Monday, April 25, 2011

There Will Be LIGHT {Q&A with Lighting Specialist: Radiant Designs Inc.}


Lighting has become a huge part of weddings and events today. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor wedding or event, having the right lighting can make all the difference in the world. It enhances the decor and sets the perfect mood which your guests will remember forever!

Today we are excited to share the lighting Q&A we did with Jim from Radiant Designs in Little Rock. Radiant Designs has been doing event lighting for over 25 years and they are pros when it comes to visual design!

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Q: What are some trends we will be seeing with Lighting in 2011 for Weddings?

A: We have noticed couples wanting to include lighting designs as an integral part of their special day. Lighting has gone from being a luxury item to a necessity.

Q: When Brides come to you and are interested in Lighting for their Wedding/Reception, how do you work with her to figure out what type of lighting is best for her big day?

A: At Radiant Designs, our procedure is to ask lots of questions first. Like colors, theme, location, times of day and mood. All these factors play a big part of what we will come up with for a lighting design proposal. When we have the big picture then we will propose some ideas. You see, when a bride comes to us, we are not just selling her a lighting package, we are providing a design service. Much like we design a large special event, concert or show. We custom design the lighting for her. For example, we recently lit a wedding for a couple getting married during Mardi-Gras week. They wanted to work in some aspects of Mardi-Gras into their reception. In addition, the location was a 1930’s era hotel lobby and ballroom with lots of wood Art-Deco fixtures that the bride wanted to accentuate. Her colors were purple complimented with orange. We lit the wood fixtures in soft, warm earthy ambers, the columns and drapery were lit in purple, the common areas and dance floor bathed in dark amber with lavender lights. It was a very inviting and cozy atmosphere. The food buffet was accented with natural color swivelier spotlights. The cake was lit with natural color wash.

Q: Does color of linens and the venue itself play a factor in the type of lighting you suggest?

A: Absolutely! The Brides colors, linens and d├ęcor are her personal touch! The lighting design needs to perform in a supporting role for her theme. We design the lighting to match and compliment. As far as a venue is concerned, the colors of the room and ambient lighting play a great part in what lighting treatment we apply. Radiant Designs has been called upon for situations where we literally transformed four cinderblock walls into a fantasy palace. We lit the walks in the theme color and then applied patterned lighting of a complimentary color to give a wallpaper effect. This was topped off by projecting the couples monogrammed initials projected onto the wall behind the cake! It was fantastic!

Q: What are some of the most popular colors/designs of lighting you are seeing brides choose these days?

A: We have created environments with virtually every color you can think of. Some of the more recent popular colors are, lavender, teal and blue. A projected monogram of the couples names or initials is a very popular lighting effect that is very impactful yet relatively inexpensive. We used them on walls, dance floors, fireplace mantels and even on the sides of buildings! Another popular effect is to wallpaper the walls with a soft organic patter projection. This also works well as an indirect light source for your guest tables.

Q: What would you tell a Bride who is on the fence about Lighting for her wedding?

A: I would say be thoughtful about your total presentation. Hire a wedding planner and lighting designer you trust. Ask to see examples of their work. See that lighting can transform any venue into the dream environment that you’ll remember forever!

To find out more about Radiant Designs, visit their website at radiantdesigns.us and visit their Facebook page!

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