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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Lights, Camera, ACTION....

This post has 3 parts 1. advice 2. frustration 3. resolution...first i shall start off with the advice section. ALWAYS read your contract--and not only that ASK questions. I don't care if you think it's a redundant question--ask ask ASK. When FI and I got engaged last August ( ahh it's almost been a year!) In true wedding fashion, we started looking at venues the next day. Knowing that we wanted a September wedding, and Knowing that venues booked a year or more in advance, we wanted to make sure that we found a venue that fit our requirements. We found that in the Galleria. Upon talking with our contact, almost a year ago now, I asked if lighting was included , she informed me that yes it was. Than a couple months later the parents came out, we met with her again--at this point I had already become a wedding blog reader, and had a little better knowledge of what lighting meant. I asked "could we do up-lighting/pin spotting lighting"--at which she replied yes. A couple months later she quit and another lady took her place. Fast Forward to about a month ago, when Mama Alexandria was visiting, and she SMARTLY insisted on re-checking our venue. While talking with our new coordinator, we re-asked the lighting questions..to be told yes, we COULD do all of this--but that the Galleria doesn't provide it. The galleria provides 7 spot lights and all the lighting to be either on or off. You can put the spot lights wherever you want, but there is no custom gobo or colored gels, also you couldn't pin point/or up lighting. This is where part 2 frustration kicks in. If Lighting cost an extra hundred or so dollars, than it wouldn't be that big of a deal--but here we were with less than two months to the big day and nobody for our lighting and we didn't have the extra money in our budget.

Now just to give you an idea of our space here is a picture I got from here :


As you can see it is an open space, and when it is light out there is plenty of light, however once it is dark the lighting can make or break the space.

After much research and angst I talked with a couple of highly talented lighting vendors. We ended up going with Sparky and Atmosphere Lighting




^ This is just an example of what he can do at the galleria--ours will be much lighter hues--but I feel this shows how the space can be transformed
we are going for more something along the lines of





So our lighting drama came to an end--We have decided to do some soft up lighting on all the pillars, and perhaps add some pin-spotting, but we aren't sure if we can budget that right now. I feel very confident in Sparkys work, and am excited to work with him. Unfortunately this probably means I won't get to have my photo-booth :( But I just feel that lighting is that important. Anybody else have any lighting issues?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Ted from Mervis Diamond Importers said...

With a space like that, your lighting will indeed be crucial. Great job with following up!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Madelyn @ Southern Weddings said...

I can only imagine how beautiful everything is going to turn out! The venue is absolutely gorgeous and I am certain that with light hues in your lighting, it will only look more spectacular!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:09:00 PM  
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Blogger Skywalker said...

Seriously. Gorgeous! Have so much fun and congrats!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008 9:14:00 AM  

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