Originally Posted by brownsugarbride
Can I ask the other brides who have gotten married here about the lighting? It seems like you'd need a lot of lighting to properly illuminate this facility---what kind of investment did you have to make in extra lighting. Also, I'd be curious to hear from Matt and other photographers if this venue posed a challenge because it is so private (and dark at night).
With any venue, the ambient lighting sets the mood. Sometimes its as simple as candlelight... lanters, globes, or string lights (very simple) like christmas lights. For very cheap, these kind of lights can make a big big difference if you are interested in the DIY style.
OR, the venue will likely have a lighting package (and this may be costly) to have a crew, generator, and special PAR lamps, LED's, and other very bright lamps installed to light each pilar, palapas, etc and of course, a few light stands on the dance floor. This kind of stuff is pretty impt...
At the end of the day, we photograph with a style that has light included. We use multiple flashes when photographing couples to be able to make a very dark place look illuminated. So ultimately, we just light what we see, regardless if there is or is not ambient and the photos will turn out fine.
Try though if you can to get some ambient lights installed. If you have any vases on the tables and use floating candles, don't fill them with water to the top because the wind will blow them out. If you can, find WHITE christmas lights to string around... the bigger the lamps, the more light output. Get creative if you can!