Try It: Lighting Design
The glow in the dressing room was perfect when you tried on your gown—but now, eek! Not so in the hallogen lighting of your reception site. Enter lighting prodigy Bentley Meeker, who has worked with many boldface names since first making a splash in this niche industry. He’ll design light that flatters guests and highlights and hides the room’s strengths and weaknesses, respectively. He can also do really magical things with lighting and color, like totally transform the feel of a venue. Want to give a historical ballroom a Bungalow 8–inspired makeover? Meeker can probably do it. Want something really dewy and romantic? He can mute light with mist, or use colored bulbs to create a blue lagoon or amber atmosphere. He’ll project friezes and elegant patterns onto walls, dim the corners of a smaller room to provide nooks where couples can retreat, and highlight the edges of a grand space to make it feel more intimate. From $3,000 to $500,000.
Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc., 303 W. 10th St., nr. Weehawken St., second fl.; 212-722-3349; bentleymeeker.com.
From the Winter 2007 New York Wedding Guide