• Carie
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  • This week our Wedding Photo Wednesday post is all about lighting. You can check out our other Wednesday Posts on the blog.

    Lighting is such an important element of a wedding reception. Lighting can give a dramatic effect to a room or light up all the important details of your reception. Any extra cost will be worth it! Most good DJs can provide lighting for your event.

    Our friend Mike Regan of MR DJ Service had this to share with our readers about lighting...
    "You've seen it in magazines and on the wedding programs. It's the cool lighting that turns an ordinary room into something extraordinary. Whether creating a theme party or an elegant wedding, Ambient or Theatrical Lighting will set the tone for your guests at your event. It can create soft candle light glow or cool patterns up on the ceiling. Lighting can highlight architecture, plants or even your head table. It creates warmth to your photos and allows your photographer to use natural light making things look the way they "are" vs. when using sterile flash as lights. Theatrical lighting is a static color and motionless, not to be confused with disco effects or dance floor lighting, which are usually "in motion" and can look pretty bad in photos when used at inappropriate times. Lighting can be very subtle or over the top. It is the best and often most cost effective ways to decorate."

    Take a look at the 2 below set of storyboards and compare them. This first one has no extra lighting and is pretty boring, don't you think?

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  • Ahhhh....this next one is oh sooo beautiful! Doesn't the warmth of this lighting just make your eyes happy?

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  • Lighting can also add a better backdrop to your cake photos. Many times, lighting is overlooked and reception photos can be a little dark. You want to see all your great details in all your wedding photos so don't forget to add some lighting! Your amazing cake will thank you. :o)

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  • Ambient lighting is subtle but, like Mike Regan said, sets the tone for your guests.

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  • This photo was taken before all the candles were lit in order to show off the ambient along the sides of the reception room. What a beautiful glow!

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  • Be sure to ask your DJ about adding lighting to your reception. You will be so glad you did. Your reception will be more beautiful and so will your wedding day photos! Contact Mike Regan of MR DJ Service for any lighting questions that you may have!




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