We Make The “Impossible” Possible

You have a vision. We have a solution.

And we have the technical expertise, creativity, and will to make it happen.

Here’s How.

Hexagon Arbor w/ Gold Draping and Glass Orbs - Private Residence

Extraordinary Service

As a family-owned and operated business, we ensure you’re cared for like family. We have a simple and seamless process to support you along the way. And we always make ourselves available to answer questions. Because to us, it’s about making sure you know you’re hiring a company that cares and delivers on our promises.  

While other event companies value profit over people or claim to be the best, we give quality service and attentive care. We provide accurate information and clear communication. And we want you to know you can count on us like family to ensure you have an amazing experience.  


If you are looking for a vendor that cares AND someone that listens…these are your people! Don’t hesitate a second longer. They are seriously the best in Pittsburgh.


Innovation Over Inventory

Unlike many event companies, who rinse and repeat designs or guide their clients to use dated inventory, we always create something, unlike anything you’ve seen before. As creatives, we find cookie-cutter boring. Instead, we want to give you fresh, exciting, and one-of-a-kind designs.

You won’t have to fill out a questionnaire full of standard questions or boxes to check. Instead, we’ll dive deeply into what you want and how you visualize your celebration. We’ll learn about you, your style, and the tone of your event. And we’ll review your inspirational photos, research your venue, and assess the logistics to give you an accurate quote.

Whether your budget is 2k or 20k- we’ll create a custom proposal for you and your spectacular vision.

Chris and Kristin worked to even create pieces for our wedding they didn’t have to make our dream wedding a reality!


Indoor Ceremony Decor Design - The Stables at Connoquenessing
Tall Black, White, Gold Backdrop - Pittsburgh's Grand Hall

Unforgettable Experience

In his early days, our founder Chris produced large-scale concerts and events in every state! There, he not only honed his technical expertise to produce incredible experiences, but he discovered what it was like to have a positive impact on someone’s day. And now, we want to do the same for you. 

We create wow-factor events and an atmosphere that will leave your guests talking about your celebration long after it ends.


We couldn’t have been happier and our guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was! Thank you ILLUME!


Meet The Team

Chris Ubinger - Founder + CEO of ILLUME Event Design

Chris Ubinger

Founder + CEO | Dedicated Tour Guide

Chris is the mastermind behind all the creative elements at ILLUME. With 20 years of experience in event lighting and design worldwide, Chris is constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation. From his vast experience dabbling in almost every realm of the production industry – he knows how to stay ahead of the curve in design and technology and is constantly growing as an expert in his craft.

When he’s not designing, he loves spending time with family, watching movies, playing with his dog, or experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World.

We consider him the tour guide of your experience with us. He’ll guide and support you throughout the planning, he’s always available to answer questions, and he’ll make sure you have a gratifying experience.



A lot of snacks

A great playlist

Kristin Maher

Event Producer | Behind the Scenes Superwoman

As an organization guru with a background and master’s degree in Business, Kristin keeps the wheels of our operation turning. She’s the friendly voice you’ll hear over the phone and on the front lines of communication. Whether ensuring the shop is organized or prepping your items in the warehouse, she ensures we have everything ready and waiting to make your event exceptional.

AShe loves working directly with our clients as a go-to for anything you need. From answering questions and providing helpful information to making sure you feel taken care of every step of the way, she’s here for you.


Lots and lots of Coffee

An Organized Schedule

A Smiling Client

Kristin Maher - Event Producer at ILLUME Event Design
ILLUME is a proud member of the American Rental Association.

They helped me figure out the best lighting and draping for my wedding and that they were honest with what they thought I needed and what they thought I could do without. They could have told me to add a bunch of other stuff to my package, but they actually helped me cut back to just the right amount of added light/draping.