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Apr11

Dear DJ AJ9: Will Lighting Design “Work” in my Rustic Venue?

Amber and John's Pinterest-Worthy Lighting Design -- a Custom-Constructed Globe Light Chandelier/Curtain Accent for the Head Table.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Anna Zajac Photography.

Amber and John’s Pinterest-Worthy Lighting Design — a Custom-Constructed Globe Light Chandelier/Curtain Accent for the Head Table. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Anna Zajac Photography.

The Something New Entertainment Team has received several inquiries, as of late, from some of our clients with (what the wedding industry would generally classify as) “rustic” venues, asking about lighting design in their barn, cabin, vineyard, stone castle, or outdoor area.

Patterson Fruit Farm with Deep Red Uplighting for Eric and Colleen's Winter Vow Renewal.  Photo by Genevieve Nisly.

Patterson Fruit Farm with Deep Red Uplighting for Eric and Colleen’s Winter Vow Renewal. Photo by Genevieve Nisly.

This article features photos from some of our work at the area’s most popular rustic venues, including — the Cabin at Patterson Fruit Farm’s Orchard Hills CenterGlenmoor Country Club‘s Medieval Castle-like main hall in Canton, as well as the Barn at Conrad Botzum Farmstead in Akron, the Lodge at Fieldcrest Inn in Canton, and the main hall at Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula.

Warm, Orangey-Amber for Adelaide and Paul's September 2011 Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Fieldcrest Inn in Canton, Ohio.

Warm, Orangey-Amber for Adelaide and Paul’s September 2011 Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Fieldcrest Inn in Canton, Ohio.

In addition to these lovely venues, we’ve also worked on events at Strip Steakhouse‘s George Clifton Barn in Olde Avon Village, Brookside Farm in Louisville, the Barn and Gazebo in Salem, The Orchard House at Mapleside Farm in Brunswick, the Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station, Gervasi Vineyards in Canton, Ohio Prestwick Country Club, and many others.

Conrad Botzum Farmstead Lit Up for Jacqui and Joe's Nuptials.  Photo by Genevieve Nisly.

Conrad Botzum Farmstead Lit Up for Jacqui and Joe’s Nuptials. Photo by Genevieve Nisly.

A Subtle, Warm White Uplighting and Pinspotting in the Grand Hall at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio.

A Subtle, Warm White Uplighting and Pinspotting in the Grand Hall at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio.

Several of these clients noted that they hadn’t seriously considered lighting design for their event, previously, because (though they loved the look of uplighting) they thought it “wouldn’t work” in their venue but that they were encouraged seeing some images online of some of the designs we have done specifically for rustic venues.  If you’re curious about some of our past work, as well, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to Rustic Lighting Designs.

Warm, Orangey-Amber for Adelaide and Paul's September 2011 Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Fieldcrest Inn in Canton, Ohio.

Warm, Orangey-Amber for Adelaide and Paul’s September 2011 Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Fieldcrest Inn in Canton, Ohio.

Just like our process for planning decor for “traditional” venues like hotel ballrooms and banquet halls, the decor designs we create for using uplighting, pinspotting, globe lights, drapery, and lighted monograms in barns, cabins, vineyards, stone castles, and the great out-of-doors are always planned with special mind to the specific architectural features of that space — colors and textures of the walls, columns, and carpets; the pitch and height of the roof; as well as what practical lighting already exists in the space and how you plan on using those lights for illumination as the sun sets.

Happy Days Lodge Draped in Hundreds of Bistro-Style Globe Lights.  Photo by Vicki Lantz Photography.

Happy Days Lodge Draped in Hundreds of Bistro-Style Globe Lights. Photo by Vicki Lantz Photography.

For some rustic spaces, lighting design becomes an essential part of the practical lighting for the space!  Many barns were not — in fact — built with wedding receptions in mind (ha ha), and their existing lighting may be dim and inadequate in terms of not only photography but also safety once the daylight passes.

Conrad Botzum Farmstead, Warm Lit by Dark of Night.  Photo by Anna Zajac.

Conrad Botzum Farmstead, Warm Lit by Dark of Night. Photo by Anna Zajac.

The Historic Conrad Botzum Farmstead, Dark by Night.  Photo by Anna Zajac Photography.

The Historic Conrad Botzum Farmstead, Dark by Night. Photo by Anna Zajac Photography.

PARAGRAPHBREAK

In fact, several of our lighting design options have been added over the years at the specific request of clients in outdoor or semi-outdoor spaces in mind — in particular, our globe lights, pictured, above. However, even if your venue doesn’t *need* lighting for visibility purposes (many do not) — just keep in mind what DJ AJ9 has become somewhat known for observing:

“My clients almost never ‘need’ lighting because they can’t see;

they ‘need’ it, because it’s fabulous.”

 

Golden Amber Uplighting Inside the Barn at Conrad Botzum Farmstead.

Golden Amber Uplighting Inside the Barn at Conrad Botzum Farmstead.

Though many of the examples, pictured, are in warm shades of soft yellow, amber, and gold, there are plenty of examples of other colors (including red, lavender, and more) featured on our Pinterest Board, too — keep in mind that (depending on when you’re reading this) Pinterest is the most up-to-date place to see updated photos, too. So — to answer the question — YES!  Lighting in your rustic setting can be every bit as fabulous as in any other setting, especially with Something New Entertainment’s wide range of lighting options custom designed especially for your space! If you’re one of our brides or grooms who’s been waiting and wondering in the dark about lighting design for your rustic wedding, cower in the shadows no longer!  Contact us, today, and let’s start working on YOUR little slice of fabulous, together! For more ideas, check out our Pinterest Board, as well as the gallery, below!

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