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EBE Vendor Feature: Elegant Events

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Donielle Warren, owner of Elegant Planning & Design.

Donielle began working with Elegant Events as an intern in 2005. After graduating from college, she continued planning weddings and special events while working as a project manager for an insurance company. In 2015, Donielle purchased Elegant Events from the previous owner, who was preparing to retire. Since this time, she has fully re-branded the company and expanded their team of planners and designers.

I was able to sit down with Donielle to ask her a few questions… check it out!

What makes Elegant Events stand out next to companies like it?

We believe weddings should always be as unique as the couple – never bland or boring. That’s why we bring together our in-house team of planners, floral designers, and creatives who come together to coordinate every wedding using the couple’s story and favorite experiences as our inspiration.

What is your favorite type of event?

Weddings of course! The level of attention and detail that goes into ensuring the event is perfect makes our work that much more special.

Favorite Wedding Month?

October

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

My best advice is our company’s motto: Plan & Design Your Day Your Way

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Attend festivals and street fairs, especially at Festival Pier

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Leo

What is your Favorite Movie?

P.S. I Love You

What wedding trends are you loving?

Bold Color Palettes

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Mason Jars

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

Yes, I sing!

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

Any song by Whitney Houston

What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love helping people reach their goals! I’m able to do this whether it is with my team or with my couples and their families.

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

Destiny’s Child

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your company?

Our offices are based in Philadelphia, PA & Newark, DE and we provide award-winning customized planning & design for special events throughout the metropolitan area and we also offer destination wedding services.

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EBE Vendor Feature: Amanda Dabbeekeh from Diamonds and Details

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Amanda Dabbeekah, owner of Diamonds & Details.

Amanda created a website for Diamonds & Details 10 years ago, and booked her first client two months later. After no time at all, Diamonds & Details grew to her full-time position!

I was able to sit down with Amanda to ask her a few questions… check it out!

What makes Diamonds and Details stand out next to companies like it?

Diamonds and Details is very client focused. We take on a limited number of weddings a year so that we can focus on our clients’ needs from the day they hire us right up until wedding day. Even our clients who hire us for wedding day management (also known as “day of coordination”) have a very hands-on experience working with the company… they can reach out at anytime to their Coordinator as opposed to 1 or 2 months before the wedding like some other companies offer in their packages.

What motivates you to work hard?

Seeing my clients happy! Finding the right venue or perfect band for a client makes me want to work even harder to plan their perfect wedding!

Tell us about your favorite event and why it was/is your favorite

Every wedding the company works on is different, even if it’s a venue we have worked at before so picking a favorite can be hard. Personally, I do love when I work with clients that have a little bit of an “offbeat theme” to them or they pick a really nontraditional venue. We have worked at venues like the Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum and those venues always make for a fun wedding. Our clients that got married at the Franklin Institute really wanted to have a “fun, nerdy” wedding as they called it – we incorporated Star Wars, Legos and astronomy into a lot of their wedding details. As a surprise to everyone, even the Bride and Groom, their officiant dressed up like the Priest from the Princess Bride (and used the same lines from the movie) which still is a favorite wedding moment of ours!

Favorite Wedding Month?

October is the new June, but I love the summer heat… so any summer months are my favorite!

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

The most obvious advice – Hire a Wedding Planner! I also tell clients not to worry about everyone else and do what THEY want – personalize your wedding so it really speaks about you as the couple getting married. Love traveling? Name your tables after places you have been. Are you known for a funny story with family and friends? Make your wedding hashtag or name your signature drinks with something to do with that story – guests will love it!

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

I am a history buff so I love exploring the museums in the city and seeing all the landmarks and historical places.

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Capricorn

What is your Favorite Movie?

The Notebook! (I even named one of my sons Noah)

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

I don’t sing in public! I have major stage fright!

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

NSYNC! (guilty pleasure and favorite group – have seen them in concert over 15 times!)

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your company?

The ongoing theme in many of our online reviews is that we truly love working with our clients and I would completely agree with this sentiment! We are really all about the details and bringing our clients vision to life as best as possible. Keeping the planning process as stress free as possible is also a top priority and we would love the opportunity to work with you to do just that!

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EBE Vendor Feature: Kathryn Phillips from Finley Catering

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Kathryn Phillips, of Finley Catering.

Kathryn has been with Finley Catering for nearly three years. She is one of their Sales and Event Coordinators on staff, and we were able to steal a few minutes of her time to learn more about her! Check it out!

What makes Finley Catering stand out next to companies like it?

We not only offer a competitive all-inclusive package, we have some of the top venues in the city!

What motivates you to work hard?

Making my clients happy and seeing their vision come to life.

What Wedding Trends are you Loving?

I love seeing food options to-go at a wedding. First impressions are everything, but who doesn’t love late night food after hours of drinking and dancing?!

What Wedding Trends are you Ready to See Go Away?

Garter toss, bouquet toss, formal cake cutting

Favorite Wedding Month?

December

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Try not to stress to much and enjoy the planning process!

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Explore the newest spots. I love seeing this city evolve.

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Virgo

What is your Favorite Movie?

Jungle Book

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

Definitely will avoid karaoke at all costs!

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

Spice Girls

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EBE Vendor Feature: Angel Simpkins

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. First up is Angel Simpkins, of Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs.

Angel became a licensed cosmetologist right after she graduated high school, and has been in the event industry for 12 years. After working in a salon for many years, she decided to start her own company to utilize her talents more. Her team of stylists has been fully trained and licensed to do hair & makeup for every skin type, skin color, and hair type.

As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah dancer as well as a stylist, Angel works with a large amount of EBE clients. She even offers a special for EBE brides – if you have 5 additional people who need hair and makeup done for your event, your hair and makeup is free!

Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs offers hair and makeup trials before the date of the event, and is always excited to take on new clients! Her team travels anywhere in the Northeast Region, and is always available for questions and ideas.

We sat down to learn all about her… check it out!

What makes Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs Stand out next to companies like it?

No two people are the same. No two looks are the same. We specialize in creating unique looks that are personalized specifically for you.

What motivates you to work hard?

Firstly, I am never satisfied. I am continually striving for more and better in every aspect of my life. Secondly, I genuinely love what I do. Making my clients feel and look beautiful for their special day, whether it be a Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Holiday Party, etc., is my #1 goal. Always feel free to contact us at anytime. No question is a bad question!

What Wedding Trends are you Loving?

Glam brides and feminine lace details.

What Wedding Trends are you Ready to See Go Away?

Burlap!

Favorite Wedding Month?

June

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Have fun. Don’t worry about trivial things that are out of your control. Enjoy every moment of this process.

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Go to Dinner

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Scorpio

What is your Favorite Movie?

Jurassic Park

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

No Doubt – Spiderwebs

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I have been a dancer since I was 2 years old and a professional dancer since I was 17 years old. I am also a Clinical Medical Assistant.

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

Queen or Prince

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EBE Vendor Feature: Marc Uravic

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. First up is Marc Uravic, of Marc Uravic Event Design!

Photo by Amanda Stevenson

Marc has been in the event industry for over 30 years, and started Marc Uravic Event Design 21 years ago. He was working the the sales office at Frog Commissary Catering, and had this notion that he wanted to move up the special event food chain. While at FCC, he had many amazing opportunities to work on every kind and scale of special event imaginable, all while working with an incredible array of clients and industry partners. Marc continued to be drawn to the glamorous realms of the event industry, so he took the knowledge and experience he had acquired, mixed it with his talent, creativity, and organizational skills, and Marc Uravic Event Design was born!

 

We sat down to learn all about him… check it out!

What makes Marc Uravic Event Design Stand out next to companies like it?

The simple answer is me. I have a unique perspective on event design and production that is a result of my life and professional experiences. I draw from my back ground as a professional ballet dancer for a little theatricality. I take inspiration from books, movies, theater, design, architecture, travel, restaurants, and people to fuel my imagination. I have a love for food- and how food is integral to human celebrations- that was instilled in me by my large family and was honed in while working in catering.

I love a well-designed environment for a party and how it effects the guest experience, and have gained hands-on knowledge of how to execute these designs by working on the design, production, and set up crews to bring the visions to fruition. I love integrating all forms of entertainment, sometimes in different and unusual ways, into an overall event plan where each element supports and enhances the whole. I achieve my career satisfaction using this experience and imagination to fuel the creativity that makes events that I work on a reflection of my clients and their story.

Tell us about your favorite event you ever designed

My favorite event was a multi-day celebration for a client’s milestone birthday at The Lodge at Woodloch, a spa in Hawley, Pennsylvania. I loved that I got to design every aspect of the guests’ experience for multiple days for a large group of people. I got to personalize guest amenities- monogrammed bathrobes, hand written welcome notes, individualized spa and activity schedules, snacks and beverages with guests individual preferences in their rooms, etc.

I was able to brief the whole staff of the lodge with a “look book” for the guests so that they (mostly) knew everyone’s name upon arrival. I designed menus for every meal across the 3 days, including a welcome camp fire, a lunch served on top of a mountain during a hike, a gala dinner dance with 5-entree selection prepared à la minute, a tea menu, healthy snacks in the spa, a closing brunch, and individualized boxed lunches for the trip back home.

I also set up and ran the gamut of entertainment for the weekend with big bands, small bands, a magician, various spa treatments, tennis tournament, golf outing, bike ride, hike, and a late night water volley ball game/hot tub session. I even got to “Executive Produce” a humorous tribute film!

The gala dinner dance went until after 2 in the morning because the whole team and the guests were having the time of their lives. This event was epic and people are still talking about it many years later!

What motivates you to work hard?

The feeling that I get when every aspect of an event is flowing perfectly and the guests are having an amazing time.

What Wedding Trends are you Loving?

I am loving the trend towards making weddings more unique and less formulaic.

What Wedding Trends are you Ready to See Go Away?

I am ready to see the trend of napkins draped over the edge of dining tables in place settings go away forever. Seeing a table set like this sets me on edge. It looks like laundry hung out to dry.

Favorite Wedding Month?

October

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Always start with a guest list- in writing. Every decision you make in the process of planning an event will eventually intersect with the guest list.

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Dine out at the amazing restaurants

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Pisces

What is your Favorite Movie?

The Lion in Winter- the dialogue is amazing!

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

No one in their right mind would ever let me perform karaoke in front of live humans or animals… but in my shower, my go to is any Celine Dion power ballad!

Do you play any instruments?

I have taken piano lessons in the past but my musical passion was always focused on classical ballet

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I can change the oil in my car.

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

EBE LA Starz!

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