Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Theatrical Lighting and Uplighting for your Wedding or Special Event

February 16, 2011
We’ve all seen those ultimate wedding shows. You know the ones where the budget just makes you blink a couple of times. A common theme in most of those high-end weddings is the use of theatrical lighting to create a mood in the venue. Once only reserved for the “platinum wedding” crowd, Theatrical lighting can enhance any event for almost any budget.

Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

 The right lighting will create the right atmosphere and when it’s done well, lighting can make everything, including your flowers, cake, and guests, look better. Lighting can transform a venue. You can take an old church hall or a dated banquet room and completely transform it into a very high-end looking room.

Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA

 Simple lighting solutions can be quite affordable. If you’re planning an evening reception, make sure to visit your site at least once when it’s dark outside. Look around the room and see where the fixed lighting is focused. Lights that illuminate the walls, windows, and ceiling can draw attention away from the center of the room. You want to keep everyone’s eyes on the tables, dance floor, and each other.

Cambridge Marriott, Boston, MA

You’ll also need to discuss how much electricity your lighting designer is going to need. Your band or DJ will have to have an isolated power source and won’t want to risk tripping a circuit breaker.Ask if the site has dimmers for their overhead lights, and if there’s any fluorescent lighting at all, keep it turned off! Also, make sure there won’t be any service doors kept open, which could flood the space with light and ruin the effect.

Easthampton Room at The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA

 In order to express your desires to your lighting professional, You’ll need to know a couple of terms which will help to let the designer know what you want.
 A Pin Spot is a fixture that provides a focused beam of light to illuminate an object like a centerpiece or wedding cake.
 A Color Wash is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area. This can be accomplished with Uplighting.
 Uplighting is when there are fixtures placed on the floor shooting up on to the wall. Several different types of fixtures can be used to accomplish this effect. Your lighting professional will recommend the right fixture by taking into account power requirements and the type of color saturation desired.
  Gobo projections can include the couple’s monogram or an abstract texture pattern to add interest to a plain wall or ceiling.

About the Event Lighting Blog:

Jim Powers is the CEO of CJC Event Lighting, a professional lighting and production company based in Massachusetts. Jim has over 25 years experience in the wedding industry, and has been heavily involved in Electrical Engineering, Music & Sound Production and Theatrical Lighting for much longer than he would like to admit and his age would suggest.
CJC Event Lighting specializes in Wedding and Event Lighting in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston, and all of New England. CJC Event Lighting transforms your event space using professional theatrical lighting equipment setup and operated by experienced theatrical lighting designers.

Contact Information:
Jim Powers jim@cjceventlighting.com
CJC Event Lighting www.cjceventlighting.com
(413) 737-7555 • (617) 252-8116 • (203) 971-8220

A Fall Wedding at the Boston Marriott Longwharf

November 11, 2010

As an event planning professional with the Springfield Marriott organization, our bride knew just the right vendors to pick to put together an amazing wedding! We worked with the crews from Durocher Florist http://www.durocherflorist.com and Bunnell Photography http://www.bunnellphotography.com for this event and the results were just amazing! This wedding even had a cigar roller during cocktail hour, and a belly dancer!

 The Boston Marriott Longwharf is a very “lighting friendly” venue. Plenty of airwall track and individually controlled power for our pinspot adaptors make lighting this room a pleasure! We used over 30 pinspots connected right to the powered track rails to highlight every guest table and food station! We were able to hang our ellipsoidal fixtures from the airwall track  to produce the stunning wall textures around the room. We uplit with a dark amber and gelled our textures with a lighter amber to create the contrast.

Heather from Durocher Florist provided dramatic tall centerpieces, a seating card “tree”, and some creative, textural bouquets that were absolutely some of the best arrangements we have ever seen!

Kathy from Bunnell Photography did an amazing job capturing the images from this event!

About the Event Lighting Blog:

Jim Powers is the CEO of CJC Event Lighting, a professional lighting and production company based in Massachusetts. Jim has over 25 years experience in the wedding industry, and has been heavily involved in Electrical Engineering, Music & Sound Production and Theatrical Lighting for much longer than he would like to admit and his age would suggest.
CJC Event Lighting specializes in Wedding and Event Lighting in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston, and all of New England. CJC Event Lighting transforms your event space using professional theatrical lighting equipment setup and operated by experienced theatrical lighting designers.

Contact Information:
Jim Powers jim@cjceventlighting.com
CJC Event Lighting www.cjceventlighting.com
(413) 737-7555 • (617) 252-8116 • (203) 971-8220

Cambridge Marriott Boston

August 23, 2010

The Cambridge Marriott Boston is located right by the MIT Campus. (just driving through makes you feel smarter) 🙂 We transformed 2 sections of the ballroom for this very stylish wedding. We washed 2 airwalls in a light amber texture, and uplit the opposing walls with a light pink to match the linens and chair sashes. As the night progressed the colors slowly faded into other complementing shades. During a few of the high energy dance sets, the walls came alive with color creating a high end club atmosphere thanks to our wireless lighting control system.   

Pink uplighting with one texture wall

 

Tiffany Blue uplighting

 

Magenta uplighting with another textured airwall

 

Table Pinspoting and custom Gobo projection

The Boston Harbor Hotel

August 10, 2010

The Boston Harbor Hotel is a great place for a wedding! The view is spectacular and the service is second to none. The venue has some features that make lighting the room a fun project! There are accessible, but unnoticable lighting battens built in to the ceiling for Pinspots or lekos, and a dmx console built into the room! The 6 columns in the center of the room can be uplit with either our wireless units or our pars or short bars. The perimeter of the room looks great with our 1 meter LED bars for full, even coverage. 

View from the Harbor

 

Overall Room with LED Bars on perimeter and LED wireless units on the columns

 

Pinspotted Cake

 

Pinspotted Head Table

 

Gobo Projection on Dance Floor

Colormaker wireless battery operated LED fixtures available at CJC Event Lighting

August 10, 2010

CJC Event Lighting announces the availability of Colormaker LED fixtures to augment  it’s arsenal of available professional lighting equipment. These units feature  a small LED panel, a 10 hour battery life and wireless color control. Perfect for the small area without access to power that needs uplighting, these units also feature wireless control of the color output.    

CJC_Colormaker

 

Colormaker uplighting a column

 

Uplighting a column wirelessly

Three Weddings and a Lighting Design!

July 12, 2010

The Hunnewell Building on the grounds of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, is one of our favorite venues to light. There is plenty of power, a high ceiling, and a big white empty room to work with! Our latest project there were 3 weddings in one weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The 3 couples and their families collaborated with us and the result was a medium amber conventional uplighting scheme with a lighter complementing texture gobo wash on the ceiling of the main building. We also uplit the attached tent (and a second tent added for the first wedding)  and hung 2 dozen illuminated white lanterns to add scale to the tent. Each wedding used the different parts of the building for different purposes, and we were able to adjust the design quickly to fit each couples needs. All 3 weddings were able to share the cost of the basic lighting package and  were able to add additional items for thier event. For the second wedding, we provided wireless mics and sound for the ceremony and for the reception supported a Jazz trio with a full sound system in the main room and provided a satellite speaker system and feed into the tent.
The third wedding moved the dance floor into the tent so we dimmed the lanterns and uplights to create a romantic atmosphere as the night progressed.

Springstep in Medford

June 24, 2010

Springstep is a  busy multi-use dance facility in the Boston suburb of Medford, MA. We used LED bars to transform a medium-sized dance studio into an upscale club room for dancing after the formal reception was held in the large studio upstairs! We lit an existing full length window drape with a custom programmed slow rolling color fade that complemented the wedding colors and added the Bride and Groom’s custom monogram via a gobo projection on the wall.  

Springstep Web Images

 

Club Room

 

Table shot

 

Upper Dance Studio

The View From The Pru… With Blue!

May 8, 2010

It’s difficult to improve upon the view from the top of The Prudential Center Tower in Boston. So the next best thing is to set the mood inside the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor of The Pru. We were asked to provide uplighting for the Gordon College senior formal. We used the “Fighting Scots” school color blue to highlight the 24 exterior columns that surround the observatory. We also uplit the entrance area and bar areas to create a welcoming atmosphere to the space and provide an “urban cool” feel.   

View of Fenway from atop the Pru

 

Dusk with Fenway and the Citgo sign through the window with a blue uplight

 

Entrance and Bar Area

 

The city lights at night

 

The West section

Boston’s Florian Hall

May 2, 2010

Florian Hall is a classic Boston area venue. Here we have used simple LED uplights to cast a glow over the reception. We highlighted tables with pinspots and outlined the bar area with lighted ivy.     

Florian Hall Before 1

 

Florian Hall After 1

 

Florian Hall Before 2

 

Florian Hall After 2

 

Florian Hall Head Table

 

Florian Hall Table Pinspotting

 

Florian Hall Cake Table

 

Florian Hall Table Pinspotting

 

Florian Hall Table Pinspotting with gobo in background

 

Florian Hall Table Pinspotting