In a career of Charleston outdoor theater AV rental requests, this might be a favorite. Once a year a client of ours calls on us at the holidays to turn their business parking lot into an old fashioned drive-in movie theater. We just unabashedly love this idea and this job, and every year the kids seem to love it all the more as well.
Each December, the Chick Fil A in North Mt. Pleasant, SC selects a family movie to be shown high above their parking lot on our huge fast fold projection screens and we project the move from across the lot for the guests. They come with blankets, chairs, old cars, and heavy sweaters and we all set to watching a classic movie outdoors in what is usually a beautiful South Carolina night. There are few events which make us happier and feel more like the holiday season has truly arrived.
We were so pleased to see the people of Mt. Pleasant out again this year and we consider it one of our great gifts of the season to recreate the American drive-in once a year for tons of children thrilled to see such a thing. We can’t help but wish there were more of them still, but we are happy to step in to fill the shoes of the great drive-in’s temporarily each year. It is a source of magical happiness not strictly reserved for the children in attendance. What a great and generous event.
Every wedding should have it’s own stamp and we agree with our brides when they say it is getting harder to create something new with the proliferation of Pinterest images, but one sure way to make your wedding stand out is with unusual wedding lighting rentals Charleston SC from AV Connections. While we are proud offer the largest inventory of event lighting and chandelier rentals in Charleston, SC, it is what one does with all those lights that counts. When we’re approached about creating a wedding lighting design the likes of which no one has seen before or will again, there is no substitute for our experience in all of Charleston’s historic wedding venues. But that doesn’t mean the ever do it this time like we did it last time and this amazing, dreamy wedding is a perfect example.
The venue the couple selected was the magnificent Lowndes Grove estate on the banks of the Ashley River and the idea was to have both the ceremony and the reception on the grounds. Some of the lighting would serve both purposes. We salute creativity, after all, it is that which brought all of us to this line of work, so when a bride or a wedding planner looks up into a clear blue sky with no trees above and says thy would like to see a chandelier hanging from the moon, we are game. It’s often you hang a chandelier from the moon, so you’ve got to be careful, nimble, and clandestine. Otherwise you’ll ruin the effect and the magic will be lost.
Guests don’t need to understand how the chandelier hangs from nowhere, they only need to know it was a twinkling and beautiful experience and the mystery of how we hang chandeliers like this is better off a mystery. But, as you can see from these daylight peeks into the installation, there is a lot more to it than just figuring out where the nearest sturdy tree it located.
It is this level of artistic event lighting rental work that AV Connections is known for in the Charleston event community and the reason we are the vendor of choice for unusual wedding lighting rentals Charleston SC. When Charleston’s best wedding and event planners need unusual lighting rentals in Charleston, SC, we are their first call. We support a massive inventory of lighting rental choices and have an experience professional team of lighting professionals to make the event both beautiful and cleanly installed. Magic is always best when the magicians hands are sure.
Photos courtesy of Taylor Rae Photography.
We are constantly honored to be the lighting rental Charleston SC vendor of choice for the historic preservation charities in Charleston, of which there are several. Charleston, SC is a town known for having saved itself from the brink of allowing the city to crumble into the peninsula. In the 1950’s a herculean historic effort commenced here in our fair city to save her historic structures. This effort has been so successful that Charleston, SC has become a model for cities around the world both in fundraising and in supporting schools and institutions which save our buildings.
One of the leading organizations and certainly the oldest is the notable Historic Foundation of Charleston. The Foundation supports seemingly endless and massive projects and undertakings throughout Charleston: Supports multiple historic homes, runs the archives, preservation projects, museums, and the Festival of Homes. Among the supporting donor groups for these efforts is the event you see above, Women of Impact. This is the second annual event of its kind, the first time Charleston SC’s Historic Rice Mill on the Ashley River downtown. AV Connections is a regular provider of AV and lightign rentals at Rice Mill, and we are always game to jump in and help on behalf of a charity.
We provided all of the specialty event lighting rentals you see here, the uplighting effects, and all of the presentation audio visual equipment. It was a successful night for the charity and Rice mill put on a beautiful party as always. Another great evening for Charleston, we were honored to be the lighting rental Charleston SC vendor of choice once again for the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Our South Carolina brand was honored to be selected to be the audio visual rentals Myrtle Beach SC vendor to run the conference audio visual and lighting at Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the National Junior Cross Country Championships. It was a huge event, bringing young people from all over the nation to compete against one another in an inspiring and exhausting few days of running. We completed the staging, set up lighting and podiums, and created all of this low and high audio visual for presentations and addresses.
The event had great turn out and perfect weather. We were so pleased the city was able to show off a little for the national visitors and that AV Connections was the Audio Visual Rentals Myrtle Beach SC vendor selected to provide the conference audio visual rentals.
If you are planning a conference on the east coast of the United States, be sure to consider Myrtle Beach, SC. We, as many, are partial to Myrtle Beach because it is a a city made for conferences alongside fun in the sun. With thousands of hotel rooms all bordering SC’s beautiful beaches and incredible golf courses, the world-class Myrtle Beach Convention Center, agreeable weather, and dozens of the most amazing seafood restaurants you’ll ever encounter, Myrtle Beach should be at the top of your list of destinations to review and visit. And, as the wide world has already heard, the finest restaurant in the United States for 2015 was not in New York or Los Angeles but in our North Myrtle Beach, SC: Sea Blue.
Not that we have time to eat at Sea Blue, but we want you to enjoy your visit. We are, after all, known for our hospitality in this part of the world. another reason you should be in SC right now.
Moving on: Audio Visual Rentals Myrtle Beach SC. It was a great weekend for us which included set up and breakdown days to get these massive constructs up and down at Myrtle beach Convention Center, we were manned by crews from both our North and South Carolina branches to make it happen flawlessly. We came away with thousands of psyched kids who had a great and empowering weekend and a thrilled client. Went off without a hitch, the way we demand it from ourselves.
When Charleston and Lowcountry weddings call for absolute chandelier rental magic, AV Connections gets the call. Today we are sharing on our blog a wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation in downtown Charleston, SC which called for a little special ingenuity. Our event lighting team, led by our VP, Jared Luckhart was challenged by this beautiful bride to hang lit chandeliers from the clear blue sky. And, as day turned to night, have them look as if the twinkling chandeliers sat motionless in the dark night.
Now, Lowndes Grove is magical without our help in the pitch dark with the lights off. To create something lovely here, you really could just turn on a uplight. But here two things were important: Lowndes Groves’ rental lighting by AV Connections needed to seem an ambient gift from the elegant heavens and it needed to show off the historic mansion. Tall order?
For most chandelier rental companies it would be. But, we have an experienced technical design team and the largest inventory of lighting around so, we can rise to the challenges with the greatest of ease. And we did. While we would like to give you chapter and verse on how this fairy tale lighting was designed and installed, it is, alas, a trade secret. And it is the reason the most discerning brides and wedding planners in Charleston use AV Connections. Our custom built event lighting designs have no equal in Charleston. We are blessed to be able to call on our national teams to assist in getting the largest and most inventive wedding lighting designs completed. Our lighting design teams have many years of experience and are full time employees dedicated to nothing other than event perfection.
AV Connections is the most selected Charleston wedding lighting rental vendor because we are consummate, affordable professionals. We are on time and out of the way. You can rely on AV Connections to be on site and completely prepared with tested equipment reliably. Our teams are smart and polished. And we run a clean, neat, fully conceived job site: No exposed wire, no guests tripping over equipment and wires. We think. We consider. We have thiry years of experience in special events, we know how to create beauty and safety in a wedding or gala. We should be your first call, and one we work for you, we will be your vendor for life.
Photos featured here are the work of the incredibly talented Taylor Rae Photography of Charleston, CS and published with expressed permission. Visit Taylor’s site by clicking here.