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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AV Connections theatrical audio visual and lighting for performances at Addlestone Academy

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One of the greatest joys of providing AV rentals in Charleston, SC is our work with theatrical audio visual and lighting for performances throughout the Lowcountry.

AV Connections works with every type of performance need for concerts, bands, recitals, ballets, and dramatic theater. We are always especially pleased to be called for audio visual and lighting for performances for schools and universities. It’s always exciting! The thrill of rehearsals and live performances. But when the audio visual and lighting for performances job is for young performers, we are so pleased to help.

Of course, our audiovisual and stage lighting work takes us to many of the venues and shows of Spoleto Festival, and throughout stages and preforming arts centers of South Carolina but, heading over to the Addlestone Academy to do the audio visual and lighting for performances is still a top honor. So, we’ve been out at the Jewish Community Center which shares a campus with Addlestone to get the school set up for thespians. And it was such fun!

AV Connections has the pleasure of providing audio visual and lighting for performances to the true greatest shows on earth, right here in Charleston, SC.

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SC Governor Nikki Haley addresses a conference, AV Connections of Charleston provided audio visual rentals

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AV Connections of Charleston provided audio visual rentals for the South Carolina Auto Dealers Association Conference this week at which South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made an address to the attendees. We were so honored that AV Connections of Charleston was selected to be the audio/visual rentals and staging vendor for this great conference.

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Charleston uplighting by AV Connections

More Charleston uplighting work by AV Connections of Charleston! We continue to be the best, most experienced and reliable supplier of uplighting for weddings, parties, and events throughout the Charleston, SC metro area and throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia.

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We continue to upgrade our equipment and advance our technical lighting skills and knowledge base to make our customers weddings and events into unforgettable parties like no other. We are the preeminent technical lighting design firm in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. We have strong, long term relationships with wedding planners throughout the Lowcountry and are happy to create a custom lighting package for our clients to be sure their weddings and events are like no other their guests have ever experienced.

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We have the finest team of Charleston uplighting and technical event designers in Charleston on staff. They are bright, knowledgeable, and experienced in every type of technical lighting. Most importantly, they are reliable, timely, willing to go the extra mile, at your disposal to handle last minute changes, and have great working relationships with all the other Charleston, South Carolina, and Georgia wedding vendors and planners.

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We look forward to providing you with testimonials and references if you are a new Charleston uplighting or wedding event lighting client. We have great long standing relationships with dozens of venues in South Carolina, including but not limited to Boone Hall Plantation, Lowndes Grove, William Aiken House, South Carolina Aquarium, Gibbes Museum, and Magnolia Plantation.

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For all your Charleston uplighting and technical event design needs, AV Connections is the best and most reasonable and affordable lighting and audio rental supplier. Contact us today by calling us at 843-573-1174  or emailing us at avrentals@avconnectionsusa.com.

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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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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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Outdoor Movie Screen Rentals and Projection for the Hanahan Ampitheatre Soft Opening

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We provided the huge outdoor movie screen rentals and staging for the soft opening of the beautiful new Hanahan Amphitheatre Opening in Hanahan, South Carolina. What a great new large venue this community has for hosting community movies and events under the stars in the great outdoors!

We were so honored to be the audio visual rentals and staging provider for this incredible event. We provided the outdoor movie screen rentals for this great event. The first of many movies for the people of Hanahan were shown on an AV Connections screen and we couldn’t be more pleased.

We had perfect weather for this soft opening event at the Amphitheatre. We brought with us:

HD wide screen format 24×13 ft rear projection screen (which we mounted from top of ampitheatre)

Barco 10,000 lumens HD projector

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There was a great ceremony by Hanahan city officials to open the park venue and then the ribbon was cut.

Once the ceremony was completed and darkness fell on the park, we projected the movie Hunger Games for the crowd as the first outdoor movie shown in this venue.

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We wish the City of Hanahan, South Carolina great congratulations on completing this huge and wonderful undertaking for the betterment of their community! We were so proud to be your audio visual provider!

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