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This page is intended to assist you to see how our artistic lighting can help you change the character of the venue you book to make your event truly yours. We've collected a few examples of venues we have improved for clients and explain what we started with, what the clients desired, and how we went about making the room better suit their needs. We hope these examples help you prepare for your event.

image of venue before artistic event lighting
image of venue with artistic event lighting

Baker View

The first image shows a meeting room at the Comfort Inn in Surrey set up for a very small wedding of about two dozen people. The view shows the 20’ x 11’ dance floor dead ahead with the dj booth to the left of it and the bar closer to us on the left. The wall on the right and behind the camera is dark wood panelling with dark brown shutters over the windows. The lighting is incandescent in the wall sconces and chandiers.

The clients wanted to have their wedding ceremony in this venue, followed by the dinner banquet and then a dance and expected 140-200 people. We installed a wall of white drapery with uplighting behind the drapes and the bar which gave us a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony, and then for the headtable during the dinner. Half the room was very dark because of the wood panelling so we placed three lit truss columns around the room with lights mounted on top to bounce light off the ceiling to deliver even lighting throughout the room. We also use a moving head to project a white custom monogram behind the bar and on the dance floor for the customary dances. The cake cutting ceremony was lit with a spot light from the moving head and a couple pinspots to provide depth for the photographs. The bride chose softer tones of purple, lilac, and violet which we made appear to shimmer subtly during the ceremony and dinner, then changing more dramatically during the dance. The wedding couple, their family and friends described our lighting as fabulous and beautiful.


image of venue before artistic event lighting
image of venue with artistic event lighting

Terminal City Club

The first image shown in this section is of the entrance and dance floor area in the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. It is an elegant room with old world charm in a large L-shape with lovely chandeliers and wall sconces with candle-like lights and detailed moulding on the walls. The area to the left of the camera's view can seat a couple hundred people for a banquet.

Our wedding couple wished us to provide some lighting to lend this area a little more excitement, and set up a high-quality sound system for the after-dinner dancing. After discussing various ideas and alternatives, the couple chose a predominately purple backdrop into which we occasionally blended complementary colours such as blue and magenta. We placed our uplighting strategically along the outside walls to add depth to the mouldings enhancing the texture they provide to the room. The net effect of the lighting reflecting from the ceiling, silhouetting the chandeliers, and emphasizing the architectural detailing in the room was quite striking.


image of venue before artistic event lighting
image of venue with artistic event lighting

The Arts Club

The Arts Club on Granville Island is housed in a corrugated grey steel building. They have a good size room with a stage ideal for plays and is often rented for special events. The entrance shown above is long and narrow with glass on the left, steel beams overhead, grey cement floor, and white drywall on the right with massive wood beams supporting the high roof. The events are held in the room beyond the metal doors at the end of the hall.

Our clients were holding a very special event, a big gay wedding, and asked us if we could do something to turn it into a more dramatic and inviting entrance. We visited the venue a few times while working out a solution and ways to accomplish our ideas, and together we devised a plan. We installed bright magenta lighting at the far entrance and projected a white custom gobo of the wedding couple over the door to draw the eye of arriving guests. We also projected brightly coloured patterns on the floor at intervals to provide an inviting path to the open doorway. Along the inside wall on the right we used more magenta uplighting interspersed with other complimentary colours to brighten the hall and make it more appealing as the guests approached the building. Brightly coloured helium balloons along the windows completed the décor. The total effect was very inviting and stunning when the sun went down.


We hope that seeing these examples has been of some help to you. If you'd like to see more photos of these projects, they are available in our photo gallery. If you'd like to discuss your particular event with us, please contact us. We would be happy to assist.

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