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Katherine McCommon’s Corporate Partner Spotlight: Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park Diamond Dream Gala

Katherine McCommon’s Corporate Partner Spotlight: Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park Diamond Dream Gala

 

Location: Minute Maid Park – Houston, Texas — Diamond Dreams Gala 2016

 

This month, Brian Dawson and I were invited to the Diamond Dreams Gala hosted by the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.  Intelligent Lighting Design has been a long-time supporter of the Astros and it was a privilege to be invited to such a special occasion.

The baseball field was transformed into an elegant gala with lucite glowing tables and grandiose floral arrangements throughout the space.  Guests in attendance included national representatives of MLB, Astros players and managements, and local leaders in the Houston, Texas community.  The gala’s guest performer for the evening was Grammy award-winning James Taylor, who played hits as Sweet Baby James, Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is, and more.  He performed on an incredible stage built on the 3rd base side of the field featuring Clay Paky’s new LED intelligent movers overhead and behind his band for special effects.

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Brian and I had the opportunity to visit with Hall of Fame inductees Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio during the event, as well as Mike Fiers who had a no-hitter in the 2014-2015 Houston Astros season (last year).  All of these accomplished and talented athletes were fascinating to talk with and true champions of their sport.

Overall, the night was a huge success and solidified our company’s relationship with one of MLB’s most talked about teams in Major League Baseball.  A heartfelt “Thank You” to the Astros organization for the invite and we look forward to the 2016-2017 season ahead.  Go Astros!

 

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Michael McGuire’s Event Spotlight: Blue Hole Regional Park & DIY Lighting

Michael McGuire’s Event Spotlight: Blue Hole Regional Park & DIY Lighting

Location: Blue Hole Regional Park – Wimberley, Texas

Services Featured: DIY lighting, Outdoor Wireless Uplighting Rentals

Products Featured: Wireless Uplighting

 

Blue Hole Regional Park, a treasured and beautiful swimming hole in historic Wimberley, TX, hosted their premier winter party in December, and asked Intelligent Lighting Design to turn their entire park blue.

We absolutely love the giant trees the form sort of a coliseum effect as they’re perfectly placed around the perimeter of the lawn area, with a gently flowing river on one side. The event was to feature carolers, acoustic musicians and even a visit from Santa Claus!

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During our initial site visit, we realized that our wireless uplights were the right choice for the installation as there is minimal power available. We looked at the available trees, and determined how people would be traversing the lawn, ultimately coming up with a quantity the worked with the client’s budget. During the quoting process, Blue Hole was, like many in the Wimberely area, affected by the Halloween flood. Fortunately they lost none of the trees and they remained relatively unscathed.

In talking with our client, we realized that offering our wireless uplights as a DIY lighting option, rather than us installing them, gave the client even more lights than they originally hoped for, allowing them to illuminate more trees making for quite a fantastic design. This was one of those true client/vendor collaborations in that we maximized the budget but also helped come up with the design that made sense for them and their guests. I think the pictures speak from themselves!

Ask us if DIY lighting might be the right answer for your next event!

For more information on our DIY lighting options or uplighting designs, please contact me at michaelmcguire@ildighting.com or call 877-266-6935.  Available in Austin, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and other surrounding cities.

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Amanda’s Way: ILD Unplugged

Amanda’s Way: ILD Unplugged


ILD Team “Unplugged”

 

As a team at Intelligent Lighting Design, we make it our goal to provide excellent service to our clients by creating show-stopping designs using lighting, chandeliers, patterns, and anything else amazing we can think of. Have you ever wondered about our team once everything is “unplugged”? What do we do? What do we like? Do we really get along that well? Well, our team is full of individuals with big, fun, and vibrant personalities. We have very diverse interests, opinions, and skillsets. And yes, we really do get along that well.

Each month we will be giving you, our followers and clients, an opportunity to get to know us better. This monthly series will be called “ILD Unplugged”. We will post each month on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) asking you what you want to know about us as persons or a company, so make sure you follow us and keep in touch with us!

Ask away – we aren’t shy!

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A few of our team members (Brian, Carly, Amanda, Jenna, and Katherine) all wearing blue at the office in support of our local police and fire departments!

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Amanda and Prissy keeping the office in line at the office on Dog Day Wednesdays

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Jenna, Amanda, and Carly at a networking event together!

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Amanda and Jenna pictured here on Moving Day! We moved into our new, larger corporate headquarters location. (6301 E. Stassney Ln. Bldg. 6, Ste. 100 Austin, TX 78744)

 

 

Jenna’s Corner: Awards Season Event Spotlight

Jenna’s Corner: Awards Season Event Spotlight

Products FeaturedPattern Projection, LED Cluster Strands, LED Light Curtains, Antique Pendant Bulbs 

 

The Golden Globes have come and gone and the Oscar nominations have just been announced. Awards season is here and personally, this is my favorite season. Not just because I get “ooh” and “ahh” over my favorite celebrities finally getting the recognition for well deserved, amazing performances or debating with friends over the winners and fashion, but because we get to witness the awe-inspiring and innovative lighting designs used on the stage to enhance the show.

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Photograph from Intelligent Lighting Design’s design elements at House of Worship

 

As with any other event, stage lighting helps create mood, change the space and bring your attention to things that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Whether a broadway show, a runway fashion show or the Academy Awards, stage illumination is essential for the production. At ILD, it goes without saying that we have a passion for transforming a space and we have a wide range of products and fixtures to do just that!

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Photograph from Intelligent Lighting Design’s design elements at House of Worship

 

Our lights can create just about any effect you can dream up and we want to help you bring your vision to life. One of my favorite effects from our pattern projections is that it can transform a plain, old ceiling into a glowing, midnight blue sky full of stars. Taking it a step further, our LED cluster strands or our LED light curtains bring the starry-look down to earth to surround you in cascading lights. For more of a vintage Hollywood style, our antique pendants cast off a golden glow with an old-school feel and serve as a beautiful backdrop for presenters or performers alike.

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Individual shots of some of Intelligent Lighting Design’s Antique Pendant Bulbs

 

This awards season, we’re excited to see what trends are used to make Hollywood’s biggest stars shine bright. As a designer, I look forward to working on illuminating your event and making it truly Oscar-worthy!

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Photograph of Intelligent Lighting Design’s Cluster Strand design at Camp Lucy – TEXAS

Jenna’s Product Spotlight: Sparkle Chandeliers…5 of them!

Jenna’s Product Spotlight: Sparkle Chandeliers…5 of them!

 

Location: Oohla Bean – Driftwood, Texas & Neiman Marcus – Dallas, Texas

Services Featured: Chandelier rentals, Wedding Reception Illumination, Fashion Show, Anniversary Lighting

Products FeaturedSparkle Chandelier, in SILVER and GOLD.

 

With 2016 around the corner and holiday parties galore, we have gotten into a celebratory spirit lately at Intelligent Lighting Design! New Years is all about the glitz and glamour and, in 2016, we are looking forward to a bright, shiny future. Especially when we finished 2015 with many fabulous opportunities to feature one of our most glamorous items – the Sparkle Chandelier! Christmas came early for Intelligent Lighting Design and we added many new products to our inventory including the Sparkle chandelier in GOLD.

We teamed up with Caplan Miller Events for a wedding at Oohla Bean in Driftwood, Texas to premiere our new golden Sparkles in December and the results were amazing! Set against the beautiful Texas sunset under a clear tent, the gold Sparkles shone brightly and enhanced an already magical event.

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Photo credit: Jerry Hayes for Jenny DeMarco Photography

Not to be outshone, we have always loved our silver Sparkles and, as you can see from the photos below, they were featured beautifully at the 50th Anniversary party for Neiman Marcus at Northpark Mall in Dallas, TX in October. Our Sparkle design for this event really embodied the glamour and sophistication that is Neiman Marcus on such a momentous occasion. The more chandeliers the better and all five of our chandeliers proved that at both of these events. 

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Whether you are team silver or team gold, the Sparkle chandelier is the perfect lighting element for any event that needs that extra touch of sophistication and glamour. We would love to help you add a little *sparkle* to your 2016 events and wish you all a bright and Happy New Year!

For more information on our chandelier rentals, please contact me at jenna@ildighting.com or call 877-266-6935.

 

Carly’s 2015 Networking Events Recap

Carly’s 2015 Networking Events Recap

Carly’s 2015 Networking Events Recap

 

One of my favorite things about working for Intelligent Lighting Design is the opportunity to meet, network, and connect with so many different people who share the same interest in the events industry as I do. What I love about networking with colleagues and professionals in the events industry is each of our innate creative trait that we all share. It does not hurt that this creativity and professionalism comes to life so fabulously at all of our carefully planned networking events that so many people work hard to make happen every month.

An excellent example of this is International Special Event Society‘s monthly Happy Hour, which takes place at a different -yet equally fabulous- venue each month. Can you say “networking with a skyline view”??? How can one not enjoy conversation over a glass of bubbly, Nate The Great’s balloon installations, delectable catered food, and a high vibration of creativity and enthusiasm about our industry!?

 

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One of our Design Specialists, Michael McGuire, hanging out with industry colleagues at ISES Happy Hour at Clayworks this December. Here, with Jerry Hayes of Jerry Hayes Photography.

 

In addition to ISES’ reliable monthly community brainstorming sessions -I guess you could also call them networking events!- every month, one of my favorite opportunities to network in 2015 was Premiere Event‘s 15th anniversary party and awards ceremony in November. The event was held at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom on the 18th. The energy of luxe planning greeted you right at the doorway with over-the-top (literally, they were spilling over!) floral bouquets on either side of the entrance. The floral theme continued throughout the entire room and even acted as a “hanging” ceiling….of at least a couple hundred individual roses!

 

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Photos of Carly Willaford under the hanging rose ceiling at Premiere Events’ 15 anniversary at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom in November.

 

The idea of the event was to showcase the many different design styles and skills that exist in our Austin area events services industry by featuring a different booth per business. Our booth, designed by Michael McGuire, featured our black Mirage chandelier, red uplights, and perfectly placed pinspots on the table setting within our booth. I loved this event because not only was the food great -roasted short rib and gnocchi, anyone??- but the community was so genuine and there was a true design factor to the event. Plus, what a reason to celebrate!

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Intelligent Lighting Design’s design installation at Premiere Events’ 15 anniversary at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom in November. Designed by: Michael McGuire. Services featured here: black Mirage chandelier, pinspots, red uplighting.

 

In 2016, I am personally looking forward to becoming more involved in the events industry and contributing to the greater good of our necessary creative community. 2016 will be a year of fabulous networking, I can feel it! :-) Here are some photos of our team from various events throughout the latter half of 2015, including: ACGC, NEAWP, ISES, AYC, GEN, Premiere Events, ETC. . . . . . . . .

 


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Katherine McCommon’s Q&A with Colin Cowie Weddings: Lighting Trends

Katherine McCommon’s Q&A with Colin Cowie Weddings: Lighting Trends

Questions & Answers: Katherine McCommon Describes 2015’s Biggest Lighting Trends!

(As transcribed from an interview with Colin Cowie Weddings)

What are the most popular or current lighting trends for weddings?

2015 has been a transitional year for event lighting designers as we have seen a surprising shift in our clients’ creative process.  In the Spring, we saw clients incorporating an extraordinary amount of outdoor lighting.  The most popular outdoor trends our clients request are (a) tree illumination (in a variety of colors) and (b) cafe festoon string bulbs hung in canopies over lawns, and chandeliers hung in tiered groups over lounge areas.  
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Taking it to the next level during the Summer, we saw clients attempting to bring the outdoor into their indoor event space.  We were surprised at the large number of requests for cafe string bulbs or vintage pendant bulbs hung overhead in a ballroom.  Many of our rental partners saw an increase in client requests for wooden farm tables.  Many clients were using farm tables to create long family-style seating.  As though destined for each other, the combination of outdoor-style lighting and farm tables became a match made in heaven.
        Then, as we moved into the Fall, chandeliers became a statement piece.  At Intelligent Lighting Design, we doubled our chandelier inventory in response to our clients and began creating custom-designed pieces for specific color schemes.  We are hanging tons of chandeliers for our bridal clients – chandeliers over guests tables, chandeliers over ceremony sites, and – best of all – chandeliers hung in groups over dance floors.  Couture…diamond-studded…old hollywood.  Chandeliers cause guests to gasps with excitement as they enter a wedding reception space – every single time.
        One of the surprising trends we’ve seen has been the request for light shining through windows in an event space to give the illusion of moonlight. Many venues are built with gorgeous stained glass windows or antique-style tall windows around the perimeter.  Brides have requested on numerous occasions to have light shining through the windows (the lighting is set up outside the building shining through the windows for further explanation).  I’ve noticed that brides and grooms like the reflection of the windows on the floor or ceiling.
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How have wedding lighting trends changed over the past few years?

You may be asking yourself – What trends are fading out?  My answer would be dance floor monogram projection and paper lanterns.  They were hot trends for 2013 & 2014 – but not so much this year.  Instead of monogram projection on dance floors or walls, our clients are asking for patterned dance floors instead.  The great aspect of a patterned dance floor is that you can create the dance floor size of your choice instantly.  Many venues have hard floored and our clients do not rent dance floors.  Instead, they have us project the shape and dimensions of their allocated dance floor area with breakup patterns.  This is amazing because we have over 800+ patterns they can choose from – essentially that’s 800+ dance floor optional looks.  Lanterns have been replaced with chandeliers!
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Why do you think these trends have become so popular?

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby a few years back had a profound effect on weddings in 2014 & 2015.  Although the Gatsby-specific trend is now fading out, the glamour of the movie is still alive and well – chandeliers, vintage lighting, and flowing fabrics.  In the 7 years I’ve been designing lighting for my clients, 2015 has been my favorite trend year.  I am thrilled to find that my clients are looking to create a theatrical atmosphere for their guests.
        Weddings are much more than vows, dinner, and dancing.  Weddings are events – weddings are experiences – weddings are to be unforgettable.  This year, our team of designers incorporated a theatrical element into our client’s ceremonies.  With the development of our iDesign Systems wireless iPad color control system, we began programming lighting choreography for our brides and grooms.  What is lighting choreography?  It’s a term we recently coined in collaboration with one of our favorite planners to describe timed lighting sequences.  For example, let me explain a wedding ceremony we designed last month:  At the beginning of the ceremony, our clients’ guests were surrounded in a room fully color washed in royal purple.  It was dramatic – the perfect start to a theatrical ceremony.  As the groom and his groomsmen entered, the room faded into lilac – creating a soft, airy, and romantic vibe.  Guests smiled with excitement as they realized they were in for an experience.  The bridesmaid, donned in Vera Wang, walked elegantly down the aisle to the voice of Etta James – followed by the flowergirl and ringbearer.  Suddenly, the room became dark and silent – only lit by candles…..slowly a spotlight turned on as the bride appeared.  With each step, the aisle lit up as the spotlight followed her to her groom.  When she reached him, the backdrop to their vows became illuminated in lilac – candles flickering throughout the room.  There was not a dry eye in the room.
        Now, you may be thinking, how expensive is that?  You would be surprised to find out that our custom manufactured iDesign Systems line of LED lighting fixtures make this type of theatrical design affordable and easy.  Being able to create wedding experiences like this is what makes our company unique – but also makes event lighting services a must-have for any wedding.
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Is there anything we should know when doing these kind of lighting trends?

Yes yes and yes! :)  For outdoor lighting trends like cafe festoon string bulbs or chandeliers hung from trees, it’s important to hire a lighting vendor who has experience with outdoor installation.  The biggest misconception is that string lighting is easy.  Believe it or not, creating a custom outdoor design with a canopy of string lights overhead is the most challenging trend available.  It takes careful planning – including electrical consumption (many clients need to plan for a generator), safe hanging structures (if you plan to use poles, it’s important to have trees to attach the poles to), and much more.  In addition, installing chandeliers usually require a mechanical scissor lift to reach hanging points and safety cabling system to secure them in place for temporary usage.
        Lastly, for outdoor installation, it’s important to make sure your lighting vendor uses waterproof lighting or has a gameplan in the case of rain.  In our iDesign Systems line, we have developed a wireless, waterproof color wash (uplighting) fixture model specifically for our outdoor events.
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Jenna’s Product Spotlight: Festoon Lighting at Dell World

Jenna’s Product Spotlight: Festoon Lighting at Dell World

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Location: Austin Convention Center – Austin, Texas

Services Featured: Chandelier rentals, Indoor Festoon String Lighting

Products Featured: Festoon String Lighting, Urban Chandeliers, Vintage Pendant Bulbs

 

Festoon lighting is by far one of our most popular features here at Intelligent Lighting Design. In October, we had the opportunity to spotlight our expertise with festoon lighting design on a grand scale. Dell World 2015 wanted an “outdoor picnic” feel to surround a grouping of food trucks during the convention. The food trucks offered a fantastic selection of local Austin delectables and our festoon string lighting was the guiding light for hungry convention-goers.

 

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Our Festoon string lighting was in every corner of the space encompassing the main convention hall, spilling into the picnic area and even covered the VIP area next to the stage where Michael Dell presented. A complement to the festoon in the space was our Urban XL chandeliers encircled the stage where the band was set to play and featured our vintage antique bulbs very nicely. The vintage antique bulbs were also used above a bar in the VIP area next to the main stage featuring John Mayer! The radiant glow from the antique bulbs was showcased brilliantly by Jerry Hayes Photography. I was so happy to see the final results and to see our lights used on such a large scale!

For more information on our festoon string lighting or urban chandelier rentals, please contact me at jenna@ildighting.com or call 877-266-6935.  Available in Austin, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and other surrounding cities.

 

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All photo credit to Jerry Hayes of Jerry Hayes Photography

Michael’s Event Spotlight: Custom Chandeliers

Michael’s Event Spotlight: Custom Chandeliers

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Location: Brazos Hall – Austin, Texas

Services Featured: Chandelier rentals, Wedding Reception Illumination, Custom Design

Products Featured: Custom Chandeliers, Urban Chandeliers

One of my favorite things about being an Event Lighting Specialist at Intelligent Lighting Design is collaborating with our clients. A recent bride to be wanted something very unique and she shared her mood board, mostly comprised of Edison bulb installations.

During the design consultation, we listened carefully to her words. But we also payed close attention to their personal vibe and style. It was immediately clear that an “off the rack” installation was not for her. Her design was going to be as unique as the couple themselves.

As she shared her inspirations, my brain was coming up with ideas a mile a minute. All of a sudden, I literally had the “light bulb” moment. When I shared my vision with her; in an instant we knew we had the right idea! I went back to the design studio, sketched a few ideas, conceived of the scale, and the client allowed us to move forward with creating modern, grandiose custom chandeliers. The grandest chandelier, which was featured in the middle of the dance floor, was a 10’ diameter chandelier with nearly 150 Edison bulbs!

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The next step was collaborating with our in-house technical team to figure out the mechanics and electrical needs. We bounced ideas back and forth, and ultimately came up with the ideal design that not only matched the client’s aesthetic but met our logistical requirements.

Once we had the equipment design complete, it was up to our dedicated crew to actually build the chandelier. When it was all done, we all stood back and were amazed at what we saw. On the wedding day, we installed it at the venue and it was even better than we expected. The bride and groom decided they wanted to be surprised, so we didn’t share any in progress pictures with them (very brave of them!). I’m only sorry that we didn’t get to see the look on their faces as they arrived at the reception.

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Near the end of the reception, I was able to catch up with the bride and her smile was the icing on the cake. She was so happy to see her vision come to light and, when we saw pictures of them under her creation, it solidified why we do what we do.

It was a truly collaborative effort between client, designer, our technical team and installation and proves that working as a team is how we truly shine for our clients!

For more information on our chandelier rentals, please contact me at michaelmcguire@ildighting.com or call 877-266-6935.

 

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Event Spotlight: Versailles Chandelier Rentals

Event Spotlight: Versailles Chandelier Rentals

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Location: The Allan House – Austin, Texas

Services Featured: Chandelier rentals, Wedding Reception Illumination

Products Featured: Versailles Chandeliers

Imtiaz & Arlem + (2) iDesign Versailles Chandeliers = Perfection. When we met these two lovebirds, we instantly thought they made a great couple–not to mention how wonderful it was to see how involved the groom was in making decor decisions. (High five, Arlem!)

Other than The Allan House‘s open house, Imtiaz & Arlem’s wedding celebration was our first time to debut the Versailles chandeliers in the Allan House’s beautiful lawn event space. And we must say, their selection from our chandelier rentals was an excellent “cherry on top” to this elegant multicultural wedding. Cheers to the perfect double date!

For more information on our chandelier rentals, please contact events@ildlighting.com or call 877-266-6935.

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Photographer Credit: Mercedes Morgan Photography

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