All of the lights

We hope you are enjoying this lovely holiday season filled with all kinds of beautiful lighting – from the candles of the Hanukkah menorah, to the glittering Christmas tree, to the candles on your dining table as you spend time with family and friends, (and don’t forget the crystal New Year’s ball dropped in NYC!) – AE would like to remind you how important lighting can be for an event.

We try to use lighting in a variety of ways to add impact, emotion and excitement to any event of any size. This year included lit LED centerpieces for table decor, an LED curtain as a backdrop, and simple washes of color on the ceiling for added dramatic effect. Here are a few highlights from this past year:

biergarten lighting

With deep blue tones washing the ceiling to set the evening sky, bulb lights strung overhead, and a patterned effect like leaves from a tree, we brought guests “outdoors” at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama this year to create an authentic German “biergarten” (complete with a hops-styled chandelier to set the stage).  Prost! (Cheers!)

Venue: BCA Cyclorama¦ Photographer: Remi Thornton¦ Lighting: High Output


 elkiss tent

Sometimes just anticipating the light can give you amazing effect.  For Liz and Michael’s wedding this September in North Truro, the use of a clearspan tent allowed the sunset to become the backdrop of their ceremony.  Perfection!

Venue: Kalmar Village ¦ Photographer: AE Events ¦ Lighting: High Output

Joslin HH2013 backdrop

Finally, we used LED curtains for this year’s Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Gala – which changed words and designs as the evening continued. Nice!

Venue: Westin Copley Place ¦ Photographer: AE Events ¦ Lighting: Port Lighting

Drumroll Please!!!

We are excited and proud to announce the recent promotion of our own Chrissy Kratz from Event Coordinator to Event Manager.  Many of you have met and worked with Chrissy on various events, and soon you will see her taking  on more of a leadership role as we enter 2014.

We asked Chrissy to share her thoughts –
I have to say, my favorite part of event planning is the process that we go through to learn about our clients and translate that into their event. Whether we are meeting with a non-profit organization and learning about their cause, talking to a newlywed couple about their shared history, or working with a corporation to understand their mission as a company, I really do enjoy this interaction. It makes the job very personal, but I don’t see this as a negative thing. I genuinely want every single one of the non-profits that we work with to raise money for their amazing causes, just as I want every bride and groom to remember their wedding day with fondness for the rest of their lives. I try very hard to make certain that during the planning process, no matter how crazy or hectic things may be, that I take a step back and really think about our clients. I want even the smallest of details to reflect them…from the linen on a table to the font on a seating card to the flavor of a cupcake for dessert. We work for some truly amazing people and it is important to me to ensure that their event reflects who they are. It is, without a doubt, my favorite part about my job.

I didn’t want to write much about a favorite event because I felt like it was getting long. But if you still want to know, my favorite event is BYSO [Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra]. I have a soft spot for supporting the arts because of my background in music.

…So as you can see – Chrissy truly deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work and talents.  We all know that she will do a fantastic job – and soon you will see it too!

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The 2013 BYSO Gala at the MFA.

Remember Spring?

As the cold weather settles in, we at AE are reminded of another time – when flowers were blooming and daylight lasted past 4:30pm!  Well, this spring (May 18 to be exact) we were happy to help Lauren and Tripper celebrate their wedding.  It was a simple but elegant affair, with a ceremony at the beautiful Arlington Street Church, followed by a gorgeous reception at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The bride asked to bring the outdoors in, so with the help of Winston Flowers, we filled the room with small birch tree clusters, lush hedges and other flora set against pleated white organdy linens gave us just the right amount of Spring.  Here are some photos from our friend, Gigi de Manio!

Ceremony Venue: Arlington Street Church ¦ Reception Venue: Museum of Fine Arts ¦ Photographer: Gigi de Manio ¦ Flowers: Winston Flowers ¦ Linens: Table Toppers ¦ Rentals: Be Our Guest ¦ Lighting: High Output

LT petals on stairs

LT Koch stairs

LT table closeup

LT MFA interior


You make me feel like dancing…

…but I’ll never be able to dance as well as the professionals at the Boston Ballet.

It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a year filled with many amazing events.  In and among all of that, we were more than honored to be considered for Biz Bash Magazine‘s Top 100 Events in Boston and Balanchine Ball – The 2013 Boston Ballet Gala – was selected as the #1 Benefit!  We know, we know – this is a very late posting, but we’ve been so busy helping other clients with their special events.  Many thanks to the Boston Ballet for partnering with us this year and additional thanks to Michael Blanchard for these great images.