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Light a Garden Party

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 20, 2016


We love it when we get a call from Revelry Event Designers to work with them on styled shoots. The results are always uber creative Add Amy Child Marella from The Hidden Garden, into the mix and the design is off the charts. The request to light a garden party was a fun one to fulfill — we illuminated the design with lighting that highlighted the details while softly washing the area with cool white. Perfection. The editors at Inside Weddings apparently thought so too. This shoot was seen in the summer issue!

From the article:

“To inspire brides desiring garden-inspired nuptials, Edgar Zamora of Revelry Event Designers and Amy Child Marella of The Hidden Garden designed a couple sophisticated lounge spaces that would be perfect for a summer wedding. For the shoot, Zamora created a whimsical and elegant garden reception space inspired by the California landscape. “We wanted to bring the outdoors into our studio and celebrate outdoor summer weddings,” he shares. The result? “An elegant garden wedding reception design with a modern twist using our new ‘Washington’ crystal chandeliers‘Deco’ gold accent furniture, and our ‘Palermo’ furniture collection.” The florals designed by Marella featured bright pops of pinks and reds with natural greens and a sensational ceiling treatment that complemented the green hedge panels surrounding the space.”

Click HERE to see the full feature on Inside Weddings.





as seen in Inside Weddings summer 2016Photos: Tracey Morris

Santa Barbara Style: Day and Night

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 8, 2016

santa Barbara style

santa barbara style

santa barbara stylePhotos: Apertura Photo

When someone mentions a wedding or event that has “Santa Barbara style,” we get it … it’s that outdoorsy, easy, laid-back beauty that comes with the area’s lifestyle. Maybe it’s the beaches or architecture, or the wineries and fine food, but Santa Barbara, located only an hour drive from Los Angeles, is in its own world. And working with some of the region’s best wedding and event planners has given us insight into how to light for that world, day and night.

Above, a wedding at Sunstone Winery by Alexandra Kolendrianos by day looks very Southern California with its olive trees and vines. Yet at night, you might think you were in Italy or France as the lighting refocuses the event design on the winery’s beautiful, old-world architecture.

Below, also produced by Kolendrianos, was a wedding at stunning The Bacara Resort. Bistro lights are quintessential Santa Barbara; quintessential Southern California in fact. And we love the touch of the sparklers here as the couple walk down the path to the ballroom reception! Inside, the ballroom was completely transformed with draping, antler chandeliers and rustic seating and tables.

santa barbara style

santa barbara style

santa barbara stylePhotos: Megan Sorel Photography

Wedding Lighting: Vintage Santa Barbara

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 1, 2016


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Santa Barbara offers the best of California in terms of history, architecture and beaches. It also has a style all its own; something that wedding coordinator Alexandra Kolendrianos knows all too well and that she put to work for Carrie and Lane’s desire for the quintessential Santa Barbara wedding. A ceremony at the city’s historic Mission followed by a reception at the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Resort, Santa Barbara. Founded in 1937 and right on the beach, the venue could not have said Santa Barbara style any clearer.

To further enhance the vintage reception setting and add the glamour the couple wanted, Kolendrianos worked with Revelry Event Designers to fill the space artfully with company’s luxury furnishings in regal shades of white, cream and gold. Roses and tulips by floral designer Mindy Rice in the same deep red shade of the lipstick favored by move stars in the thirties, added the color drama.

As night fell, California’s sunset put on a show of colors, while our wedding lighting gently began to come up and join the evening’s perfect hues. Inside, guests dined on mirrored tables set with plush seating and exquisite placesettings. Against an even background of soft lighting, the floral design popped with color. Back on the patio for after-dinner drinks, warm amber lighting highlighted the entertainment as guests once again toasted the couple, the wedding coordinator and team, and the beauty of Santa Barbara for an evening of vintage glamour.

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wedding lighting

wedding lighting

wedding lighting



Wedding Coordination: Alexandra Kolendrianos | Photography: Mi Belle Photographers | Ceremony Venue: Old Mission Santa Barbara | Reception Venue + Cake: Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara |Floral Design: Mindy Rice Design | Vintage Glassware + Chargers: Casa de Perrin | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Decor: Revelry Event Designers | Versailles Gold Dining Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen


International Glamour: Images in Budapest

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 27, 2016

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This glamorous event was held in Budapest at the Vigado Concert Hall. Lighting designer Ray Thompson traveled as part of the international event team assembled by event producer Debbie Geller of Geller Events to create the lighting design.

The entire look was about creating absolute splendor down to the last detail. Textured amber lighting over the candlelit tables added a layer of richness to the tables abundant with red roses by the talented floral designer Jeff Leatham. The addition of black calla lilies was brilliant. An elegant dinner was served by The Four Seasons Hotel Budapest on tables set with linen by La Tavola Fine Linen and finished with with gold menu and place cards by Lehr and Black. Photos: Eric Kelley.

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international lighting

Premiere Lighting: HBO’s Vice Principals

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 26, 2016

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The premiere of HBO’s new dark comedy, Vice Principals was an easy “A” in event creativity. Once again, Images by Lighting worked with designer Billy Butchkavitz and his  team to illuminate his creative vision. The main theater of the Avalon Nightclub was bold with washes in blue lighting, textured patterns in lime green, and pinspots on tables set with fun floral design and custom linens all about reading, writing and arithmetic. And although we generally stay away from solid white lighting, in this case it was the perfect look for the vignettes Billy created of a high school cafeteria and vice principal’s office!

Photos: Gabor Ekecspremiere lighting

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premiere lighting

premiere lighting

Special Event Lighting: The Discovery Ball

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 18, 2016

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This ET didn’t come from space, but nonetheless, it traveled far on its way home. ET-94, the last surviving flight-qualified space shuttle external tank, had made an almost 5,000-mile trek all by sea from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans by way of Panama to Marina Del Rey.

The final 16.5 miles of its journey would be by land through downtown Los Angeles to its resting place at the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center at the California Science Center. The launch of this leg of the trip was as the centerpiece of the 18th Annual Discovery Ball, a coveted event ticket thanks to Chris Sion, Vice President, Food & Event Services for the California Science Center Foundation, and her event team.

special event lightingPhoto: Lonnie Thompson

For the first time in 18 years, the event was taking place completely off-site in a tent in Fisherman’s Village adjacent to where the massive ET-94 was “parked.” Attendees might not have been familiar with the new location, but the guest of honor was hard to miss. Lighting designer Lonnie Thompson and his team at Images by Lighting had used six 50-degree lekos at 750 watts to make the tank stand out against the night sky.

For her inspiration, the homeward trajectory of the ET-94 offered Sion a rich culture of tradition, food and music from which to pick for the 800 attendees, including 12 astronauts. The evening began where the journey did — on the bayou. Cocktails here held on a large wood deck constructed by Town & Country Event Rentals. Here, various structures held lounges outfitted with plush furnishings, richly colored fabrics and even a chandelier. Over the bar, a playful vintage lighted signed asked “Bayou a Drink?”

special event lighting

special event lighting

special event lighting

“Lighting in this area included washes and projected gobo textures that gave off a warm ambience,” lighting designer Lonnie Thompson said, “While other lighting was hidden in truss overhead and then draped with fabric to hide the equipment, we wanted the stringer lights to be front and center for that perfect accent touch of bayou.”

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At a given time, the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band led guests, second-line style with parasols and handkerchiefs, into the 100-by-180-foot tent installed by Town & Country Event Rentals. Amid the bright green and orange of Panama, guests sat down for a Caribbean style meal and entertainment.

As the ET-94 began to the final part of its trip at midnight, guests were able to accompany it along the way for a few blocks. While a centerpiece of the event, this was also a unique challenge for Sion. “We had to find a creative way to allow our guests to leave the party right as the street closures took effect,” she said. “We opted for bringing guests in by Hornblower Cruises & Events. That way guests could park away from the street closures and it also worked with the New Orleans/Bayou themed entrance.”

As they began to walk, it was fitting that now the guests became part of ET’s long and varied journey home.

Photos except where indicated by Nadine Froger Photography

The Event Team
Event Design and Production: California Science Center Foundation, Event Services Department | Tent, subfloor, custom decking and catering rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Flowers: CJ Matsumoto & Sons | Lighting Design and Power: Images by Lighting | Custom Décor, specialty dance floor, stage design and lounge furniture: Rrivre Works | Audio/Visual: Delicate Production, Inc. | Catering: Kensington Caterers | Entertainment: Lucent Dossier | Entertainment: Jordan Music Entertainment

Inside Weddings: Styled Shoot

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 10, 2016

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We love working on magazine styled shoots. They enable us to experiment with new looks and lighting techniques. And of course, the creations are usually over-the-top gorgeous as this one was. So it was appropriate that this design for Inside Weddings by Edgar Zamora and Amy Marella was called “Discoveries.” It doesn’t take much to discover the talent of this team!

Art Direction and Furnishings: Edgar Zamora for Revelry Event Designers | Venue: Revelry Event Design Inspiration Studio  | Floral Design: Amy Child for Hidden Garden Flowers | Table Top Collection: Candice Burroughs for Pretty Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Lonnie Thompson for Images by Lighting | Photography: Katie Beverley Photography

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inside weddings

inside weddings

inside weddings

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Crimson and Sparkle: Hollywood Lighting

In Lighting Design by images310 / June 21, 2016


A stunning pre-wedding celebration produced by International Event Company at Greystone Mansion paid homage to Hollywood elegance of yesterday. Red roses were used in almost every way, filling the room with their heady perfume and beauty. From garlands draped at the entrance, to huge arrangements throughout, to the smallest detail of red roses woven into wrought iron, Mark’s Garden left no area untouched. The design continued to be as big as Hollywood itself with a series of chandeliers installed by Revelry Event Designers in the center of the space. Our lighting was turned down low for mood, but that didn’t keep us from turning it up high for drama!






Planner: International Event Company |  Venue: Greystone Mansion | Floral Design: Mark’s Garden Floral Design | Photography: Simone Van Kempen Photography | Film: Vidicam Productions | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Decor: Revelry Event Designers | Decor Touches: Buds N Blooms LA | Tabletop Rentals: Classic Event & Tent Rentals | Ottomans/Pillows/Napkins: Resource One Inc.

Premiere Lighting: HBO’s All the Way

In Lighting Design by images310 / June 3, 2016

premiere lightingHBO timed its release of the new political film All The Way perfectly. As the nation watches the 2016 presidential election hopefuls, and California prepares for its own upcoming primary, guests were certainly well primed for an event design that was all about stars and stripes.

The movie, based on the award-winning Broadway play that also starred Bryan Cranston, took us all the way back to the sixties with Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous run for the presidency. From the step-and-repeat lighting and star projections to uplighting that highlighted decor elements, our lighting was bi-partisan. All it had to do was support the design vision of Billy Butchkavitz.The result was a party people on both sides of the (theater) aisle could embrace!

Design: Billy Butchkavitz | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Venue: Paramount | Photos: Gabor Ekecs

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premiere lighting


premiere lighting



Fashionable Lighting for a Bat Mitzvah

In Lighting Design by images310 / May 17, 2016


How does a burgeoning fashionista celebrate her bat mitzvah? Surrounded by Parisian chic and the couture styles of Chanel, Dior and Valentino, of course! With no expense spared, Images By Lighting had the pleasure of working with celebrated event planner, Mindy Weiss and a collective of talented professionals to create a customized event for this young lady.

At the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, the ballroom was transformed into a glamorous lounge of high fashion. With walls draped from floor to ceiling in white fabric and vignettes of storefronts, guests were transported to the streets of Paris. Highlighting the step and repeat of golden luggage tags was just the start to a spectacle of lush lighting and illumination throughout the reception area.

The façade of a patisserie was kept bright to tempt guests with a display of sweets under pink-and-white striped awnings while the lush trees and flowers of the flower shop were uplit to add dramatic texture to the space. With so much soft pinks and green color in the décor, Ray Thompson, senior lighting designer, wanted to highlight the details in every element including a custom dress form covered in fresh floral.


As the drapes parted and the party moved into the main area of the ballroom for dinner, the guest of honor was front and center. Not just live, but in a custom backdrop that was backlit to illuminate her name like a live billboard center stage. Additionally, a custom dance floor featured an illustration evoked a Vogue magazine cover.

Deepening the hues for dramatic effect, the ballroom was awash in shades ranging from pale pink to violet to lavender. The white draping around the room offered a clean palette on which to work and bring continuity to the space. Pin spots were used highlight centerpieces by Mark’s Garden on each guest table to draw attention to the exquisite detail of each designer-inspired table. The Chanel table featured a collection of perfume bottles adorned with strands of faux pearls that extended to the napkin details. The Dior and Valentino tables were equally spectacular.

Around the perimeter of the ballroom, plasma screens featured videos of runway shows. A soft floral break up pattern was projected on vignettes of tufted furnishings set around the dance floor during dinner while intelligent lights hung from masked truss added movement to the dance floor once the band began.

With style in every detail, this event was truly a celebration of fashion for this future style maker.

Planner: Mindy Weiss | Floral: Mark’s Garden | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Specialty Furnishings: Revelry Event Designers | Venue: Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel | Photographer: Next Exit