Mar 29, 2011

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Pink vs Pink at St. Regis Laguna Niguel

2 Pink Weddings at St Regis's Monarch Room. To differentiate the Pink:

Pic 1 is what I call Rose or Magenta Pink

Pic 2 is what I call Hot or Hello Kitty Pink

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Recent Article On NY Times

Article was taken from NY Times:


Not Only the Bride Is Beaming

Toby Hoogs for The New York Times

Angus and Michelle Mitchell used a projection of their “logo” — their names intertwined — onto the dance floor and occasionally onto the bride’s gown, which was embroidered with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

WHEN Angus and Michelle Mitchell think back to their wedding last July, some of the memories sparkle with the light of a 500-pound crystal chandelier.

Toby Hoogs for The New York Times

Guests celebrated under the warm orange glow of a chandelier.

The chandelier was shipped to Mr. Mitchell’s farm on the Big Island of Hawaii in a car-size crate and became a centerpiece of the reception. Guests celebrated under its warm orange glow in one tent, while in the tent next door, a fixture projected the couple’s “logo” — their names intertwined — onto the dance floor and occasionally onto the bride’s gown, which was embroidered with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

From the outside, the tents glowed like jewels against the “black-velvet sky,” said Mrs. Mitchell, the director of business development for her husband’s hair-care business in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The couple’s focus on lighting, powered by a network of portable generators and executed by Hawaii Stage and Lighting of Honolulu, might have been extreme. But it illustrates the extent to which some couples will go to make their weddings visually unforgettable.

“It’s not illumination for visibility; it’s illumination for atmosphere,” said Bentley Meeker, a Manhattan lighting designer who worked on Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

New technology, not to mention one-upmanship among wedding planners and their clients, has multiplied the possibilities. Depending on how it is deployed, and by whom, it can also multiply the costs.

As recently as five years ago, said Preston Bailey, the Manhattan event designer, “I had to convince all of my clients of the importance of bringing in an outside lighting company.” Now, he said, many of the clients who can afford to hire him to create striking centerpieces and backdrops are also prepared to hire someone to illuminate those features.

“The lighting puts the other elements on steroids,” said Mr. Meeker, who might charge $4,000 for a small job that brings a soft glow to a small- or medium-size venue. More elaborate projects could cost many times that, Mr. Meeker said, but added, “If you spend $25,000 on flowers, and $10,000 on lighting, it may look like you spent $75,000 on flowers.”

For one recent wedding at the Waldorf-Astoria, he said, “We created a 236-foot-by-12-foot strip of video, around all four walls of the grand ballroom, that was alive the entire night.” The screens and other equipment took 25 people to operate, he added. That, according to Mr. Meeker, cost more than $200,000.

Mr. Bailey said his strategy — creating a series of take-your-breath-away moments — was often achieved with the help of lighting specialists. When guests arrive, the room might be “a flattering magenta color; when they sit down, maybe it’s blue, like you’re dining under the stars. For dancing, we can create a nightclub feeling.”

But lighting designers often must adapt to the hotels, restaurants and other venues that their clients choose.

Shai Tertner, an event designer who works in Manhattan and Florida, said he usually likes to handle the lighting himself. “I like to art-direct,” he said. “I want to know if the lights are the old high-tech kind, or sleek and modern, which I prefer. If there are poles, I want to know if the poles are covered in fabric, and what kind of fabric, and how the fabric is going to be tied.”

Lighting designers are usually recommended by the people planning elaborate weddings — no, not the bride and bridegroom, but the event planner or event designer. Julia Rutkowski said that both the planner and designer of her wedding this September to Christian Egan recommended Matt Murphy Event Lighting of Southampton, N.Y.

Ms. Rutkowski said they chose the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, where their wedding and reception are to be held, in part because it was a blank slate, a place where Mr. Murphy could work his magic.

The reception is to begin with an African-themed cocktail hour. “Think sunset on the savanna,” Mr. Murphy said of the lighting effect he wants.

But it will be a muted sunset, for Mr. Murphy considers himself the “go-to guy for softly lit, romantic, classy weddings.” He is more likely to bring in custom-made silk globes than spotlights hung from metal trusses.

Mar 27, 2011

A Summit House Wedding

Rocked a wedding recently @Summit House Fullerton. A big thanks to the staff at Summit House for referring us this event. This was without a doubt one of the best weddings I've ever spinned at. Fun couple + awesome bar + awesome food. We lid up the room with Orange uplights, brought in an extra subwoofer after the bride, Allison, did not give me a playlist but told me to mix it up.....u know it, I like my bass...

Best to Allison + Eli for having us part of your beautiful wedding.

If you are interested in booking us, Pls contact us @818-720-1709

Mar 14, 2011

An Arizona Wedding: Intercontinental Montelucia Resort + Spa

Our first ever out of state event. We lid up and provided complete lighting, sound + visual services at the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort + Spa just outside Phoenix. A collaboration project with DJ Sunil.

An absolute stunning location. This 3 day event day had us do the Sangeet and a complete wedding setup on Saturday.

Thank you and we welcome your ideas, suggestions and inspiration. Pls contact us @818-720-1709