Up, Up and Away-An Airport Fairy Tale

Airport hangars are traditionally used for storing and working on aircraft.  They are filled with planes, tools, trucks, oil, spare parts and lots of mechanical stuff.  So when the call came from a couple that wanted to hold their wedding at an airport, with the reception in a hanger, we were up to the challenge.  The pre-tour revealed a typical hanger filled wall-to-wall with vintage and modern aircraft.  Day before the wedding-With the hanger empty, the work began on our blank canvas.  Lewis Event’s primary role consisted of designing and installing the event lighting . . . as the overhead fluorescent lighting wasn’t wedding friendly.  In fact, overhead fluorescent lighting isn’t really friendly to any kind of a party or celebration.

The advantage of using an airport hangar for a party is that the props and decorations can be very large.  Rolling in the vintage airplane.Before the lights could be installed, it was necessary to fabricate a frame to suspend all the lights an using tall steel poles, heavy bases and lots of steel cable.   And yes, even weddings are hard work!  We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty.It all came together quite nicely.  The focal point besides the bride and groom of course, was the beautifully restored vintage airplane in which the couple had their first date.
The wedding was held in a park like setting on a lawn surrounded by lush trees.  A variety of amazing airplanes were parked on the tarmac and created the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.  
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The groomsmen boarded a luxury helecopter for a short flight before they returned for their grand entrance at the ceremony.
Each of the guest tables were designated with a unique name from the pilot alphabet letter names.  In place of throwing rice, guests threw miniature toy gliders at the married couple as they journeyed on their way.  The perfect day for a pilot and his bride.

Go West!

We did go west . . . almost all the way to Malibu.  Set in the heart of the historic Paramount movie ranch, we rolled up our sleeves and created a western experience for the employees and guests of a westside advertising agency.

To bring the wild west alive at Paramount, Lewis Events brought mouth watering BBQ cuisine, an exciting and bustling saloon casino, trick roping, cattle drive pony rides, foot stomping entertainment, strike it rich gold panning, atmosphere characters, virtual calf roping, unique western theme decor and a real live thundering stagecoach. 

The original Paramount studios rach provided the perfect setting for a great old west special event. Both indoor and outdoor areas were used for the variety of event activities, dining, entertainment and socializing.  This amazing location has been used for an almost endless list of movies and productions including Dr. Quinn Medicine woman and most recently Carnivale.

And yes, we did ride the stage into the sunset.

Route 66

Car Grafitti

Things got a little “good crazy” at a Route 66 party we put together.  We started at Santa Monica with a little “car graffiti”, then Arizona, the heartland and as the evening progressed, moved east until we ended in the windy city, Chicago.  The DJ spun music from Ronnies garage, and food was served at a vintage roadside diner.  A great journey!Ronnies Garage DJ

Music in Ronnies Route 66 garage.Grilled Cheese rs

Grilled cheese, the perfect diner food!

Music at the Petersen Auto Museum

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DJ James was one of the featured DJ’s at a spectacular event held at the Petersen Automotive museum on Wilshire Blvd. in west Los Angeles.  The Petersen features one of the most amazing collections of automoblies anywhere, incuding . . . . classic works of art, movie cars, formula one racers and on and on! James DJ Petersen Automotive MuseumJames spun a variety of popular music and for this occasion threw in a few car tunes and Southern California classics.  A beautiful night of amazing cars, delicious edibles and mystifying sound.James Petersen front 1rs

The Petersen is as beautiful on the outside as on the inside, having recently completed a major renovation.  Located on museum row, the exterior can now be considered a work of art standing on it’s own.  It is definitely worth a long visit.

DJ James is now booking in Utah Valley, Salt Lake City and beyond. Book him at 626-536-8091 or through “DJ James IV” Facebook page.

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Once Upon a Time It Was 2015 and Then It Wasn’t!

2015 went by so fast, we didn’t even have a chance to keep up on all of our party and event posts along with their cheesy commentary.  So rather than trying to catch up the traditional way, we decided to just post a few pictures from the past little while for your viewing pleasure.

Decor and Lighting LA Museum of Science and Industry

Decor, Lighting, & Entertainment . . . LA Museum of Science and Industry

Surf's Up LA County Fair

Surf’s Up LA County Fair

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Wild West High School Homecoming

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Dreamy Wedding Decorating

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Fiesta of the Spanish Horse

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Sports Theme Newport Hyatt

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Beach Theme Picnic Bonelli Park

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Depatures to the Haunted Island

Happy Chinese New Year USC Pacific Asia Museum

Happy Chinese New Year USC Pacific Asia Museum

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Lighting Up the Night Sky

 

DJ James Is Back

DJ James Acapulco sunriseAfter living two exciting years in Mexico, James is back to making magic happen at the DJ table. Calling Mexico home gave him the opportunity to experience first hand our neighbor’s culture, as well as to fine tune his Spanish language skills.  James DJ 2-16rsBeginning in May ’16, DJ James will be making musical magic happen in Utah Valley and the greater Salt Lake City area.  Between now and then, he will be spinning music in LA for a variety of special events.  Occasionally he will travel to LA and other locations for larger parties and events.James Anaheim Table rsWhether its EDM, top 40, an eclectic mix of genres, or when a down home country/western flavor is needed, DJ James can bring the party to it’s feet in English or in Spanish.  He has years of experience in the many facets of event production and will bring his talents to the land northward.  So if you need a DJ or even a little more  for your party or special event (entertainment, decorating or coordinating) . . . . . be sure to give Lewis Events a call at 626-536-8091 or visit our website at LewisEvents.com.Anaheim Dancing 8-13 rsDJ James Stage Color 9-12rsDJ James, Lewis Events

Technology Based Theme Party???

One of the more exhilarating challenges we face is when a client asks us to bring together a party based on a theme that we have not created in the past.  Recently a client asked us to do a “Technology” based theme party on a relatively modest budget.  Great, we’ll serve everyone lunch on a laptop.Party Led Lighting-Lewis Events

So here is what we did.  Guests entered through the lobby where a collage of old and new technologies were represented.  In the main dining room, multiple vignettes were created, each representing technologies from different periods in time.  It began with the technology of philosophers and the dark ages, then the old west, next  the early days of the computer and finally to where we now stand.  Technology ancient 3-15rsTechnology Western 3-15rsTechnology 60s 3-15rsTech theme current 3-15rsGuests were able to participate in a whimsical survey where they texted their answers and results appeared on a display screen projected within the room.  It was quite a bit different than your typical company luncheon . . .  and fun too!VPH rs 028

So challenge us with a new theme . . . . . and see how we shine.Vintage bulb 3-15 rs

Beach Front Teambuilding

Blue WhaleWhat do you do with a group of company executives that have been tied up in meetings all morning?  On a beautiful southern California day?  At the beach? . . . . You take them down to the shore, divide them up into groups and encourage some competitive team building excitement.Lewis Events Team BuildingLewis Events Team Building

On a recent beautiful west coast afternoon Lewis Events hosted a group of approximately 100 company executives for an enthusiastic, loud, sand flying and lightning fast round of games and competion.  It all started with Minute-to-Win-It style games designed specifically for the occasion.  Based on how well each team competed during the games, winners were awarded bags of tools, materials and props that could be used in the next event.  I knew you would ask.  What was the next event?Lewis Events Team BuildingLewis Events Team Building

Each of the ten teams were presented with a bucket of tools and a section of beach front real estate to create their sand-sculpting masterpiece.  The clock started ticking and the sand begin to fly.  It was a blur of activity as the teams magically transformed buckets and shovel fulls of sand into their creation.  Everyone had their specific duties.  It was amazing to see the wide range of sand-sculpting designs when the teams finished.Lewis Events Team BuildingLewis Events Team Building

Each of the sculptures were judged in a variety of categories, and awards were presented at a banquet later in the evening.  A fun group of people and a great location were the ideal combination for a memorable teambuilding activity.

A Universal “City Walk-ing” Adventure

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A gorgeous Southern California evening + great people + amazing food + a fantastic location = A spectacular special occasion! Universal City Walk was the perfect destination for Club PIHRA to gather for an unsurpassed evening of food and fun with a bit of flying thrown in.  The adventure began, as office weary guests gathered at the Hard Rock Cafe for ice cold beverages and a selection of delectable appetizers.  An outside balcony overlooking City Walk and an inside balcony with a view of the dining room’s colorful collection of memorabilia, provided the ideal atmosphere for visiting and launching the evening off to a rocking start. You could spend hours at the Hard Rock Cafe, just looking at all the facinating history adorning the walls. Hard Rock Car

Next stop was iFly, Hard Rock Cafe’s neighbor. Brave adventurers in the group disappeared behind closed doors for an orientation and to suit up for their flight. Others gathered outside for more conversation and to watch the action in the vertical wind tunnel. All at once, wind roared inside the tube and one by one, the brave souls floated in mid- air, right before the eyes of the curious crowd.IFly group rsiFly Tube

Once the skydivers and the observers caught their breath, it was time to hit the road and move to the next stop on the journey. Camacho’s Cantina had prepared a scrumptious and colorful display of Latin flavors, accompanied by more mouth watering beverages for the parched lips from the skydiving excursion. A comfortable south-of-the-border cantina atmosphere was the ideal place to relax before moving onward.

Comachos

Camacho’s cozy setting made it difficlt to depart for the group’s next destination. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company was anxiously waiting for the crowd of guests when they arrived. Also waiting and welcoming, was an amazing selection of their latest catch. Shrimp, seafood and other delacacies were were quickly consumed by the trail-weary guests, who once more took time to relax, laugh and visit, this time in the creatively casual southern ambiance.Bubba Gump rs

Once again, the group took a leisurely stroll, soaking in eclectic visions along the way.  From Bubba Gumps they passed through the main square and near the main stage.  The sky and surroundings were ablaze with color from the endless lights of City Walk.   The next stop and final destination was at  Jillian’s.  A delicious assortment of desserts was provided by Bucca di Beppo and Jillian’s.  More drinks, bowling and an inviting game parlor filled with endless choices for fun.  What an adventure!  What an amazing way to spend an evening in Southern California.  Thanks to all the amazing destinations that hosted this memorable evening . . . . Hard Rock Cafe, iFly, Camacho’s Cantina, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Bucca di Beppo and Jillian’s.Jillians Sign rs

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Malibu Estate Wedding

Recently we were asked to coordinate and decorate a garden wedding at a beautiful and picturesque estate in Malibu.  The location was a wedding planner’s dream.Malibu wide Horiz rs 10-14 no emily  Surrounded by lush foliage and spacious grounds, the home was the perfect spot for a Bride and Groom’s special day.  Each stage of the wedding took place at a different setting on the property.  As guests arrived, they presented their gifts and signed in at the entrance, near a refreshing beverage station.  The ceremony took place in the spacious main living room.  The bride decended the staircase and entered the ceremony area accompanied by a string quartet.  Following the ceremony, guests visited with friends and family for a garden cocktail hour.  Attendees then moved to the decorated tennis court where an appetizing dinner was served.  Malibu wedding table 10-14While dining, guests were entertained with a video story and slide show featuring the newlyweds.  Following dinner, toasts were made by the bridal party and the cake was cut.  DJ Melinda played the Bride and Groom’s song selections while guests celebrated the special occasion by dancing late into the evening.  Finishing touches on the beautiful estate included accent lighting, draped fabrics and elegant florals.  The amazing menu was prepared by Shelly Moore and the floral arrangements created by Darlene Tofua.  Thanks to everyone for a great and memorable special day.

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