The next time you clink flutes of Veuve to a holy union in the grand hall of the Hibernian, think of pounding subwoofers, neon laser beams and 750 ravers pulsing in rhythm. That was, after all, the inspiration.
“That’s how promoters get you…the next biggest thing,” says Todd St. Onge, a.k.a. our lighting crush. The San Diego native transformed his passion for the production of large scale raves and concerts into masterfully executing lighting and sound elements for the most important day of your life.
His company, TEC (Technical Event Company), is one of Charleston’s most prominent event design firms, averaging 300 events annually. Don’t let the number fool you though, his mission is providing completely customized occasions.
“It never ends up being what people are hoping it will look like,” is generally not something you want to hear from the man lighting your world (for an evening), but Todd and his team stand by this guarantee. Each wedding offers a little something extra, a wedding gift from TEC to each of their brides, in addition to the agreed upon wow factor. “We come out guns blazing for each wedding,” he offers.
Your Challenge: In all of the TEC weddings to date, Todd has yet to talk a bride into a blackout wedding – yup, black walls, black drape and black carpet (with amazing lighting). If you accept the challenge and allow him to create the vision – it’s on the house (and to up the ante, CHARLIE will feature the finished masterpiece)!
The TEC warehouse is the dressing room to 400+ chandeliers, crystal to mason jar, (lesser known Golden Rule courtesy of Todd St. Onge: “EVERY wedding needs a chandelier”). If nothing in between strikes your fancy, the team is more than happy to create a made-to-order solution, or as Todd prefers to describe the process, “we totally dork out.”
Their wide repertoire, 80% weddings and 20% corporate events, has included recreating an 18-foot Eiffel Tower, building an Oak Tree to shroud a dance floor, creating full drop ceilings of fabric and about any of the tech elements you adored at Fashion Week or DIG South.
How these beloved Charleston events and editorial spread weddings go from empty tent to jaw-dropping is what the TEC team refers to as the “Where Am I?!” factor and it is nothing short of astounding. Events can take between two and ten days to pull off with a well-choreographed ballet of scissor lifts, bulb checkers and, always always always, a backup generator.
A parting word of guidance from the lighting master himself: “With a massive consideration for aesthetics and clean lines, the everyday can become the extraordinary.”
Words by: Meredith H. Siemens
Photography by: Karson Photography