Flannery and Christopher’s Williamstown Wedding

Flannery and Christopher got married on a beautiful August day at Chris’s family home in the northern Berkshires. One couldn’t have asked for a more majestic setting for the most important day of their lives–yet you can tell from the bridesmaids’ footwear that Flannery and Christopher planned to balance the grandeur of the setting and the solemnity of their vows with a healthy dose of playfulness.  I had fun helping this couple realize their vision for the day.

Flannery and her bridesmaids

Flannery and her bridesmaids. The beautiful Berkshires provided a perfect scenic backdrop for her ceremony. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

After the outdoor ceremony, a path of candle lanterns ushered their guests into a large wedding tent brightly lit with bistro lights.

Wedding tent illuminated with candle lanterns and bistro lights

Flannery and Christopher’s beautiful tent, with candle lanterns ushering guests inside. Lighting design and photo © Seitel Lighting LLC 2012.

 

Flannery and Christopher shared their first dance under a vibrant canopy of foliage.

Flannery and Christopher's first dance. Lighting design by Seitel Lighting LLC. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

Flannery and Christopher’s first dance. Lighting design by Seitel Lighting LLC. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

I used three main lighting elements to create the visual environment for the party: Bistro lighting strung on diagonals throughout the tent; uplighting on the many scenic trees to create foliage shadows on the ceiling above; and color-changing LED Pars that provided illumination for speakers and vibrant colors on the band and tent ceiling that I varied throughout the evening.

The father's toast. Lighting design and photo © Seitel Lighting LLC 2012.

Flannery’s Dad addresses the crowd and offers his toast. Lighting design and photo © Seitel Lighting LLC 2012.

 

Wedding tent with tree uplights, bistro lights, and LED Pars on band

Uplights on the scenic trees and color from the LED Pars create a vibrant canopy above the wedding guests. Lighting design by Seitel Lighting LLC. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

The celebrations continued late into the night…

C&F tent at night lit by bistro lights

The party continues as night falls. Lighting design by Seitel Lighting LLC. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

The band cut loose as the night wore on and did a commendable job keeping pace with the elation and energy of Flannery and Christopher’s close-knit group of friends, many of whom were college buddies from their years at Middlebury.

Bistro lights and LED Pars illuminating the wedding band.

The wedding band. Lighting design and photo © Seitel Lighting LLC 2012.

 

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant lighting idea, but the credit goes to Flannery and Chris on this one: Guests saluted the bride and groom with giant sparklers as they made their way to the getaway car at the end of the evening.

Guests salute the bride and groom with giant sparklers.

Fireworks for the final kiss before the bride and groom’s departure. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

Flowers by Crocus Hale.

Flowers by Crocus Hale. Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

 

Catering and uber-vendor-organization by Mezze Catering.

 

Flowers and decor by Crocus Hale.

 

Photography by Daniel Aaron Sprague.

 

Lighting design by Julie Seitel.

 

 

 

 

To me, this image says it all about this couple. Congratulations you two! It was great to work with you.

Chris kicking his heels together

Says it all! Photo © Daniel Aaron Sprague