event lighting

Event Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important design elements to an event. In the case of this wedding in which the ceremony and reception took place in the same ballroom, event lighting signaled a significant shift not only in the evening, but the couples’ lives!
David Merrell
Lead DesignDawg

Coordinator Jonathan Reeves of International Event Company assembled a dream team at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to transform the iconic hotel’s main ballroom not once, but twice during this wedding. The transformation began with platinum draping on all the walls which ensured that the main focus of the room would be a stunning chuppah designed by The Empty Vase. Three thousand crystals hung from white ribbons suspended over the ceremony area. The look was completed with hundreds of white orchids.

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An elevated “catwalk” style aisle for the wedding party was lined with flower petals in the wedding colors of burgundy and white. During the ceremony, the chuppah was lighted by Images by Lighting from six sides. Tables were pinspotted. Because the reception would take place in the same ballroom, guests sat at their tables for the ceremony. The lighting was dimmed at this point so all eyes would be on the ceremony space.

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After the ceremony, guests left the room for cocktails in the foyer while the team removed the riser to reveal a white dance floor beneath the chuppah. Soft patterns of amber were projected on the dance floor and the lighting on the chuppah changed to pink.

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At that point, the table pinspots were brightened to make the floral designs pop. The draping of the room up was uplighted with LEDs as were the tufted panels behind the bars by Revelry Event Designers.

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As the couple took to the dance floor as husband and wife, the crystals became their sparkling sky. A little bit of heaven in Beverly Hills and a wonderful way to begin a life together!

Photography by Curtis Dahl


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Liese Gardner is a marketing and content strategist for top brands in the event industry and can be found at www.liesegardner.com. As a contributor to DesignDawgs, Liese generates original content and curates contributed articles from professionals in a variety of design fields.

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