Lighting a Love Built to Last

Every Sunday The New York Times carries on a time-honored tradition of featuring a wedding of note; one the writers have found to be sweet or unique in some ways, but worthy of a lot ink no matter what.

So it was that we opened up our Sunday paper last month to a surprise. The editors had rightly chosen to cover the loving, wildly colorful and upbeat wedding of Anthony Hemingway and Steven Norfleet.

The article was the second time Images by Lighting was surprised by this wedding. The first was when Billy Butchkavitz, a longtime client and designer known mostly for his iconoclastic work with HBO, was going off script and producing a wedding. Curt Stahl, Images’ Senior Lighting Designer who has worked with Billy on many of his projects, designed the lighting which was then installed by our other Senior Lighting Designer Raymond Thompson.

And so it was that our team, along with more than 300 guests gathered for a very unique wedding at the Newhall Mansion overlooking the Santa Clara River Valley in Piru, California.

The ceremony took place on the Victorian estate’s front
steps, the railings ornamented with a garland of magenta orchids and purple
lavender, in keeping with the wedding’s regal theme.

“In our own way, we had a royal wedding,” Anthony told The New York Times.

On the warm late-summer evening, the reception brought its own heat with tables filled with brightly colored linens and tall arrangements of magenta and fuchsia floral designs. The lighting design was produced on two levels – on the ground with a gobo texture of foliage and then above the heads of guests to the flowers, ensuring they popped against the night sky. At one point, everyone began to dance to Pharrell William’s rendition of Happy – the right song for the moment!

Photos: Gabor Ekecs

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