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New national press on our event lighting rentals in Charleston

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(Photo by the extraordinary Marni Pictures of Charleston, SC.)

It has truly been another season of wedding creativity and excellence in event lighting rentals in Charleston from AV Connections’ lighting design team. We are still entranced by Marni Pictures dreamy photo above. Although we work together with the planners and couples through the meetings, until the final product is presented, the real effect can never be well enough explained or sketched. It is clear from this photo, Jared Luckhart’s team is experienced int he creation of fairy tale vistas and never-before-imagined lighting touches.

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(Marni Pictures of Charleston.)

Continuing in AV Connections’ thirty-plus years of audiovisual and lighting excellence, we challenged ourselves to keep the Fall, 2015 weddings fresh and new. There is always some new way to present it, a new fixture no one has seen, an un-tried fairy tale still left to build. And so it was, with Cibi Events, a Charleston wedding planner of great taste and fearlessness, that we imagined the lighting you see in this piece in Borrowed & Blue. As you know, Jared has managed to hang enormous crystal chandeliers from the clear night sky, it was no surprise these weddings would be as blessed with his creative genius and tireless patience for things that seem impossible.

And then, before we could even turn around, the incredibly talented Richard Bell Photography was at bat with a spread including our lighting of a Magnolia Plantation wedding. Aren’t they beautiful? Yes, the couple is very handsome, too!

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(Photo by the extraordinary Richard Bell Photography of Charleston.)

We’re not finished! Then Jenna and Matt’s picturesque wedding planned by that amazing Katie at Burlap Elephant’s fete at Lowndes Grove made the pages of The Wedding Row! And Anthony and Anna with Cibi Events on the night we turned historic Hibernian Hall into a hot pink dream was in Wedding Row too, see it here.

We’re blushing! Blushing while we’re moving, of course, because no one has a moment to sit down, wedding season in Charleston is fully upon us. Are you planning a wedding? we are always here to help with Charleston’s most fantastic array of wedding lighting rental options at your disposal. Let AV Connections make your wedding a new fairy tale.

Our Charleston gala lighting for 2015’s Chase After a Cure Gala

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It is that time of year again and we have once again been honored to have our Charleston gala lighting center front in our presenting sponsorship for the 2015 Chase After a Cure Gala. One of our most exciting events of each year, the Chase After a Cure gala is an opportunity for our various talents and teams at AV Connections to truly show off.

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This year the theme of the gala was An Evening in Paris. Beginning months before, we created custom Gobo lighting effects for the interior and exterior of the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC. Each year the Chase gala welcomes four hundred guests and it is the charitiy’s primary fundraising effort of the year. Consequently, we truly need to create a stunning and memorable atmosphere; without fail it has to be a party to remember. We planned for nearly one thousand yards of custom draping for the floor to ceiling effect you see here. Then added uplighting in a palate of carefully selected color tones, some twenty in all. We moved on to create the custom log effects and specialty stage lighting for the evening’s entertainment. After weeks of preparation and custom products being shipped in, it was time.

This year we loaded into the Memminger the day before which was a great change for us. In previous years when the locations were only available day-of, we began the event set up at 4:30 am. In those instances, we are on site from 4:30 am until 2 am the next day. It is just what has to be done and to accomplish the task, we pull in additional crews from our North Carolina AV Connections office.

Joined by a complement of AV Connections lighting and AV techs, as well as our senior management, we created another incredible gala for Chase After A Cure, a charity close to our hearts for personal reasons. We are moved and humbled by their mission and always glad to be a presenting sponsor of this event.

Event lighting in Charleston: Where to begin

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You are perplexed about where and how to approach event lighting in Charleston SC. We understand. There are a lot of photos on Pinterest for all of Charleston’s venues, every one prettier than the next. If you are an event planner or arranging your own wedding, it is a like a sea of questions and insecurity. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed (we feel the same way about decorating and chemistry). That is is where we come in.  AV Connections of Charleston SC has handled thousands of weddings, events, galas, and banquets. We have worked on every event property, and we are pleased to note, in many, many of Charlestons private residences for parties too.

When it comes to event lighting in Charleston, we are here to walk you through the options, review the photos of the site and other inspiration you like, and to keep an eye on your budget. We are more than vendors, we are truly partners in creating a fantastic event or wedding. There are no stupid questions: Just ask us. We love creativity and original designs for weddings and events. We are certainly not set in stone event when it comes to a venue we have lit hundreds of times. There are always new options at Lowndes Grove and William Aiken House. If you dream it, we will light it magically. Give us your ideas and let our team turn over the options.

Maximize your lighting budget by talking with our event lighting technicians about your curiosities. AV Connections prides itself on customer service and excellence. We want to make you happy. And we want you to feel secure that your event or wedding lighting will go on without a hitch. We have decades of brides and grooms to provide references for great event lighting in Charleston. Let us add you to the list!

Wedding lighting rental Charleston SC: Our prices are best and our inventory is huge

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Wedding lighting rental Charleston SC: AV Connections of Charleston can show you the best chandelier rental options and wedding fixture possibilities at the best prices in Charleston, SC. If price and the most reliable service matters to the wedding, gala, or event you are planning, AV Connections is your best wedding lighting rental Charleston SC supplier.

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Here are just a couple of wedding lighting rentals available to you in Charleston, SC and throughout South Carolina;s Low Country from AV Connections. For a larger inventory view, visit AV Connection’s Pinterest page where you can see some of the options available and make an appointment to visit our office for more. We can create custom make lighting fixture and lighting designs to perfectly suit the spectacular event you are planning in Charleston. No one is better versed in the venues of our city not more respectful of our historic and green spaces. It is critical that the wedding lighting rental Charleston SC be reliable, timely, and have the expertise to cleanly install wedding lighting rentals for you or your wedding planner.

AV Connections strives to install the cleanest wedding lighting rental presentations: No lose wires, no unsightly installations Perfect quality work and pleasant attitudes are the make of our job sites. Our equipment is fully tested before we install it, our technicians will be there if you have any questions with your wedding lighting rentals. Our Wedding Lighting Group will be at your planners side to ensure a wedding which is perfectly light and goes off without a hitch. There is not a wedding lighting rental Charleston SC with more fair prices or a better reputation, AV Connections strives for excellence and settles for nothing less on a job site. We’ll be your first and last wedding lighting rental Charleston SC call.

Tent drape Charleston SC by AV Connections

Tent drape rentals Charleston SC by AV Connections

We’re known for our audio visual and lighting rentals but did you know that AV Connections is also the top vendor for tent drape rentals Charleston SC? The above is a 500 person charity gala at which we draped the entire three story auditorium from floor to ceiling with 900 feet of white draping. It made the party unforgettable and was worth the effort to turn an otherwise dreary and dark theater into a magical tent in which the guests felt transported to a glamour-filled other-worldly event.

Tent drapes rented from AV Connections are installed by our Special Event Group and often, but not exclusively, accompany our banquet audio visual rentals and chandelier rentals to create a complete and inspired party atmosphere. our clients love dealing with just one vevndor for chandelier rental, audio visual rentals, and tent or room draping for their event. Working with AV Connections makes an event or wedding planners job so much easier. One phone call and one of our event designers has all the inventory and creativity you need to create and event your guests and clients will be thrilled about.

If you are planning an indoor or outdoor event, party, banquet, gala, or wedding in Charleston, AV Connections should be your first call. Make the planning and execution of flawless events seamless, call the professional event production team at AV Connections.

 

Charleston SC wedding uplighting by AV Connections

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Our Charleston SC wedding uplighting work was front and center this is past weekend. We worked together with wedding event designers Southern Protocol, and the amazing floral designer, Anne Dabney of Charleston Stems to create several lighting vingettes for a wedding at a private residence along the Stono River.

Traveling down a long gravel road deep into the old plantation section of Johns Island, SC, we came upon a magnificent clearing upon the Stono River. Nestled into this pictureseque and beautiful Low Country spot was a home constructed with the intention of respecting the views of the river. The job is to highlight with uplighting and cafe bulbs strings, but not to add garish over-decor to a wedding site which nature has already perfected.

The pergola is a permanent structure on the property along the river. The winding and lavish florals designed by Charleston Stems are constructed entirely of floral types and vines which are native to the Low Country of South Carolina. The florals were draped and completed first and our Charleston SC wedding uplighting group followed to add the softly-hued uplighting. It made a spectacular central display as the Southern Sun dipped low in the sky.

Our Charleston SC wedding uplighting technicians are pleased to design incredible wedding lighting effects for any site at which you have dreamed about holding your wedding. While we worked with a wedding planner for this wedding lighting, just as frequently we work with brides and grooms planning and designing their own weddings. AV Connections Charleston SC wedding uplighting can plan and create wedding lighting designs for any budget and manage any difficulty flawlessly.

When you want incredible Charleston SC wedding uplighting and a responsible, experienced, and timely business to work with who will not let you down, AV Connections of Charleston should be your first and only call.

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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)

Wedding lighting at Daniel Island Club by AV Connections

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One of AV Connections’ favorite job calls is to provide wedding lighting at Daniel Island Club here in Charleston, SC. We provide audiovisual rentals and staging at Daniel Island for many different types of events. We can often be found in the clubhouse working with corprate clients for their meeting and conference audio visual. We have still other AV clients who hold fundraising galas and luncheon banquet events at Daniel Island Club.

Daniel Island Club is a favorite location for weddings in Charleston. Once night falls, even this magnificent venue does well with a little additional outdoor cafe bulb strand lighting. We have also created impressive interior wedding lighting designs for the Ballroom. A great wedding at Daniel Island Club utilizes both the soaring and beautiful interior banquet space as well as the outdoor patio space facing the golf course and marsh. We suggest considering wedding lighting for both locations to create a Charleston wedding atmosphere your guests will never forget.

For our most recent wedding lighting at Daniel Island Club, we were pleased to work with great and longtime partners, RLE of Charleston, SC. RLE is a talented group of wedding designers who turned Daniel Island Club into an unforgettable wedding oasis inside and out. AV Connections wedding lighting audio visual inventory was pleased to provide the following for lighting the Ballroom, Patio, and Lawn areas at Daniel Island Club:

Par 38 Chandelier Lighting Fixture (Uplighting) – Color: Amber
8 Par 38 Light (White) – Includes: Wood Base,
Gel Frame, and Colored Gel
Café-Style Bulb Light Strands (25′ White Wire)
2 1.0 Vertical Support Bar w/ Baseplate – Includes
Weight, Sandbags, and Pole Wrap
Drape Fabric – White
Lighting Accessories: Tie Line, Clamps, Zip Ties, Rope
Ladder: 7′ A-Frame

If you are getting married in Charleston, SC, wedding lighting should be a primary concern to get the party perfect. Whether you chose to work with a wedding planner or to plan your own wedding, AV Connections Wedding Event Lighting Group will be there to guide you in achieving wedding lighting like none other. Custom gel lighting and the largest inventory of chandeliers and specialty event lighting in Charleston are available from AV Connections. We are reliable and the best event lighting technicians in the Southeast. If you do not want to worry and want the most amazing wedding lighting in Charleston, SC, AV Connections should be your first and last call.

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 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