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Tuesday Top 5

Tuesday Top 5: Lighting That Can Transform Any Event

Event Planner: Paulette Wolf Events | Decor: Event Creative | Venue: The Aragon Ballroom | Photographer: Marcin Cymmer

For this week’s Tuesday Top 5 — where we pause to marvel and share a specific element, image, or detail from events we love — we’re focused on magical lighting.

Light has the ability to create drama, set mood and transform a space. Experienced lighting decor specialists can take the blank canvas of a space and add layers of color and movement, projections that tie to the event’s theme, or provide chic branding. Just as the subtle lowering of lights at the theater cues us that the show is about to start, the evolving light at a celebration can guide guests through a memorable experience. We’ve curated some of our favorite lighting installations from weddings, a milestone birthday celebration, a Hollywood after-party, and a chic holiday event.

Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design recreated a surreal pink twilight sky above this summer wedding reception, coordinating with the vivid florals below from Lotus Floral Events. The Boston Public Library provided a perfect backdrop with its towering ceiling and dramatic columns. The continuous overhead changing of pattern and color evolved throughout the evening, setting the mood as cocktails and dinner gave way to late night dancing as planned by Simeral & Co and gorgeously captured by photographer David Murray.

This dramatic, evening wedding celebration followed floral-filled nuptials at Lake Austin. Photographer Robert Evans beautifully captured the lit-from-within reception tent which provided a contrast against the blue night sky as chic chandeliers hung from trees, reflecting in the turquoise pool. Event designer Craven + CO. completed the dreamy lighting scheme with an au natural dance floor illuminated by strings of light. The final lighting show was a grand finale fireworks spectacular.

At this fun Bond-themed 40th birthday bash, a chic monochromatic palette of white was used for everything from the draping and florals to the seating at the easily-customizable venue Chez. Lavender uplighting from A Posh Production provided the only color in the gorgeously stark space as envisioned by Kesh Designs. This stylish lighting installation drew eyes upward to a cluster of bare teardrop bulbs that alluded to a glamorous starry night.

This Paulette Wolf Events-planned holiday party brought the outside into The Aragon Ballroom — minus the frigid temperatures — with light projections evoking bare winter trees from Sound Investment AV. Tall branches intertwined with dreamy string lights on tables and “growing” from the floor as designed by Event Creative made the nature illusion real. Photographer Marcin Cymmer gorgeously captured every detail of the enchanted evening, from the photo spot highlighted by lit fir trees to the grand staircase entrance flanked with giant snowflakes.

This space at the Hollywood Roosevelt is a wonderland of layered lighting from Daylight Events. Uplighting created a lavender hue on walls while arches were lit gold and swanky lounge areas glowed blue. Textured projections fill the floor — including a branded logo projection from the American Idol series this Geffen Events-planned after-party was celebrating. 2me Studios captured guests enjoying the colorful sweets table outfitted by Dylan’s Candy Bar with custom graphics from Creative Graphic Services sending the theme home with partygoers.

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