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The catering director of the Four Seasons Hotel Wedding shares her vision

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Robin Ewing brings her experiences at luxurious Caribbean resorts to Philly.

The brand new Catering Director of the 4 Seasons Lodge, Robin Ewing, needs to create city soirees. Images courtesy of the lodge

Over-the-top in each manner, the 4 Seasons Lodge Philadelphia has a brand new catering director on the helm and she or he has huge plans in your marriage ceremony celebrations because the place prepares for a busy season as we recuperate from the pandemic. Robin Ewing was born in Portland and final lived in Las Vegas. He moved to Ardmore and took up the place on the Heart Metropolis Lodge in February. She has a protracted historical past within the marriage ceremony business, notably within the Caribbean – she opened SLS Baha Mar within the Bahamas and Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa within the Cayman Islands as Director of Catering. (She booked and supervised 18 weddings on the Kimpton property in its first 12 months of operation.) Right here she shares how she intends to present Philly that concentrate on environment.

Once I bought right here and toured I noticed that the vacation spot marriage ceremony is not only concerning the location. It’s a feeling. We’ve got it right here. We are actually in heaven. The infinity pool on the 57th flooring takes you away and you’ve got the sensation of being on the run. My dream is to have extra weddings on the town right here. {Couples} can convey their closest family and friends for a extra intimate celebration and actually benefit from every thing we now have. We’re a resort within the metropolis and we now have a lot extra to supply as a pageant weekend than only a evening within the ballroom.

We’ve got many micro-weddings and bigger fall weddings. There are fairly just a few. Our first micro-wedding is in late summer time. We see a mixture of {couples} of various ages, races, genders and from everywhere in the world – Philly, the encircling space and throughout the nation. We noticed curiosity within the West Coast – individuals who went to highschool on the town, have a household close by, or moved to the West Coast and wish to social gathering right here.

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We additionally see second and third weddings. I lately met a pair who’re of their second marriage. They have not had the chance to make their weddings the best way they wished the primary time, so go forward and do it now. I really feel everybody deserves the chance to have fun the marriage of their goals. Folks suppose they cannot do it once more as a result of they already had the marriage, however everybody deserves to share their love story.

One of many silver linings of the pandemic is that {couples} have discovered to suppose outdoors the field. They give thought to what is actually essential to them and the way they’ll incorporate this into their weekend celebration. It is about having the best mindset and specializing in what we are able to do regardless of the restrictions – and having enjoyable with it. We’ve got our Lead With Care program of well being and security protocols that make {couples} really feel extra snug. One among our totally different approaches is to have a meals exhibition that often takes place at a cocktail hour – the place everybody lays their arms on it – and to develop inventive vessels with our kitchen group to serve these dishes individually and produce them to every visitor.

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Traditions are out the window proper now. It is about making it your personal. No marriage ceremony must be the identical. One of many {couples} I work with for his or her late fall marriage ceremony is okay with out dancing – they really like that – so we’re engaged on some enjoyable elements of the leisure. A DJ is paired with a dwell saxophonist and dancers who carry out for the company versus everybody dancing. They will be extra of a present throughout dinner. It makes it extra memorable for the 150 company.

I used to be a bit impressed with working with the well-known florist Jeff Leatham. What a fantastic alternative for our {couples} to work with him and his group on their flowers. I loved discovering cool methods to include their skills and artwork into our ballroom.

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Each couple is exclusive and it is very important bond with them. I really like attending to know the duos and discovering what conjures up them after which translating that into their marriage ceremony. Each couple has a novel story to inform and my job is to leverage my experience in meals, beverage and common occasion ideas and personalize it for them.

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