No more waiting. We can confidently declare that this was the wedding of the year, 2017. Produced by Mindy Weiss, designed by Edgar Zamora from Revelry Event Designers with thousands of flowers from Mark’s Garden, and lighting by Images by Lighting, the event took place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland; the same venue for the Oscars, on the same stage even. This should be your first clue as to the magnitude and scale of the event and the wedding lighting involved!
Guests arrived at the ceremony area via a red carpet lined with opulent floral decor. After everyone found their seats on the stage, the ceremony began with a stunning reveal of the couple. At the farthest end of the long aisle, heavy red velvet curtains opened. At this point, the wedding lighting in the room dimmed, the strings began to play, and the lighting illuminated the bride as she walks down a golden runway. It stayed with her as she walked toward a ceremonial altar designed with a huge arch festooned with white flowers and gold accents. During the ceremony the wedding lighting remained focused brighter on the altar area. As they exited, the lighting once again followed them, dimming as they left the room.
The reception in the ballroom of the theater was just as jaw dropping as the ceremony. It was marked with huge centerpiece of red roses, a ceiling of crystals and crystal chandeliers, a stunning custom stage on which Lady Gaga and Jason Derulo would perform and ballet dancers on smaller stages performing among the guest seating.
For a lighting designer, working at the Dolby Theatre is a dream. Its extensive truss structure and preset fixtures for the Oscars enable us to do sophisticated lighting effects. Even so, it still requires huge hours of precise planning and a large, experienced, professional team. In this case, those hours were put in by our senior lighting designer Ray Thompson. After the initial design was done, he assembled and oversaw a team of union members, technical directors and master electricians, most of whom were on site for the full five days of setup.
The results were sparkling! In addition to room and stage lighting, we also projected a leaf pattern on the huge rose centerpieces to add depth and shadow. And to make the crystals sparkle even more, we set up targeted lighting set in a slow wave motion. The entire room crackled with energy of light, love and high style at the wedding of the year!
Photos: Simone van Kempen