With a spark of creativity and of burst of lighting, sound and video, Event Ignition aims to fire up a dynamic sensory experience. The owner, Frank Burton, uses his 25-plus years in the special events industry to create the perfect mood for any wedding occasion.
For a reception with a Parisian twist, Event Ignition used a video projector to display a moving landscape of the Eiffel Tower and flowing trees. To give a sense of serenity during outdoor cocktails, they strategically placed speakers that played sounds of nature such as singing birds and a bubbling brook. And for a couple that loved the nightlife, the studio maximized the latest in LED lighting on the dance floor and throughout the venue for a one of a kind experience. From the grand entrance to the departure nothing was overlooked.
"There’s a subtle artistry involved in the work we do," Frank says. "Lighting and other technology should flow as seamlessly as possible so that guests enjoy the experience without noticing how it’s happening."
John Kerney, one of San Antonio’s best and experienced lighting designers, has also joined the Event Ignition design team.
"John is the perfect addition. He brings along a lot of momentum and we love the energy he adds around here. His creativity, resourcefulness and good nature make him a perfect fit for us," Frank says.
Whether it’s uplighting, pinspotting, or a custom-produced video, Event Ignition utilizes state-of-the-art technology that fits the needs and budgets of their clients. The design process begins at the wedding site where the team and the couple discuss their vision for the venue.
"Designing the event is a team effort," says Frank. "We talk about their color theme, go through their itinerary and discuss their options. They might like to see subdued lighting that transitions smoothly, dramatic colors that flash with energy or both. From subdued and understated to animated and whimsical, we determine where in the spectrum they would like to be and provide a classy design appropriate to the occasion."
Event Ignition uses an array of LED and conventional lighting to transform any place into a magnificent wedding venue. They have a wide variety of lights designed to fit each purpose perfectly.
"We can make any venue look like they had a million dollar budget, whether it’s a glamorous ballroom or rustic ranch, indoors or out," he says. "Every occasion deserves its own special ambience. For instance, during dinner, we can use soft colors, and when dancing starts we can make the whole place come alive with lights that are choreographed to the music. We use programmable controllers to do this as opposed to just letting them run wild to the music. A true design is planned in detail and we take that to heart. We aren’t just weekend warriors!"
To bring out the joyous emotion of a wedding, Event Ignition produces and showcases video slideshows that feature meaningful moments of a wedding couple’s relationship. Usually presented before the first dance, the video can be projected on an impressive 50-inch plasma screen or a larger projection screen up to 15-by-20 feet, and it can be updated to include highlights of the wedding ceremony that occurred that very day.
In addition to weddings, Event Ignition has built a respectable reputation serving huge functions for Fortune 500 companies and has had their work published. Still, Frank says helping wedding couples celebrate their big day is personally rewarding for him and a big motivation.
"Couples have the same access to our modern equipment and premier services as our corporate clients do," he says. "In fact, I take it upon myself to make sure we go above and beyond the expectations of our wedding clients. I love it when they come to us and say, 'We want something different, impress us.' It’s personally rewarding and I make it a point to be the best."
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