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Kate Parker, New Hampshire Vendor: Wedding Planner Website: Kate Parker Weddings About Me: Kate Parker is the owner of Kate Parker Weddings, a wedding planning and floral and event design studio located on the Seacoast of NH. KPW specializes in simple and sophisticated weddings throughout New England and New York and also provides lighting services, paper products, custom out of town welcome baskets and music entertainment. Kate loves to work with as many details as possible- ribbon banding, monograms, favor tags etc to make each wedding unique and fabulous! She lives in Somersworth, NH with her husband Ryan, son Zachary, and chihuahua Lola. Although she doesn't have much free time, Kate loves to travel, read a good book, and entertain for close friends.
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After working on the Cape this past weekend with one of my favorite photographers, Stacey Kane, we were chatting about a few moments in the wedding that we wished I had used some lighting for. The ceremony was under a beautiful Sperry tent at 6 p.m., so although it was still daylight, it was difficult to capture the remaining natural light because we had a “ceiling” over us.

One of my favorite decor elements of the wedding was a life-sized sculpture of the bride and groom’s dog, Tiegen. She was the showpiece for the place card table, and unfortunately she was in a very dark part of the cocktail hour tent and wasn’t given her full glory. So, after thinking about all of the lighting we’ve used in the past, from our studio or from hiring our absolute favorite lighting company, SBL Lighting, I thought it would be helpful to show you some images of weddings that used lighting as an important design element, as well as a few shots without lighting so you can see the difference. Enjoy the images!

Images below by Claris Photography

The reception space in the middle of the afternoon.
Claris photo

Belle Mer with LED lighting elements in the ceiling an on the dance floor.
belle mer

A stunningly dramatic cake during the day.
cake lighting

An image of the cake with lighting from SBL Lighting.
cake lighting2

Images below by Stacey Kane

The entrance to the State Room with lighting elements to add drama and the client’s color palete.
hall lighting

The State Room reception before it was evening.
state room

After sunset with lighting.
sunset lighting

Image below by Nelson Hancock

Uplighting in pinks and oranges with round paper lanterns
tent lighting

Image below by Stacey Kane

A shot from outside a Sperry tent with uplighting in oranges and deeps reds.
tent lighting2

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5 Responses to “Lighting: An Essential Design Element”

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Miss Gloss (message)  1,249 posts, Bumble bee

Love the lanterns!

 
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eugy (message)  157 posts, Blushing bee

The lighting in the images above is awesome! Lighting really does make a huge difference in design.

 
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Chic Maps by Nikki

The lighting is amazing! I love the brown curtained hallway! Hallways are often looked over and are always ugly, good job!!

 
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Carolyn Fraser

Thank you so much for this article, Kate! I’m with an event lighting company in Milwaukee, working to spread the word about wedding lighting in the Midwest. Lighting really does make a world of difference and completely transforms the venue. I love your pictures. Talk about the “wow factor!” Glad to see that this trend is catching on in your area. If anyone wants to learn about wedding planning in the midwest, check out our blog: http://milwaukeeweddings.squarespace.com/

 
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Lavena Fraser

Hey,

I was just looking at the photo of the tent with the lanterns. I am trying to achieve a similar look for our reception. How many lanterns per square foot would be appropriate? I want enough but not to many. I feel like there is a fine line. Thanks!

 

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