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Several weeks ago we posted about the impact of uplighting on your wedding and showed a few examples of some real life weddings that used this decor element. Last weekend our friend, John, from A2Z Music Factory were out DJing a very special event (more on that soon!), but they also brought along several dozen of their uplights to showcase what was possible when you want to play with color.

We set up 36 uplights around the lower level of the barn. After the event was over and the sun had set, we opened up the lighting app on his phone and starting spinning around the color wheel. There is no photoshop magic in any of these photos below. These are all actual examples of what our lower level could look like with some color washing to match or enhance your wedding decor.

Now some of these colors are intense so that we can show the range of color, but they can definitely be toned down to give lighter impressions.

Colorful Uplights at a Wedding at 48 Fields in Leesburg, VA

Now you can go all in on a color, like the purple here.

Or you can mix in a bit of white for just a hint of purple color.

On the right you can see pure orange. Compared to the left where you can see a mix of pink and orange together.


Even pure white lights can be dramatic in a space.

Bring them down to a lower intensity and you’ll get an even more dramatic look!
Colorful Uplights at a Wedding at 48 Fields in Leesburg, VA

Of course these are just some of the colors we played with. John’s lights can be set to any shade or hue your heart desires!

Uplights provided by A2Z Music Factory
Photos provided by Kelly Ewell Photography

At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.

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Years ago I was at a wedding where at one point there were only half a dozen people in the room. Guests were either outside smoking or back in their hotel rooms changing into something more comfortable. Inside that reception ballroom was the most uncomfortable thing ever. Music was playing, but not one of those 6 people were dancing. An empty dance floor is a DJ’s worst nightmare and something no bride ever envisions for her wedding!

I think some of the best weddings we’ve all been to are the ones spent with good friends, perhaps a few drinks, and a full dance floor. Every couple likely pictures their reception packed with dancing, but just how can you ensure that it will happen? Below are our top tips to keep wedding guests on the dance floor, plus a bonus at the end!

Top Tips to Get Your Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor | 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg, VA

Tip 1: Set the Mood Early. Your cocktail hour is a great opportunity to set the mood for your reception. Feeling mellow and elegant, perhaps a string quartet. But if you want to inject some energy, consider a mariachi band, barbershop quartet, or even karaoke for something different. The most fun cocktail hour I’ve been too featured a bluegrass band that the groom joined in playing. The band even kicked off the reception with a bluegrass version of the Jewish hora dance. Totally different but totally amazing, and the wedding guests were pumped all night long after that!

Top Tips to Get Your Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor | 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg, VA

Tip 2: Start with the Right Setting. Make sure your reception is conducive to getting your guests on the dance floor. Of course a professional DJ is essential to read the vibe of the room and keep the music playing! Dim lighting and an open bar are always helpful to loose up any inhibitions. Ensure your dance floor has enough space for all your guests too. Too small and people will feel too cramped. Too big and people will feel self-conscious. Make sure your dance floor is easily accessible and not tucked away in a corner as an after thought. Putting it front and center will send a message to everyone that that dancing will be a big part of the evening.

Top Tips to Get Your Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor | 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg, VA

Tip 3: Get Out on the Dance Floor Yourself! Set an example for everyone by getting out on the dance floor yourself early in the evening. Guests will follow your lead and will be more likely to join in when they see you having fun.

Tip 4: Mix up the Music. Play a good mix of music from classic oldies to modern hip hop. Vary songs that have a fast, up-tempo beat with slower, more romantic ballards. A good DJ will play to the crowd. Remember, the reason you’re hiring a professional DJ to entertain wedding guests is because they are experts at reading the crowd and understanding what they need – a change of tempo, a different genre, whatever it may be – in order to keep them on the dance floor.

Top Tips to Get Your Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor | 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg, VA

Tip 5: Avoid Sunday Night Weddings. Unless it’s a holiday weekend, many of your guests might have to go back to work the next morning. If that’s the case, they might not drink as much or stay as late if they know they have an early alarm coming soon.

Bonus Tip: Set a Good Timeline. When the dancing is going strong, the last thing you want to do is interrupt it for your parent dances or cake cutting because the dance floor might not fill up again the same way afterwards. For example, consider doing your cake cutting right after dinner service ends. You’ll then have everyone’s attention and can invite them to the dance floor with an upbeat song to get them moving!

Top Songs to Keep Your Wedding Guests Dancing | 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg, VA

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Super fun dance floor photos provided by Kelly Ewell Photography

At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.

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It’s hard to believe that back in November we wrapped up our first year of weddings! To reach the point of being able to host weddings was a big milestone, and there we were seeing the finale of our inaugural wedding season.

Ami and Carlo were one of our amazing “wonder couples” who saw the vision we had for 48 Fields. They trusted our promise to have the barn complete for their wedding and booked us when there were still major construction projects to be done. Their faith and encouragement is something that we can never thank them for enough. On top of that, these two are some of the most caring and considerate people you will ever meet. We love that we were able to deliver their perfect day and provide them a celebration that they’ll cherish for years to come!

From copper accents to the navy blue decor, Ami and Carlo’s coffee themed wedding was designed just for them. So enjoy some of the highlights from Ami and Carlo’s wedding, courtesy of Heather Chesky Photography!

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

A Navy and Copper Coffee Themed Wedding at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA

At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.

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Reception Uplighting at 48 Fields Farm Wedding in Leesburg VA

If we’re going by the numbers, there are days it may seem like there are 892,301 things you need to plan for your wedding. Spend any time on Pinterest and that number can skyrocket even higher! One of the things you may want to consider though is uplighting for your wedding reception. Trust us when we say it will have a much bigger impact on your day than the custom printed cocktail napkins you’re also thinking about!

Take the photo above, for instance. This wedding was relatively simple by the standards of some bridal magazines, but that’s because the couple chose to focus on having a good experience and enjoy the company of their friends and family rather than get weighed down by infinite decision making. One of the things they did choose, though, was uplighting for the perimeter of the barn. The impact was incredible, and this photo doesn’t do justice to the full effect. With the addition of a few simple lights, they added ambiance, dimension, and immediate visual impact for everyone as they entered the room. Once dancing began, this amber color transitioned into changing to a variety of colors that moved with the beat of the music.

We reached out to Wyatt Hill of Y-It Entertainment, who was the couple’s DJ that night and supplied the lights, for his thoughts on why adding reception uplighting can be a smart decision.

Why do you like the effect of uplighting?
Uplighting has become a wedding and event standard. It helps to change the feel and mood of the room or event space. Most common colors are amber, blue, and purple. In some cases your uplighting can even match colors to just about anything.

Where should uplighting be placed?
You should place uplighting based on the architecture of the room. Columns, sides of entrances, between windows. It is important to make sure you balance out the event space.

What should couples ask about when considering uplighting?
You could get quite technical, but some basic questions are:

  • Can the lights be controlled wirelessly? This allows for quick color changes without having to adjust each one.
  • Do the lights remain solid or can they change? You can either change colors to another solid color as dinner transitions into dancing, or you can have the lights constantly change on a random pattern match the beat of your music.
  • Are the lights able to do a true white color? Some light can’t produce a true white because of the type of mechanics they have. They have a “white” that is produced from combining all the colors, but it’s not a true white. I would wonder why couples would want white anyway though, since the whole point of uplighting is to add to the mood or color of the room. Why do white when you have a whole pallet of color to choose from?

How many lights do I need?
That depends on the intensity that you are looking and the room. Easiest way is to count the spots where you want to put uplighting. Majority of weddings that are up to 100 people usually require at least 14-16 units. Once you move past a 100 usually the room increases in size and you need around 20 units or more. But again it depends on how intense you want the light and the size and shape of your room.

So have we convinced you to add uplighting to your wedding yet?

Having seen weddings both with and without uplighting, we here at 48 Fields can recommend whole-heartedly that you consider incorporating this type of lighting! Uplighting is particularly effective and striking in our barn because of all the wood rafters along the sides and ceiling that catch the color as it washed upward. Lighting companies and DJs often have a variety of lights available as part of their rental options, but we were so struck by their impact that we purchased a set of uplights as well that will now be available for all our couples!

If you’re looking to make a dramatic impact in your wedding reception, then be sure to ask us about taking advantage of the 48 Fields uplighting option!

At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.

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If anyone in the wedding industry had a superpower, many of them may say that they wish they could control the weather. I know having that ability would make our lives so much less stressful on wedding days. There would probably be a lot more Saturdays with blue skies, white puffy clouds, just the hint of a breeze, and temperatures in the low 70s.

If ever there was a day where I would have wanted to be sure of the weather, it would have been for Holly and Josh’s wedding. You see they opted for something a little different. An outdoor reception, al fresco style with only the twinkling stars above them. No tent would be set up as a “just in case”. Now we knew that the worst case scenario was that they would simply move their wedding inside, but no one really wanted that to happen.

Luckily the forecast was on our side, and Holly and Josh could not have had a better October fall day. Everything went so seamlessly and guests danced under moonlight and string lights until the very end.

From the hanging floral chandelier to a Star Spangled send-off at the end of the night, enjoy some of the highlights of Holly and Josh’s wedding day. Courtesy of Natalie Jayne Photography!

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

Al Fresco Barn Wedding Under the Stars at 48 Fields Farm in Leesburg VA | Holly and Josh

At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.

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