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AV Connections’ Charleston Event Lighting Sponsorship for Stars of Middleton at Middleton Place

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AV Connections’ Charleston Event Lighting Group completed an outdoor event light design at The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation so beautiful it literally awed hundreds of guests at Charleston Weddings magazine’s event, Stars of Middleton last night. Perhaps none more so than ourselves, but more on that further on.

Created in the 1700’s by Henry Middleton, The Gardens are literally the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Designed in the grand classic tradition so popular in Europe in the 1740’s when the plan for the property was developed, the Gardens espouse the design principles of  rational order, geometry and balance. These are three disciples which our Charleston Event Lighting group know well. They are engineers and designers at heart. Their respect and dedication to lighting historic Charleston’s wedding and conference venues in ways respectful of the original hands is well known throughout Charleston event planning circles. AV Connections uses modern technology to light these delicate historic venues, but always with a reverence to the creators and visionaries who proceeded us in these great temples of beauty.

And so, when Charleston Magazine and Charleston Weddings began planning an event to show off Charleston’s famed historic plantation, Middleton Place, we approached the event lighting with the same rules upon which The Gardens were founded. Middleton Place’s gardens are acres of ancient design perfection: Walkways and allées are planted with trees and shrubs creating verdant green walls of small gallery gardens, green arbors, bowling greens, and secret gardens.

We set to the event lighting design for this wandering party which would take guests through five tents positioned in various gardens throughout. In the initial landscape design of The Gardens, mathematical precision was paramount.  “Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design.” When our VP, Jared Luckhart, completed the event lighting design, all of the guiding principles of Middleton’s original design were both preserved and highlighted. Through focal-point uplighting placed carefully throughout the walkways and allee’s and swung wide through breezy Spanish moss and live oak limbs at the edges of the gardens, and literal miles of hidden cords – the finest points of the gardens and statuary were gracefully illuminated at every turn for an unforgettable party.

There are two keys to great event lighting design at Middleton Place Gardens: The first is reverence. It is already as perfect as a garden could ever be. We are careful not to adulterate or glitz what was so long ago set to the earth so perfectly. You can’t help but keep a bow to your head in this place. We walked with the ghosts of so much design and landscape talent through those allee’s, it was hard not to feel the pressure to make their work shine elegantly in darkness. Make it beautiful, yes. But make it beautifully mindful.

The second is elegance. Middleton Place’s Gardens are something beyond stunning. Until you stand in this place as night begins to fall, you’ll never truly understand. It has an illumination by star-light all its own. In that way, the work of man has shook hands with the twinkle of the heavens with such a fierce meeting of beauty that we are somehow inexplicably cautioned not to tamper with this immortal pair. In these times, we spend more time talking about the absence of this rare elegance than its presence in our lives. But Middleton is preserving a hauntingly alluring corner of the world where the best efforts of men and moonlight conspire to exploit one another’s magic on clear nights to do elegant, dreamy things.

We were merely stewards of this light. Conductors of an orchestra long ago created and we hope, showcased magnificently as never before by the tools of our trade.

And even though we did it. And even though it was so powerful and moving an adventure that we could have kept going into lit-infinity. There was a time when we had directed all the uplights, hung all the strands, and covered all the cord.  Then, what bewitching lighting magic we had from our modern age to join this mighty pair reached a point where any more would cloak the masterpiece rather than highlight her features. We stopped. And we let them all dance together in the shared light of four centuries of design: The lights, the live oaks, the wood nymphs, the secrets, all the ghosts, the evening’s guests, and the most ancient of wild-cards, the Carolina moon-light. It was enchanting.

There is a time to design. A time to light. And a time to let history and nature take their course.  That gave us a moment to see the way the intersection of the ages works in this place; a moment to take a breath and realize how very awed and humbled we are to be selected to light these allee’s.

We will never forget it.

(Would you like to see more pictures? Soon! This event is being published by a major magazine and we’ve agree not to publish our photos until the magazine hits newsstands. It will be worth the wait)

Guest Speaker Audio Visual for Charlotte Moss’ new book release by AV Connections

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AV Connections was pleased to be the guest speaker audio visual rental provider for the book signing of Charlotte Moss’ new book, Visual Life at Carolina Yacht Club.

Charlotte Moss’ visit and luncheon was organized by the inexhaustible Historic Foundation of Charleston. We could not be more thrilled to get the call to be the audio visual rentals provider for HCF at Carolina Yacht Club on that day! Charlotte Moss’ incredible decorating talent have long been admired here as by many in our historic Charleston, SC. She is a talented, refined, and elegant designer whose style beautifully suits the long-preserved details of Charleston, SC’s residences. We were thrilled to be able to snap this photo of our vice president, Jared Luckhart and decorating legend, Charlotte Moss during her visit!

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Perhaps the most exciting news is that Charlotte Moss new book is released and available for purchase on Amazon. She generously spent hours signing books and chatting with the HCF luncheon attendees at Carolina Yacht Club. All were curiously flipping through their new copies of Visual Life and fawning – understandably – at the vibrant images in the book. It is a tour de force of interior and inspiration beauty not to be missed.

 

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For this event at Carolina Yacht Club in downtown Charleston, SC, AV Connections was pleased to provide these audio visual rental equipment items from our inventory as well as an on-site AV Technician from our Audio Visual Event Services Group:

2  9′ x 12′ Fast-Fold Screen (Front Projection Surface – w/black bottom skirt)
2 LCD Projector (Large Venue: 5000 Lumens)
1 Extron XGA Distribution Amplifer
2 JBL EON 15 Powered Speaker (w/ultimate stand)
Shure UHF Wireless Hand Held Microphone System
Yamaha MG10/2 Mixer
Shure UHF Wireless Lavalier mic. System – w/DPA Headset Microphone

AV Connections Charleston event lighting featured on Coastal Bride

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AV Connections loves a party and being the preferred Charleston event lighting vendor of event and wedding planners in Charleston, SC. We are so pleased to be featured in Coastal Bride! Coastal Bride featured our work in Charleston event lighting at the Alhambra Hall, Mt. Pleasant, SC wedding of Barbara and Giles. They are a wonderful couple and we were pleased to be the Charleston event lighting vendor they and their weddingn design planners, Southern Protocol selected to light their great party!

The couple chose dresses of yellow and deep pink, just sunny and cheerful. The florals offset the gowns and Southern Protocol’s deoct perfectly with deeply hued pinks, oranges, and golds in the incomparable floral design of Anne Dabney at Charleston Stems.

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AV Connections provides each bride and groom and /or their wedding planner, with Charleston’s largest and always increasing inventory of chandeliers, uplighting, gel lights, GOBO’s, and custom-created specialty lighting to make each celebration or event spectacular. AV Connections works with you to create Charleston event lighting design like none other. Our Event Technicians will be on site to set up and test the equipment, and to tear down your Charleston event lighting rentals. Our consummate Charleston event lighting professionals will be with you every step of the way.

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Many thanks to our great partners in making Barbara and Giles wedding day one none of their guests will ever forget: We are always pleased to work with Southern Protocol Weddings & Events, Dodeline Design for invitations and papers, Charleston Stems for these incredible florals, and Jennifer Bearden Photography. Special thanks to Jennifer Bearden for allowing us to use her incredible photos.

AV Connections provides audio visual rentals for Family Circle Cup at Daniel Island

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Providing the audio visual rentals for the viewing bars and viewing suites at the Family Circle Cup at Daniel Island is one of our favorite times of year. This year, The Family Circle cup seems not to have the best weather for the tournament.  But, our fingers are crossed for these great audiovisual clients that it improves right away.

This is AV Connections of Charleston, SC’s twelfth year providing audio visual rentals for the Family Circle Cup tennis sporting event and we look forward to being a part of this energetic and fun event every year. Spectators come from all over the nation to see the tournament and visit Charleston. It is by far one of the most well run outdoor sporting events in the United States.

If you have not yet had the pleasure of attending Family Circle Cup, now is the time. Tickets and promotions are available to USTA members, military, and senior citizens. Be sure to check if you are eligible! Any day is a great day to watch tennis in our beautiful Charleston, so play a little hookey for an afternoon if you need to but be sure to get out there!

If you are looking for us, AV Connections will be providing the televisions for closed circuit viewing throughout the stadium. You will find our work in The Stadium Sky Bar, Stadium Sky Suite, The Concourse Suites, the media room, The Racquet Club Bar, and the Tier Bar. We are pleased to provide this audio visual equipment and technical event support for the Family Circle Cup:

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32″ LCD Flat Screen Monitors
36″ Flat Screen LCD Monitor
5 2.0 50″ Flat Screen Monitor

AV Connection’s Charleston audiovisual for the Autism Speaks Celebrity Auction at Embassy Suites

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We had a blast as the Charleston audiovisual provider and sponsor of the Autism Speaks Celebrity Auction at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Downtown Charleston, SC.

Autism Speaks, Carolinas Communities, hosted Master Pieces for Autism Charleston, an art auction benefiting Autism Speaks, on March 14th in Charleston, S.C.

The celebrity auction event featured original artwork made from puzzle piece shapes and designed by more than thirty different celebrities, artists, and individuals on the autism spectrum. Celebrity artists included Jeff Bridges, Edwin McCain, Grace Slick, Dabo Swinney, Jesse McCartney, Carolyn Murray, Michael Cartellone, The Ace and TJ show, Bernie Taupin, and more.

As you can see, the auction had a great turnout and surely raised a great deal for Autism Speaks.

We were on site at Embassy Suites Charleston, one of our favorite conference and banquet locations at which we provide Charleston audiovisual rentals and staging. We look forward to many years of partnership with Autism Speaks, Carolina’s Communities, it was a pleasure to serve them.

For this gala banquet evening, AV Connections provided:
LCD Projector
8×8 Screen (w/ Black Bottom Skirt)
4 JBL EON 15 Powered Speakers and stands
Shure UHF Wireless Hand Held Microphone System
1 Yamaha MG10/2 Mixer

Stadium audio visual by AV Connections for F.I.R.S.T. Peachtree Robotics at Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

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We’re pleased to say we’ve been in Atlanta, GA providing stadium audio visual for  F.I.R.S.T. Peachtree Robotics at the Georgia World Congress Center. Earlier this year we were the audio visual provider for F.I.R.S.T. Palmetto Robotics’ regional competition in Myrtle Beach and it was great to be out with the Atlanta region this week.

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F.I.R.S.T. Peachtree Robotics is an organization created to help in developing the space scientists of the future. Using robotics competitions like the ones you see here, Robotics encourages all ages of youth to participate in learning to build robots. Older competitors develop their own robot concepts. Those concepts are brought to these regional competitions each year.

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These competitions are divided by age group and specialty, bringing youth from across each regional area. In this case, hundreds of juniors formed pit crews to compete against one another at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Stadium audio visual is big, exciting work for us at AV Connections. For FIRST Peachtree Robotics, we provided 15′ x 20′ screens, 120k lighting packages on 120′ of global trusses, speaker arrays, 15k lumen HD projectors, HD Sony cameras among other audio visual rental equipment. We also provided a complete AV production crew to run the AV and lighting for this event.

AV Connections is a full-service audio visual rental equipment and technical support provider for clients throughout the Southeast. Our clients are located throughout SC, GA, and FL. We specialize in audio visual for conferences and sporting events both indoors and outdoors. For more information on a conference or event you are planning, please email us your information at avrentals@avconnectionssc.com .

Our Charleston gala event lighting and audiovisual for Chase After A Cure Golden Gala 2014

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Our Charleston gala event lighting, draping, and audiovisual for Chase After A Cure Golden Gala 2014 was unlike anything ever seen in Charleston before! Such an exciting job and evening!

AV Connections of Charleston, SC was pleased to be both a major corporate sponsor and the gala event lighting and audiovisual provider for this annual charity event to cure neuroblastoma, a cancer which affects children. This is a cause which resounds with AV Connections; our owner’s family gratefully has a survivor of this high-mortality cancer. We wanted to go the extra mile for the 6th Annual Chase After a Cure Gala and help the charity continue to pay for treatment and research of neuroblastoma.

Our North Carolina and Charleston gala event lighting groups spent countless hours planning how they would turn the historic Memminger Auditorium (fresh from a complete renovation) in downtown Charleston into a magical crystal-lit ballroom full of color and sparkle. Chase After A Cure also welcomed American Idol finalist, Elise Testone to perform and this added another layer of audiovisual need to the event.

 

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Packed for load-in the night before in the warehouse, the crews and trucks rolled to the Memminger at 6 am on Saturday morning to begin set up for the event. Ten hours later, the event set-up was complete and the crews headed in to change job-site attire into black tie to be event sponsors. Our talented groups can wear many hats in one day.

Ten hours brought a lot of changes to the Memminger as chandelier lighting, hundreds of yards of draping, and four huge fast-fold screen were suspended twenty five feet above the auditorium floor. To give you an idea how massive a gala lighting and decor project this was, here are before and after photos of the auditorium:

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After:

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And, of course, the building exterior event lighting:

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In person, it was all even more amazing.

AV Connections is proud to be a sponsor of Chase After A Cure and to be Charleston gala event lighting, rentals, and audiovisual supplier of choice for this incredible event and the charity supported by the Gala. We look forward to the seventh annual gala and only continue to hope the work of Chase After A Cure one day ends childhood cancers once and for all. Until then, we are with this group all the way.

Charleston wedding uplighting by AV Connections at Charlestowne Landing: Behind the Event Scenes

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AV Connections was so pleased to be the Charleston wedding uplighting rental supplier selected by Blue Planet Green Events on behalf of a fabulous couple who were married last week. Our Wedding Lighting Design team took the blog behind the scenes of this wedding set up to give you a peek into the preparations at our wedding venue, Founder’s Hall at Charlestowne Landing. Charlestowne Landing is both a park and historic site in the West Ashley section of Charleston, about four miles from downtown.

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Founder’s Hall is the perfect mix of modern and traditional architecture brought together in a peaceful park setting deep inside Charlestowne landing. We wanted to create an amazing wedding atmosphere, respect the wedding budget, show off all Founder’s Hall has to offer, and have a completely thrilled new married couple to wave goodnight to around at the end of the enving. We had great partners in achieving the perfect wedding lighting for this newer venue in this very historic location along the Ashley River: Blue Planet Green Events accomplish beautiful, eco-sensitive weddings which are unforgettable.

For this Charleston wedding, we provided twenty white can uplighting fixtures with custom color gels in the shade of soft amber and golden amber on the drape around the reception room. AV Connections also provided the white and champagne colored draping for the wall and decorative backdrop you see in the photos. We also modified the installed lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling in Founders Hall, by covering them with the custom color gels to soften the ambiance of the room

 

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AV Connections  in Charleston, SC  is the most reasonably priced, experienced, and customer-service driven lighting and audio visual wedding rental supplier in the city. Our knowledge and strength of our positive relationships with the venues and other vendors on the wedding site is unparalleled.

We look forward to meeting with you or your wedding planner to discuss our endless array of options and wedding lighting rental inventory. AV Connections stocks everything you need to create a perfect wedding party atmosphere; From illuminated custom gobos, spotlights, highlights, decorative floor wedding uplighting. We have every possible wedding lighting option for you, customize-able in colors and patterns to match your decor perfectly. We offer a huge and creative variety of indoor and outdoor decor lighting options from mood lighting and uplighting to HD projection and lasers to ensure an unforgettable event for you and your guests.

 

AV Connections outdoor event lighting rental at a gala banquet Charleston

AV Connections, Inc. event lighting shone at a gala banquet in Charleston recently for Palmetto Medical Initiative. Our team created an beautiful outdoor party atmosphere with strings of cafe bulb lighting and uplighting. We also provided two video screens for audio visual presentation support during the event.

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Set up for the event lighting and audio visual staging took most of the day in the courtyard of the Gibbes Museum of Charleston, which was the site of this twinkling evening.

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Once night fell, our banquet gala gel uplighting and audio visual staging excellence really became apparent. The courtyard was completely transformed by our lighting into a gala stage.

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Palmetto Medical Initiative does a lot of great work around the world being care and resources to areas where it’s programs are relied upon as the cheif source of medicine. The major programs PMI is currently addressing are in Central America and East Africa. We admire them for their tireless work to bring better health care and safe conditions to the world we share.

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And we are so glad we could help them create a very special outdoor gala evening event in Charleston with our cafe bulb lighting, uplighting, and audio visual equipment staging.

Outdoor event lighting at Kiawah by AV Connections for an Oyster Roast Gala Banquet at Rhett’s Bluff

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More outdoor event lighting at Kiawah! We recently providing event lighting for a gala Oyster Roast banquet held at Rhett’s Bluff on Kiawah. We love making lighting magic in the great ocean and seaside destination venues of our Charleston!

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What a magical evening it was at Vanderhorst Plantation’s Rhett Bluff! If you are planning a wedding, party, or any sort of gala evening, we encourage you to have a look at Rhett’s Bluff. It was a pleasure to work at this venue and install the cafe bulb lighting and uplighting you see in these photos. AV Connections, Inc.always looks forward to bringing more banquet and outdoor event twinkle to Kiawah! We are blessed to work in the most beautiful sites in the world, we think!