lighting for weddings

An Elegant, Enchanted Garden Wedding with Tons of Gorgeous Flowers, Some Amazing Cake Porn and a Sensational Venue!

Ashley + Bryce absolutely accomplished the impossible on their wedding day. I'm not totally exaggerating! Seriously, this B+G brought an enchanted garden to City Hall. Like, hands down, the most amazingly captivating garden "scene" I have ever laid eyes on that wasn't a celebrity wedding. Bridey, just wait until you see the fucking amazing flowers, stunning lighting, the cool cool cool wedding cake (OMG, holy shit!), and pure glam brought together by a sensational group of vendors and dreamt up by Ashley and Bryce! WOW!

I think you can tell by Ashley's wedding dress that this chick has some pretty FAB taste. She had her Mori Lee dress customized by adding pink to the skirt of her gown. How awesome is that? I really could go on and on, but why, when you can just go see for yourself! Enjoy!

OMG. So sparkly and beautiful!

Cutest.pic.ever.

Um... I NEED those shoes!

Amazing hair and makeup, amazing headpiece and just all around beautiful!

I mean... STFU with that bouquet. RIGHT? Absolutely incredible!!

I can't... It's too good...

I love how Ashley is grabbing the top of Bryce's head!!

I love everything about this shot. The dresses, the attitude and the shoes!! YES!

Can we please talk about Ashley's nails? I have that they're dark!

Like, holy amazing! These are custom made trees for each of the tables...

Holy.Shit.

This wedding cake is a piece of art.

Awwwwww.....

Thank you Ashley and Bryce for sharing your enchanted wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

Industry Peeps:
Photographer: Sabrina Hall Photography
Tuxedo & Mens Attire: American Commodore Tuxedo
Dress Store: Brides by the Falls
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Floral Designer: Nikki's Perfect Petal Designs
Venue: The Grand City Hall Rotunda
Bakery: Wild Flour Bakery

An Elegant, Intimate and Beautiful New England Barn Wedding

I love this wedding, bridey! And, it's not just because I know and love the vendors (I just worked with SociaLight this past weekend!), it's because this wedding is fabulously warm and absolutely beautiful at a sensational venue in MA, The Red Lion Inn. That, and the bride, Alex, is totally adorable and I'm lovin' her cool style and you will too! So, without further ado... Enjoy!!

Totally craving a Moscow mule right now!

Amazing bouquet! 

OMG Alex you look so completely gorgeous!

Awwww... Such a great kiss after the first look...

Amazing scenery!

Such beautiful flowers!

Totally obsessed with Alex and Louie's festive and fun invitation!

Lovely tables... Such great vessels and I LOVE the table number flags!

Fabulously warm and elegant venue...

I love that the cake is quite bare except for the "sash" it's adorned with...

Thank you for sharing your rustically fantastic wedding with Bitchless Bride!

Industry Peeps:
Photographer: Photography by Nikki Cole
Venue: Red Lion Inn
Florist: Stapleton Floral
Lighting: SociaLight Event Lighting
Dress: L'elite
Makeup: Jessica Lederman
Band: The Sweet Beats
 

An Amazing Westminster Wedding That's Super Cool, Super Energetic and Super Cray!

Seriously bridey, I don't even know where to begin with Sarah and Will's FAB wedding... Like, there are so many cool details and incredible energy that it's kinda hard to put what I am feeling into words. It all starts with a beautiful tea ceremony, and ends with a fucking kickass party and a RuPaul inspired walk off... I mean, how could I possibly that into words? 

I will say that I am completely obsessed with Sarah's lipstick. I have a total love affair with lipstick, and the fact that Sarah's rocking dark lips (and dark, pointy nails), is awesome! Really, I just love everything about this wedding! The lighting, the cake (holy shit with the cake, and the "creatures" on top) and the insane dancing make me so happy! I love when a B+G truly make their wedding day about their favorite people and what make them, them. Enjoy!

Could they get any cuter?

Love Sarah's reaction here...

This is a great shot!

S.E.X.Y.

Check out that bouquet!! LOVE IT!

Damn girl. You're 100% owning this bride thing...

Sounds so cheesy, but I love all of the hand holding.

Such a great group shot!

Taxidermy creatures... Now, look down! STFU with this AMAZING cake!!!

I mean, you gotta cut the cake with a sword!

Not quite sure what is happening here, but I fucking love it!

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Thank you Sarah and Will for sharing your cool, fun and fucking fantastic wedding with Bitchless Bride!! I love everything about it!

Industry Peeps:
Photographer: York Place Studios
Venue: The Institute of Civil Engineering, One Great George Street

An Amazingly Creative, Super Awesome, Dr. Who Meets Alice in Wonderland Wedding

I don't know about you, bridey, but I would totally drink that! Maybe something is wrong with me, but it just looks so incredibly inviting! Right? Perhaps it has something to do with our B+G, Whitney and Chad. These two are the brainchildren behind this ridiculously cool, super fun, and fabulous wedding mash-up of Dr. Who and Alice in Wonderland. All of the details are so well thought out and so well designed, that you'll 100% feel like you drank whatever that shit is in the bottle. 

I mean... I have NEVER seen a wedding cake more intricate and plain ol' kickass until today. And the décor? WOW! The B+G designed the wall projections and lighting to compliment the FAB centerpieces, and really succeeded in making their guests feel like they fell down the rabbit hole. So, bridey, without further ado... Go, be inspired!!  I mean... There's really no way around it! Enjoy!

Whitney! You're SO cute! And I love your t-shirt! Although... A Bitchless Bride t-shirt would have be rockin' on you!

OMG. I can't even... That dress... A MAZ ING!! 

I love W+C's wedding rings and the clever places they ended up!

Chad, that boutonnière is fucking fantastic! Love the flowers and love the watch!

Whitney... This shot is priceless...

Don't they look famous?

Um, that's the ceiling. Just sayin'...

Those are customized, digital place holders and escort cards that light up when guests arrive at the correct table... OMG!! SO SO SO awesome!

I'm seriously obsessed with every.single.centerpiece.

I mean... It's too fucking good. Right? Now, look down!!

Is that not the most amazing wedding cake you've ever seen? Actually, its amongst the most amazing CAKE I've ever seen! The detail is exquisite!

I love everything about this space! The dance floor! The lighting (yeah... the couple designed all of the lighting and wall projections by themselves!)! The décor!! Oh my!

WOW!!! Just, wow!

Whitney, Chad! Thank you for sharing your fun-filled, clever and fabulous wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

Industry Peeps:
Photographer: Nix Wedding Photography
Venue: The Crest Center & Pavillion
Cake: Just Simply Delicious
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Parade
Flowers: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Photo Booth: Shutter Hutch Photo Booths + Videography
DJ: Sound Extreme Entertainment

Fantasy Friday ~ A Colorful New Year's Eve Wedding with Tons of Music, Glam and Plenty of Hot Pink!

This fabulous winter wedding just made it into publication on Bitchless Bride. I mean... Technically, it's still winter which is why I posted it, but it feels more like spring. Seriously, I had a whole other plan for today, but when I saw this smashing wedding submission, I had to share it with you, bridey, and immediately! Plus, I heard that Shannen and Craig were incredibly cool to work with, and based on the pics, it's quite obvious.

And, BTW... Can we just talk about how Craig is wearing a fucking hot pink vest and bow tie, and owning it! Right? Dude looks fantastic, and I love it! And, I think I love him! Bridey, there are piles and piles of inspiration strewn throughout Shannen and Craig's wedding. OMG, just wait until you see the centerpieces! Holy shit! And the cake... WOW! I think you'll see why I couldn't wait until next winter to post this wedding. You're welcome. 
If I owned those shoes (or when I own these shoes!), I would wear them every day!
Um. Bling anybody?
That dress is extraordinary!
See what I mean? Craig is 100% OWNING the hot pink vest and bow tie! 
Shannen, that's a damn sexy pic!
Fantastic shot!
It was 11 degrees outside when they took these photographs!
This could have been taken in the 1920s, right?
See the tambourines at the base of candelabra? They were for the guests to bring onto the dance floor when the party started! How cool is that?
This cake is so fucking fabulous! Right? I am totally in love with the hot pink flower! IN LOVE! And, the textures are simply astonishing!
Clearly a passionately romantic couple!!
Thank you for sharing your kickass wedding with Bitchless Bride! I love everything about your wedding day, and I think I even love you (both) too...

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Melissa Sue Photography
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Connection
Reception Venue: Warwick Denver Hotel

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ An Elegant and Fun Backyard Wedding Complete with a Dinosaur!

There is SO much I love about Alexa and Kyle's lovely backyard wedding. Besides its absolutely charming and warm family moments, this wedding is chock-full of surprises! I mean... Look at the title of this post! Dinosaur? WTF? Well, scroll down, bridey, and you will see the coolest dinosaur this side of Jurassic Park has ever seen! And the flowers? Holy shit! Bill Muzuta, the florist (who I've had the privilege of working with), is a magician! Like... I really think he is! 

But, what I love most is that Alexa and Kyle had this truly stunning wedding, with a phenomenal tent, electrifying (no pun) lighting (gotta show off those flowers!) and exquisite décor, and then had a dinosaur cake! I know, right? AND, they really took care of their guests! They provided delicious food, and created a whole kids section with crafts and projects so that the parents could have a cocktail and relax a bit. As a parent, I likey... So, bridey, enjoy this GORGE wedding full of fabulous surprises along the way.
Amazing wedding dress and Alexa's bouquet is damn beautiful!
Love this pic! Just love it! It's so real...
See what I mean with the flowers? Each bridesmaid has a differnt bouquet!
Mama!!
Um. Hi. Gimme!
Fucking genius!
Can we just take a minute to talk about the lighting and the décor? Truly amazing!
Such a cool shot!
Yeah kid... That's a dinosaur! And the little tag around her neck says, "Please return to Alexa and Kyle."
When the hair is flying in the air, you know your guests are having a ball!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with Bitchless Bride! Amazing details, and lovely family shots!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Dana Siles
Hair: Kenneth Wildes
Floral Design: Bill Mizuta
Cake: Cakes To Remember
Caterer: East Meets West
Lighting: Suzanne Lowell Lighting
Makeup: Kartina Hess

Fantasy Friday ~ When a Wedding Planner Gets Married...

When a wedding planner gets married, odds are, the wedding is going to be fucking amazing. And Shanna and Josh's wedding? A MAZ ING! Like, soooooo gorgeous, and soooooo warm that I cannot wait for you to scroll down and see the exquisite décor! Bridey, you know that I am a HUGE fan of uplighting, and Shanna's pink and ivory palette is simply beauteous. For real... Don't forget to light your wedding!

BTW... See Shanna's dress? The hint of pink? The ball gown? Isn't it stunning?! OMG, if I told you all of the amazing details of the B+G's wedding, then I'd be wasting your time. I mean, why talk about it when you can just scroll down and see for yourself? So, go... Enjoy this beautiful wedding!
The dress and the bling... Yes, please!Shanna, you look beautiful in that incredible gown and jewels!Let's go!!!Josh! I LOVE how you're looking at Shanna! (Nice dimples, too!)Great sunglasses!!I mean... Talk about a glowing bride....Totally love that their wedding was at a tapas restaurant!Those are sparkly Christmas ornaments which doubled as place cards. I mean... Talk about a fantastic wedding favor! Okay. Ready, bridey? Look down!!RIGHT? Could this room be any more romantic or beautiful? The linen, the lighting, the flowers! OH MY!!
Magnificent cake! And the room, glowing...Sniff... Sniff...Thank you for sharing your absolutely stunning wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer, Cinema & Video:  A Magic Moment Photography and Video
Reception Venue: Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Floral Designer: RAINING ROSES PRODUCTIONS INC.
Event Planner: Weddings Unique

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Fashion-Forward, Super Stylish, Super Glam NYC Wedding

I've had the privilege of working with Ed from Zorz Studios, and as you are about to see, his work is positively sensational. His shots are unique, his perspective eccentric and his demeanor, lovely; something that emanates out of each and every photograph. That coupled with a truly electrifying and cool couple is a recipe for a some spectacular images!

Bridey, I have said it over and over again... Lighting changes everything! And, Dana & John's wedding is no exception. Yes the décor is beautiful, but it is eye-popping with the lighting. Trust me, you won't want to miss anything as you scroll. So, get ready for some fantastic inspiration, some holyshitINEEDthose shoes, and a ton of fun as you take in Dana & John's wedding!
The invitation? A mockup of New York Weddings magazine designed and printed for this kickass couple!OMG. Fucking GORGEOUS pic! Dana, your legs look A MAZ ING, and those shoes? WOW!CLB for men... LOVE IT!Dying over the look on her face!OMG... Dana totally looks like a princess! Totally beautiful!The B+G grew up on the same block and have known each other their whole lives. I love that they stopped for a drink before the reception!Amazing shot of the World Trade Center...Gotta have a few shots in Brooklyn where they had their very first kiss!That champagne thing really works!!Stunning!I love everything about the venue, décor and vibe! And as you know, bridey, I am particularly obsessed with the lighting! Completely changes everything!

Manic Monday ~ Light it Up, Brideys!!

~ This is a sponsored post ~

That sweet table looks damn good, right? Beautiful wedding cake, kick ass cupcakes, awesome rock candy (I'm like a little obsessed with rock candy...) and overall, it's just a lovely table. But, you know why it looks that fantastic? It's called LIGHTING, brideys. I've said it a million times... Lighting has the power to completely change your wedding! It has the power to change the mood of your wedding, and honestly? It can effect how your guests feel at your wedding. Don't believe me? Allow me to explain.

Brideys, you are drawn to this table not only because of the delicious confections, but because of the pink up lights and the blue hues. Would you still grab a cupcake (and some rock candy)? Sure. But, you might not have even seen the table if not for the lighting. And you know what? You CAN afford it. Lighting doesn't have to break the bank, and if you're more of DIY kind of girl? Even better!

Check it out! Look up. See that? That's a before photograph. Vast open space, white walls, and white floors. To me, this space is a blank canvas. I see it as an opportunity. An opportunity to blow your guests away with creativity and ambiance. But, it's probably giving you heart palps, right? Seriously, does this picture scare you? It shouldn't! Quite the contrary actually... It should speak to you! You need to adjust your thinking and see it as a way to save a shitload of money by lighting it up! Look down...

I mean... Stunning, right? Yes, the hanging lanterns are cool, but the room itself is completely mind blowing because of the purple glow, and the amazingly lit head table. The rest? Well, it's gravy.

As you know, I am SO not a DIY kind of person (or wedding planner), but this is barely DIY, which is obviously very appealing to me, and to those of us who want to save money, but don't want to have to do a lot of work to get what we want. It's simple, and outside of a few directions, it's completely doable. 

If you're wondering where to get these, I am about to tell you, so slow your roll, brideys... The site? It's called diyuplighting.com. They ship all over the country (USA), it's all done online (because who really wants to talk to anybody anymore?), and it's super fucking cheap, but the product? Not cheap. Just awesome! And easy...

Brideys, to me... Lighting for your wedding is just as important as flowers on your tables or FAB entertainment. All you have to do is look up to see that... Remember, you're setting the tone or the mood for your guests. I mean, how cool is it that YOU have control over how your guests feel? Right? So, you know what? Make sure they feel awesome! Got it?

Images via diyuplighting.com 

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Stunning in Newport

So, every now and then, I like to surprise you, brideys. And today, you are in for a special treat! You are about to indulge in an absolutely stunning wedding. But, oddly enough the bride and groom are not part of this feature. You will only see the details. Sounds completely shady, doesn't it? It's really not, I promise you, but out of respect for the bride and groom, who have asked to be kept out of the photographs, you won't see them today. But, in this case? It doesn't really matter... The photographs will speak for themselves even without the B+G.

This wedding certainly looks to good to be true, but it IS NOT A STYLED SHOOT! IT IS A REAL WEDDING! And I know that it looks so fucking perfect that it looks like a styled shoot due to the perfect placement of pretty much everything, but I can assure you, it's not. So, feast your eyes, and steal some ideas from this masterpiece!

Exquisite dress. Just a breathtaking Vera Wang. Right? (And let's be honest, who doesn't want a picture of a horse in the background?)

How amazing to have the ceremony looking out on the water with a gorgeous ombre, flower petal aisle?

Following the ceremony, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres look out on the ocean.

Um, yeah. Astoundingly modern, amazingly cool, and miraculously fantastic.

Are you completely dying over these arrangements? I'm DY ING! OMG those orchids are so beautiful, and the "diamonds" gracing the bottom of candles? Priceless. Gorgeous. Awe-inspiring photographs...

Super Stylish Sunday ~ How Lighting Your Wedding Can Change Everything

Brideys, you know that feeling you get (or used to get) when you go out dancing? Like you're on fire? Like nobody can touch you because you are THAT awesome? The music is rockin', you have a bit of a buzz going and the lights are changing color every time you close your eyes? Nothing beats that feeling, right? Well, wouldn't it be cool if you could somehow incorporate that feeling of euphoria into your wedding? I mean, wouldn't it be great if you and your guests could be made to feel a certain way instead of just simply being in attendance? No, I'm not high right now, bridey, just excited!! Seriously, take a look at these photographs! 

Would these weddings be gorgeous without the lighting? Sure. But, the lighting certainly changes the overall asethetic and mood, right? I know that you are probably thinking that lighting has to be super expensive, and that it's not even a line in your budget, but think again... The picture right below? The DJ did that... Not a lighting company. It was included in the package they picked... WOW! I know, right??

Entertainment companies are expanding their capabilities which means more options for you bridey. However, the more intricate (such as pin-spotting, etc.), the more expensive it becomes, and if that's what you are looking to do, then you'll probably choose to go with an actual lighting company. No matter what you do, take a look at the pictures below, and see how lighting can drastically change the feel of the space.

Totally love the feel of the trees! That's a concrete wall, and instead of ignoring it, the bride chose to enhance it with fantastic design!

That writing projected on the floor? That's called a gobo. You can project your initials, "just married", a particular design... the possibilities are endless.

So, I am in LOVE with the picture above! Like in total LOVE. Here's a perfect example of how lighting can make you feel. Would it be stunning without the lighting, yup. But, you we'd be missing the romance and the warmth that the lighting is providing to us. Or what about the photograph below? How cool is the green glow? Certainly takes my eyes off of the hideous carpet... Right?

The lights are changing color (duh) in the photographs below. It's beautiful in blue and in purple, but it's providing a completely unique experience for your guests...

Again, the glow in the picture above? It's warm, right? Romantic? It would still be a lovely table and room without the lighting, but it's especially fantastic with the right light!

I LOVE this picture! Imagine walking into this event? Amazing...

Bridey, are YOU planning on lighting your wedding? Tell BB what you are spending and if you are using an entertainment company or lighting comany.

 

Photo Cred: {Four Lighting Senarios via Exquisite Designs Blog pics via Colin Cowie}, {Amazing Pink Wedding via Swanky Panky Events pic via Life Fusion Photography}, {Tree Pattern via A. Dominick Events pic via Garrett Hubbard}, {Gobo w Lounge Furniture via Wed101.com}, {Gorge flowers w Soft Lighting via Evantine Design}, {Cool Ass Green Lights via Palm Beach Lighting Rental}, {Blue and Purple Lighting via RGV Photography}, {Soft Lighting via Blissbride.net}, {View from Outside via United with Love},