Last Sunday B and I took a break from the frenzied unpacking and chutney-making, to light a wedding at a Stately Home near Manchester *. It is an absolutely beautiful venue for that kind of thing, both for the clients and for us - easy to get in, easy to get out, really pleasant staff, with nice trees to sit under if you can make the time for a break.
The service was an Asian one and there was a beautiful row of pillars and a dias to light. We also lit around the perimeter of the room with lights on the floor, focusing the light up the walls behind the curtains which were pulled around almost-floor to almost-ceiling.
They are there to hide the huge number of shooting trophies mounted around the walls.
Apparently the chap who owned the place in the thirties spent pretty much all of his time travelling the world shooting things and bringing their heads back to hang in his house.
As it is, it would definitely not be the most ambient atmosphere for weddings and suchlike - so the curtains are pulled across to hide them when necessary. It works really well and I am sure that most of the guests had no idea they were there.
However - our control desk was between the curtains and the walls. And when I looked up, this was my view. B said that it reminded him of the Banana Splits.
And once I'd done my first focus of the lights around the edges of the room, throwing the light on to the curtains and the ceiling, I realised that the shapes of the animals were projecting all sorts of wierd and wonderful shadows on to the ceiling. It looked really impressive, but we decided that although it was suitable for The Wedding of Cthulhu perhaps we should re-do it so they weren't so obvious.
It's cooler today. I may do some more unpacking. Or I might just sit here and look at the view. It's a difficult choice.
* Points, but no prizes for anyone who guesses where it is ...
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