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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.

Charleston rental lighting at Magnolia Plantation by AV Connections

Charleston outdoor wedding lighting rental

One of our great pleasures in providing Charleston rental lighting is that we are occasionally called to provide lighting for wedding vow renewal ceremonies and receptions. On a recent evening, we had the pleasure of providing an incredible outdoor lighting rental scheme for a Charleston wedding photographer for her vow renewal on the occasion of her tenth wedding anniversary. It was a lovely compliment to be selected by anther respected professional in the Charleston wedding industry. And we knew it would be spectacular, she is an incredible talent and has been a witness to so many of Charleston’s loveliest fetes.

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Guests proceeded to the secret garden location of the vow renewal down a pea gravel path lined on both sides with our new orb lighting rentals. The orbs can change color and are an elegant method of lighting a walk safely while maintaining an elegant party atmosphere.

Charleston outdoor wedding lighting rental

Hanging from a live oak above the entrance to the secret garden was our 24-inch Venetian crystal chandelier. Bringing the elegance of an indoor ballroom to the outdoors is our specialty. These chandelier rentals capture every small piece of light and make them into a one stunning central piece for an incredible party atmosphere. In designing the lighting for an outdoor wedding, you are not limited to keeping our rental chandeliers indoors – but we do need to hang them, ever so carefully, for you!

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The final masterful stroke of this incredible wedding lighting scheme was the seventy lines of mini cafe bulb lights enmeshed into a twinkling night ceiling above the secret garden. It was incredible and no photo will ever do it justice. It took many hours to hang and break down, but the history of Charleston weddings – and we’ve seen fifteen years worth – rarely has anything been lit with such abandon and elegance. It was unforgettable.

Charleston outdoor theater AV rental by AV Connections: Recreating the American drive-in

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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.

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Chandelier rental magic by AV Connections: Lighting from nowhere to light everywhere

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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.

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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.

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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.

Outdoor presentation AV Charleston by AV Connections

Outdoor presentation AV Charleston by AV Connections

Look at this incredible outdoor presentation AV Charleston location this week! AV Connections of Charleston, SC is so pleased to be the outdoor presentation AV Charleston vendor selected to help broadcast the 300th anniversary of the South Mulberry Plantation in Moncks Corner, SC. This magnificent home, sometimes referred to as Mulberry Castle, doesn’t look a day of 300 years. Meticulously restored and maintained, the home is a testament to the tireless historic preservation efforts of local homeowners. An event is planned to commemorate the 1714 construction of the Mulberry Plantation home by the Historical Preservation Foundation of Charleston.

Going to this event are the following AV equipment rentals which we will set up and tear down for the clients:

60″ Sharp LED/LCD Flat-Screen Monitor
Includes 84″ Dual Post Adjustable Floor Stand
DVD Player
A/V Rolling Cart w/ Black Skirt
JBL PRX712 Powered Speaker and stand
2 1.0 Shure UHF Wireless Hand Held Microphone System, Podium Mic & Seated Presenter Microphone
1 1.0 Yamaha MG10/2 Mixer Includes Audio Patch/Connection for iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop
1 1.0 Standing Lectern – Black Professional

Wedding lighting specialty design Charleston SC by AV Connections

Wedding lighting specialty design by AV Connections

Wedding lighting specialty design Charleston, SC is AV Connections’ expertise. We’re pleased to share with you some of the incredible historic wedding and special event venues and locations throughout Charleston for which AV Connections has created special custom wedding lighting designs. From uplighting Charleston’s most venerable and popular wedding venues to creating custom hand crafted lighting fixtures of our own design, we are known for creating the most artistic and beautiful wedding lighting in Charleston, SC. From the famous pergola against a wall of curilng fig at downtown Charleston’s William Aiken House, to the Secret Gardens of Middleton Plantation.

Wedding lighting specialty design by AV Connections

Wedding lighting specialty design Charleston sc is best shown off when we are called to provide specialty lighting design at private homes for weddings, parties, and celebrations. There is no space we cannot conquer with the finest wedding lighting rentals and wedding lighting technicians in the Low Country. most often, we are called to install and take down cafe-bulb lighting rentals but AV Connections also offers South Carolina’s largest inventory of tent lighting rental options for the bride and groom to review with or without a wedding planner.

 

Wedding lighting specialty design Charleston SC by AV Connections

Many of our most gorgeous lighting schemes are created and planned with couple planning their own wedding in Charleston. We welcome inquiries from all involved in planning weddings in Charleston. Do not be intimated by wedding lighting ordering if you are planning your wedding in Charleston, SC yourself. We at AV Connections have worked on every venue site in the Low Country and know the locations as well as we know the inside of our office. You’re in good, reliable, reasonable hands with AV Connections and when you need advice, we’ll be here.

Wedding lighting specialty design Charleston SC by AV Connections

You’ll need a wedding lighting specialty design Charleston sc vendor who listens, is timely and reliable, and can provide the best prices on wedding lighting rentals in Charleston to fit in to your budget. AV Connections is the answer to the wedding lighting planning for your wedding, gala, or banquet. Get in touch, we love a phone call!

Specialty Wedding Lighting Charleston SC by AV Connections

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You’ve already selected an incredible wedding venue in the Charleston, SC area, if the ceremony or reception will run into darkness, you need equally incredible specialty wedding lighting Charleston SC. Today we chose to share before-the-event photographs of a wedding which took place at a private residence along the Stono River on John’s Island, SC. John Island is a rural section of the City of Charleston, home to great wide residential estates and our own farming community. Homes on Johns Island are often blessed with a lot of green space, as this estate is. It is AV Connections job to create a fully lit event once night falls. Every location is different, and those which are not regular event venue pose a special set of wedding lighting challenges.

Often, crystal chandeliers need to be hand-crafted and wired and hung from old oak trees. Dancing areas need to be lit with uplighting and gobos. We solve the problems of how to get power to all of these lights, how to hang them from invisible lines, how to create colorful light on trees in the distance. There are so many possibilities for memorable specialty wedding lighting Charleston SC that our design group is always looking for new ways to maximize AV Connections largest inventory in Charleston of specialty wedding lighting to make your event like none other.

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We will set up lighting rentals for tents, pergolas, outdoor dance floors and bars and create private residence parties like nothing any guest has seen before or will again.

 

Wedding lighting rentals Charleston SC by AV Connections

 

Let AV Connections create specialty wedding lighting Charleston SC for your wedding or celebration. We will deliver the best priced lighting rentals in Charleston, SC.

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Ceremony AV rentals Charleston SC by AV Connections

 

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What a beautiful afternoon to be handling ceremony AV rentals, Charleston! We were out on site for our regular Charleston SC audio rentals client, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, for a great ceremony. Addlestone Hebrew Academy broke ground on what will be their wonderful new school building! And we could not be more pleased to watch the school celebrate this momentous occasion in the West Ashley section of Charleston.

We set up the outdoor audio staging to welcome the event speakers to address the attendees in what might currently be presumed to be a field. However, soon this will be the new site of one of Charleston, SC’s finest private schools. So much of the schools work, dedication, and hopes went into this moment and it was exciting to see. For years, we’ve been with Addlestone for preformances and events and it was heart-warming to know they are on their way to a beautiful new facility.

And then, as he often has since taking office, the legendary mayor of our beautiful city of Charleston, Joe Riley, stepped up to our mic. As always, it is with pride we listened to his speech. This was a much different, less prosperous city for all of us when Charleston native  Joe Riley took office here some three decades ago. Now, Charleston, SC is Conde Nast’s best city in the world for the third amazing year in a row. He so loved the city of his birth, and believed it’s charm and grace could conquer all, that we have all benefited from his tenacity in creating a revived Charleston. Mayor Riley will leave office this year and regardless of politics, it has been a strictly amazing run.

Congratulations to Addlestone  Hebrew Academy on its new endeavor and huge growth. We’re proud to be your Charleston, SC audio rental provider.

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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)