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Ronald McDonald House 25th Annual Bandana Ball

Ronald McDonald House 25th Annual Bandana Ball


Known for their intricate efforts changing the lives of children, The Ronald McDonald House will be hosting their 25th Annual Bandana Ball at Wild Onion Ranch on March 22, 2014.

Each year the RMDHC holds the Bandana Ball in efforts to raise money for hospitalized children in the Austin area. Having consistently raised over 500,000 dollars each year, RMDHC makes it their priority to aid each family affected by these instances and dedicate one day to make them feel amazing! Nothing seems too much for the Ronald McDonald Corporation — they never intend to showcase anything less than the desired smiles of a child.

This year, the 25th Annual Bandana Ball will be illuminated to perfection! The Bandana Ball will include an exceptional, one-of-a-kind auction, eclectic dancing tunes by the Spazmatics and mouthwatering catering by 2Dine4.


Intelligent Lighting Design is extremely excited to be a part of this incredible event! Throughout our history as a company, we take much pride in helping out exceptional causes that benefit our community. These opportunities truly capture the essence of an immaculate experience, helping reach the goal to #illuminatelife.

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Introducing the 2014 Bandana Ball!!

Lighting & Production behind A Night in Monaco

Lighting & Production behind A Night in Monaco

The Austin Children’s Shelter Gala #illuminatedlives in more ways than one! The Hilton Austin provided an elegant backdrop for the Monaco themed festivities with its ballroom being transformed into an extravagant and mystical space where guests enjoyed amazing cocktails, cuisine, and theatrical performances.  In order to create the unique ambiance, our Intelligent Lighting Design team utilized the wireless iPad system to control the LED fixtures throughout the night. The constant lighting transitions and fabulous actors allowed the James Bond like performance to feel as though it were truly happening. Even though all of these exciting features made the event spectacular, the most important detail to take away from A Night In Monaco is the proceeds that were raised for the children.The gala doubled last year’s fundraising efforts resulting in a total of $1.2 million to be donated to the cause. The engagement of the audience, interactive experience, and generous guests helped exceed the fundraising goals for ACS, making the gala a night to remember!

Austin Children's Shelter Gala

Austin Children's Shelter brochureTo view a video from the Austin Children’s Shelter Gala click here. 

Vendor Spotlight: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Vendor Spotlight: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Do you want a unique museum experience? If so, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is the place to go! This South Austin garden acts as a beautiful backdrop for many of Charles Umlauf’s sculptures. With luscious plant life surrounding the works of art, visitors gain different perspectives that vary season to season. The interactive space proves to provide a non-traditional museum adventure where guests become educated in the appreciation of sculpture. Intelligent Lighting Design is proud to announce that we are now the exclusive lighting team for Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum! The Museum Coordinator, Samantha Elliot, let us know a few fun facts about the garden and what they do to make events there a memorable experience.

1) What is your favorite season in the sculpture garden and why?

That’s a tie between Spring and Fall. Spring has the advantage of lush grounds and blossoming flowers. Fall brings a new color palette to the table because of the many varieties of trees in the garden. Both seasons have cool nights and lovely light; it’s hard to pick a favorite.

2) How many people does it take to keep the grounds up and running to create the unique outdoor museum?

We have a full-time staff of 6 and are supported by nearly 30 volunteers, a dozen city gardeners, and community groups that host “garden clean-up” activities once a month.

3) How do you utilize lighting in your garden? 

Permanently installed lights illuminate the trees, paths, sculptures, and meeting spaces. There are also some cleverly hidden lights in our pavilion that have delighted many guests.

4) Is there a “most popular” sculpture in the garden, if so which one?

The winner of the popularity contest is usually “Lotus”, a lumpy, grinning hippopotamus. Our youngest visitors love to hug her so she is the official mascot of our children’s programs.

5) How does Intelligent Lighting Design contribute to transforming the space? 

Transform is the perfect word. Special lighting touches elevate events from generic to magical! The garden lends itself to evenings under festoon strands, surrounded by glowing tables. Our terrace columns become grandiose when up lit with colors and event themes are easily made cohesive. We love when clients make use of lighting and ILD has made the process so simple for our staff.


Intelligent Lighting Design is looking forward to contribute to this magical garden. With such a beautiful venue, we can only imagine the possibilites!



Umlauf Garden Party


Photo by Studio Uma

Holiday Party Lighting Special: Why you need us at your Christmas Party

Holiday Party Lighting Special: Why you need us at your Christmas Party

It’s been a long and stressful, yet successful year. You want to reward your employees with a party that they won’t forget to end the year on a good note. You’re excited for the food, drinks, music, and are secretly hoping your favorite employee picked your name for the Secret Santa game. Everything is good to go, however, there is one thing missing that will take your party to the next level at a very affordable price: lighting.

Intelligent Lighting Design has got you covered. With a holiday special of $797, you can receive a FULL room color wash (choose from 149 million color options), a personalized logo projection (perhaps this can be used as a photo backdrop), and a comprehensive on-site design team to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

It gets better.

Our iDesign equipment is waterproof and wireless. “That one guy” at the party won’t trip over any wires after one too many, and if drinks have fallen, no equipment is damaged. Want more? The iDesign equipment also comes in black or white, blending in with the walls of your venue/space. We now carry MINI logo projections. Same effect, smaller projection kit; nobody will notice where your company logo is shining from. It’s a win-win for everybody!!!


Long story short, Don’t party in the Dark! Let us be the reason that your employees are talking about your Christmas party for months to come!

Holiday Party Lighting Special

Vendor Spotlight : Vintage Villas

Vendor Spotlight : Vintage Villas

Looking for a natural and awe-inspiring setting for a memorable occasion? If so, located only 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas, Vintage Villas is perched on a beautiful bluff overlooking Lake Travis views. This charming spot offers spaces for corporate getaways, intimate gatherings, and exquisite cuisine. Intelligent Lighting Design is excited to announce our recent corporate partnership to be their in-house lighting team! We spoke to Lauren Allen, Director of Sales & Marketing, and she shed some light on all things Vintage Villas.

 1) What are key features that separate Vintage Villas from other event locations? Vintage Villas overlooks the Hill Country and Lake Travis. We have both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces and a wedding sales manager available at all times to answer questions and give advice throughout the planning process. Our tenured Executive Chef  is able to customize menus to accomodate vegan guests and our on site hotel is available for guests’ convenience. Our excellent customer service is one to note!

2) How does Intelligent Lighting Design contribute to revamping your event space? Intelligent Lighting Design personalizes every wedding/event! They have the ability to highlight the client’s unique style all the while adding warmth and changing the mood of the space.

 3) What are some of the most popular rooms used at Vintage Villas? The Event Center which consists of the Lakeview Room & Sunset Room. In addition, we have the Travis and Colorado Room.

 4) How are you preparing for the fall event season? Vintage Villas has added new landscaping features and have planted Fall floral!

 5) What decor trends are you expecting to see this year? We are expecting to see even more floral and lots of color! In regards to food and beverage, we are seeing more signature cocktails and a custom late night snack! For the fall season, we are also seeing the use of more fun and unique table linens!


Vintage Villas

Vintage Villas

Event Vendor Spotlight: Camp Lucy

Event Vendor Spotlight: Camp Lucy

If you are looking for the ultimate antique event hall, Camp Lucy is the perfect setting for your memories to be made. Located near Dripping Springs Texas, Camp Lucy is within the heart of the beautiful hill country. By utilizing Intelligent Lighting Design’s equipment the space transforms into your ideal vintage, fairy tale venue. In addition, we are now excited to announce that we are the exclusive in-house lighting team for Camp Lucy!! Beverly Cambron, Marketing Representative, tells us about the history and upcoming festivities at Camp Lucy. Join Camp Lucy for a Bridal Open House on Sunday, September 22nd!

1) What characteristics about your venue do you find yourself and your clients loving? Camp Lucy prides itself on offering a unique place for your wedding or special event while also exuding elegance and incredible attention to detail, and our amazing clients definitely respond to that combination. Of course, our gorgeous Hill Country location certainly doesn’t hurt! Our clients also absolutely love our new in-house catering. We are so lucky to have Chef Rob McMahon and Catering Director Tiffany Keith on our team. Scrumptious food and first-class professionalism have proved to be a winning combination.

2) How would you describe Camp Lucy in three words? Unique. Elegant. Inspiring.

3) What type of lighting are you enjoying most? (i.e. color washes, festoon “string” lights, cake/floral cake pinspotting, etc) Not to dodge the question specifics, but we are enjoying whatever ILD creates!

4) Any interesting facts about your venue? Actually, we’re about to be two venues! The story of Camp Lucy began when owner Whit Hanks purchased the ultimate antique – a 19th Century French Colonial chapel bound for demolition – and imported it from Vietnam to Dripping Springs, Texas. That chapel was soon joined by another French Colonial building that now serves as a gorgeous pavilion (another interesting fact – the pavilion roof is made with 1920s Ludowici tiles repurposed from the Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio). These two buildings, along with the majestic Events Hall crafted from a salvaged 200 year old Amish barn, collectively make up our Ian’s Chapel venue. Making its debut at our Open House on September 22nd will be our second venue on the Camp Lucy ranch, Sacred Oaks, which features a stunning Great Hall with dramatic timber-framing (and an absolutely perfect interior balcony), and a terraced outdoor ceremony site under the namesake oaks whose elegant, twisting branches are embellished with thousands of tiny lights, cascading like sparkling Spanish moss. We can’t wait to show it off!

 5) What do you enjoy most about working with the Intelligent Lighting Design team? Your professionalism, responsiveness, creativity, and ability to make magic happen.

photos by Caroline + Ben 

iDesign LED Dance Floor Debuts at Austin Mitzvah

iDesign LED Dance Floor Debuts at Austin Mitzvah

Intelligent Lighting Design’s LED Dance Floor made its big debut at a Mitzvah party held at the Westin at the Domain produced by Michelle Schwartz of The Modern Jewish Wedding. The guest of honor and her family and friends enjoyed celebrating and dancing the Horah around our colorful lighting equipment. The Horah, an Israeli circle dance is one of the many traditions within the Jewish community. To view this dance in action, click here.

In America, Mitzvahs are lavish affairs with hundreds of guests gathering together to celebrate “the observation of the commandments”. Mitzvah parties are coming of age rituals for Jewish teens to become full fledge members of the Jewish society. This ceremony signifies responsibility and accountability for one’s actions and allows the celebrated teen to participate in religious services, such as reading from the Torah, which is a series of books that consists of the totality of Jewish teaching and practice.

Intelligent Lighting Design is honored to have been part of such an amazing party and is extending a special offer to use the interactive LED Dance Floor to those interested. If you contact us before October 31st we will give you $700 off your next Mitzvah bash. Let us light up your event and help make it as bright as possible!

photos by Ginny B. Photography

Dress by Candlelight

Dress by Candlelight

We are excited to announce our sponsorship of the upcoming Dress by Candlelight benefit coordinated by Candlelight Ranch on October 24th  at Julian Gold. With over 100 acres near Lake Travis, Candlelight Ranch offers an extraordinary nature experience that allows children in need to actively “learn, play, and heal” through the environment. Many of the children’s backgrounds that attend Candlelight Ranch include being a part of the foster care system, facing emotional or behavioral challenges, or coming from an economically disadvantaged household.

Candlelight Ranch also partners with local organizations and schools to provide unique and personalized recreations for each child. Dell Financial Services, Julian Gold, Whole Foods, and many other businesses are sponsors of the Dress by Candlelight benefit fashion show. Dress by Candlelight provides funds for the programs directly allowing the children to have more opportunities to face their personal challenges and turn their darkness into light.

Fulfill a Dream will also be taking place at the fashion show and the money raised will help create Chillville, an interactive water feature! Last year’s funds helped purchase an all terrain vehicle, all terrain wheelchair, and a water harvesting system.

Intelligent Lighting Design will feature many elegantly lit chandeliers and color washed walls to correspond with the Great Gatsby theme. To add to the excitement, Couture designer, Carmen Marc Valvo, will be showcasing his 2014 Couture Collection Dress on the runway.  Come #illuminatelife and join the crowd at this extravagant event! For ticket information, click here.  In the words of Leonardo DiCaprio “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”



ACDC Austin Originals Benefit Concert

ACDC Austin Originals Benefit Concert

Intelligent Lighting Design continues to #illuminatelife by sponsoring the Austin Child Guidance Center’s, “Austin Originals” Benefit Concert on September 27th. ACGC is devoted to bettering the mental health of youth and their families through early assessment of diagnosis and treatment in order to help them cultivate emotional skills for life’s trials. The proceeds from the concert will allow the Austin Child Guidance Center to continue providing quality mental health services to families that do not have insurance and typically cannot afford medical or mental health care. This will allow those in need to be seen on a “sliding-fee” that is determined upon their family income and number of dependents in the household. The festivities begin at 6:30pm and include local culinary delights, specialty drinks, and a live taping of the Latin funk band, Grupo Fantasma. If you are interested in lighting a path for those in need, join us at the Historic KLRU Studio on UT Campus and purchase your tickets here.

Austin Child Guidance Center is also currently launching their Latino Children’s Mental Health Program. This program consists of underserved Hispanic children dealing with many of the following issues: childhood depression, anxiety, domestic and sexual abuse, neglect, parent-child relational problems, and many more. ACGC hopes to expand affordable mental health services to these lower income Spanish speaking children and their families.

Illuminate Life, Illuminate Lives

Illuminate Life, Illuminate Lives

Here at Intelligent Lighting Design, we pride ourselves for staying on top of trends, creating top of the line products to add to our iDesign collection, and happily executing all events. We enjoy everything about illuminating events and weddings, but we have recently found ourselves asking,  What can we do to illuminate lives?

It’s a topic that is dear to our hearts that adds meaning to our work. We transform a space, bring an out of this world experience for attendees, and hope that we can inspire others to give back to the community. We have worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center in Denton County for years and can now add the Austin Child Guidance Center, Austin Children’s Shelter, Dell Children’s Medical Center and Candlelight Ranch to our list. Children are the leaders of our future, and it is important to us that they receive all of the life lessons that transform them into successful leaders. Our charitable support has assisted in the funding for programs and facilities for these children.

If everybody dedicates themselves to find ways to better the community on a daily basis, we can only dream of what the possibilities are. So we ask you; What are you doing to #illuminatelife?

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