was the real deal… they’ve been together ever since! 

We asked them to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day with their amazing EBE Team Members: MC Jon Mulhern, DJ Audio Phoenix, and Drummer Rick Lowery. They celebrated their beautiful Harrisburg Wedding on September 8th, 2018 at Harmony Hall Estate. Their wedding style was rustic, woodsy, and DIY with a eucalyptus-inspired color palate.Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

9:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Ryanne & Conner both got ready in the Farm House at Harmony Hall Estate. Ryanne was with her bridal party in the Bridal Suite, while Conner was on the first floor. Ryanne’s Hair & Makeup Team was curated by Liz Lesher, Stylist and Owner of Lush Hair Lab.The couple’s Photographer, Christopher Brittain, arrived for some getting ready photos.  

5:30 p.m. – Ceremony

Ryanne & Conner were married at outside of the Farm House at Harmony Hall Estate. Conner and his groomsmen wore matching suits from JoS. A. Bank, and Ryanne’s bridal party wore mismatched steel blue dresses from David’s Bridal. Ryanne’s dress, also from David’s Bridal, was a gift from above. Her Galina lace dress was retailed for above her budget, but she just kept trying it on. After deciding to splurge on her dream dress, she brought it to the counter and it rang up as $99!

Their ceremony music was provided by EBE DJ Jon Mulhern, which consisted of Vitamin String Quartet versions of 3 Libras, The Only Exception, and I Miss You. Ryanne and Conner chose a childhood friend of Conner’s, Richard, to act as the officiant for their ceremony. After they said their vows, the newly married couple and their Wedding Parties exited to Brandy by Looking Glass.

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the newly-married couple took some formal portraits.

7:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened in the main building at Harmony Hall, and the guests were ready to party! Ryanne & Conner were introduced as Husband and Wife for the first time, they shared their first dance to Ferrari by Bebe Rexha. After that, the EBE team was ready to fill the dance floor.

We were able to ask Ryanne & Conner a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

Booking with EBE!! Music was the MOST important piece for us!! Nothing else compared to the excitement we felt knowing the music was going to be amazing. We couldn’t wait to dance all night with our friends.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

Conner’s vows. THEY were AWESOME!!!

What was it like working with EBE?

From our very first call with Joel Aaron…he could hear it in our voice how much we wanted an EBE Wedding. We couldn’t quite budget for a band and they were booking up fast (cause they are amazing, duh!). We hung up with Joel, feeling upset because we had our heart set on EBE. We emailed him an afterthought and said, “What about your DJ pricing?” He e-mailed us back right away and told us to call him. We talked for about 45 minutes and he sold us on the MC/DJ/Drummer combo (DJ Live) which we were SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR. It was exactly in our budget and worth every single penny. (Conner has played the drums his whole life, so the drummer element was such an awesome addition.) Our guests are still talking about how cool it was.

What made you choose EBE?

My (Ryanne’s) cousin had a live EBE band at their wedding (Barcelona). I went up to my dad that night and said, “I want EBE at my wedding.” I wasn’t even engaged!! LOL.

If you could’ve changed something about your wedding, what would it have been?

I (Ryanne) wasn’t feeling well at one point and had to excuse myself for about an hour during the reception. I hated it because I seriously just wanted to be on the dance floor.

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Have faith in those you hire to do the job and go with your gut. I knew I was in excellent hands with EBE and when I wasn’t feeling well, they handled it so professionally by keeping my guests going. We picked up right where we needed to be as soon as I gave Jon the go-ahead. I SO appreciated that!

Vendor List Recap

Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception Venue: Harmony Hall Estate
Hair & Makeup: Lush Hair Lab
Photographer: Brittain Studios
Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Galina Lace Trumpet from David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen SuitsJoS. A. Bank
CatererKaren’s Catering
Music
MC Jon Mulhern, DJ Audio Phoenix, and DJ Live Drummer Rick Lowery
Florist: Plenty of Petals



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EBE Spotlight: Elaine Igoe

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EBE’s Elaine Igoe:

Entertainment Representative &

Event Planner

 

EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Elaine Igoe this week, one of EBE’s Entertainment Representatives & Event Planners.

Elaine is one of EBE’s two Event Planners on staff. She has been in the event industry for 25 years, and has been with EBE for 13 of them. Throughout those 13 years, she has been executing incredible events – from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Weddings to Corporate Events and Social Galas.

Her passion for making each and every gathering exceptional is demonstrated by the attention she devotes to all elements of the planning process. Elaine works with every client to ensure that each detail is carefully chosen and then flawlessly executed to allow them and their guests to have an event that is seamless and memorable. Most importantly, she allows her clients to relax and enjoy every moment of their party.

I asked Elaine a series of serious & silly questions to get to know her better. Check it out below!

Who is your hero?
Nick Foles for that Super Bowl Win!!

What is your favorite movie?
The Sixth Sense… I did not see that ending coming

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I can play the drums. I took ballet for years and even got into pointe shoes… and I wrote a children’s book for my nephew!

What is your zodiac sign?
Libra BUT I was induced, so I should have been a Scorpio

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi

What is your favorite thing about your career?
The diversity of what I do, the people I meet, and how appreciate my clients are of the work that is done to make their event perfect

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
Reading minds or making life 100% positive

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Sandra Bullock

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?
The Who

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which would it be and why?
A client once called me “a pitbull with lipstick” as he saw me in action during the 2 events per year I planned with them for 7 years



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Our Top 10 Historic Places to Get Married in Philadelphia

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A city with rich history and beauty, Philadelphia is one of the best places to get married in the United States. There are some fantastic locations in Philly that also allow people to get hitched. City Hall? Yep, most cities allow this. But have you ever considered getting married in the same building as America’s first department store? How about the oldest botanical garden in the USA? We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite unique and historical places to get married in Philly.

Ballroom at the Ben | Ben Franklin House

834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-627-5100

Exquisite chandeliers, European ambiance, and turn-of-the-century elegance, make the newly renovated Ballroom at the Ben a truly perfect setting for life’s most important events. You and your guests will be directed to the mezzanine level, which overlooks the palatial Ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. During your event, you will experience this classic refurbished ballroom just as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did when they danced their way to an Academy Award in “The Silver Linings Playbook.” With culinary masterpieces to entice any palate, Finley Catering and the Ballroom at the Ben are simply the best!

Interested in Ballroom at the Ben? Let Kathleen & Ott know that EBE sent you!

 

Bartram’s Garden

5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Tel. 215-729-5281

Located on 45 acres, this national historical landmark is located right on the bank of the Schuylkill River. The rich history that predates the founding of our country will spark interest in guests to dive into the old world Philadelphia and the importance of John Bartram’s advancements in the field of botany. The stunning location offers a beautiful garden feel within city limits. The historic garden offers intimate settings that can be customized to fit the ceremony, cocktails or games.

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Crystal Tea Room | The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-627-5100

The Crystal Tea Room is situated in the heart of Philadelphia steps away from City Hall. Upon arrival, guests will directed to the atrium to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The glassed soaring atrium is an indoor conservatory featuring a fountain and greenery providing a year round “outdoor atmosphere” with no threat of weather. Then, guests proceed into the heart of the Crystal Tea Room featuring carved columns and opulent crystal chandeliers making this ballroom timeless. Finley Catering’s executive chef and catering team has reached the acme of culinary brilliance, redefining the standard of cuisine. The grandeur of The Crystal Tea Room is sure to take your breath away, while creating an unforgettable wedding venue for your once-in-a-lifetime event. The most elegant of settings, matched by impeccable personal service and attention, combined with over 40 years of catering expertise creates a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215-448-1200

One of the most captivating, unique and historical places to get married in Philly, The Franklin Institute is a choice location to tie the knot. The happy couple can exchange vows on the rooftop deck overlooking the Ben Franklin Parkway then enjoy signature cocktails in one of the exhibits within the museum like Wisdom Hall and Your Brain.

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Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215-923-6000

When you walk into the historic building, you will be in awe by the detailed architecture and high ceilings. The Skyline Room on the 4th floor is a modern addition to the charming historic building with an adjacent outdoor terrace. It can hold cocktail receptions for 150 people, theater-style seating for 240, and seated dinners for 185. It’s hidden gem, the outside terrace, offers a unique point of view in the city overlooking Shakespeare Park and, beyond it, Logan Circle and the city skyline. With 6 different spaces to host your event, Free Library makes for a stunning venue for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and more.

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Moshulu

401 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Tel. 215-923-2500

Create your own storybook wedding aboard a Philadelphia landmark. The Moshulu’s private rooms take full advantage of the unparalleled views of Philadelphia’s waterfront and skyline, including the newly remodeled State Room. The multi-level decks offer a glorious open air experience, as well as tented space, which is heated for year-round use. The finest cuisine is paired with their skilled professionals, resulting in a memorable wedding for you and your guests.

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Mütter Museum | The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215.399.2245

This beautiful New Beaux-Arts style building, constructed in 1908 and designed by Cope and Stewardson, has the unique distinction of being home to the oldest medical society in the country (founded in 1787) and the renowned Mütter Museum. As guests walk inside, they are surrounded by grandeur and elegance, and greeted by Aesculapius – the Greek god of medicine. The magnificent columned Marble Rotunda, with its view of a classic grand staircase, sets the stage for any occasion. With its historic ambience and stately architecture, it’s no wonder that the College – located in Philadelphia’s charming Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District – has been the chosen setting for a diverse range of memorable events.

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One North Broad | The Philadelphia Masonic Temple

One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-988-1936

Exchange vows amidst beautiful stained glass, sip cocktails inside large marble foyers and dance the night away in a spacious Grand Ballroom. The spirit, history and luxury of Philadelphia comes alive inside the breathtaking Masonic Temple. Host an intimate wedding ceremony, a grand reception and everything in between within this historic fine events venue.

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Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | Tel. 215-578-5179

Nestled within the picturesque Fairmount Park, lies the architecturally magnificent Memorial Hall, the oldest of Brulee Catering’s landmark locations. This national treasure from Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition is now home to a children’s museum during the day: Please Touch Museum. It serves as one of the region’s most spectacular event spaces, accommodating a sit-down dinner for up to 1,000 guests and receptions as large as 3,000 guests. From elaborate weddings and bar & bat mitzvahs to unique corporate galas and philanthropic productions, Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall is sure to impress.

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Tel. 215-898-4000

Designed in the 1890s, this beautiful historic building located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus is one of Philadelphia’s premier unique venues. The Penn Museum is a 300,000 square-foot gem with exterior details including glass mosaics by the Tiffany Glass Company, sculptures by Alexander Stirling Calder, and marble medallions by John Ross of New York City. The Museum houses one-of-a-kind artifacts acquired from over 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions, and they invite you and your guests to discover the world in just one night. Stunning event space and priceless collections make the Penn Museum an unparalleled event experience!

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