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The Wedding @ Heythrop Park

An elaborate two-day wedding celebration – for up to 400 guests – at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire required some special technical and design touches, and it was also the first event to utilize the stylish new Archery Suite on the Lawns, a permanent uber-cool glass fronted marquee structure.

Into this – taking advantage of the height created by an impressive apex roof, CPL installed a grid of trusses flown from manual chain blocks and 20 x Kader Clamp points. This provided the flexibility to efficiently turn the space around between the two days so it could accommodate two completely different events.

The trusses were loaded with around 80 moving lights – a combination of Clay Paky Mythos, a.leda K10s and K20s fitted with B-Eye lenses and Sharpies, together with some Martin Rush LED PARs, ARRI L 5-C LED fresnels and ETC ColorSource Profiles. The generics were used to light the numerous swags of white material draped around the room. The proliferation of drapes and soft goods provided extra texturing and three dimensionality, evoking a theatrical and scenic element in the space. They also took extremely well to being imaginatively lit. Lighting control was an Avolites Quartz.

A host of LED up-lighters were positioned around the inside and outside, really ramping up the atmosphere, and the imposing Baroque style main façade of Heythrop House was also dramatically lit.

For audio, CPL PM Lee specified an L-Acoustics KARA line array system comprising two ground 6-a-side ground stacks, complete with six SB18 subs and a set of powered L-Acoustics wedges for the various bands who entertained during the evening sessions. The sound desk was a Yamaha CL1.

A five metre wide LED wall was installed at one end of the room, effectively acting as a backdrop to the top table during the dinner. The stage in front of it included an ornate set containing a lot of furniture.

VT’s were played throughout the day and the screen was also used for ambient playback footage and for lively visuals to accompany the DJ sets that git everyone on the dancefloor in the evenings. This was fed via a Barco PDS switched which the content stored on different laptops.

A wireless camera in the entranceway captured footage of arriving guests.

Looped projections were mapped into the side façade of the house – which was visible to guests from the Archery Suite, fed by a Panasonic 20K machine, and CPL also co-ordinated all the necessary power distribution and cabling infrastructure to feed all the technical inside the marquee.

Inside the main house, more battery powered up-lighters were deployed and two smaller lighting and sound systems were delivered for a couple of more exclusive ceremonies taking place in different rooms.

On the Mandap Stage – where the couple were actually married, a series of AKG CK91 mics were rigged from the roof so the vows could be clearly heard by all in attendance.

The CPL crew – plus locals for the in and the out –  were onsite for five days, and the logistics of managing the kit and the crew and moving everything around quickly and efficiently took some time and energy … and  some golf buggies came in extremely handy!

Project Manager: Lee Gruszeckyj