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lighting at whitehall manor cake spotlight renal uplighting and texture lighting

Virginia Tech Wedding – Whitehall Manor Wedding Lighting

lighting at whitehall manor cake spotlight renal uplighting and texture lighting

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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king birth announcement crown onesie

Baby Announcement Design with Gobo Light

two color pink and blue gobo template

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.

king birth announcement crown onesie

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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Stars projected on the ceiling with gobo lighting

Starry Sky Gobo Texture Lighting

Stars projected on the ceiling with gobo lightingGobos are a great way to create a starry sky type of an effect at an event. We have a number of star pattern templates including large stars, stars with moons, small stars, or pin-points of stars.

Moving Stars

All of our gobo lights have a slow rotation feature that will allow the stars to slowly move at the touch of a button. This can be a great feature to create a more dynamic star effect.

You can create a more 3-D larger effect by using a prism lens on the light. The prism lens triples the number of stars that are projected by the light and are perfect for filling a ceiling with a blanket of stars. When using a prism and the rotation feature together you get a really dynamic, large coverage type of an effect.

Pricing

These lights work best in pairs so we have special pricing worked out for our stock star templates. Pricing for starry sky gobo texture lights are located on our rental lighting price page.

stars shining on an air wall

Gobos are the best at projecting clearly defined stars. When you want to project more pin-points of light that slowly move you might want to rent a Blisslight. Blisslights create a more slowly moving blanket of thousands of tiny laser generated stars wherever you aim the light.

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Denim & Diamonds Party Lighting – Howard University Blackburn Center

western gobo light denim and diamonds party blackburn center DC

Custom Denim and Diamonds Gobo with blue and white uplighting at Howard University’s Blackburn Center

This features event lighting from Moorean’s birthday party at Howard University at the Blackburn Center. We’ve done events at the Blackburn Center before and knew that the room had tall ceilings, terrible room lighting with no control, and a massive air wall that most of our clients hatewith a passion!

Moorean had a Denim and Diamonds theme to the party and incorporated a western type of feel throughout their decor elements including a live gold cowboy statue, denim and western attire, and western themed drinks and food.

Howard University Blackburn Center Airwall with Gobo lighting of stars and a saloon sign

We transformed the air wall with gobo lighting of a starry night sky and a custom saloon sign above the 16ft bar.

To fix the issues with the space we set them up with our wireless uplighting and used two colors, white and blue to bring light into the space so we could turn off the overhead lights. This bathed the room in a blue and white light that was much better than the florescent-terrible-undimmable overhead lighting. They were going to have a cake so our cake spotlight package was an easy option to really showcase the cake.

before photo of event lighting

Before photos of Howard University’s Blackburn Center, terrible overhead lights are not good for parties.

The massive air wall is always a problem in this room. They have such a cool effect with the large exposed brick walls inside and then ruin it with a massive 70’sesque air wall. We transformed the air wall into a sign above the bar with a western starry sky feel and a custom designed MoMo’s Saloon sign. This created a focal point around the 16ft bar in the room and let people know exactly where the drinks were. Every western town has a bar and needs a bar/saloon. These lights transformed the air wall into the starry sky with a personalized saloon sign. We also created a denim jean pocket encrusted with diamond rivets to personalize the space for Moorean’s Denim & Diamonds party. Our gobo lights are perfect for customizing and personalizing any large event space.

Before event lighting photo blackburn center

Before photo of the Blackburn Center

The overall effect really transformed the room and you can tell by the before and afters that it really made a huge difference in the space.

With our rental lights it’s easy to get the effect you want for a fraction of the price of hiring an outside company to do it. Check out our event lighting rental pricing to see how much you can save today!

Venue: Howard University Blackburn Center
Lighting: Superlative Events

We are so grateful to work with awesome people like Moorean, here’s what she had to say about the event.

“You transformed that dingy, dinky place into a gorgeous western scene.  I told your brother that you guys were just “showing off”!  Seriously,  I am more than pleased with everything.  A worker there told me that he has worked there for 34 years and that room had never, ever been transformed to that magnitude.!  That partition “popped”! The gobos were awesome! The uplighting was eloquent and breathtaking. Again, what can I say, but thank you, thank you and thank you.” – Moorean Baker

 

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amber wireless uplighting at whitehall manor

Wedding Lighting at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, VA

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Wireless uplights lighting up the columns on historic manor house Whitehall Manor.

Whitehall Manor in Bluemont Virginia is an idyllic venue to get married. Nestled in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains Whitehall is close enough to DC and nearby airports to make it accessible but far enough away from the hustle of DC to escape and relax.

Historic manor houses are the perfect candidate for enhancing with lighting. Lighting helps illuminate and feature the beauty inherent in the space. Neutral tones help enhance the historic feel and make it feel more warm and intimate.

texture lighting with amber uplighting

Texture lighting combined with wireless uplighting gives a balanced look.

We lit the columns on the outside of Whitehall. The wireless uplights make it easy to move lighting from space to space so you can save money by using less lights and move them as your guests move from space to space. The lights have no problem reaching all the way up the 20ft+ columns.

amber wireless uplighting at whitehall manor

Neutral tones like amber are great for warming up a reception space and making it feel more intimate, elegant and romantic.


We also utilized texture lighting inside in combination with the wireless uplights to create detail and framed the texture lights into the spaces of the venue making it feel organic.

Venue: Whitehall Manor – Bluemont, VA
Entertainment: DC Wedding DJ – Superlative Events
Coordination: Cherry Blossom Events

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Ben and Sara Monogram – Mount Ida Farm – Charlottesville, VA

monogram wedding reception lighting mount ida farm

Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, VA is a beautiful wedding venue and it was the perfect fit for a wedding for Ben Erwin and Sara Gwinn.

Sara is a very talented print and graphic designer so it was great working with her and getting a beautiful design to showcase at her wedding. The monogram was completely her design and captured the feeling of their personality and the personality of the venue and the urban barn feel that they created.

floral vine texture lighting gobo example mount ida farm

We used uplighting that started off amber earlier in the wedding reception and changed over to purple later in the evening. Texture lighting was used on either side of a massive 20ft barn window door that was flanked on either side by white drape. We designed the texture lighting to incorporate design elements that Sara had used in her monogram to plant her design element into the space re-iterating the beautiful farm vibe that was also present.


Lighting, Entertainment & Photobooth:
Superlative Events – Purcellville, VA
Venue: Mount Ida Farm – Charlottesville, VA

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Large Winter Wedding Monogram Light Rental

Large Winter Wedding Monogram Light & Wireless Uplighting Rental

Large Winter Wedding Monogram Light Rental

For this winter wedding there were over 300 guests in attendance and it was a large room with not a lot of room for lighting with the number of guests in the space. Using a keystone corrected monogram we projected from the side of the room to the area behind the sweetheart table in the front of the room. The LED monogram light rental held up to the high power halogen texture lights on either side of the front of the room. We also rented the blue uplighting used throughout the room which was the perfect fit considering there was almost no space to place the lights around the room because of all the tables in the space.

We can work with you to get the best projection possible in any space!

Venue: Cardinal Room – Bowie, MD

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