Anni & Bubba belong to a large group of friends and family, most of whom I’ve performed weddings for, so naturally I knew this would be a pretty good crowd. However, Anni & Bubba weren’t concerned with all the complicated details of a wedding that often stress couples out. Instead, Bubba created a unique dance floor in their very own backyard, set up a nice eating area (Bubbaque’s BBQ is amazing!) and invited family and friends for a relaxed, fun time.
Bubba said it best: “Everyone came here to party, the fact that I’m getting married is a sweet bonus!”
Everyone was down to earth, treated us like family, and all celebrated a very special day for Anni & Bubba Hester.
Oh yeah, did I mention my driveshaft fell off my van one mile from their house? Thank God that they, too, live in Lakeland! Pics and video below (of the reception, not my broken driveshaft). The first set of pics are mine, while the 2nd half is from the ever-amazing Rachel and Michelle with R&M Photography!
Sometimes you gotta roll with the punches- or in this case, the rain. We planned on an outside ceremony and reception, but inclement weather forced Mandy and Alex to look into tents. Once typical Florida weather hit, it was time to move it indoors after a conversation with them the night prior. No big deal, we’ll make the Visitor’s Center at the Bok Tower look INCREDIBLE and create something that has never before been done there.
Why hasn’t this setup been done before? The reception was to start at 6:00 (ceremony still outside under a tent) and the Center closes at 5:00PM. Usually this is no problem, but a setup like this requires us to begin setup at least 3-5 hours early. Luckily, the Bok Tower staff was more than accommodating. Fitting in 200+ people in there was no easy feat, but it was done, and everyone had an amazing time.
This is one of my favorite lighting setups for a wedding because of how and where it happened. This was the first time the Bok Tower ever had anything like this indoors for a wedding. We had a few different items:
- Flood lighting to tint the entire room with their wedding colors
- Pure white lights to show off every detail of the wedding dress, as well as to capture special moments
- Moving lighs to create excitement and also spotlight special events
- Colored Discoball: A modern twist on a retro look
- Monogram: The ONLY way to make a location be truly yours!
- Custom light shows for special songs!
It was a great party, and our lighting tech, Calvin (my son), made sure that the lights didn’t miss a beat. Scenes, chases, and fades were timed perfectly and customized to their wedding colors. Check out the custom first dance and other great moments in the videos below– as well as their Harlem Shake!
Justin and Kristen danced all night, and THAT’S the kind of crowd I like! The overall wedding was perfect: cool weather for the ceremony, delicious food for the reception, working with Deana and her crew @ Sassy Soiree, and spending time spinning some awesome music at the S-S Ranch… this was truly a recipe for success.
The overall playlist was… interesting; and I mean this in a good way. It’s not often that I get to jump from antebellum-esque country music to rap and end with a mini-rave. Overall, it was a great night! Check out the pics and video below!
Charles and I were pumped up for this wedding! We teamed up with Gini Beth of Gini Beth’s Weddings & More to create an amazing night for Sydni and Erick. Their ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Sorosis Building, AKA the Junior League Center, in Lakeland.
This was a perfect example of a party that goes from “bubbly wedding reception” to “high energy club” almost instantly. They were overall a great crowd! Check out the pics and video below!
Liz & Shaun have an incredible set of family and friends who really wanted to party!
They chose the beautiful Paradise Cove in Orlando. If you’ve been there, then you know that the only lights in there are the hanging lights which aren’t the brightest. That’s no problem, as we brought out plenty of dance floor lighting and created some dramatic, but elegant scenes. (Watch the cake cutting in the video below). On top of that, our white cyc light not only created powerful, timed strobes to create high energy sets, but also flooded the ENTIRE area with a even white light so everyone could enjoy the night’s activities. The photographer and videographer loved it!
Check out my photos below… as well as some great video… by great I mean content, as my assistant had some issues with the focus, lol.