Light Up Your Life!
by Renee Landry of Renee Landry Events
It all started in 2008. I was a final contender for the position of Chief White House Florist for the Obama administration and during my interview with Mrs. Obama, I suggested the idea of a colorful light display for an upcoming event. Unfortunately, I was not chosen for the job, but the experience lead me to learn more about lighting and the ambiance it can serve in landscape or event settings.
In addition to my floral business, I’ve grown to deeply appreciate different lighting elements and all they offer the spaces we create at Renee Landry Events. Different spaces require unique types of lighting, depending on size and location.
Harsh lighting can have a negative impact on wedding photos, which is why our team calculates multiple iterations of lighting until we select the perfect wattage combinations in order to avoid overloading circuits or using too many outlets.
The styles in which we display the lighting can also influence a space. The ones we work with the most are:
This is the most popular pattern requested. The light lines originate from a central point and cascade further into different directions. This works best over a dance floor, or even hovering above a lawn or pool.
Similar to the name, this lighting style is simple straight lines covering long spans where weight and gravity may be an issue.
This pattern is a winding string of lights hanging diagonal back and forth from offset poles. It works best over short spans of space, like a cocktail deck or a narrow pool patio.
The False Ceiling
In this scenario, we hang straight lines of lights very narrowly to create a ceiling of lights. With the lights cascading over the space, we can also use dimmers to maintain the aesthetically pleasing ambiance. This style works well in a clear tent or in an outdoor pool where you want the covered look, without actually enclosing the space.
Lighting is an art form, and like all art, there are many styles. Our staff favorite is Abstract. We like to define it as organized visual chaos, which is exactly what it is. Strung lines of light hanging over a space in every other direction all in random patterns. This look is perfect for a space with an overwhelming ceiling to make the venue feel more intimate.
With all of the complex styles and wattage calculations, it’s best to avoid DIY lighting décor. It requires extensive equipment, such as ladders, poles, heavy gauge extensions, drills, hardware, expensive dimmers, surge protectors and the lights themselves. Lighting typically requires a large investment, especially when traveling to a destination wedding, so we advise working with a local professional.
One of my favorite projects is partnering with couples in the selection of lighting and custom displays. More often than not, the client and I will research different lighting arrangements on Amazon, West Elm, or even Walmart (yes, Walmart!) to find gorgeous fixtures that can be a focal statement at the reception. The selections are usually budget savvy and sentimental. Afterwards, the same pendants can be used in the couple’s home as memorabilia of their wedding day.
Lighting is versatile. By bringing different styles into any space, it completely changes the ambiance. If a client is renting an event home for an entire week, exquisite lighting can bring elevation to the event night and alter the look and feel of the location, especially over a pool or a backyard.
Lighting can provide major impacts on the spaces you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and even your living space. Especially with newer trends, Renee Landry Events is always evolving to be able to provide modern styles. Recent trends include hanging baskets for a bohemian look, geometric shapes and patterns that give the space sharp lines and a clean, modern feel, and on the horizon: post-modern pendants arranged with abstract florals and foliage. By adding lighting to my passion of floral arrangements, I’ve been able to amplify my work and the spaces I am hired to create in.