Crimson Haze News

“Best Industry Innovation” Award at ECAA 2017

We are honored to have won “Best Industry Innovation” at the ILEA Emerald City Applause Awards 2017. This award honors us for developing a new process and service that “increased the success of a singular event” and “further elevates the event industry as a whole”. We won this award for the Dome Ceiling Lighting Effect we created at the gorgeous Arctic Club Hotel for Alana and Garrett’s April 2015 wedding.

Rarely do weddings have a special theme, so we were delighted when our clients, Alana and Garrett, wanted to theme their wedding around the Pixar film “Up”. They hoped to transform the gorgeous Arctic Club — with its golden, old-world charm — into something colorful, vibrant and dynamic, with custom looks for each part of their big day.

We achieved this by washing each panel of the dome ceiling in light, creating an even glow around the room. We did this completely wirelessly, with no cables anywhere, and without any equipment on ground-level, preserving precious floor space. We were able to control the lights wirelessly and individually, creating custom colors and animations, and completely transforming the look of the whole space.

We worked directly with Alana and Garrett to create tailored looks for all key parts of their big day: a classic warm white for their ceremony, a golden romantic candlelight-look for dinner, special animations for their grand entrance, interleaved pastels for toasts, a blue “night sky” with white stars for their first dance, and — to kick-off the dance party — an homage to one of their favorite scenes from the movie “Up,” when thousands of colorful balloons float outside the windows with a shimmering rainbow effect. Once the dance party was in motion, we continued to cycle colors and time new animations to match the music for a vibrant dance party. See a video and photos of Alana and Garrett’s wedding.

Alana and Garrett were thrilled: “You really took our wedding up a notch… the lighting effects were AMAZING,” wrote Alana. She gave us a 5 star review saying, “I cannot say enough good things about Crimson Haze! They seriously did a KILLER job on the lighting at our wedding at the Arctic Club. So many people asked if the lighting was part of the venue. We got ‘ohhs’ and ‘ahhs’ at our lighting change cues, and special effects kept everyone dancing all night long!”

Our Dome Ceiling Lighting Effect not only showcases a unique centerpiece architectural feature of the venue, but also elevates and transforms it. This gorgeous historical venue can now be customized to meet each client’s unique vision and color palette, and tailored with different looks throughout the event.

The Arctic Club loved our new approach to lighting their space — this wedding was the start of a treasured partnership with the venue. We have had the pleasure of offering this service for a number of weddings and events since then, refining it and bringing different visions to life.

Visit our page for the Arctic Club to see more photos and videos of this effect in action!

We would like to give a few special thank you shout-outs:

Alana and Garrett for dreaming big and inviting us to help bring your vision to life. We loved your theme, your creative ideas, and being part of the magic of your wedding day.

Rebecca Grant of New Creations Wedding Design for the opportunity to collaborate on this project, to get creative, and be part of another one of your gorgeous weddings.

Nicole and the Arctic Club for trusting us to do something new in your stunning venue and for partnering with us for ongoing projects —  working with you and lighting up the Northern Lights Dome Room is an absolute dream!

ILEA and the Emerald City Applause Awards for honoring us with this recognition.

Our fellow vendors for encouraging, supporting and bringing creativity to our event industry. We are so grateful to be part of a community that values and prioritizes innovation, and that inspires us to do more. We look forward to getting creative with you, and generating new ideas for future projects!

Wedding at Arctic Club Dome Room, April 2016

Contact us today to discuss lighting for your event!


 

“My DJ has lights. Is that good enough for my wedding or special event?”

We love DJs and trust them to provide great music and great sound equipment.

But when it comes to lighting — especially when it’s “free” or “bundled” with other services — there are some important questions to ask.

Wedding, Fairmont Olympic, April 2017

How does their lighting look in action? Do they have photos and video?

We’ve posted videos and hundreds of photos of our work, from venues all over Seattle, so you know what to expect. Check our Instagram feed, too!

 
Wedding, Four Seasons Hotel, July 2016

What colors can their lights do? Can they do adjustable warm whites, true amber, and soft pastels?

Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting -- http://crimson-haze.com

This is such an important question, and more nuanced than most people realize. Bright green is easy, but feather-soft pink is not.

Our uplights include special, cutting-edge LED technology that allows a dramatically wider color gamut, including the most gentle of pastels and the richest, most vibrant colors.

See our post on Dynamic Whites for an example.

 
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What does their setup look like?

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Ask what their lighting equipment itself looks like, including the stands they attach to, and how many cables they use. Will their setup look good at your wedding?

We always strive to keep our installations as elegant and discreet as possible. We use white uplight covers to give our uplights a tasteful, finished look. When we need to use truss columns as mounting structure for our lights, we wrap these in white satin covers. We specialize in wireless technology to minimize cables (and often eliminate the need for cables entirely!)

These finishing touches really matter!

 
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Are they using wireless technology?

We use a comprehensive suite of wireless technologies to simplify and expedite our installations, and this means we can do many projects without any cables at all! This also allows us to position lights virtually anywhere, such as the dome at the Arctic Club shown here. All of our uplights are battery-powered and controlled by radio.

Note also that not all wireless lighting options are created equal. We’ve carefully chosen to use only lag-free, premium W-DMX™ from Sweden. This top-tier technology translates to fast, easy, fully synchronized control.

 
Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting -- http://crimson-haze.com

Do they have full remote control over their lights? Can they instantly (or gradually) change brightness, colors, tempo, animations, etc? Can they control each light separately?

Many DJs set their lights to “automatic” or “sound reactive mode,” where the lights will respond randomly to bass vibrations, strobing and flicking through a rainbow color palette.

That may be convenient, but this approach gives up any control over the color palette and behavior of the lights.

Instead, we use sophisticated DMX control, where everything is fine-tuned by us — professional lighting designers. We can change the lighting dynamically, but still keep things in your colors, and perfectly synchronized to your event and your music.

 

Photo by Clane Gessel Photography

Photo by Clane Gessel Photography

Do they have enough lights?

You may be surprised how many lights it takes to effectively saturate a mid-size room, let alone a large ballroom. Do they have enough of the right equipment? A deep inventory is important.

 
There are many other good questions to ask, but these are the most crucial.

In our experience, the best results happen when professionals focus on what they do best. As a lighting company, our attention is always 100% on lighting, without distraction.

Contact us today to discuss lighting for your event!


Dynamic Whites

Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting -- http://crimson-haze.com

Warm white? Cool white? Something in between? Yes!

There are infinite of shades of “white”, and we can dynamically dial our lights to create anything from icy cool to candlelit warm. The above example at Canvas Event Space shows two very different shades of “white.”

We adjust to factor in the color of the walls and floor, and can match the hue of other lights in the room.

Wedding, Fairmont Olympic, April 2017

Wedding, Fairmont Olympic, April 2017

There are so many different shades of “white”. Don’t settle for less than the perfect color(s) for your event!

Contact us today to discuss lighting for your event!


Sonia and Kiran’s Wedding Featured on Maharani Weddings

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Maharani Weddings posted a story about Sonia and Kiran’s festive wedding celebration, beautifully captured by Alante Photography at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Orchestrated by Weddings With Wendy.

We supplied dynamic wireless uplighting, special spotlights for performances and toasts, and dance floor lighting — including animated lighting inside the gorgeous mandap.

So much fun and a beautiful couple!

See the full story and many more photos on Maharani Weddings.

Photo by Alante Photography

Wedding at Four Seasons Seattle. Photo by Alante Photography. Li


Borrowed & Blue “Rising Star”

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Sweet! We are delighted and honored to receive the “Rising Star” award from Borrowed & Blue!

“A Best of B&B award is the equivalent of a Michelin star in the wedding world: it identifies only the most talented, well-respected vendors in all of Seattle. How do we know? The winners have been chosen by Seattle vendors themselves. It’s a royal feast of planning insight: know-how taken from those in the know. So check out the medal winners (including special categories like Rising Star and Most Valuable Vendor) to find out the most exceptional wedding whizzes from the past calendar year.”

See the full list of Seattle’s best and brightest at https://www.borrowedandblue.com/seattle/best-of-bnb/vendors/2017


Bollywood New Year’s Eve 2016

Bollywood NYE 2016, Fremont Foundry

It was so much fun to bring in the new year by lighting up Wicked Karma’s Bollywood NYE at Fremont Foundry.

For this sold-out event of 700+ dancing revelers, we soaked the room with rich color, projected bright moving beams overhead, added special effects and custom animated programming everywhere, and lit up our exclusive illuminated glass floor.

Lots more photos on our Facebook gallery!

Bollywood NYE 2016, Fremont Foundry


PopCap Games “Harry Potter” Holiday Party 2016

PopCap "Harry Potter" Holiday, Union Station Great Hall, Dec 201

We had a great time collaborating with Shindig Events​ and Jewel Hospitality​ to transform Great Hall at Union Station​ into a magical “Harry Potter” wonderland for PopCap Games​’s company holiday celebration.

The PopCap art department created fantastic custom crests that we projected in full color using high-powered moving-head lights.

The UV-reactive “Potion Bar” glowed from powerful black-lights, and dry-ice fog poured across the adjacent dance floor.

Towering simulated fire cauldrons flanked the doors.

We added a gentle, randomized flicker to the warm amber uplights to further enhance and enliven the atmosphere.

Such a fun project!

Event design by Shindig Events
Music by Baby Van Beezly
Food by Jewel Hospitality
Pro photos by Barbie Hull
Photo booth by The SnapBar

More photos on our Facebook gallery!

PopCap "Harry Potter" Holiday, Union Station Great Hall, Dec 201

PopCap "Harry Potter" Holiday, Union Station Great Hall, Dec 201

PopCap "Harry Potter" Holiday, Union Station Great Hall, Dec 201


Fremonster 2016 highlights!

 
It was a treat for us to light up and co-produce the sold-out Fremonster Spectacular halloween party, together with the amazing staff at Fremont Foundry Events.

We love lighting up dance floors and performers.

For this event, we installed an array of high-power hybrid moving lights overhead, color-controlled spotlights for the stage and aerial points, blacklight cannons, wireless illuminated tables, wireless uplighting, ground-effect fog, projection visuals, water-based haze, and our exclusive illuminated glass dance floor. (All equipment from our own extensive inventory.)

Check out the above brilliant high-energy highlight reel from the exceptionally talented Unified Cinematic Wedding Videography.

See also the photos from Fremonster Spectacular on our Facebook page!


Urban Unveiled 2016

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It was so much fun for us to add jewel-tone colors to this year’s Urban Unveiled for Seattle Bride Magazine! Loving the above photo of the Luly Yang Couture fashion show by @vivianhsuphoto!

Urban Unveiled 2016 at Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Urban Unveiled 2016 at Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Urban Unveiled 2016 at Fairmont Olympic Hotel

More of our own photos on our Flickr page!


Planned Parenthood presents “Burlesque at the Night Circus”

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We are pleased to provide lighting support for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and their “Burlesque at the Night Circus” event on November 5.

Join Planned Parenthood for an evening of dazzling performances at our 6th annual burlesque show fundraiser!

Night Circus will showcase some of Seattle’s best local burlesque talent, including Luminous Pariah, Randi Rascal, spICE!, The One The Only Inga, Jesse Belle-Jones, BoomBoom L’Roux, Persephone Illyri, Sara Dipity, Florence Wetmore, Miz Melancholy, Whitney Graves, and Cheeky Diamondz. Emceed by Madame X.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as you test your luck at our raffle baskets and wine pull, grab a group photo in your Night Circus attire at the photo booth, and learn more about the important work Planned Parenthood is doing in your community.

All proceeds will directly benefit Planned Parenthood, ensuring that all people have access to essential reproductive health care – no matter what.

A great show and a great cause. Tickets on sale now!

Tickets: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/35030179/burlesque-at-the-night-circus