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Elegant Event Lighting Weekend in Review | April 25th-26th, 2015

Elegant Event Lighting Chicago had another busy Spring Wedding Weekend!


The weekend began with Olesya Salnikova & Sean Gilmore’s beautiful Wedding Ceremony on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, IL.

The Elegant Event Lighting Chicago team designed the gorgeous white sheer fabric bridal canopy that served as the perfect setting for Olesya & Sean to exchange vows.

Ceremony Bridal Canopy | Waldorf Astoria

All four legs and the interior of the canopy were softly illuminated for the viewing pleasure of the couple’s guests.

Here’s what Olesya & Sean had to say about Elegant Event Lighting:

“We used Elegant Event Lighting for our April 2015 wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago. We found Jay and his very experienced team by referral through our wedding planner, Misha, at Liven It Up Events. We were absolutely impressed and thankful for Jay!

A few months before our wedding, we realized that our ceremony room would look very bare, and, what is worse, there was a protruding part of the wall in the back of our room where we were planning on standing with our officiant. We realized all this on a walk through with our wedding planner and thought it would be a great idea to add a canopy. Jay was referred to us and we could not have been happier with his services.

He was professional, diligent, and always responsive about our ideas. Before everything was finalized, there was a lot of back and forth – should we include lights? Should we include draping in the back? Jay answered all our questions with patience and a lot of knowledge. Jay’s team constructed the canopy perfectly – they were fast, neat, and were able to help to remove the canopy when it was time to turn the ceremony room into the reception.

In the end, I cannot imagine not having the canopy there. It added a special feeling to our ceremony that would never have been there. The lighting added to the room a romantic glow that we will never forget as I walked down the isle. Thank you, Jay, for such a fantastic job and for helping to make our big day such a success!”

Thank you so much for your kind words!  It was a pleasure working with the couple and their Wedding Coordinator, Misha Newgren of Liven It Up Events, who helped us with all the important details for their special day.


The weekend continued with the Ahuja Wedding Reception on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at Esplanade Lakes in Downers Grove, IL.

Elegant Event Lighting covered Esplanade Lakes’ existing wood dance floor in a brilliant high gloss seamless white vinyl cover and overlaid the couple’s custom monogram in the center.

White Dance Floor & Custom Monogram | Esplanade Lakes

Our team bathed the dance floor with pools of colorful light not only created subtle mood lighting, but also made the high gloss vinyl and monogram pop!

White Dance Floor & Custom Monogram | Esplanade Lakes

Thank you to the couple’s Day of Coordinator, Katie Smith of Oliveaire, and Barb Spall from Esplanade Lakes who helped our team ensure everything went smoothly for the couple’s big day!


Ivory Daniel & Isaiah Johnson said their “I Do’s” on Sunday, April 26th, 2015. The couple’s wedding lighting and décor design began at Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, IL for their Ceremony! A soft white fabric backdrop ran from floor to ceiling on each side of the altar and was illuminated in soft amber uplighting.

Ceremony Backdrop & Aisle Draping | Community Presbyterian Church Lombard

The Elegant Event Lighting Team adorned each side of the aisle with white sheer fabric and also covered the altar with a matching white stage cover to tie together all the of the draping décor.

Ceremony Aisle Draping | Community Presbyterian Church Lombard

We love the elegant touch that these draping elements added to the ceremony décor!

Ivory & Isaiah’s guests were welcomed into their reception in the Krystal Ballroom at Monty’s Elegant Banquets in Bensenville, IL with a gorgeous pleated white fabric double layer head table backdrop.

Wedding Head Table Backdrop & Uplighting | Monty's Elegant Banquets

The entire length of drape was bathed in soft gold uplighting which beautifully highlighted the backdrop’s swags and pleated design.


Thank you to all of our couples for trusting Elegant Event Lighting Chicago to create your custom lighting and décor design for your wedding day! Our team enjoyed being a part of your special day and we wish you all the best in your married life together.

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