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Rustic Plum Wedding Inspiration at Hines Hill

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Handpicked | a different kind of bridal event is an annual style event  — a styled-shoot-meets-bridal-show where Northeast Ohio Brides and Grooms can witness the inspirational wedding trends we all adore, right here in the Midwest while mingling with some of the area’s very best wedding professionals in a casual, low-pressure cocktail party environment.

Last week, we announced the exciting news that some of our lighting design work from last year’s Handpicked at Hines Hill Conference Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was featured on Wedding Chicks — a major wedding style blog.  This week, we’re thrilled to share an in-depth feature on the lighting design that set the stage for this exciting event.

First: the inspiration:

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Handpicked 2014 was inspired by alfresco elegance, handspun charm, soft light, lush blooms in several varying shades of purple — plum, peony, and wisteria — complimented by whites, browns, and the rustic setting at Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Hines Hill, housed over the property’s Conference Center, Stone Cottage, Barn, and tent erected in the grassy lawn.

Next: the lighting design:

 

Handpicked's White Pole Tent.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Handpicked’s White Pole Tent in the Lawn at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

The Tent

 

A white tent is as close to a blank slate as a lighting designer can expect to encounter.

However, the pole structure of the tent did pose some architectural challenges.

It’s a good idea to consider what type of tent you will be using, if you’re considering lighting design for your event.

For some applications, a frame style tent may offer more opportunities for mounting lighting from above, but think about how you want your tent canopy to look from the inside and what lighting design elements you like before opting for one over the other.

The structural support framework of a frame tent also breaks up the smooth lines of the open “canvas” of the roof, which we “painted” inside our pole tent with soft washes of lavender light that developed to a deeper berry purple, as the light from the sun grew dimmer.

 

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting and Tent Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting and Tent Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

 

We loved the soft, irregular style of the draped, bare bulbs in the inspiration, but — considering our pristine surroundings inside the white tent — the tangled wire canopy seemed a bit too industrial.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting, By Daylight.  Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting, By Daylight. Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

 

To preserve the texture element without the mess, we chose a cleaner arrangement style which appeared to hang in the open air.  The feature included a backdrop of draped globe lights and Edison Bulbs and lined the border between the back of the “head table” and Hines Hill’s scenic pond.

The Tent near Dusk.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Tent in the Lawn at Hines Hill Conference Center Near Dusk. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

Our beautiful lightscape complimented the literal landscape, too.  Since our “dining tables” were tented, we created a lighting focal point along the center of the farthest end of the tent around a “head table.”

 

Globe Lights Draped in the Tent.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The “Brides Bouquet” Before a Backdrop of Draped Globe Lights and Edison Bulbs. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

It lent a delicate, romantic glow to many of the photographs, though only directly visible in a few, and it also created a wonderful textural element for our photographers to “play” with in the background of key shots.

Next:

 

The Barn at CVNP's Hines Hill Conference Center.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

The Barn at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

The Barn

Across the grassy field, guests enjoyed more food and sweets inside Hines Hill’s spacious Barn.

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What’s Behind The Curtain? Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, and Globe Lights Peek from Behind White Panels.  Lighting Design and Drapery by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Uplighting, Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, and Globe Lights Peek from Behind Panels. Lighting Design and Drapery by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

 

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To soften the angular entryway and lend an elegance to the facade, we draped the barn’s main sliding entry door with tall, white panels, veiling the full effect of the interior lighting design from across the field until guests were standing nearly in the doorway.

Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, and Globe Lights.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Hines Hill’s Barn with Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, and Globe Lights. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, Globe Lights, and a Lighted Monogram.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

Hines Hill’s Barn Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, Globe Lights, and a Lighted Monogram. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

Inside, we created a two-toned effect using berry-colored uplighting contrasted by warm amber wash lighting to bring out the warm tones of the wood along with the texture of the exposed framework and rafters.  The full lightscape also included globe lighting and spotlighting, as well as a lighted monogram inspired by the event’s logo/branding.

Purple Uplighting, Amber Ceiling Washes, Pinspotting, Globe Lights, and a Lighted Monogram.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

Lighting Design by SNE DJs. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

A Handpicked | a different kind of bridal event logo-inspired lighted monogram.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

A Handpicked | a different kind of bridal event logo-inspired lighted monogram. Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

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We loved the effect of the lighted monogram on the Barn’s dark, concrete floor in the low light environment — almost like a chalk-on-slate effect — made possible by a very direct angle on the beam as well as a very bright fixture.

Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Purple uplighting and spotlighting by Something New Entertainment.

Purple Uplighting and warm white pinspotting.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Lighting by Something New. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

 

Likewise, the purple uplighting effect provided a comfortable cocktail aesthetic, allowing us to highlight some of the featured food and decor by refocusing track spotlighting.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

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Night and Day

In the tent, guests really got to see how the power of the light of the sun plays as a factor in our lighting design.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting After Dusk. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.

By Day. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

By Day. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Before Dusk.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Sunset. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

At Dusk.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

At Dusk. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just like the mood of a party changes as the day progresses, so does lighting design in a sun-filled space.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

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The Handpicked tent provided the perfect spot to showcase how lighting can change over the course of an evening to compliment the mood of the event — from light and airy pastels to fun, bold colors ready for a dance party.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment's Head Table Feature Lighting.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Head Table Feature Lighting. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

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In this series of shots taken in the same spots at different times — by day and by night — you can see the difference the sun makes.  Please note that NO changes were made to the lighting shown besides the simple setting of the sun.

Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting by Something New Entertainment.

The Tent by Moonlight.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Tent by Moonlight. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

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As the sun set, our pinky-purple light washes “developed” over the tent roof’s peaks and gables, illuminating the party in soft warmth into the night.

Special thanks to all of our colleagues who made this event possible, especially the Vendors We Adore:

Baci Designer, Stationery and Styling

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Hines Hill Conference Center

Totally Cooked Catering

Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals

Oak & Honey Events

Bittersweet’s Chocolate and Pastry

Something White, a Bridal Boutique

MKleinman Artistry Makeup Artist

Headline photo is by Studio Elle Photography

 

 

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