Working with renowned artist, Stuart Melrose, we designed and built this incredible attraction. The aim was to create an installation where the surrounding environment reacted to the actions of people. To do this, we obtained a High-Striker machine and heavily modified it to run on batteries and with wireless data connections to the Thames Tower building. The building itself was filled with individually controlled lights on every floor that would show the results of each ‘test of strength’.
APS were approached by our very good friends Covered Occasions Marquees to light their marquee so that the space could be made to provide a different ambience for the different stages in the celebration, from initial reception to the wedding breakfast and, later on, partying. The clients got all that they asked for and more...
Annabel and Jane (world renowned party planners also known as Queenie & Belles) engaged APS to help design and deliver a sensational Ibiza themed party / birthday celebration. Working closely with them and other suppliers including the marquee providers (our friends at Lulu’s of Henley), caterers, DJs and so forth, our role covered all aspects of the lighting, sound and power requirements.
There was little in the way of understatement when it came to the fashions of this era, with Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire and Glam Rock. Once again, we were called in by our friends Covered Occasions - they supply excellent marquees and, more importantly, are really nice people. Working with the many suppliers involved, including florists and interior designers, APS were charged with designing and delivering lighting to support this theme.
Nothing can be more romantic than to get married in a woodland clearing surrounded by beautiful countryside. APS’s brief was to make this happen.
First the venue. Our clients decided on The Wasing Estate near Aldermaston in Berkshire. This really fitted the bill with ancient woods and a lake creating a beautiful setting, and other features, such as firepits, which would work well with their ‘festival’ theme.
Bruce Springsteen has a phase that he often uses during his legendary live performances. It is simply “Light it up!”. He does not mean himself, the band or the stage. He just means “Light it up” - and ‘it’ means everything. They are the words that lighting crews love to hear…
South African based manufacturers Freeform® Tents has pioneered the development of the extraordinary stretch tent concept to create tents that deliver unmatched value to event rental businesses and commercial spaces across the globe.
An indoor riding school is not an obvious or easy space to transform into a great party venue. Despite being weatherproof, the soft and deep sand/chipped rubber floor surface, the agricultural construction and even the slight ‘eau-de-livestock’ along with a limited budget all offered their own challenges. APS were engaged to transform the space; designing, installing and operating the lighting systems, as well as rigging the staging and trussing and all aspects of power generation and distribution.
Rockley Manor is a lovely 18th century Grade II listed manor-house in extensive grounds which is hired out for weddings and private parties. APS have lit the main house and outside spaces to match the wedding colour themes and our clients’ wishes for their events. The house can be lit from all sides which makes it a spectacular landmark.
We received a call from our very good friends Covered Occasions (providers of marquees of exceptional quality) who needed our help. They had a client who wanted a party themed around the infamous Cotton Club, a New York nightclub which flourished in the Prohibition years. This was a chance to break out the satin, silk and retro lights to re-create a Harlem night-spot in deepest Berkshire…
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