Hampton Roads, Richmond, Outer Banks, and surrounding cities
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Reviewed On 1/14/2020 by Katrina S
I am appalled at how unprofessional Blue Steel Lighting was to me. Having read the many great reviews that other brides posted, I was completely blindsided by how poorly I was treated, and think it’s only right that I make others aware of the b...
ad service I received. Blue Steel (Michelle, the owner) cancelled on me literally 48 hrs before my wedding! Just the day prior they sent me an email stating how excited they were for our wedding. So I don’t understand what changed so quickly to make them do a 360 degree turn. I believe that if a vendor does not want to work for a client, then that vendor should not accept payment from that client, nor enter into a contractual agreement. They knew beforehand all of our wedding details, which was not anything complicated and included only a couple of light changes. I’ve treated Blue Steel with nothing but respect. In my opinion, it is repulsive and heartless to cancel on a bride so last minute . On top of that, they brushed it off making it seem like it would be so easy to find another credible vendor so last minute. I was completely floored by them cancelling on us, and I implore anyone reading this review to take my experience with Blue Steel Lighting into serious consideration.
Reviewed On 9/25/2018 by Carolyn C
We came to Blue Steel pretty late in our planning process because we thought that the lighting would be handled by the venue. They were extremely affordable (especially since we didn’t have a line in our budget for lighting) and provided great ...
upscale options for us at a affordable price point. They also had great optionality. They were very flexible with an outdoor wedding and gave us the option to add additional items up to the day before the wedding; that is not typical in this industry, as we learned. The owner, Michelle, a former wedding planner, brings a wealth of knowledge about the overall process and knows what goes in to planning a large event. There photos of their equipment were helpful as we browsed and chose the lights to make our big day perfect. Also, Michelle’s husband helped us work out some logistics with our band and their power requirements. At an old venue, this could be an issue if you don’t have the personal touch that Blue Steel gave us. The owners took the time to meet with us personally, which shows their commitment to their business. Finally, Kaci, one of Michelle’s assistants was super helpful in fulfilling everything they promised us. We have nothing but WONDERFUL things to say about this company and would recommend to anyone looking for a lighting company for a wedding or event.
Reviewed On 1/03/2018 by Victoria B
From the very first meeting to putting my vision to life the day of, Blue Steel was nothing short of amazing. Communication was smooth, the prices were reasonable, and their timeliness getting everything set up and broken down (while maintainin...
g a relaxed/exciting environment) was nothing short of incredible. I am very impressed with how everything turned out and I highly recommend!!!
Reviewed On 10/30/2017 by Rachael S
Jeremy, Michelle, and the Blue Steel team were great. We didn’t have an option to go with another company, which is somewhat frustrating because Blue Steel is very expensive, however I think the end result of the lighting we chose was very simp...
le and made everything look elegant. It took us awhile to all get on the same page but once we did everything was very easy, they took care of the rest and our wedding looked beautiful.
Reviewed On 10/06/2017 by Grace H
Michelle, Jeremy and the Blue Steel team are AMAZING!! When I decided to get married in Williamsburg where I grew up, I started online searches for weddings to get a sense for the vendors. Blue Steel came up in every single one of the weddings ...
I looked at and in particular for the weddings I liked! So I immediately contacted them even before I had my planner as I wanted to get on their books - thank goodness I did! I got married in a ballroom as a practical matter (more convenient for elderly guests) but really wanted the ballroom transformed as I wasn't a big fan of the carpet and walls. Blue Steel literally made it into a completely different room with their lighting and design. It was incredible!! Also I had a garden theme I wanted brought to life and Blue Steel not only did lighting but helps engineer the overall design including a whole dance floor structure, bringing in all sorts of trees and shrubbery and hanging lanterns from the ceiling to create an intimate atmosphere that was also grand and elegant. It was amazing and made the reception absolutely perfect. Thank you, Blue Steel!!
Reviewed On 7/15/2017 by Alyssa R
Michelle & Caitlyn are WONDERFUL!! Both of them are so sweet and very professional at what we do. We got married at the Chrysler Museum & seriously, you can't have the perfect wedding there without uplighting! It really helped create and transf...
orm the venue especially with the columns. Everyone loved the gabo on the wall - we heard so many great things about it!! Highly, highly recommend blue steel! They're amazing!
Reviewed On 5/14/2017 by Chelsea S
Blue Steel is awesome! We had guests commenting on how amazing the lighting was at our wedding. They set the entire mood for the evening and do an amazing job! They were a little more expensive than a few other vendors, but they are so worth it...
! Technician on site all night, you worry about nothing! Gorgeous!
Reviewed On 4/26/2017 by Janet L
I used Blue Steel Lighting for my daughter's wedding. They provided exceptional lighting and special effects for all aspects of the outdoor event, including the yard game area, reception tent, wedding site grand entrance and cigar lounge tent....
The results were spectacular! Jeremy and Michelle were great to work with, creative and professional. They followed through on every detail to create a magical wedding event. I would highly recommend Blue Steel Lighting Design for your next special occasion.
Reviewed On 11/03/2016 by Kelly J
Blue steel lighting is a wonderful group of people. They are very organized, quick to respond, and can make anything you want for your wedding. They understood that we wanted a simple look for our wedding and made it easy for us to decide what ...
lighting was necessary for our space. A little pricey, but definitely worth it!
Reviewed On 9/06/2016 by Renee
HUUUGE thank you to Kaci, Caitlin and the entire Blue Steel Lighting team for providing the gorgeous lighting for our wedding this past Saturday at the Chrysler Museum. We couldn't be more pleased with how the reception space looked- with the u...
plighting and pinspots, monogram and wall design, it was a vision!!! Thank you for being so wonderful to work with and for creating the most beautiful reception ever. :) Signed- a happy bride!
Reviewed On 7/16/2016 by Samantha F
We booked Blue Steel Lighting Design for our wedding and it was one of the BEST decisions that we made!! I cannot say thank you enough to Michelle, Jeremy, Caitlyn, and the rest of the team for their kindness, support, hard work, and dedication...
! Starting with the first appointment, the customer service was off the charts I knew that Blue Steel would make our reception venue look gorgeous and fit the vibe that we were going for and sure enough, they did!! The draping, lighting, trees, and all of the other little touches that Blue Steel did really made our reception come together and transformed the space. We feel blessed to have had such a dedicated and brilliant team with us on our wedding day. Thank you to the entire Blue Steel team!!
Reviewed On 6/06/2016 by Katie M
Blue Steel did an AMAZING job with the lighting and tent decor at our wedding reception. They did 3+ site visits to ensure that we had the right type of lighting for the evening (tented outdoors at the house I grew up in) and were AMAZING when...
we needed to shift our layout to our rain plan. I HIGHLY recommend.
Reviewed On 11/23/2015 by Raynah
Great lighting packages great lighting deals
Reviewed On 11/03/2015 by Rachel P
I had no idea lighting was a thing for weddings but it without a doubt makes all the difference in the world. Blue Steel did an ah-mazing job! We were so grateful to have your guidance. Our family and friends are still talking about how beautif...
ul everything was. Thank you for helping make our dream wedding come true!
Reviewed On 10/27/2015 by Jennifer H
As a bride, it is so important to have the right lighting and it something that should be heavily considered when planning out your budget. Lighting makes ALL the difference in the world for not only your pictures (that will otherwise look pla...
in) but most importantly to the energy or the entire event! Blue Steel did an amazing job and let me tell you that between their lighting and the DJs skills, the dance floor was occupied all night long. Also our pictures look amazing! Little details pop out because of how they were lit. Thank you Michelle and Jeremy! You both rock!
Reviewed On 10/19/2015 by Ryan B
Blue Steel Lighting stole the show at my wedding. We got married in my parent's backyard on the water. Josh and his team from Blue Steel arrived the day before the wedding and spent all day setting up. They were meticulously detail oriented a...
nd took their time ensuring that everything was correct and to my liking. They were so easy to work with and truly transformed the backyard and the tent into the "midsummer's night dream" that I had envisioned. They stayed during the entire wedding to monitor and tweak the lighting as needed and really made sure everything was perfect. I can't thank them enough--they really made my vision come to life and far exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed On 9/29/2015 by Amelia H
Blue Steel Lighting went above and beyond when it came to our wedding.
I don't know why anyone would hire any other lighting company. If you want a unique, original, creative and custom designed event, these are your guys. From the initial beg...
inning, we really threw some ideas at Jeremy and Caitlyn and they literally took "Cinderella gets lost in the woods" and made it a Magical Woodland Fairytale. One huge thing that needs to be discussed was the custom pieces they created. When it came to drapery in the Reception Tent, I looked at all photos for inspiration and couldn't fall in love with any of it. Jeremy stepped in, he said "I think I may have an idea" and he came back with a few concept drawings. From those, he got more and more inspired and what came out was the most beautiful thing you've NEVER seen. He created custom wood pieces hanging from the ceiling, with chandeliers hanging from them. Another thing I threw at them was to hide the tent poles on the ceiling. Thinking he'd do some drapery, his solution was something completely unexpected, but incredibly awesome. It was long pillars of wood with scrolls on the end, i mean pretty much indescribable. Jeremy was so excited to show them, but worried they'd be over the top, however knowing I wanted something unique he took a chance, and boy did it pay off big time. They made a wall of foliage and drapery to hide the trailer port-a-johns, beautiful vintage lamps hanging from the side of the tents, custom stage sidings, custom bars with a tv slideshow and so much more. They also were able to convert everything from outdoor locations to a rain plan tent with only a day to figure it out, and made it beautiful at that! Even at night, the whole place shifted in lighting to an amazing Gala type party with luxurious blues, a Edison bulb lit fire-pit area, and a up-lit lined driveway.
Ultimately when you hire these guys, let them do their job. Let them come up with something amazing for you that will stand out from anyone else's wedding, and you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Blue Steel for making our Wedding Amazing, it honestly wouldn't have been the same without you!!
Amelia & David
Reviewed On 9/12/2015 by Jenna B
Blue Steel did a great job at my August wedding! They were very responsive during the planning process and executed our lighting needs perfectly. I especially loved the bistro lighting that they strung outside and over the dance floor! They als...
o did a great job recreating our monogram on the dance floor. Don't hesitate to book them!
Reviewed On 8/21/2015 by Knottie58156917
Our wedding venue was a blank canvas. The lightening really added to the magic in the room. We used up lightening, a dance floor design and a cake spot to create a special evening wedding. The company was very professional and extremely good...
at their job. The man who ran the lighting board orchestrated the lights throughout the night to change with the mood. If you have the money lights really make the event.
Reviewed On 8/05/2015 by Jenna H
Blue Steel provided lighting for our wedding. We had bistro lights on the deck where we were dancing and had the trees lit up as well. The lighting was stunning and truly added to the ambience of the night, creating a romantic and intimate atmo...
sphere. Our venue was beautiful to start but I feel that the lighting we had pulled it all together.
Reviewed On 11/17/2014 by Nicole F
Blue Steel Lighting made my ceremony and reception so beautiful! It's amazing how much lighting can make a difference and set the ambiance for your wedding and reception. Michelle and Jeremy went above and beyond in making sure that everything ...
I wanted, literally every detail, came true! I am still raving at all of the lighting details in all of my wedding photos. My guests were amazed at how beautiful every lighting change was! I wholeheartedly recommend Blue Steel for any and all of your lighting needs.
Reviewed On 11/13/2014 by Angela N
Blue Steel has an entertainment side as well where you will find Ryan Brooks who is hands down the best DJ in the Tidewater area. I had seen him in action before from weddings that I had bartended and when I got engaged I knew he would be our ...
DJ. He is professional and fun all in one! He knows how to get people up and moving, he engaged the crowd, and he plays EXACTLY what you do or do not want. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ.
Reviewed On 10/11/2014 by Heather K
The lighting was perfect for our wedding. The owners are the people you deal with, and they were wonderful. The lighting was subtle, but very effective, and the colors were spot on! We got to design our own spotlight for the dance floor. It was...
Reviewed On 3/03/2014 by Lyndy W
When I saw Blue Steel Lighting at the first bridal show I went to, I knew they were a vendor I had to have for my wedding. They offer such a unique service that truly transforms your wedding venue space. The owner Jeremy & his wife Michelle a...
re so nice and can really take your ideas and make them a reality. The pin lights really make the centerpieces and cake standout and look even more amazing. The personalized monogram light on the dance floor is such a nice touch. We even had snowflake lights in our lounge area that really made it a winter wonderland. And the uplighting really transforms the space - we had our ceremony and reception at the same place, but it was, literally, day and night with the way things looked! The combination of the lights and a custom designed pipe/draping helped us to make the spaces look completely different. Blue Steel went above and beyond to help us design this space and make it exactly what we were hoping for! Additionally, their on-site person helped our wedding planner hang things from the ceiling which was a huge help! The lighting was beautiful throughout the night and changed appropriately for the different aspects of the wedding (ie. dinner, first dance, cake cutting, dancing). It really made the pictures amazing, too! Blue Steel gives you excellent, friendly service, tons of experience and options, and the biggest bang-for-your-buck you can get in wedding decor. We highly recommend that you book with them!
Reviewed On 11/05/2012 by Chamise J
These guys (and girl) are quite the expert in lighting. If you even think you'd like lights, just talk with them and you'll understand why you need them. A+++
Reviewed On 10/31/2012 by Cat C
If you're looking a modern, and elegant feel for your wedding, you must have Blue Steel Lighting! It was my vision to convert a DC Chinese restaurant into a formal banquet hall, and Jeremy, Rachael, and Rich were all on board to bring that visi...
on to life. Unlike many other, perhaps "cheaper" lighting companies, the colored uplighting never looked tacky; it gave the room a modern element and warmth that was appreciated in person and in the photos. I liked how the lighting changed according to the various events of the evening (cocktail hour, dinner service, first dance, speeches, etc). Coupled with the music selection, the change in lighting gave our guests a different vibe to continuously experience throughout the night. Rich and the technicians did a great job onsite as well as coordinating the details before our big day! Many of our guests have been to the restaurant many times, but expressed that they never saw it decorated like an American venue. Pin spots (though I know it can add up) are worth every penny to highlight the key decor elements/arrangements in the room. Though Richmond was a bit far, I really appreciated Rachael making a trip up to DC/Arlington area to see our venue; BSL also participate in a lot of the Nova/DC bridal shows, so it's adventageous to check them out there! Thank you so much again for truly bringing my wedding vision to life - I could not be more pleased with the end product and your team's service and professionalism!!
Reviewed On 9/13/2012 by Jessica R
Blue Steel was great! The pin spot they provided for the cake really helped it stand out and made for great pictures. We also opted for the personalized gobo on the dance floor which I highly recommend. It was very classy and added a special el...
ement to the floor. You can personalize it however you wish (including design and font). The company remained professional throughout the whole planning process as well as the day of. I highly recommend them.
Reviewed On 6/23/2012 by Latoya p
Rachel is great with working with Brides and planning events. She answered all my questions and provided wonderful customer service.
Reviewed On 6/20/2012 by Allison B
The folks at Blue Steel did a tremendous job with the lighting for our wedding reception. The reception was held at the Westin in Virginia Beach and Blue Steel supplied uplighting around the ballroom as well as a spotlight and monogram design ...
on the dance floor and pin spotting on our sweetheart and cake tables. The lighting switched between teal and coral (our wedding colors) throughout the reception, and when the party really got going on the dance floor, the uplighting switched to a multi-colored party theme. Rachel was extremely easy to work with and took me in their studio where she gave me a sample of their lighting techniques on my initial consult. Great, reliable, company that really made the atmosphere of our wedding a really grand affair.
Reviewed On 6/14/2012 by Lauren C
Blue Steel took my wedding from a typical reception to an extraordinary, modern, and elegant one. The lighting completely transformed the room and set the mood. Upon entry, the guests saw a warm and inviting amber. At different points in the ev...
ening, the lighting changed to set the tone of that portion of the reception. I received so many compliments about how the lighting truly made the room looks incredibly special. I would recommend Blue Steel to EVERYONE. They are so great at what they do, and Rachel, who I communicated with by phone and over email, was such a doll. She was always sweet, upbeat, and on top of her game. Thank you, Blue Steel!
Reviewed On 12/17/2011 by a member
Josh was skeptical about paying extra for lighting- but afterwards he said it was worth every penny! They turned the Chrysler Museum from beautiful to STUNNING!
Every moment of the wedding seemed that much more of a dream- and looking back ...
at the pictures I still can't believe it even happened <3
Reviewed On 11/22/2011 by Cristeen O
The delivered! They were able to create a beautiful atmosphere at my wedding and reception.
Reviewed On 11/03/2011 by Melanie B
The lighting at our wedding was beautiful!! We also had a custom "M" on the dance floor that was a lovely focal point. The lighting really created the perfect ambiance for dinner and once the dancing began the lighting transitioned and it real...
ly turned the reception into a party. Overall the lighting helped set the perfect mood for our wedding and was worth every penny!! Thanks Blue Steel!
Reviewed On 10/19/2011 by Latoya S
Very professional. They made my venue look completely different!
Reviewed On 10/17/2011 by Melissa A
After our original wedding in North Carolina was cancelled by Hurricane Irene, Blue Steel Lighting was willing and ready to put together a lighting package for us at the Westin Richmond on incredibly short notice (24 hours!). Our reception was ...
so gorgeous and they couldn't have been nicer in helping us out!~ Thank you Blue Steel Lighting!!
Reviewed On 10/06/2011 by Tiffany R
Lighting is somewhat an ancillary component. But it sets the mood you want in a way no other decor can. We had people commenting, "it's like a night club in here." And that's exactly what we wanted!
Rachel was an absolute sweetheart to work ...
with. She answered every email, extremely promptly. Her and the owner, Jeremy, personally drove to Williamsburg to look at my venue and then came to my office for our consultation.
They did an excellent job, I can't recommend their company enough.
Reviewed On 9/14/2011 by Casey M
Lighting was something that I have always wanted for my dream wedding, and I am glad i did not skip it!
Blue Steel was very professional, and made the atmosphere just perfect of an evening wedding.
Jeremy and Rachel are a dream to work w...
Reviewed On 6/30/2011 by Mallory V
If I had to do one thing over again, it would be hire Blue Steel Pro Lighting. It MADE the wedding. The venue was nice, the flowers were pretty but the lighting made the difference. Everyone was talking about it and I got so many compliments. T...
HIS IS WORTH THE MONEY. Find it in your budget, you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed On 6/18/2011 by Brittany A
I am so happy we added lighting to our venue. There was an ugly air-wall in our venue that Blue Steel lighted with a design and color completely transforming it to something beautiful. They were so much fun to work with and so worth the cost. G...
Reviewed On 5/09/2011 by Yolanda N
Jeremy Kilgore of Bluesteel Pro Lighting. I was sold on the very first meeting and the relationship just got better.
The design team was awesome, when I was not satisfied with their selection, I was given the opportunity to create my own desi...
gn and it was executed beautifully.
Great attention to detail and just a wonderfully warm organization. Love them!!!
Reviewed On 11/24/2010 by JoAnn A
As many brides soon realized there are a lot of things you never new you had to buy for the wedding - in my case power.
We had our wedding on the shores of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, VA at a historic home with a fuse box straight out of...
well the 18th century I imagine.
Jeremy, Rachel and their wonderful crew lit the tent beautifully, added a light perimeter (so guests didn't take a dip in the water) and kept our catering staff powered.
Jeremy is very passionate about his work and a doll to work with while Rachel took care of everything like the challenges of working on an historic site outside in November.
They are great people to work with and if you are really nice to Jeremy he will show you how he lit Dubai and the city of Norfolk in one day! :) Plus his wife, Michelle is an amazing wedding planner if you are in need!
Reviewed On 10/20/2010 by Stacy W
Jeremy made my one of my dreams come true...he built a bridge over our pool! Totally functional and used all night...the bridge was perfect! Jeremy is a mastermind at what he does. He sees things that I am not sure anyone else can! He takes eve...
nts...and kicks them up a notch! His staff is super easy to work with, and super friendly. Jeremy is crazy laid back and accomodating...you can't ask for much more when you are a stressed out bride.
Reviewed On 9/14/2010 by JENNIFER S
the lighting by this company MADE my reception. WOuldn't have been the same. The owner is very competant and a pleasure to work with.
Reviewed On 8/12/2010 by sophie g
Jeremy and his team were great to work wiht. They created a romantic feeling with the lighting for the ceremony and then changed things up when it was time to party.
Reviewed On 8/09/2010 by Rachel K
Jeremy and his crew did a great job with our wedding. Who knew that lighting could make such a big difference.
Contact Info for Blue Steel Lighting Design
525 Byron Street, Chesapeake, VA | Hampton Roads, Richmond, Outer Banks, and surrounding cities