Testimonials

Our Clients Rock!

We are proud of our reputation in the industry because of the testimonials we have received from our awesome clients. Learn more about our client’s past experiences with ILLUME!

Working with Illume was so easy! They are not only very experienced and professional but extremely flexible and knowledgeable which allows them to really make your dream wedding come true! Chris and Kristin worked to even create pieces for our wedding they didn’t have to make our dream wedding a reality! During some tough times, Illume’s pro services they provide and their ability to work with other vendors seamlessly was the backbone for our wedding! They really will make your vision come alive, and do it while being a joy to work with!

Courtney N. | Wedding Client

Chris and his team at ILLUME provided a variety of services for my wedding including ceiling drapery, a backdrop for our head tables, drapery for our ceremony structure, illuminated monogram, uplighting, pin spot lighting, etc., all of which made the ballroom absolutely breathtaking. It felt like we were walking into a fairy tale! Chris was so responsive and easy to work with during the whole process. He has great ideas and really works to ensure every design is unique. He even took the time to meet with us at our venue a few months before the wedding to make sure we were all on the same page and to relieve any stress that comes with planning such an event! We couldn’t have been happier and our guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was! Thank you ILLUME!

Haley | Wedding Client

We originally contacted Illume for our wedding at the Science Center; we had every detail planned, but due to COVID19, we cancelled the venue and moved to a backyard wedding. Even though the venue changed to two tents, Chris and Kristin were still able to provide us our exact look (and then some)! They arrived on time for both the setup and tear down and were fast and reliable! Precovid, we had a consultation via the phone to go over our vision based on pictures that we sent. For the COVID Change up, we were able to have a video conference to go over all the changes. Illume was able to light up my parents backyard and still be elegant at the same time. We highly recommend Illume for your event needs!

Krista J. | Wedding Client

While we unfortunately had to cancel our wedding due to covid-19, working with Illume in the year leading up to it was wonderful. Their online platform provides access to everything at once and breaks it all down for you. They accommodated me changing my mind on the decor multiple times and were nothing but positive each time. When we did have to cancel for covid-19, they gave a full refund which is very rare. The work that they do is beautiful and speaks for itself, but the real win is how wonderful they are to work with.

Sara M. | Wedding Client

Chris and his crew truly made our dreams come alive with his lighting services. We asked for 80+ hanging lanterns in our reception pavilion for our October wedding. Not only did ILLUME deliver, but they exceeded our expectations with the quality and beauty of lanterns and artful placement. They were strategically hung and lit to provide a romantic atmosphere to our “vintage, romantic” style wedding. We chose all ivory lanterns to accomplish this look. We received so many compliments from guests and took full advantage of the beautiful lighting during our reception hours when only the lanterns were lit. Of other note, Chris was hands down the most friendly and accommodating team member throughout our wedding planning process. He is professional and prompt with email requests, attends any/all pre-wedding appointments, and is exceptional in customer service. Chris even willingly hung my “DIY” pieces that I tossed at him last minute, all after he drove quite a ways to pick them up from me. Talk about dedication to your customers! I speak for not only myself and my new husband, but my entire wedding party/guest list, when I say that ILLUME Lighting + Event Design was the BEST choice we could’ve made for our wedding design. The lighting added SO much to our day, and I can’t imagine a wedding without their services!

Kelly | Wedding Client

I am thrilled with the work you and your team did with this event and can’t wait to work together in the future on similar projects.

Tara

Chris did a great job working with us to create a unique vision for our wedding. He was very knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond to create our lighting and draping. He enjoyed the challenge to create something new and student, and was reasonable with the pricing. Would definitely recommend again.

Ciara

We had heard a lot of great things about Chris and his decorations from our vendor coordinator, and he definitely lived up to the hype! He gave great advice on our phone consultation on what he thought would work well, and gave us options for us to choose from. His invoicing and contracts were all online and super easy to do, and made it very clear what each party’s obligations were. About a month before, Chris checked in to make sure we wanted to change anything up before the event or had any questions, which was great to make sure we had what we needed. We wanted our lighting to make the venue seem smaller and more intimate, and it did exactly that. We were really pleased with how it turned out, and got loads of compliments on the set up. It looked great! The best thing a vendor could do for us is give us the feeling we had nothing to worry about leading up to and on our wedding day. Chris did exactly that. Thank you!

JD

Kristin and Chris were amazing to work with. They were kind, patient, and professional-simply fantastic. We were so pleased with the end results for a Gala event we put on. They transformed the space exactly as we had discussed, and then offered services over and above what we expected.

Heidi K.

You did an outstanding job, it was just perfect. You really made us look good! Your crew is also amazing. They are so professional and just get it done!

Tina

When covid-19 altered our original plans, I was devastated my original vision wouldn’t come to life. I told Chris and Kristin the new plan, which was a tent, folding tables, and my parents backyard. After so many changes, I had decided to give them full reign and they went over and beyond. They brought my downtown 300 person venue vision (but with a twist) to life! The whole night was spectacular and incorporated everything I loved and then some. Illume turned my parents backyard and a basic white tent into a gorgeous wedding venue. 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.

Abbey S. | Wedding Client

Illume did an amazing job with our drapery! We originally planned our reception at the Renaissance downtown and our vision was elegance there. We had to move our reception to a barn due to the pandemic and that was a completely different look. So we hired illume for drapery to make the barn more elegant and it looked awesome and was exactly what I envisioned! Highly recommend!

Lyndsey | Wedding Client

This company is made up of the kindest and most considerate people that I've dealt with in a long time- that's not always easy to find!! Not only that, they were also very communicative, reasonably priced and didn't tack on a bunch of other fees. I would definitely use them for another event and will definitely be recommending them to others in the future!!

Katelyn W. | Wedding Client

I used ILLUME Lighting for my wedding reception at a community center. Chris was absolutely wonderful….he understood my vision and guided me to the right color combinations. Chris understood I was working with a budget and pulled the decor off flawlessly. I had compliments from practically every one that the center had never looked so gorgeous. I’ll recommend Chris every time and any time……when a vendor directs you to his source then you know you have a rare gem. You wont be disappointed.

Lulu | Wedding Client

Chris and the Illume team went above and beyond for my wedding day. They were totally open to trying new things that I had for my vision and absolutely killed it! Everything came out stunning and months later I still have people commenting on how beautiful the details were. Last minute we found out we weren’t allowed to hang chandeliers I had poured my heart and soul into making and I was devastated. Chris took over and came up with a completely new concept and hung them outside over the walkway into our reception- it was amazing! 10/10 would recommend Illume.

Tara C. | Wedding Client

Chris from ILLUME was great to work with – responsive and flexible. We had string lights over our dance floor and it turned out great, really added an extra sparkle to our reception.

Alyssa

Chris at ILLUME Lighting was amazing to work with! He met us at our venue for our initial meeting and we spent several hours together there discussing all of our options, his ideas, our ideas, pricing, etc. He was very honest and easy to work with. Our plan was to install drapery with twinkle lights throughout the ceiling of the large white tent where we were having our reception. After our initial meeting we communicated via email consistently. I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted our venue to look like and I was constantly sending him pictures that I found. He was very prompt when it came to responding and we were in contact throughout the entire process up until the wedding so we remained on the same page with everything that was going on. Not seeing the finished product before it was installed did make me a little nervous, but when I walked into our venue for the first time after installation, I was completely blown away. It looked exactly like I had hoped and I couldn’t wait for all of our guests to see our venue. Overall it was a great experience working with Chris and I would definitely recommend using their services for any event!

Heidi

Chris was super easy to work and communicate with. The draping was up and beautiful at our ceremony site. I still can not believe how beautiful it looked. I recommend ILLUME for any draping needs for ceremony sites and reception decor. Thank you for making our ceremony site look perfect.

Brittani

Hired Chris last minute for daughters wedding for uplighting. Very professional and courteous. Lighting was beautiful! We also used his drapery to decorate entrance to venue. Everything was perfect! He helped make my daughters reception beautiful! Highly recommend him! Would definitely use him again!

Filista

Chris and ILLUME were awesome to work with. Their draping made the hotel ballroom have a magical feel to it. They were also amazing to work with.

Alexandra

Chris from ILLUME was great to work with on our daughter’s wedding. We did not need a lot of lighting because our reception venue had a lot of natural light, but we were trying to achieve an Italian garden wedding under the stars and that is exactly what we got! It was amazing! Chris had run strings of twinkle lights over the dance floor and it looked like a sky filled with stars. He also added uplighting to some columns between the windows and bistro lighting out on the patio, which gave the whole thing a very romantic Italian feel. Not too much–just the right amount of lighting. It looked really pretty as the sun was setting, and then the lighting just got more beautiful the darker it got outside. We were extremely happy with it and with ILLUME. Chris really understood what we were trying to achieve and he totally nailed it! Highly recommend!

Dayna

Chris provides beautiful draping for my wedding. I had met with him once prior to my wedding, but he executed my vision perfectly. I sent him a picture of what I wanted and it was beautiful. The morning of my wedding him and his team came in and set up everything and I did not have to worry about a single thing. I got so many compliments about the draping and I could not be happier with the results! ILLUME Lighting + Design is very easy to work with because they are very responsive and work to make sure your vision is perfect. I would absolutely recommend them 100% for any draping and lighting you may need!

Dalia

Kristin and Chris were amazing to work with. They were kind, patient, and professional-simply fantastic. We were so pleased with the end results for a Gala event we put on. They transformed the space exactly as we had discussed, and then offered services over and above what we expected.

Heidi K.

Hired Chris last minute for daughters wedding for uplighting. Very professional and courteous. Lighting was beautiful! We also used his drapery to decorate entrance to venue. Everything was perfect! He helped make my daughters reception beautiful! Highly recommend him! Would definitely use him again!

Filista

You did an amazing job on my wedding. The draping made the tent look amazing You do terrific work!!! Thank you for making our day amazing!!!

Corey

We had a lighted backdrop for behind our head table and it looked amazing! We got so many compliments on it!

Marissa

Chris was so easy to work with! He met us the evening I called and suggested just the right quantity of lights for the subtle glow we wanted. The lighting was perfect day of!!

Laura

Chris totally transformed our church hall (almost like a cafeteria) into a soft romantic space that truly set the tone. He was awesome to work with – he met with us in the hall twice and developed a creative vision – an air wall to cut off the empty space and make an inviting entrance; another air wall to hide the kitchen pass-through & door and ugly switches, etc.; a starburst ceiling with fairy lights He was very sensitive to our budget and really worked with us. The setup was meticulous, too – they made the draping fall just right. The room was breathtaking, no one could believe the transformation. I’d hire him again in a heartbeat.

Marie

Chris from ILLUME was an absolute JOY to work with. My initial plan with my ceiling treatment for my wedding fell through when the company closed down – so I had to find something 1 week before the wedding!! Chris was able to not only accommodate, but to surpass my expectations with his professionalism and coupled that with an easy transaction all virtually and confidentially. When I arrived to my reception, my jaw dropped. It was absolutely what we discussed and what was expected!

Angeleah

Chris from ILLUME did specialized lighting and drapery for our wedding in June 2019. He created this beautiful bistro lighting to replace the ugly industrial looking lights in our space, as well as this amazing drapery that divided our room in two for ceremony and reception. I could not BELIEVE how spectacular the drapery looked for how little it cost! I was envisioning this little room divider, but it was a whole floor to ceiling luxe extravaganza! Also helped us hang a customized neon sign I had made. Highest recommendation!

Shannon

Chris from ILLUME was so nice to work with! He made sure our vision for the reception was completely captured. He had reasonable pricing and his work is EXCELLENT. We had a backdrop for our sweetheart table that was beautiful, an archway for the ballroom entrance, lanterns above the dance floor, and balloons to decorate the cocktail hour and cookie table. We were completely thrilled with how everything turned out! We would HIGHLY recommend ILLUME for your wedding or event!

Julie

ILLUME did a fantastic job creating a sizable and visually stunning hanging curtain display that served as the altar at our wedding venue. We provided a photo of the idea, and ILLUME did the rest! Their service and attention to detail were both right up there.

Keith

They were absolutely wonderful !!! Kristin was friendly & helpful and it made the reception beautiful I would recommend them to anyone.

Barb

Chris totally transformed our church hall (almost like a cafeteria) into a soft romantic space that truly set the tone. He was awesome to work with – he met with us in the hall twice and developed a creative vision – an airwall to cut off the empty space and make an inviting entrance; another airwall to hide the kitchen pass-through & door and ugly switches, etc.; a starburst ceiling with fairy lights He was very sensitive to our budget and really worked with us. The setup was meticulous, too – they made the draping fall just right. The room was breathtaking, no one could believe the transformation. I’d hire him again in a heartbeat.

Nancy

Chris was so flexible and quick to respond as we planned our wedding. We used the lighted back drop to add a touch of elegance to the ballroom and it was beyond perfect! Many guests used it as a backdrop of their photos and it served as the perfect “uplighting” for the rest of the room. Thank you for adding a unique touch to our already perfect day!

Lindsay

Chris completely transformed our wedding venue and was able to change the entire feeling of the evening. It was beautiful before but the uplighting was incredible, it was especially amazing how they highlighted my candy bar! My wedding definitely would not have been the same without ILLUME! I had never thought about including lighting in our wedding, but I am glad that I did! I am so thankful for their fabulous work and HIGHLY, highly recommend them!

Michelle

I just wanted to thank you for the draping at Succop. It turned out so beautiful and gave the whole place such a romantic and soft feel. Thank you for taking on that job and for giving me the confidence in my vision. You were wonderful, professional, and so talented. Thank you again.

Colleen

If you're looking for lighting, then go no further - ILLUME is the place to go! Owner, Chris Ubinger is awesome to work with and I hope I have the opportunity to work with him again in the very near future! Not only does he know his stuff, but he is genuinely a very nice person who cares about his clients needs and goes above and beyond to make them happy. I would highly recommend ILLUME for all your lighing needs.