Monthly Archives: January 2016

Venue Spotlight: Knowlton Mansion | Philadelphia, PA

This is our first in a series of posts highlighting our favorite venues throughout the country. We hope the stories behind each location along with the beautiful photographs (taken by some of the most talented photographers around!) give you inspiration as you plan your next event.

Located in northeast Philadelphia, Knowlton Mansion is a 19th century country estate designed by famous architect, Frank Furness. Purchased by Conroy Catering in 1996, the mansion has been beautifully restored and features Victorian-era interiors, a stunning conservatory, multiple terraces, stables, and 13 acres of perennial gardens.

The estate is a wedding venue dream as it offers couples both indoor and outdoor entertaining options. The gardens make for a lovely ceremony backdrop while the terraces are perfect for cocktail hour. The mansion features a 4,000+ sq ft conservatory that serves as a ballroom for up to 225 seated guests with 30 ft vaulted ceilings, glass skylights, a  center cupola, and other architectural highlights.

“Philadelphia has so many beautiful spaces available for weddings. My favorite thing about Knowlton Mansion is that it is beautiful, yet easy.  Their staff is top-notch when it comes to service and they are an absolute pleasure to work with. I always get a little excited when I see that one of our brides has booked their wedding here, because I know it will turn out fabulously,” gushes ECE entertainment consultant, Nikki Bruno.

Asked about her favorite aspects of Knowlton Mansion, catering sales manager, Lori Frankel replies, “I love Knowlton Mansion’s picturesque grounds, amazing made from scratch cuisine, and historic charm.” Indeed, the venue oozes charm. From the lush estate grounds to the Old World wine cellar and the wood grain ceiling of the conservatory, the Knowlton Mansion is awe inspiring.

Knowlton Mansion Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding
Knowlton Mansion | Philadelphia Wedding Venue
Knowlton Mansion | Philadelphia Wedding Venue
Knowlton Mansion Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding
Knowlton Mansion Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding
Knowlton Mansion | Philadelphia Wedding Venue
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Knowlton Mansion Ballroom | Philly Wedding Venue
Knowlton Mansion Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding
Knowlton Mansion Ballroom | Philly Wedding VenueLindsay Docherty PhotographyPhotography Credits (top to bottom): Kay Lim Photography | George Street Photo and Video | George Street Photo and Video| Maria Mack Photography | Jordan Brian Photography | Almond Photography | Rebecca Barger Photography | Tyler Boye Photography | Rebecca Barger Photography | RHM Photography | Lindsay Docherty Photography

Nikki Bruno
A Philly area native, Nikki Bruno is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. A lifelong lover of music and great parties, Nikki is passionate about helping her clients create unforgettable events.

Real Wedding: Anna + Tripp | Inn at Crestwood | Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock, NC is a picturesque village nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains with a quaint downtown area that is very pedestrian with lots of shops and restaurants. It’s a great town for couples looking to host “wedding weekends” since there is so much for guests to do when they aren’t taking part in formal wedding festivities.

Conveniently located a few miles from downtown is The Inn at Crestwood. This lovely inn provides a stunning setting for couples looking for an elegant mountain wedding. Not only was Anna and Tripp’s big day just that, they added a big dose of fun with their choice of band — Sleeping Booty!

Ladies and gents, if you want to see what dance floor magic looks like, check out these images below. Thanks to Love Shutter Photography for sharing and make sure to check out Anna and Tripp’s dream team of vendors listed at the end.

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VENDOR DREAM TEAM
ECE Agent: Hank Patterson | Band: Sleeping Booty | Photographer: Love Shutter | Wedding Planner: The Whole Shebang | Venue: The Inn at Crestwood | Rentals: Party Reflections | Photo Booth: Mid Atlantic Photobooths | Desserts: Ugga Mugga Bakery | Videographer: Confetti Pictures | Flowers: Root and Vine

Kris Kaminski Named EastCoast Entertainment Partner

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Many of our clients and industry friends are unaware that EastCoast Entertainment’s ownership consists of a group of partners. Today the partnership announces it will be expanding the board by naming Kris Kaminski as partner. Kris rounds out a board of eight and is the first female named partner in the agency’s 40 year history.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Kris began her career at ECE in 1988. Her parents owned Nightfire Productions, an entertainment agency which merged with EastCoast. Sheryl Benson, Kris’s mother, was the first female agent at EastCoast Entertainment. Kris started as a booking assistant for Lee Moore and quickly worked her way into becoming a full-time agent.

“Kris was my first of many protégés here at ECE. I knew she was going to be a superstar right away. Her concern for our company and our artists, her intelligent approach to solving problems, her relentless work ethic, her attention to detail, her moral commitment to always do the right thing and her incredible sense of humor all combine to give ECE an outstanding leader moving forward. I couldn’t be more proud of all Kris has accomplished in her three decades tenure at ECE,” says Lee Moore.

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Kris’s early days at ECE. Can you also spot ECE partners, Lee Moore & John Wolfslayer? | Photo: Early 1990s.

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Never one to shy away from the dance floor or karaoke, Kris is admired for her work hard/play hard mentality. | Photo left: Early 1990s | Photo right: Mid-2000s.

Throughout the 90’s, she was instrumental in developing EastCoast’s business strategies pertaining to the college and Greek Life markets. In the early 2000’s, she transitioned to performing arts – a new market for the agency offering much potential. Since then, she has excelled in the performing arts market yet still manages to book some weddings and corporate events for longtime clients.

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Kris and her sister with Bonnie Raitt after a Music With Friends performance in Charlotte, NC. | Photo: 2011

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Kris and Lee Moore at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York City. | Photo: 2013

“I could not be more excited about having Kris as our newest partner. For many years, I have counted on her for advice and expertise in our industry and business. To now be able to welcome my colleague and friend into our ownership group is a huge step for EastCoast as our company leaps into its next chapter,” states EastCoast Entertainment President and CEO, Doug Daniel.

We caught up with Kris to ask her about this new endeavor.

QUESTION: What does this partnership mean to you?
KRIS KAMINSKI: “It’s an incredible honor. I’ve seen the company grow from 2 offices to 13 and I have enormous respect for the original partners of ECE. They’ve devoted their lives into building and growing this company. They are to be commended for having the foresight in creating a model for the continued growth and success of the agency as they near retirement by bringing in additional partners. The newer partners are exceptionally talented in their own right, so to be asked to join this team is quite humbling. I sincerely appreciate their belief in me and I’m excited about the future of the company.”

QUESTION: What excites you most when you think about the future of ECE?
KRIS KAMINSKI: “Our potential is limitless. Truly. There is so much business out there… so much abundance. And we have the best job in the entire world! We get to help people have fun and break away from the ordinary day-to-day. If we keep our focus on that and serving our artists and clients well, we can only continue to grow.

QUESTION: Anything else you would like to add?
KRIS KAMINSKI: “I’ve been here close to 28 years now and I just feel so lucky, still, to be a part of this amazing agency and to work with so much talent: the artists, all the agents in every office and our entire support staff – they’re all such good, caring people. To have that ‘family’ feeling in such a large company, spread across 13 offices is an unusual cultural environment, but it’s there. It’s palpable and I love the connection and teamwork we share. We serve an outstanding group of artists. I am continually blown away by the talent, professionalism and integrity of the artists on our roster. Our presenters are also so much fun to work with and I adore how our agents are genuinely eager and excited to assist our buyers in finding the perfect artist for each and every event. It’s great to wake up every morning wondering what’s going to be amazing today. Somebody pinch me!”

Congratulations, Kris!