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Fairytale Once Upon a Time Midsummer Nights Dream cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Once Upon a Time Midsummer Night’s Themed Cake & Lighting

Fairytale Once Upon a Time Midsummer Nights Dream cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Fairytale “Once Upon a Time” / “Midsummer Nights Dream” cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Beautiful cake display with a fairytale “Once Upon a Time” or “Midsummer Night’s Dream” cake. There’s lot’s going on in the photo so we’ll breakdown the elements used to create it.

  1. The purple lighting effect is from wireless uplights. This creates the base effect around the cake and throughout the room.
  2. Texture lighting is the pattern that shows up on the pipe and drape behind the cake. In this photo a simple breakup pattern was used to create a light and dark dreamy feeling.
  3. Pipe and drape was used behind the cake to soften up the wall that is normally there in the room.
  4. Trees were brought in (venue actually had them in there) and put behind the cake. We hung fairy berries in the branches to create slowly glowing magical firefly effect.
  5. Under the table lighting was achieved but using two of our wireless uplights.
  6. Candles and flower petals were used around the base of the cake with a  fabric wrap on the bottom of the cake stand to help feature the detail of the cake.
  7. Cake spotlights were used to help the cake stand out in the room and completed the look.

These lighting elements combine to create a beautifully dreamy and elegant atmosphere turning the cake from just a dessert sitting in the dark into a decor piece.

Venue: Ft. Belvoir Officer’s Club – Ft. Belvoir, VA
Flowers:  Royal Flower Designs – Springfield, VA

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White Uplighting – Hotel Monaco – Alexandria, VA

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White uplighting enhances the beauty of a wedding at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA.

White uplighting is an elegant way to transform a hotel ballroom for a wedding. Wireless uplighting elegantly enhances the elegant ballroom at Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Pin-spot lighting on the centerpieces makes the clean and elegant white flowers pop.

A cake spotlight makes the cake shine and shimmer and looks amazing in the white color scheme used for the wedding. This lighting works really well with the monogram lighting that is projected behind the cake for a beautiful way to personalize the space.

Texture lighting of a vine at the far wall of the ballroom adds a touch of elegance to the stale hotel ballroom walls.

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Rent St. Patricks Day Lighting

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Green uplighting on a fireplace for St. Patricks Day. Use a gold uplight in the fireplace with a pot to create a “Pot-o-gold” effect.

St. Patricks day is one of the most important days of the year for the Irish and is a great way to celebrate and share in the luck of the Irish. Rental lighting is the perfect way to share the luck of the Irish with all of your guests.

Rent Green Uplighting

Green uplighting is a great way to create the Irish feel in whatever space your in. Boring white community center, bathe it in green uplighting. Dingy boring dull lifeless bar? Completely green-ify it with green uplighting. Rent wireless uplights and use the built in green color to completely transform your St. Patricks day event with green light.

For an even more Irish type of effect request two controllers and you’ll be able to do a mix of green and gold lighting. Another great idea is to have guests find a “Pot-O-Gold” and use a wireless uplight in a large cauldron, the black ones from halloween work really well and hide it at the party. You can use a jar of dry-ice with the gold uplighting to create a really unique and fun effect.

st. patricks day green lighting in a school gym

St. Patricks day green uplighting transforms a school gym. Bliss lights on the ceiling create a green shimmering star effect.

Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Rental Texture Lights

Project shamrocks all over your party when you rent texture lighting. Texture lighting will let you project shamrocks all over the walls. It’s a lot faster than using stick on shamrocks and you avoid the restrictions many venues have with sticking things to the walls of the venue. We have a number of patterns available including:

  • Shamrocks
  • Leprechauns
  • Pots of Gold
  • Beer Glasses

We can customize any of our designs with your event logo for a completely customized look.

Shimmering Green Lighting

Make the walls, ceiling, or any surface in your space shimmer with slowly moving green stars / dots. This is a really unique effect that your guests will love. We use our bliss light rentals for this effect. They have a huge coverage pattern so you can bathe a really large area 50ftx50ft and more with these really unique green dots.

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St. Patricks day gobos that can be used as texture lighting to add Irish flair to your event.

St. Patricks Day

St. Patricks day party lighting is a must. Transform a boring party into the best-party-ever with our St. Patricks Day rental lighting. These types of rental lights are perfect for:

  • Bars
  • Block Parties
  • Tents
  • Hotels
  • Community Centers
  • House Parties

Contact us today to reserve your St. Patricks day event lighting. Questions, ideas, comments, share them in the comments below.

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St. Patrick’s Day Gobos – Shamrocks, Leprechauns, Gold & Rainbows

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St. Patricks day gobos that can be used as texture lighting to add Irish flair to your event.

St. Patricks day is an international holiday celebrated around the world. Whether your party is in a bar, hotel, conference center, pub, house, or yard using gobo lighting can be an easy and really cost effective way to decorate.

Our collection of St. Patricks day gobos are perfect for getting the feel of St. Patricks day at your event. These are great to use with any of our texture lighting rentals. We can also create them as a transparency gobo for any LED projector that will take a transparency gobo.

Add a little luck of the Irish to your party with our St. Patrick’s Day gobos.

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before and after lighting in smaller hotel ballroom

How Can I Transform a Hotel Ballroom With Lighting?

First dance at a wedding reston hyatt regency with uplighting.

First dance with uplighting, tree candles, and texture lighting.

Hotel ballrooms are designed to hold business meetings, weddings, corporate holiday parties, conferences, and any other number of events. Hotel ballrooms aren’t designed to look amazing for every event, they are designed to be nice enough to not notice the room itself.

Or you might have the opposite end of the spectrum with the hotel that went headstrong into branding the room with a very specific design style that most likely does not fit your event decor (we’re looking at you kaleidoscope carpet Marriott’s). That’s where the lighting comes in.

DIY, Outside Vendor, Hotel’s Vendors?

You have three options when considering lighting for your event. The most cost effective is DIY, using outside vendors is generally next expensive, or you can use the hotel’s recommended lighting vendor.

DIY lighting can be easy to transform a ballroom if you have the time and people to do it.

Leveraged DIY is an option that people don’t always consider. Use another one of your vendors, florist, planner, DJ, drape company to setup  the lighting for you. They will already be there at your event and you can save on the labor costs that way. We’re more than happy to work with them so that you get the effect that you are looking for.

Outside vendors: are usually the next best cost effective option. Expect to pay a premium for having someone come out, set up the lighting, come up with the lighting design, and make sure everything runs smoothly. Weddingwire.com is a great resource for finding lighting vendors and we usually send people there when looking for a vendor in their area.

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Hotel ballroom before and after lighting.

Hotel lighting can be a very expensive endeavor. Not only do you have to pay for the lighting company, but you pay for the lighting company to rent space at the hotel to house their equipment, you pay for the hotel management, you pay a fee for having the hotel recommend the lighting to you, and you pay service charges on all of that. Hospitality speak it’s what ever the cost is plus plus.

From our price comparisons you’ll end up paying about a 35% to 55% premium to have the hotel provide lighting or A/V services for your event.

What Lighting Do I Need? 

before and after lighting in smaller hotel ballroom

Before and after lighting in a smaller hotel ballroom.

By the time you are done planning your event you’ll be an expert in lighting. A good place to start is this article types of event lighting that walks you through each step of types of lighting and what it creates.

Think of lighting as a way to enhance the features and design elements in your space and deemphasize elements that you don’t like. Hate the carpet and chairs? Use uplighting to draw guests eyes up and use texture lighting to add interest higher up on the walls so guests won’t notice the carpet or chairs. Then use candles or centerpiece lighting on tables to add extra light to each of the tables and draw guests eyes away from the elements you don’t like.

Find out how many uplights you’ll need using our online uplighting calculators.

amber uplighting at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VAWhat Can Lighting Do? 

Lighting can go a long ways to change elements of the room that can be very expensive to otherwise fix. Some elements it can fix are:

  • Big Space – Hotel ballrooms are notoriously large and cavernous devoid of feeling. Lighting helps warm the cold space up and helps make it more inviting.
  • Boring Walls / Air Walls – Airwalls and boring walls are perfect for texture lighting. Create the pattern and design that matches your other decorations on your walls with light.
  • Carpet – The entire floor is covered in it, uplights can fix them by bringing peoples eyes higher or changing the color of the carpet completely.
  • Chairs – Chiavari or similar replacement chairs can cost an extra $50-$100 per table, use uplighting at less than half the cost.
  • Dark Room – Sometimes venues are just dark. Lighting brightens up the space and makes it feel more warm and elegant.
  • Linens – Upgraded linens can cost $30-$120 per table, use uplighting to impart color and shimmer to standard white or cream colored linens.
  • Low Ceilings – Smaller ballrooms feel more like dungeons than ballrooms. Use uplighting’s vertical lines to make the room feel bigger and taller. Use a blisslight on the ceiling to make it feel more expansive and taller. Pin-spot centerpieces to make it feel more dimensional.
  • Ugly Art Filled Walls – Use light to control what people see. Cake spotlights, pin-spotlights, table spotlights can all redirect what people see and what they don’t see.
  • Terrible Lighting – Fluorescent lights are ugly. They make people look ugly, they make the venue look ugly, and otherwise are terrible light sources. Bringing in lighting will let you fix the bad lighting in a space.
  • Wall Color – Uplights can change the colors of any wall in an event space at the touch of a button.
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W Hotel uplighting, pin-spots and cake spotlight at a wedding in Washington, DC.

Lighting can make a big huge difference in the look of your event space and is one of the most cost effective ways to transform the room. After all, no one can see your other decor elements if they are in the dark.

Transform Your Event

Whether your budget is $50, $500, or $5,000 we can help you find a cost effective way to light up your event and save money in the process. Check out all the diy lighting rentals we offer and what you can do to transform your event.

We’d love to hear what you think, leave your feedback, questions, or comments below.

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Virginia Tech Wedding – Whitehall Manor Wedding Lighting

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Cake spotlight, texture lighting and uplighting at Whitehall Manor for a Virginia Tech inspired wedding.

Lighting is the difference between your wedding being forgotten or your wedding being unforgettable. We make it easy and affordable for anyone to create an unforgettable wedding.

This wedding features Monica and Ray, a couple who met and had a love for Virginia Tech. Their cake featured two Hokie Birds dressed up for the wedding as a cake topper and a beautifully elegant tree and maroon and orange leaf motif climbing the tiers of the cake. Without a cake spotlight the cake would have been in the dark, the Hokie birds would have been missed, and the elegant design would have been forgotten. Smartly they had a cake spotlight on the cake to illuminate the details that they had put so much thought into.

A scroll texture pattern light was used in conjunction with the organic elements that they used throughout the rest of the wedding decor. Amber was an elegant choice that matched the existing lighting temperature of the fixtures in the space and warmed up the beautiful  historic features of the venue. Wireless uplights are a perfect match for historic venues like Whitehall where power isn’t necessarily where you want to place lights.

Together the elements worked together to create the perfect inspired elegant and romantic atmosphere that highlighted the important details in their decor for their wedding making it unforgettable. Go Hokies!

Venue: Whitehall Manor
Lighting: Superlative Events

 

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Baby Announcement Design with Gobo Light

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Two color gobo template with circles that inspired the design.

We are expecting our first child and there is a lot of pressure that comes with that! The most pressure (so far) came from announcing our child to the world…

People expect designers to be creative, they expect us to do things that other people wouldn’t spend 5 seconds on, and they expect it to be amazing. In other words, pressure.

Any designer can tell you, it’s easy being creative for other people but being creative for yourself and for your future progeny is a whole different ball game.

The Concept

My wife Kari is the real designer in the family. She was on Etsy  and was inspired by a great example of our last name “King” with a crown in the design on the front of a onesie. Going with the regal theme and the play on our last name she wanted it to say “Heir Apparent” somewhere and the expected date of our progeny.

It made it easier to think of Kari as the client and then coming up with ideas around her vision.

Making It

I knew that the design would require taking over our living room. We ordered the onesie and on the day it arrived Kari had to go to a work function and I thought it would be the perfect time to create the announcement and take over the house.  I knew that I wanted a soft pink and blue in the background and I wanted to the shirt to really pop out of the background. I made the pink and blue gobo design so I could get the pink and blue aspect of the design to pop out of the background when projected with a gobo light.

I knew that the white onesie would have to be in focus while the background would need to be blurred. I used some twine and two lighting stands to hang the shirt from so I could get enough distance between the shirt and the background to get the blur effect right. I also knew I needed a ton of light specifically on the shirt so I could get a really high contrast look so I ended up using three of our cake spotlight rental lights.

I needed a wall to project on and a flat boring wall wasn’t interesting enough. I ended up using the curtains for our windows on the front of our house to project onto. The light did a really great job covering up the gray and white scroll pattern on the window treatment while adding some texture and interest in behind the colored circles of light.

I used a prime 50mm lens shot at f/1.8 so I could get a blurred background while keeping the shirt in focus.

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The final birth announcement that we created.

The Final Result

As with most creative endeavors the devil’s in the details. I added some detail to the clothes pins holding the onesie to make them blue and pink, added a crown to the label on the shirt, enhanced the contrast and some colors as well as adding the text.

It helps having an entire inventory of lighting at my disposal, but thinking creatively with light can enable a number of design ideas and projects that would be otherwise impossible to do. Texture lighting like the gobo lights are infinitely versatile and we can help you come up with a  way to use lighting creatively for your projects.

I think it came out pretty well and most importantly checked off the hardest part of having a child (so far). What do you think? Ideas, thoughts, comment below.

 

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