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River Run Estate Wedding Lighting

Lighting & Decor for The Estate at River Run

Creating classic wedding lighting designs in a new space


The Estate at River Run

Everyone in Richmond’s robust event industry is talking about the estate at River Run. In case you missed the news in Richmond business and wedding magazines, the Massey Manor in Maidens Virginia has been purchased. By this Winter, it will be in use as a wedding and event venue. Doug & Tamra Adams (Adams International School, Virginia Barn Wedding), along with one of Richmond’s most prominent planners and designers, Kim Moody Design, are the new owners. Kim will take on the role of In-House planning and design work at the New River run estate venue. 

River Run Estate Event Lighting Back patio

River Run will be a high-end, corporate and wedding event venue that can serve up to 299 guests. The venue plans to be somewhat selective about their vendors. However, there is no official list as of this post. Kim Moody explains “While we would love to have vendors from all over Richmond work in [The Estate at River Run], we plan on hiring from a small list.” This will keep the property in better shape, and also create a more cohesive week-to-week game plan between vendors that are used to collaborating with each other in the beautiful space.

Our wedding lighting designers were called on to provide lighting for the inaugural event at River Run Estate. The event, a networking event for our good friends at Richmond wedding magazine, a monthly occurrence. The excitement of the new venue brought out all of Richmond’s best wedding vendors. Everyone was excited to inspect the new venue and create ideas for our Richmond brides.  

The Design

Our first design at River Run used our extensive collection of powerful outdoor RGB LEDs to highlight and accent the property. The view from the back patio of the manor is perfectly framed, the sun setting perfectly over the James could not be a more picturesque moment, as the deep reds and warm pinks of the sunset blend seamlessly with our our fiery uplighting. Our wireless capabilities means that even outside, we can change the lighting to completely affect the mood. Uplighting is just the tip of the iceberg. With a space like this, anything is possible. We expect to see a lot of Uplighting, bistro lighting, pendants, chandeliers, drape and of course texture gobos to go up in this space.

Pin Spots for Weddings & Events


If you’re planning a gala-style event, with seated dining or low-light ambiance, you’re probably considering using pin spots. Pin spotting (pins, table spotting) is the use of a narrow-beamed light to illuminate centerpieces, tables, and other important decor elements. Many people incorrectly refer to pin spotting as “spotlighting,” which is a different lighting service.

Pin spotting john marshall ballroom

Illuminating Flower Arrangements & Floral Decor with Pin Spotting

Pin spots are most florist’s favorite light. That’s because when florists and lighting companies work together, pin spots are often what comes up. Along with a host of other uses, pins are one of the best ways to illuminate your floral centerpieces.

Need more than pin spots? Here are 7 Things Your Need to Know About Wedding Lighting.


pin spot on sweetheart table

There is no such thing as the best angle for a pin spot. Technicians place lights at various angles to create dramatic shadows, great for a moody feel and less detailed centerpieces. They can also be placed so that the centerpiece is completely and evenly lit. This is great for detailed florals and topiaries. Unfortunately, often venue, budget or both prevent optimal placement of pin spots. A lighting company with any kind of skill will work around this by using ground-support options and a diverse range of pin spotting options.

As with any lighting or decor item, the sky is the limit. Keep it simple with a warm-white 2-angle wash, or get creative with some of the customization options below.

Pin Spots Customization

  • Color – Pins are typically white or warm white, but a well-equipped event lighting company will have LED lights that can change to your specified color.
  • Angle – Different types of supports can be brought in to place your lights at the angle of your choosing
  • Diffusion – While they typically have a 1 degree angle, pins can diffuse anywhere from 1(narrow) to 40(wide) degrees.
  • Intensity – The intensity of your lights can be controlled so that they don’t overpower other natural lighting or design effects.
Pin spotting 1 angle vs 2 angle pins
2 angles vs 1 angle
Some florists, such as The Flow Guy Bron (pictured on top), need 2 angle pin spotting more than others!

Getting the most out of your pin spots

When you talk to your lighting company, make sure you come well-informed. Most companies will charge per table for pins. In most situations, two spots are required per centerpiece, to get total coverage so ensure that’s what you’re getting.

Why use pins? Click the pin spot function on our color picker app, and you can see the difference that they make!


Have more questions? Reach out and speak with one of our event designers.

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

 

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

 

Wedding Uplighting Hilton Virginia best

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!

Nimbus low fog machine ground fog

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.