Kate and Phil’s Sparkling Celebration
A beautiful, bright spring day in the Berkshires set the stage for this sparkling celebration of the marriage of Kate and Phil at Stonover Farm. Dappled sunlight made the bride, groom, and their wedding party radiant for their afternoon ceremony. As Kate’s lighting designer I aimed to carry this natural radiance and dazzle forward throughout the evening, with stage lighting taking the place of sunlight as night fell.
After the ceremony Kate and Phil’s guests gathered for cocktails under the majestic weeping willow tree by the pond, and then convened in a tent in Stonover’s large grassy field for dinner, with toasts and well-wishes given by parents and friends.
I used two of my vintage Mole Richardson film fresnels on tripod stands to illuminate the speakers.
While there is still some daylight, the most valuable aspect of the added sidelight is the enhancement of the speakers’ beauty and stage presence: Notice how Kate’s mother looks radiant against the distant foliage.
As the daylight falls away, the stage lighting becomes increasingly more vital for reasons of pure visibility. Kate’s maid of honor spoke at twilight, and when it was her father’s turn, full darkness had set in.
Guests carried sparklers to light the way as they walked from the dinner tent to the barn, which the design team transformed into a sleek hideaway of inviting blue darkness pierced by a crystal chandelier and swaths of glowing white fabric.
The draping was designed by florist Crocus Hale, and she and I installed it together using my scissorlift. Small Par-16 lighting fixtures mounted on the barn’s columns and beams illuminated the fabric in blues and pinks, which I varied throughout the evening to suit the mood. Colorchanging LED Pars bathed the dance floor in blues and purples.
Crocus designed lovely minimalist art deco floral arrangements for cocktail tables arranged throughout the barn, which I lit boldly with spotlights. Abundant use of mirrors in the floral design reflected light and color into the surrounding darkness. The wedding cake was also brightly lit, showing off its elaborately textured frosting and cascade of white and pink roses.
Kate and Phil, you were just wonderful to work with. Take care and fly high!
Lighting Design: Julie Seitel, Seitel Lighting LLC
Flowers and Draping: Crocus Hale, Crocus Hale Flowers
Catering: Mezze Catering
Photography: Ashley O’Dell, Ashley O’Dell Photography
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