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6 LIES Your Wedding Vendors May Be Telling You

More than once a day we’ll hear a bride or groom mention something about one of our local wedding vendors that makes us scratch our heads. Since some of the things we’ve heard have been rather outrageous, we decided to compile a list of things you need to watch out for.

 

1.  Wedding Vendors who say specialization in events is vital.

Some wedding vendors may try to convince you that their services are superior because they only serve wedding clients. While you don’t want your caterer to be bringing in the lights, it isn’t unusual for production companies to serve different types of events. For the most part, the design concepts you’d see applied to lighting large corporate dinners are similar to ones used for weddings, just on a different scale.  Many production companies have different departments that handle various event styles. This allows them to deal with different client types on their own levels, while still having access to the same professional-grade equipment, resources and event partners.

Wedding Vendors Lighting

Design concepts are typically similar from one event type to another.

 

2. Vendors who claim offering a smaller number of services is better

Some companies will tell you that because they only offer a select number of services, their services are of higher quality than their competitors. This is like saying Google can only be good at email, search engines, navigation apps, OR self-driving cars; it just isn’t true.  Having a single production company with extensive resources to cover your lighting, AV, and drape needs makes life a lot simpler. Working with one vendor for all your related needs means one point of contact, one contract, and one vision. It also typically means lower cost to you through reduced delivery and labor charges.

 

3. Anytime someone tells you that you’re on a short clock to sign the contract

Many smaller companies can only handle one or two events at a time. Because of this, there is a possibility that they will book up during wedding season. Don’t let this pressure you into signing the contract to lock in your date.  You only have one chance to get it right, so make sure you take your time and select a vendor who puts your satisfaction first. Select a vendor that won’t rush you into signing a contract.

 

4. Lighting providers that claim Wireless LEDs are preferable for uplighting

Taken from 7 Things You Need To Know About Wedding Lighting

Some wedding vendors mislead brides and grooms into thinking wireless solutions are the only way to go. Be wary of companies that claim to only use battery powered LEDs and use phrases such as “no messy wires.” Any professional production company should be able to offer both solutions. Wireless LEDs are often required for areas that are impossible to get power to.  However, wired LEDs are far more powerful and brighter. Experienced lighting companies know how to hide all wires out of sight anyway, so make sure you go wireless for the right reasons!

Wired LED Wedding Vendors

Wired LEDs are far more powerful than their wireless counterparts.

 

5. Wedding Vendors that claim you always need an on-site technician

Some wedding services like catering or a band need on-site staff to provide the service. The same is true for some, but not all, wedding lighting services. However, if you have only ordered uplighting, this is considered a decor item. There is no need to have a technician watch over your wedding. Consider a production company that will provide a on-site tech at your request, but not force one on you by saying it is “included.”

 

6. Vendors that say an early setup costs more

If your event starts earlier, there may not be time to set up everything the same day. Hotels usually set all of the tables and place settings the evening before; lighting and decor can be done at the same time. This way, you can arrive and not worry about a set up crew rushing to finish. Some companies try to use an advance setup as a way to extract more money from a client.  Choose a company that will set up at a time that is convenient for you and does not impede other vendors or guests. Production companies should typically only charge for use day in these circumstances. 

 

Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Fourth at the Fort 2017 – Concert Lighting, Sound, & Stage Support

We spent this Independence Day providing concert lighting & sound support for Fourth at the Fort. Fourth at the Fort is an annual concert event hosted at Fort Lee in Petersburg, VA. This year the event featured country artist’s Maddie & Tae, and a 20 minute fireworks show. Our event partners at Temp Power provided generators:  a 45KVa, and two 125KVa generators. Main Stage Productions provided the Stageline SL320 Mobile stage. Despite the morning heat, and heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon, our crew had no issues. The show went up and came down without a hitch.

 

Setup

Power

Our basic concert lighting rig is very efficient and operates on only a 45KVa three-phase generator. A separate 125KVa unit was used for sound, with another backup on an automatic transfer switch to ensure we would never lose power. Temp-Power provides highly reliable generators, so the transfer switch is mostly a formality to serve a special request by our client. 

 

Concert Lighting Generator

LSC Production Manager Jonathan Blake Coordinates with Temp-Power

The Rig

Concert Lighting Package

We brought out a full array of LEDs and a few Beam Movers. Our LED crowd blinders kept the crowd well lit at crucial moments in the show.  The simple rig consisted of 20 Chauvet Colorados, setup in what we call an “Eye-Candy” style. For moving lights, we utilized 8 Elation Platinum Beam 5Rs. On our down stage truss we had 8 ETC Source Four Lekos for face light, 16 IP65 Elation SixPAR 200 IPs for color. Rounding off this turn-key concert lighting rig were LED Elation CuePix WW4 blinders.

 

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LSC Lighting Designer Dylan Adams operates the lighting console for Maddie & Tae.

Concert Sound Package

For sound we utilized a flown Vertec Line Array. The main system consisted of 16 JBL Vertec 4889 boxes, and four JBL VRX932LA-1 tops for center fills. 16 JBL SRX 4719 subs provided the low end for the show. We brought out Venue SC48s for FOH and monitor mix.

 

Gallery

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

Concert Lighting Company, Concert Sound Company Maddie and Tae Forth at the Fort

 

White Poly-Premier drape with Sheer Champagne Gathers for a wedding at the Hotel John Marshall. Uplights add an amber glow to the look.

John Marshall Wedding Time-lapse

Memorial day weekend is always busy, and this year was no exception as we had a number of lighting and drape events. So we created this time lapse for one of our Sunday weddings with CCS Events to show you some of the craziness. Our crew creates a drape backdrop to cut the room in half for the ceremony, and CCS staff preps tables for the reception.  Sheer champagne gathers and amber uplights complete the look.  We also place amber uplights around the ballroom and hang pin spots and wash lighting for the ceiling in the balcony above. The wash lighting adds a warm amber glow and washes over the room.

Once the ceremony is over, there is a short window during cocktail hour for the event staff to reset the room. CCS staff relocates tables and chiavari chairs and LSC techs clear out the drape. The room changeover is completed with plenty of time to spare.

Are you booking a wedding or event at the Hotel John Marshall?  Check out our services to learn more about what we can do to help make your event perfect. We have an extensive portfolio of events at the John Marshall, and other venues all over the state.
Venue:  John Marshall Virginia ballroom
Date: March 28, 2017
Planner: CCS Events

Press Room VP Debates Longwood Gym

The Vice Presidential Debates

We joined the political madness for a week as we prepared to do some television lighting for a TV stage at the Vice Presidential debates in Farmville on Tuesday. We set up in Longwood University’s Health and Fitness Center, which is rated as one of the top 20 recreational centers at small colleges; at 74,683 gross square feet, it’s a pretty impressive space, topped off by a large rock climbing wall and LEED Gold certification. Longwood’s gym boasts of over 60 pieces of weight training and cardio equipment, but none of them were anywhere to be seen when we arrived. Instead, they had been replaced with a full media cafe, red carpets throughout, press boxes, stages, temporary power, communication rooms and Secret Service agents. 

Truss TV Stage Lighting Political Vice Presidential Debates

We headed out to Farmville, Virginia on Sunday to set up: Our TV stage was built on a 16′ x 16′ riser, and was an interview spot for before and after the debate. For events like these, every person on the crew needs to have Secret Service clearance, and has to have a number of credentials on them at all times.

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We used Kino Flo Celeb 400s for front light, with Source Four Lekos as fill, and  Celeb 400Qs as back light. 
Truss TV Stage Lighting Political Vice Presidential Debates

 

 

Richmond Weddings Expo Fashion Show Lighting

Richmond Wedding Expo Fashion Show

Richmond Weddings just released this amazing video from the Richmond Weddings Expo Fashion Show we provided production for back in July. If you’re getting married in Richmond, you need to be familiar with these folks.

You can check out some photos of the show below!

All photos by Third Eye Studios:

beautiful high definition wedding chandelier gobo

Our beautiful high definition wedding chandelier gobo!

fashion show uplighting gobos

Uplighting gives the stage a great look.

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Slide The City Richmond

Summer time is upon us, and Slide The City brought 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten the streets of Richmond. Richmonders showed up in droves to take the plunge down the 1000 foot water slide. A water slide longer than three football fields was set up on lovely Byrd Street in downtown RVA. Slide the City is a family & friends slip-and-slide water party event, including live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit the city.  We brought out distributed sound reinforcement to the event to provide tunes to riders on their way down the slide.  Live music was provided by Full Spectrum, of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, as well as 101.1 The Fam. Check out Slide the City’s video below!

 

Custom Monogram wedding gobo

Stephanie & Justin’s Wedding

Got a call from Stephanie on Tuesday for a last minute wedding the coming Sunday. Stephanie needed uplighting for her wedding reception at The Hotel John Marshall here in Richmond. Summer is a busy season for weddings, and while we already had other jobs going on that day, we were easily able to accommodate another event. The next day, Stephanie told us she was also interested in a custom wedding gobo with her and Justin’s names on it. Fortunately, we are no stranger to rush jobs and manufacturing a last minute gobo before the date of her wedding was no trouble. We went through the design process with Stephanie, and had the custom gobo just in time!

Stephanie wanted a warm color for the uplighting on the beautiful walls of the ballroom, we suggested our champagne look, always an amazing look in there!

Wedding Uplighting hotel John Marshall

Aditi & Aditya’s Engagement Party

We had a very eventful (pun intended) Memorial day weekend, with events all over Richmond. Among those was Aditi’s & Aditya’s engagement party, and we were lucky enough to work with the very talented Candace Morgan, who sent over some lovely photos. If you absolutely love what you see, you can check Candace out here. 

Aditi wanted the rotunda to be a classy blue and gold, and the Science Museum of Virginia was a wonderful venue to accomplish such a look. We went with thin beamed wedding uplights to accent the museum’s neoclassical columns. The powerful LED uplights reached all the way up the fifty foot ceilings of the Science Museum and made the room look absolutely stunning.

Congratulations to Aditi & Aditya on a beautiful engagement party!

 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year folks! As we set about recovering from the hectic holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of our favorite events from 2015. Last year was a crazy year for us, we got to work with a ton of cool companies and meet some of our favorite new vendors! We set up truss features all over the country for Tough Mudder, did some corporate event lighting for companies such as T-Mobile and The Boy Scouts of America, and provided concert lighting support for Kings Dominion, Sweet Briar College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University,  and more! We also expanded our wedding lighting services to accommodate the growing demand for high quality wedding lighting.

 

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A truss feature for Tough Mudder 2015

We had a blast working with Tough Mudder this summer, setting up truss structures in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and more. We drove and flew more than 15,000 miles this summer for Tough Mudder events!

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Conditions Anniversary Show 2015

 

We got another opportunity to work with the talented and popular Richmond, Virginia band Conditions. These local pop-punk legends reunited on the 5th anniversary of their album Florescent Youth. You can check out more pictures here!

 

DJ Expo 2015

DJ Expo 2015

DJ Expo 25 took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is an exposition gear towards DJs and industry professionals. We got a chance to meet a lot of the people who create our lighting and sound equipment, and give feedback. You can find out more about our experience here! 

 

The Sweet Briar College's Sweet Tones

The Sweet Briar College’s Sweet Tones

We provided a small pop-up concert lighting system for the talented Sweet Tones’ “Save Sweet Briar” Concert. You can find more pictures here.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from our 2015 events:

 

New Years event lighting Virginia

New Years Celebration in Ashburn, Virginia

 

Lewis Ginter Wedding Lighting Richmond, Virginia Tent Lighting

Lewis Ginter Wedding Lighting Richmond, Virginia

 

King Dominion Concert Lighting Richmond Virginia

Debby Ryan takes the stage at the Kingswood Amphitheatre

 

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Wedding at 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn, New York

 

Wedding Uplighting Richmond Virginia Design

Wedding Uplighting at The Science Museum in Richmond, Virginia

 

Wedding Event Uplighting Goocland Virginia

Uplighting Outside Virginia Estate Wedding, Goochland, Virginia

 

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Heartracer band at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, Virginia

 

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Wedding lighting at the Short Pump Hilton, Virginia

Heartracer: Ice on the Streets live at Hardywood Park

One of the best parts of working in entertainment is the wonderful people you get to meet. Every once in a while, we get to work with a group of truly special performers such as our friends in Heartracer. We put together a small ambient lighting setup for their most recent show at Hardywood Craft Brewery here in Richmond, Virginia. You can check out the awesome video by Dave O’Dell below.

You can find Heartracer on Soundcloud, Facebook, and on the web at Heartracerband.com.