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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

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:

 

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New Years Celebration in Ashburn, Virginia

 

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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

 

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Wedding Uplighting at The Science Museum in Richmond, Virginia

 

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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

Everything you need to know about DJ Expo 2015!

Each August, DJ Times presents The DJ Expo at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Produced by DJ Times and its publisher Testa Communications since 1990, the Expo remains the DJ industry’s best-attended, most-successful trade show and convention. Lighting companies geared towards mobile DJs and consumers, such as American DJ and Blizzard Lighting, often have enormous booths made of truss and huge assortments of the newest lighting gear and tools. Walking into DJ Expo is a little bit of a surreal experience as you move the relative quiet of the hallway turns into what can only be described as organized chaos as you enter the show floor. The space is enormous, dimly lit, and very hazy. Every booth vies for your attention with loud electronic music and flashy light shows, and as with any expo, free stuff.

This was our first year at DJ Expo, but we were lucky enough to be accompanied by local DJs and seasoned veterans of DJ expo, Mike Beene and Eric Cunningham, who showed us around and introduced us to everyone. DJ Expo 25 was a great opportunity to network with pretty much everyone who is anyone in the DJ world, including Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times Magazine. That’s what DJ Expo is, now here’s what you need to know:

Blizzard Lighting
We spent a lot of our time looking at Blizzard Lighting’s booth, conveniently located at the front of the expo. This is great for them, as the only booth in front of theirs was audio electronics giant Pioneer. If you don’t know who Blizzard is, I don’t blame you, but maybe you should. Blizzard was started in 2010, so it has only been around for 5 years! Yet, they have a pretty tricked out product line of various movers, LEDs, and their aptly named Pixellicious, which is an awesome name. While Blizzard hasn’t been around long enough to establish an extensive reputation, they have a commitment to quality that is evident in their products.

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The GLP U-Torm is a versatile and innovative trussing solution.


GLP’s U-Torm

The U-Torm is a flexible solution to hanging drop fixtures and finding tormentor positions, for lighting, projection, and other equipment in a completely modular solution from Cosmic Truss.

Comprised of lightweight modules and sections, the U-Torm allows endless configurations fro single fixtures, double hangs or ladders of multiple fixtures, either rigged or floor mounted.

The U-Torm is available in two standard sizes, but can be built upon and customized using the standard cosmic Truss F31 range of 2″ pipes, T-Sections, spigots and corner adaptors. These all fit seamlessly into the U-Torm allowing you to create hanging positions or structures in an unlimited variety of combinations. The U-Torm 50 is able to take a center point load of up to 110 lbs. / 50 kg, and if hung in a ladder configuration, it is possible to mount up to 10 units together. The brackets are available in a natural aluminum or black finish as standard, and other colors can be provided on request.

In the custom event industry, having a highly versatile and dependable support structure is very useful!

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The Nimbus helps us to provide an affordable low fog solution for our clients.

Chauvet’s NIMBUS Pea Souper (Ground Fog)

Nimbus is a professional dry ice machine which produces thick, white fog that hugs the floor and dissipates without rising. This powerful machine heats enough water to create fog from 10 lb of dry ice to provide 6 minutes of run time. Output and flow are easily controlled, thanks to an adjustable multi-level control arm. Dual heaters allow for faster heat-up and recycle times. We saw a demo of Nimbus at the expo, and picked one up to add to our ability to create a custom atmosphere. We’ve often used an LSG fogger before to achieve this “ground fog” effect, but with the Nimbus, we can provide a more affordable option to our clients, with almost no drawbacks! 

 

Pin Spotting for weddings

Wireless and light-weight, Chauvet’s new pin spots can hang from almost anything.

 

Chauvet EZpin IRC

EZpin IRC is a battery-powered LED pin spot, perfect for lighting centerpieces, cakes, and focal points. Its magnetic base affixes to most metal surfaces, eliminating the need for clamps, and the scissor clip with eye loop easily attaches to drop ceiling supports, for quick setup and cable management. Wireless on/off operation is available with the optional IRC-6 remote, and we can easily achieve multiple lighting looks with the included gel pack.  With the ease of setup these new fixtures provide, we can cut down on setup time, allowing us to offer more affordable wedding pricing for pin-spotting, which is a popular wedding lighting look. 

 

 

Powered Line Array Sound

The KLA12 is a powered 12″ line array that packs a punch

QSC KLA12 Powered Line Array


QSC’s incredible KLA12 line array speaker combines astounding power, amazing flexibility, and road-ready dependability in a surprisingly lightweight package that sounds absolutely stunning. The KLA12 is powered by a 500W x 500W module that provides plenty of clean, clear power to the 12″ LF driver and the 1.75″ HF compression driver. Ar-Q frequency optimization lets you tune the KLA12 to the array; in fact, you can adjust for the number of speakers in your array and get the most out of your KLA12.

This is another piece of gear we saw at DJ expo that we are adding to inventory. The size of the KLA12 makes it easy to transport and use at mid-size to large events. This line array can be used to create quality, affordable, and powerful sound solutions for weddings, corporate events, parties, concerts and more. The quality that comes behind a QSC product means we won’t have any issues with equipment failure.

 

 

DJ friend David Sporn will be doing a followup to this post shortly from a DJ’s perspective.