AV Connections’ Charleston Event Lighting Sponsorship for Stars of Middleton at Middleton Place

Posted on May 7, 2014

Charleston event lighting design by AV Connections at Middleton Pleace


AV Connections’ Charleston Event Lighting Group completed an outdoor event light design at The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation so beautiful it literally awed hundreds of guests at Charleston Weddings magazine’s event, Stars of Middleton last night. Perhaps none more so than ourselves, but more on that further on.

Created in the 1700’s by Henry Middleton, The Gardens are literally the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Designed in the grand classic tradition so popular in Europe in the 1740’s when the plan for the property was developed, the Gardens espouse the design principles of  rational order, geometry and balance. These are three disciples which our Charleston Event Lighting group know well. They are engineers and designers at heart. Their respect and dedication to lighting historic Charleston’s wedding and conference venues in ways respectful of the original hands is well known throughout Charleston event planning circles. AV Connections uses modern technology to light these delicate historic venues, but always with a reverence to the creators and visionaries who proceeded us in these great temples of beauty.

And so, when Charleston Magazine and Charleston Weddings began planning an event to show off Charleston’s famed historic plantation, Middleton Place, we approached the event lighting with the same rules upon which The Gardens were founded. Middleton Place’s gardens are acres of ancient design perfection: Walkways and allées are planted with trees and shrubs creating verdant green walls of small gallery gardens, green arbors, bowling greens, and secret gardens.

We set to the event lighting design for this wandering party which would take guests through five tents positioned in various gardens throughout. In the initial landscape design of The Gardens, mathematical precision was paramount.  “Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design.” When our VP, Jared Luckhart, completed the event lighting design, all of the guiding principles of Middleton’s original design were both preserved and highlighted. Through focal-point uplighting placed carefully throughout the walkways and allee’s and swung wide through breezy Spanish moss and live oak limbs at the edges of the gardens, and literal miles of hidden cords – the finest points of the gardens and statuary were gracefully illuminated at every turn for an unforgettable party.

There are two keys to great event lighting design at Middleton Place Gardens: The first is reverence. It is already as perfect as a garden could ever be. We are careful not to adulterate or glitz what was so long ago set to the earth so perfectly. You can’t help but keep a bow to your head in this place. We walked with the ghosts of so much design and landscape talent through those allee’s, it was hard not to feel the pressure to make their work shine elegantly in darkness. Make it beautiful, yes. But make it beautifully mindful.

The second is elegance. Middleton Place’s Gardens are something beyond stunning. Until you stand in this place as night begins to fall, you’ll never truly understand. It has an illumination by star-light all its own. In that way, the work of man has shook hands with the twinkle of the heavens with such a fierce meeting of beauty that we are somehow inexplicably cautioned not to tamper with this immortal pair. In these times, we spend more time talking about the absence of this rare elegance than its presence in our lives. But Middleton is preserving a hauntingly alluring corner of the world where the best efforts of men and moonlight conspire to exploit one another’s magic on clear nights to do elegant, dreamy things.

We were merely stewards of this light. Conductors of an orchestra long ago created and we hope, showcased magnificently as never before by the tools of our trade.

And even though we did it. And even though it was so powerful and moving an adventure that we could have kept going into lit-infinity. There was a time when we had directed all the uplights, hung all the strands, and covered all the cord.  Then, what bewitching lighting magic we had from our modern age to join this mighty pair reached a point where any more would cloak the masterpiece rather than highlight her features. We stopped. And we let them all dance together in the shared light of four centuries of design: The lights, the live oaks, the wood nymphs, the secrets, all the ghosts, the evening’s guests, and the most ancient of wild-cards, the Carolina moon-light. It was enchanting.

There is a time to design. A time to light. And a time to let history and nature take their course.  That gave us a moment to see the way the intersection of the ages works in this place; a moment to take a breath and realize how very awed and humbled we are to be selected to light these allee’s.

We will never forget it.

(Would you like to see more pictures? Soon! This event is being published by a major magazine and we’ve agree not to publish our photos until the magazine hits newsstands. It will be worth the wait)

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A field to remember: Our SC Wedding Event Lighting Team turns a pasture into a ballroom in Bluffton, SC

Posted on April 8, 2014

In SC wedding event lighting is a specialty all it’s own in our business. Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry are the number one destination wedding location in the nation. Charleston alone hosted 2,000+ wedding last year. We are pleased to say out SC wedding event lighting team lit most of them and we’re off to another amazing year.

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We were off to beautiful Bluffton, SC this weekend to partner with Charleston’s premier wedding planners, Southern Protocol for a wedding at a private residence. As you can see, what began with an open field was transformed into a tented ballroom. Once the sailcloth tent was erected, we were on site to string literally 1,000+ cafe bulbs throughout the soaring tent and out onto the field. It was an extraordinary job site. We worked along the best teams in the Charleston wedding industry. The built a custom dance floor. They designed floral coffee tables. The site hummed with creativity and beauty.


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Turning a field at a private residence into a fully lit wedding banquet is no small feat. It took a cast of hundreds to pull it together. When it comes to SC wedding event lighting of a private residence, AV Connections has the ability and inventory to create a new world party in a quiet old field. Our team spent a day hanging lights in this beautiful white tent. All worth it. The end result was a staggeringly beautiful party.

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We’ve included some of the detail photos from the event too. This will give you an idea of the craftsmanship at work alongside our SC wedding event lighting team on the Bluffton, SC site. Besides the incredible wedding planners Southern Protocol, we were pleased to work alongside Charleston Stems, Delicious Desserts, Cru Catering, Gayle Booker Photography, Hunter Johnson, and Pamela Leesh.




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If you are planning a wedding in the Charleston area, AV Connections should be your first call for wedding lighting. We have the largest, continually evolving inventory in the South. Our lighting inventory is geared to creating unparalleled weddings, galas, and events for Charleston’s marrying couples. You or your Charleston wedding planner are welcome to view our inventory online or in person to create your own event or wedding affair to remember. Contact us at avrentals@avconnectionssc.com .

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AV Connections Charleston Wedding Lighting in The Wedding Row Today!

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We’re always humbled by all our incredible Charleston wedding lighting press mentions! This week’s beautiful post by The Wedding Row here, featuring our incredible Charleston, SC wedding lighting for a colleague and friend at 428 Main Vintage Rentals just blew us away. As did Sarah’s dreamy wedding itself. It is always a pleasure to be featured in on-line magazines, but this press mention is really special to all of us in AV Connections’ Charleston wedding lighting group. Sarah’s company is with us on many Charleston wedding lighting sites, 428 Main provides the incredible vintage furniture rentals for weddings in Charleston. If you have not yet had a peek at all the incredible beautiful work Sarah’s company does, now is the time to drop into the website (click here).

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AV Connections’ Charleston wedding lighting designers were pleased to light the historic Legare-Waring House in the Charlestowne Landing Park for Sarah and Chris! It is as beautiful a wedding venue as Charleston has to offer. We provide wedding lighting and audio visual for many weddings, banquets, and galas at Charlestowne Landing in partnership with all of the incredible wedding planners Charleston, SC has to offer.

Preston Phillips, who leads the Charleston Wedding Lighting Design Group at AV Connections in Charleston, SC is gifted with incredible artistic skill and a broad range of wedding lighting expertise to facilitate every brides dream wedding in the historic venues of Charleston, Bluffton, Beaufort, Colombia, and Greenville regions of SC as well as all the incredible locations in Savannah, GA. If you want to have the most incredible wedding lighting design in South Carolina or Georgia, AV Connections of Charleston, SC should be your vendor.

Planning a wedding? Let’s be in touch! Email us at avrentals@avconnectionssc.com or give us a call at 843-573-1174. We cannot wait to help you plan you wedding lighting and audio visual for a Charleston, SC wedding like none other!

Photography by the incredible Paige Winn Wedding Photography of Charleston, SC.

Posted in Audio Visual Rentals, Outdoor Events, Weddings, Lighting, Large Venues

AV Connections outdoor event lighting rental at a gala banquet Charleston

AV Connections, Inc. event lighting shone at a gala banquet in Charleston recently for Palmetto Medical Initiative. Our team created an beautiful outdoor party atmosphere with strings of cafe bulb lighting and uplighting. We also provided two video screens for audio visual presentation support during the event.

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Set up for the event lighting and audio visual staging took most of the day in the courtyard of the Gibbes Museum of Charleston, which was the site of this twinkling evening.

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Once night fell, our banquet gala gel uplighting and audio visual staging excellence really became apparent. The courtyard was completely transformed by our lighting into a gala stage.

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Palmetto Medical Initiative does a lot of great work around the world being care and resources to areas where it’s programs are relied upon as the cheif source of medicine. The major programs PMI is currently addressing are in Central America and East Africa. We admire them for their tireless work to bring better health care and safe conditions to the world we share.

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And we are so glad we could help them create a very special outdoor gala evening event in Charleston with our cafe bulb lighting, uplighting, and audio visual equipment staging.

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Outdoor event lighting at Kiawah by AV Connections for an Oyster Roast Gala Banquet at Rhett’s Bluff

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More outdoor event lighting at Kiawah! We recently providing event lighting for a gala Oyster Roast banquet held at Rhett’s Bluff on Kiawah. We love making lighting magic in the great ocean and seaside destination venues of our Charleston!

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What a magical evening it was at Vanderhorst Plantation’s Rhett Bluff! If you are planning a wedding, party, or any sort of gala evening, we encourage you to have a look at Rhett’s Bluff. It was a pleasure to work at this venue and install the cafe bulb lighting and uplighting you see in these photos. AV Connections, Inc.always looks forward to bringing more banquet and outdoor event twinkle to Kiawah! We are blessed to work in the most beautiful sites in the world, we think!


Posted in Outdoor Events, Large Venues, Events

Charleston Uplighting, Chandeliers, and Cafe Bulb Lighting for Weddings and Events by AV Connections

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We at AV Connections have a blast supplying Charleston uplighting for weddings and events, as well as chandeliers, cafe bulb strands and many, many other great atmosphereic lighting and audio touches to make a wedding or event better and different than any guests have ever experienced. Our goal is to make each AV Connections outing for Charleston uplighting a singular, unforgettable experience with custom color gels mixed to each color palatte, and exacting specifications on specialty uplighting designs. Our decorative event lighting sets the mood through great artful lighting techniques and the newest uplighting technology.

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We have the trust, experience, sincerity, and competitveness to deliver the finest wedding and event lighting in Charleston and throughout the low country. We work with the latest technology and the newest LED lighting options. AV Connections will change an ordinary room into an extraordinary party space with the best Charleston uplighting available for weddings and events.

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This fabulous wedding you’re looking at was a recent wedding of ours at Lowndes Grove for which the uplighting was amazing! We custom mixed the pink gel lights to the bride and wedding planner, Southern Protocol‘s, specifications. It was a perfect tone to show off the flowers and match to bridesmaid gowns without drowning out the carefully selected shades of the entire wedding. What a great party it was! Charleston uplighting is best handled by AV Connections, we are the preferred vendor to all of Charleston’s finest and major wedding and event venues; a reputation established by pure hard work, dedication, and honesty.

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We will make your Charleston uplighting needs perfect every time.

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Charleston Wedding Lighting Thank-you’s from our Amazing (Now Married!) Clients

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Our Charleston wedding lighting group received a gorgeous big thank-you from the (now married) from recently married clients. We told you about them in a previous update; they had that fabulous wedding at a private home on Sullivan’s Island. We were pleased to be the wedding lighting provider for their happy day! Our outdoor set up included long strands of cafe bulb lighting and up-lights for the grounds of the house.

We are happy to help every bride, groom, and wedding planner and designer to create a beautiful, twinkling – and perhaps, even colorful – atmosphere for every wedding and event. Wedding lighting is so important: As the lights go down, the right sparkle overhead will really get the party started.

If you are planning  a wedding in Charleston, call us at 843-529-1149 or email us at avrentals@avconnectionssc.com to discuss all of our strand, chandelier, and up lighting options! We’ll design an event like none other in Charleston for you, and no other vendor knows all the venues of Charleston better. We are here to make your wedding day amazing.

Posted in Audio Visual Rentals, Outdoor Events, Weddings, Events

AV Connection’s Charleston Wedding Lighting in The Wedding Row today!

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AV Connections’ Charleston wedding lighting work has again been featured in The Wedding Row today! Ali and Daniel’s wedding was an amazing evening planned and designed by Southern Protocol Weddings and Events and photographed by Paige Winn Photo at Lowndes Grove.

Revisiting this night was magical for all of us! Great couple, great wedding vendor partners, and perfect weather to pull it all together. We have the finest Charleston wedding partners in this great destination city and we are never through marveling at how beautifully it all comes together in these timeless photos.

Do visit The Wedding Row post, it is lovely.

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Beautiful Charleston Wedding Lighting at a Sullivan’s Island Home

As our regular readers know, AV Connections is the preferred and trusted wedding lighting design firm and rental supplier throughout Charleston and the low country of South Carolina. While we can regularly be found creating incredible lighting in all of Charleston’s wedding rental venues, we also happily provide lighting and audio in private residences for weddings, celebrations, and events.

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Last week, we were pleased to create a little evening twinkle and romance with a fabulous wedding lighting design we created for a private home which was the site of a gorgeous Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina wedding.

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Our team had perfect weather for their set up work on the outdoor lighting which consisted of long stands of cafe bulbs and up-lighting.

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We cannot wait to see the wedding photos! What a beautiful home and location for a Charleston wedding! It was our pleasure to provide the wedding lighting to this fine family for this happy celebration at their home. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

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AV Connections Charleston Wedding Lighting in Charleston Weddings Magazine

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The new Charleston Weddings Magazine hit newsstands this week and for the second edition in a row, AV Connections has a great wedding featured for our Charleston wedding lighting work. See the eight page spread on Throwback Style for gorgeous Sarah’s wedding at Legare-Waring House in Charleston. We were teamed up with a handful of great vendor partners to make the wedding amazing: Southern Protocol on event planning and design, Charleston Stems on florals, Paige Winn Photo for the images.

We’re thrilled about this wedding all over again! A magazine piece on that great event is the icing on the wedding cake around here. Thank you, Charleston Weddings!

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