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Icing On The Cake

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM Comments comments (18)
Icing or no icing - THAT is the question!

Which of these two cakes do you find most appealing?

Without icing...

Or WITH icing...

The answer seems obvious... however due to cliche's (a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought) Lighting is often referred to as the "icing on the cake"!  

I decided to write my post about this particular Cliche as I don't think people have really thought about what a cake would look like without icing! 

Here is another example of a cake without icing...

Here is the same cake WITH icing...

                          Can you even believe it is the same cake?

Some prefer a cake with a little 'something'...



            These are nice too - but they don't compare to icing!

SO, when you are planning your next event - do you want to offer your guests a 'little something' or do want them to experience the full effect of icing?

Either way - a little something or full out icing - 
Call The Lighting Guy today - 248-628-2099 and talk to an Icing Expert about your next event!

Lighting by a Lighting Expert vs. a DJ

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)
I know this may stir some discomfort in the bellies of my DJ peeps... but this blog is for the Bride and I think she needs to be educated about lighting so she can KNOW what she is getting if she hires the DJ to do her lighting!  

The DJ's will go nameless ~ Calling them out is NOT my intent!

Here is a shot of lighting done by a DJ @ Andiamo's in Warren.  

Why are there 2 lights right next to each other and big spaces between the other ones?

And who cares if the lights are so bright they shoot 20'?  This is a ballroom not a stage and they have no spread / fill.

Also, where are the flowers?

This is the way The Lighting Guy lights Andiamo's...

Soft even lighting spread through out the room.  
Spot lighting in each table.  

This picture was taken without a flash!

Here are a couple photos of lighting done by a DJ @ Lovett Hall:

See if you can figure out what is missing....

BINGO!  The LIGHTS!!!  Why would anyone think it is acceptable to call this lighting?  Because this is the Brides first opportunity to put all these elements together... they are unaware.  All they know is the DJ said he does lighting and it was CHEAP!
YEP, it sure was!

Here is lighting by The Lighting Guy at Lovett Hall:

Lighting in EVERY window arch.
Lighting between every window.
If the budget allows, lighting on the ceiling.

 ^ Photo by Wally Spice Photo 

Good Lighting isn't Cheap - True.  But Cheap Lighting isn't any good, so why waste your money?

 ^ Photo by Wally Spice Photo

Monogram Image Projections

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Monogram Image projections are a very popular request.  

Whether it is your full names, initials, a quote or a symbol that is special to you both, choosing the right image for your venue can make the difference between "WoW, that's Cool" and "What is that?"!

Not every venue has the same possibilities for placement of the image. 

Most people want the image on the dance floor, however, unless the placement possibility is perfect for the fixture shooting the image, the dance floor isn't necessarily the best place.

The Lighting Guy will guide you and assist you in choosing the right image and the right location for the best impact.

Great examples of Dance Floor placement....

When the Dance Floor is not a good option, placing the image on a wall makes for great visibility all night!
Some couples even matched the Monogram on multiple items...

Having their initials on the glasses as well as the wall!

Call now - The Lighting Guy will help you create a magical experience at your wedding!

Proper Tent Lighting

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM Comments comments (0)
Lighting a tent right is much more than up lighting. 
Yes, up light accents are effective to draw attention to specific areas.
Like the head table.
However, to get any kind of ambiance in the rest of the tent
you have to light the ceiling - correctly!

Transforming a gymnasium

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Are you having your event in the Church Social Hall? 
A gymnasium?  Or any big room that just isn't
pretty or romantic?
Here is your Solution!
Go from this: 
To This ... !
Complete Transformation of Space!
Fabric, specialty lighting & crystal chandeliers
create amazing ambiance!

Lounge Design

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Taking your party to the next level...
Beyond the Wedding Lighting there 
is -  The Lounge!   

It is very important to provide a comfortable seated area for your guests to visit.  
Some of them have not seen each other in a long time.  
Perhaps they have traveled a long distance and would like to be comfortable.  


From Fabric & Furniture to Lighting & Decor 
The Lighting Guy can piece together all the elements to create a sanctuary 
for your guests to relax and enjoy each other and still be a part of the party!

Crystal Gardens - Howell, Michigan - Jessica Brooks

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)
There is a great benefit to being in the "industry" and getting married!  You know who has all the coolest toys!  Jessica Brooks (formerly Jessica Clum) and her new hubby Trevor had their wedding reception at Crystal Gardens in Howell, Michigan (of course)!

Artistic Lighting for the Wedding Cake

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM Comments comments (1)

The heck with a "Pin Spot" on the wedding 
cake!  When you get Wedding Lighting 
from The Lighting Guy - You get ART!

Adat Shalom, Farmington Hills, Mi - May 26, 2012

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM Comments comments (0)
Are you totally excited about a particular venue, but concerned that it is too big for the size of your party?  No problem!  The Lighting Guy can make the room any size you want - perfect for your party!  We create the walls with our drape!  Finished with up lights and  exquisitely lit centerpieces! 

Andiamo's - Warren, Mi - October 2011

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (1)
Andiamo's - Warren, Michigan
Andiamo's - Warren, Michigan
Amber Up Lighting & Soft Draping for Lounge
Rana was so happy!
It is a whimsical effect having the names on the floor for the first dance.
Rana was so happy!
A simple Sweet Heart Table Drape
A simple Sweet Heart Table Drape
Can be sateen or chiffon.