Kristel's Sweet 16 - Forsgate Country Club

Kristel's Blue and Gold Forsgate Country Club Sweet 16

There were clouds on the dance floor and magic in the air at Kristel's Forsgate Country Club Sweet 16.

The birthday girl's family and friends gathered at this sophisticated Monroe Township venue to celebrate her special day. The ballroom was decked out in royal blue and gold for the occasion. Everything in the room was perfectly coordinated, from the balloons and table decorations, to the fondant-covered birthday cake, to Kristel's two elegant gowns.

Kristel's family booked Hurricane Productions' Sweet 16 Media Package, which includes all of our bundled media and entertainment services. Kristel received DJ and MC entertainment by Nate Hawley and Robbie Padovano. Our director of operations, Nick Nittoli, designed custom spotlighting, dance lighting, and uplighting for the ballroom, as well as a personalized graphic displayed on two LED TV screens.

As part of Kristel's package, photographer Ashley Szymczyk and videographer Tyler Ajamian captured every moment of her Forsgate Country Club Sweet 16. She also received Instagram streaming, a custom Snapchat geofilter, and a photo booth for guests to enjoy.

To make her evening even more special, Kristel's family added on our "Dancing on the Clouds" upgrade. Using a dry ice fog machine, Hurricane Productions created a magical atmosphere on the dance floor during Kristel's 16 Roses ceremony, where she received a rose and danced with the most important men in her life.

Throughout the planning process, Kristel had access to our convenient online planner, which allowed her and her family to manage all of their service packages and music requests in one place.

Planning a Sweet 16 or Quinceañera? Check out our all-inclusive media and entertainment packages, or request a quote for more details about booking Hurricane Productions for your celebration.

Renting The RAC at Rutgers? We Can Help

Events at
The RAC

The Rutgers Athletic Center, better known as The RAC, has been the home of Rutgers basketball since it opened more than 40 years ago.

Today, the space is being use for more than just athletics events.

The 8,000-seat arena has hosted a variety of other university events, including wrestling matches, gymnastics meets, and the annual Rutgers University Dance Marathon.

But you don't have to be organizing a Rutgers event to host at The RAC.

This facility is available for public rental throughout the year. With its drop-down video board, LED boards and signs, and full air-conditioning system, the RAC is ideal for trade shows, speaking events, concerts, and other special events that require a large space.

If you're looking to rent The RAC for an upcoming concert, trade show, or other event, you'll likely need some help from outside vendors. The Hurricane Productions team are experts in this space, and we'd love to help you bring your vision to life.

What can Hurricane do
for your Event at The Rac?

We provide a full range of individual audio visual (AV) solutions, as well as full event production through our sister brands MediaCutlet and CaneAV.

Sound System Rental and Production

Professional Audio Systems

AV Support for Events at The Rac

Audio Mixing and Control

IMAG Display Screens Projector Rental AV

IMAG, Displays, and Screens

Event Video Services

Professional Event Video

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Event Live Streaming

Professional Stage Lighting Design

Event Lighting Design

Professional Stage Design Services

Staging and Stage Design

3D Rendering Floor Plan for Events

Layouts & 3D Floor Plans

Hosts and MCs for Events at The RAC

Event Hosts and Emcees

DJ Entertainment for Events at The RAC

DJs & Music Programming

Content Creation for Event Marketing

Custom Content Creation

Event Registration Website Design

Registration & Ticketing

Why hire Hurricane to produce your event at The RAC?

  • We've produced more than 25 events at the RAC since 2013, including Dance Marathon.
  • We're familiar with the space and understand the ins and outs of its video and LED technology.
  • We're deeply embedded in the Rutgers community – our founders and many of our staff are RU alumni!
  • If your event requires tables and chairs, tents, staging, or other rental items, we have a strong working relationship with trusted vendors like Miller's Rentals.
  • You'll have direct communication access to our staff before, during, and after your event, as well as 24/7 access to our online planning and payment tools.

Our work at Rutgers Athletic Center

Here are just a few of the events we've worked on at The RAC over the last six years:

  • Rutgers University Dance Marathon – A Hurricane staff favorite, Dance Marathon is a 30-plus hour fundraiser for the Embrace Kids Foundation. Each year, we provide professional support and consultation for this event, including social media, video production, entertainment, marketing, and advancement.
  • Athletic Events – We've provided DJ entertainment, MC announcements, lighting, and other event production services for RU sporting events. Most recently, we helped introduce wrestlers at the USA Wrestling Final X Series at The RAC.
  • Awards Programs – Hurricane has helped Rutgers Athletics produce numerous awards banquets and programs with AV setup, stage design, projection mapping, and more.
  • Convocation – We've provided AV services at annual convocation ceremonies for some of Rutgers' individual schools.

Need AV or event production services for your next event at Rutgers Athletic Center? Fill out the form below with your upcoming event information to learn more about how Hurricane Productions can help.

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NJCU Athletic Awards 2019: How We Transformed a Gym for an Awards Gala

Lots of universities hold their student award ceremonies on campus in a theater or gymnasium. Event organizers will often dress up these on-campus spaces with a few balloons, banners, and plastic tablecloths in the university colors. At NJCU, they fully transformed their gym into a sophisticated event venue worthy of any awards gala.

On May 6, 2019, New Jersey City University held its annual Athletic Awards Banquet. This "feel good" event celebrates a growing community of student athletes, administrators, and families, and highlights the athletic achievements of NJCU's Gothic Knights.

The banquet was held in the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) -- but you'd never have known it. This 2,000-seat sports arena is normally set up for NJCU basketball and volleyball games. On the night of the Awards Banquet, though, it was nearly unrecognizable as a gymnasium.

Hurricane Productions and its sister brands MediaCutlet and CaneAV worked with NJCU's Athletic Administration to transform the facility into a fully functional ceremony space, complete with a custom-designed stage, lighting, and audio services.

Stage design

We set up a temporary stage in the JMAC arena as the focal point of the banquet. Black pipe-and-drape panels extended across most of the gymnasium floor to create the back of the stage. We also carefully arranged white cardboard boxes along the back "wall" for a unique visual element, as well as to pick up the stage lighting.

Lighting and effects

Every stage setup needs lighting, so we lined the front and back of the stage with uplighting to make sure everything and everyone on stage looked great. The green lighting matched NJCU's primary school color, and our synced lighting created an exciting atmosphere for the presenters and attendees.

Audio equipment

Hurricane provided a full audio system for the banquet, including speakers and microphones for the presenters.

With our extensive experience designing athletic events for Rutgers University, we felt confident in our ability to bring NJCU's vision for the Awards Banquet to life. Check out the finished product, including "before" shots, in our video from the event:

Looking to transform a space for a special occasion? Get in touch or fill out the form below to talk about how we can help you create the perfect event.

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Tell us a little about your vision for your event and we'll help you make it happen.

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Wedding Lighting and Your Reception: Why Venue Lighting Design Matters

You've booked your wedding venue, chosen your color scheme, and picked out your centerpieces and floral arrangements. The look and feel of your reception is coming together – but have you considered wedding lighting?

Good lighting is the difference between an ordinary ballroom and your wedding reception. With uplighting to match your colors, spotlighting for your introductions and first dance, and customized visual displays, your venue will be elevated and transformed into a unique space designed just for you and your guests.

A lot of couples overlook wedding lighting when they're planning their big day, but you don't want to skip this important element of your reception. Here's why you should ask your venue and entertainment team about lighting options for your wedding.

Set the mood with the right wedding lighting

What kind of emotions do you want to evoke on your wedding day? Romance? Fun? Playfulness? Excitement? Intimacy? This is where well-placed uplighting and spotlighting come in.

Uplighting typically involves soft white or colored lighting to change the style of the room and set the tone for your wedding. For evening celebrations, it helps your guests transition from the brighter lights of the venue's lobby into the more romantic, intimate space that is your reception. For daytime receptions, uplighting can enhance or replace any natural daylight that may be coming into the ballroom.

Spotlighting can help keep your guests focused on the most important moments and elements of your reception. For instance, spotlights during your grand entrance, special dances, toasts, and cake-cutting will draw guests' eyes to the right place, while strategically placed lights can showcase your floral arrangements, wedding cake, and other décor elements. Intelligent spotlights, which can be programmed to move and adjust, can help create a club-like or "party" atmosphere when guests are out on the dance floor, too.

When you meet with your venue's event coordinator, you'll want to ask about the ballroom's existing lighting options (dimmers, zones, etc.) and where your focal points (head table, dance floor, cake table, food stations, etc.) will be placed during the reception. This will help your wedding lighting designer figure out the right strategy for uplighting and spotlight placement.

Wedding lighting helps your other vendors, too

You probably already know that photography and videography turn out best when you have the right lighting. Spotlighting and uplighting in your venue can greatly enhance your reception photos and video footage. Your first dance will look magical and ethereal with a spotlight shining on you. The colors of your decorations will pop in photos. Every detail and special moment will simply look better on camera when the room has well-designed lighting.

Our wedding lighting options

Hurricane Productions can do more than just get people on the dance floor at your wedding. Our talented lighting designers will ensure that the mood is perfect with the right visual elements. Here's a breakdown of the lighting design options we offer as part of our wedding services:

Intelligent Spotlighting

Our lighting designers will control an intelligent spotlighting system at your reception. It's perfect for introductions and toasts, and can double as lighting for your dance floor. This option is available as a free upgrade to our Request Entertainment Package, and comes standard with our Spotlight Entertainment Package.

Full Venue Uplighting Design

Our battery-powered, wireless uplighting can be placed anywhere in your reception venue. One of our lighting designers will fully customize the lighting in the color and style of your choice, ensuring that your lighting matches the overall décor and ambiance of your wedding. Uplighting design is available as an upgrade to any of our wedding packages.

Custom Visuals and Name-in-Lights Monogram 

These wedding day upgrades add another touch of personalization to your wedding reception. With our Visuals Package, our team will create a custom monogram animation, photo montage presentation, and social media streaming of your wedding hashtag, all displayed on two LED screens. Our Name-in-Lights option lets you display a highly detailed, customized design directly on the walls of your venue.

Projection Mapping

Want to kick off your reception in a spectacular and memorable way? We can create a custom projection mapping display synced with the music of your choice for your grand entrance into the ballroom.

No matter what kind of atmosphere you want to create at your reception, well-designed lighting can help you achieve it. Talk to us about your wedding day vision, and we'll help you turn it into a reality.

Ready to book media and entertainment services for your wedding day? Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

Christina's Sweet 16 Celebration - Edison, NJ - The Pines Manor

The ballroom at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey, was decked out in teal, purple and blue to celebrate Christina Raspa's Sweet 16. The birthday girl, dressed in a gorgeous turquoise ballgown, was surrounded by her friends and family for an evening of food, fun and great times, and Hurricane Productions was there to help them celebrate.

Christina's family opted for Hurricane's Lighting Package, which included full ballroom uplighting and Twin Totem lighting to match the color scheme, as well as full sound system entertainment for the evening. Lighting director Nick Nittoli set up two UV cannon lights to create a club-like atmosphere.

DJ Nate Hawley kept the music playing, while MC Robert Padovano engaged with the crowd. Robert made sure everyone was having a great time, and even took some fun selfie videos out on the dance floor.

When Christina's guests weren't dancing the night away, they were having a blast in the enclosed photo booth provided by Hurricane Productions. Guests donned hats, glasses, signs and other silly props for truly memorable photo keepsakes from Christina's big night.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for special events. To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages, visit our pricing page.

From Ray Catena Audi of Freehold, NJ to Audi of Greenwich, CT

Hurricane Productions was tasked with creating a "wow" factor that would draw customers in for the Audi Q5 Launch event, held at Audi of Freehold.

On top of a dazzling display of custom animations and video projections, our team illuminated the columns in the dealership with a colorful lighting system, highlighted in our blog post about the event. Audi of Greenwich Connecticut liked what they saw, and asked Hurricane to install permanent uplighting in their recently-opened facility.

Co-founder Vincent Velasquez and Nick Nittoli, director of operations, thoroughly discussed lighting needs with the Connecticut-based dealership, and recommended various lighting fixtures to achieve the desired look. From there, Nick drove out to Connecticut early one morning to install the entire system for them before the sales floor opened for the day.

"Audi of Greenwich had a slightly smaller showroom [than Freehold], so they were able to take advantage of a wireless system to control the lights," Nick explained. "The lights were programmed to various color scenes so the dealership could change the colors at the click of a button."

After completing the installation, which took approximately four hours, the Hurricane team educated Audi staff members on how to operate the system properly. However, Nick is able to access the dealership's lighting all the way from Hurricane's New Jersey headquarters in case there's ever an issue.

"The benefit of going with a computer-based system is that it allows us to connect remotely to troubleshoot any potential problems, perform maintenance or to provide any additional programming," Nick added.

Hurricane was honored to work with such a prestigious brand in multiple locations, and the team hopes to help other businesses attract customers with beautiful custom lighting displays.

"It's always rewarding to improve the overall appearance of a something," said Nick. "To beable to do it with the premium brand – that's just icing on the cake."

Atlantis Ballroom Hosts Victoria's Secret Themed Sweet 16

The Atlantis Ballroom in Toms River, NJ is a beautiful space for any Sweet 16 or Wedding.

The modern decor, great dance floor and attentive staff make The Atlantis Ballroom a great choice for families to celebrate special occasions. Coupled with entertainment from Hurricane Productions, the Atlantis Ballroom ensures your event will be flawless.

After searching venues in the area, Atlantis Ballroom had the most to offer and was supportive of each detail of Marissa's event. Marissa and her family chose Atlantis Ballroom for her Victoria's Secret themed Sweet 16.

Hurricane Productions was the first and last stop for Marissa's family planning the event. After finding Hurricane on Facebook, Marissa knew she needed to have great production, lighting, and photography for her Sweet 16.

Hurricane Productions provided DJ entertainment, intelligent club lighting, a custom "name in lights" gobo and professional photography for Marissa's Sweet 16.

To complete the Victoria's Secret theme, Hurricane provided several important elements:

  • Using fonts similar to the brand, the gobo shone on the wall to add extra character to the room

  • Marissa got to choose from three gobo designs developed by hurricane productions. Each design had its own character but all featured wings to complete the Victoria's Secret feel.
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    Screens with a custom animation mimicked the "name in lights" gobo but also incorporated various shades of pink to match the theme. The screens also displayed Instagram posts from guests using the hashtag #Marissa16.

  • A professional photographer exclusive to Hurricane Productions posed Marissa's family and court to capture the specialty of the day. An online photo album allowed family and friends to get a sneak peek the photos.

For more information about Hurricane's Sweet 16 services, please take a look at pricing and packages.

To check date availability, submit this short form.

Masquerade Sweet 16 at Island Chateau in Staten Island, NY

Island Chateau hosts Sweet 16s, weddings and private events with elegance and class.

There is no shortage of venues in Staten Island, NY, but finding the perfect one for your event is no easy task. Grand ballrooms, delicate menus and outstanding customer service make Island Chateau the easy choice for your event. Entertainment and media from Hurricane Productions complete the event to ensure a flawless evening.

Island Chateau was perfect for Victoria's Masquerade themed Sweet 16. The grand ballroom with high ceilings and marble dance floor brought her theme to life.

Victoria and her family chose Hurricane Productions for her Masquerade Sweet 16. Victoria's cousin, Robbie "Maserobbiee" Padovano, is the lead Sweet 16 emcee for the company and wanted to be a part of her day. After seeing the high-quality product, Victoria's family was excited to get started.

Hurricane Productions provided DJ entertainment, screens with animations, "Name in Lights" gobo, Hurricane Pulse and professional photography.

Keeping in mind Victoria's colors and masquerade theme, Hurricane's professional graphic designer created an animation to show on the screens. The screens also showed a stream of Instagram posts. With the hashtag #VictoriaSweet16, Hurricane's social streaming service allowed family and friends' to send images directly to the screens.

A custom "name in lights" gobo for Victoria welcomed guests as they entered the grand ballroom. Victoria personally reviewed options and chose the specific combination of her name and a mask for the gobo.

Hurricane's professional photographer captured all the incredible moments from the evening. Formal portraits with Victoria's family and court started the evening and the photographer worked to get each important moment - from the grand introduction to the last dance.

Hurricane Productions provides DJ Entertainment, Photo Booths, Lighting and more for Sweet 16s and other private functions. To learn more or check availability, please use this short form.

Wedding at Sterling Ballroom in Tinton Falls, NJ

For couples who like convenience, Sterling Ballroom in Tinton Falls, NJ is a beautiful space to host the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

An organized staff usher guests from one area to another seamlessly, making it easy for guests and for the bride and groom to enjoy the celebration. Entertainment and photography from Hurricane Productions complete the event.

Erin and Daniel wanted their wedding to be fun and convenient for everyone involved. Sterling Ballroom hosted not only the cocktail hour and reception, but provided a space for a beautiful ceremony.

The couple decided on entertainment and photography from Hurricane Productions. This ensured they could work with one vendor they trusted for many important aspects of the event.

Erin originally met Hurricane Productions owners Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis in high school and used them for her Sweet 16. Ten years later she returned to Hurricane to asked for them to be a part of her wedding.

Aside from entertainment and photography, Hurricane Productions provided uplighting, screens, Instagram streaming and a custom monogram gobo.

Hurricane Pulse allowed guests to interact during the wedding through Instagram and Twitter. Using the tag #dananderin, guests snapped moments that then streamed to screens instantly. These photos were printed and given to guests as favors. A new take on the photo booth, Hurricane Pulse minimizes lines and keeps guests on the dance floor all night.

Hurricane's graphic designers worked directly with Dan and Erin to create a custom monogram gobo for the wall that also matched the custom animation on the screens.

Professionally trained photographers provided full-day coverage, from bridal preparations until the very last dance of the night.

To learn more about Hurricane Productions wedding services, check out the following pages:

Beautiful Lighting Display at Franklin Plaza Wedding

Wedding venue Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY embraces bride and grooms from all around the country and delivers dream weddings.

Planning a wedding from the opposite side of the country is no easy task. When not able to meet in person, a bride and groom need to fully trust their vendors.

Hurricane Productions event planning and Wedding services offer an organized approach to entertainment and visuals.

Anthony and Tiffany planned their New York wedding from their home in Florida. They chose Franklin Plaza not only because it was in Tiffany's childhood hometown but because the venue stood by its reputation of high-quality customer service, food, and execution of events.

Anthony found Hurricane Productions through online research. He needed to have the owners of the company, host Vincent Velasquez and DJ Strato Doumanis, at the wedding. Through Hurricane's online planning portal, email, and video chatting, Tiffany and Anthony successfully planned all design and music elements for their event.

Wedding Monogram Gobo Name in Lights

Hurricane Productions also provided custom animations, a monogram gobo and pin spotting for the event.

Pin Spot Lighting elegantly highlighted tables and centerpieces at Franklin Plaza. The house lights lowered, but pin spotting allowed guests to comfortably interact at the tables. The pin spotting complemented the pink uplighting and centered attention to Tiffany and Anthony's custom monogram gobo.

To learn more about Hurricane Productions wedding services, check out the following pages:

Costa del Sol in Union, NJ features custom "Name in Lights"

 

Costa del Sol in Union, NJ is the perfect venue for Quinceanera and Sweet 16 celebrations. The ballroom of windows creates a festive atmosphere for any event. Hurricane Productions, an entertainment company based out of Red Bank, NJ, flawlessly guides guests through Sweet 16 and Quinceanera ceremonies, making every event at Costa del Sol memorable.

Stephanie's family chose Costa del Sol because of the beautiful decor and attentive staff. Her Quinceanera inspired Sweet 16 incorporated many ceremonies, both Spanish and American, that required direction and a keen attention to detail. Thus, Hurricane Productions was the best entertainment choice for them. Hurricane's online planning syste

m and face-to-face consultations ensured all details were addressed.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment for the event, mixing salsa, merengue, bachata and Portuguese music. Screens, animations and a custom designed "Name in Lights" gobo were featured at the Sweet 16 as well.

The "Name in Lights" shown on a wall in the ballroom , adding an element of personalization. Stephanie's casino themed Sweet 16 influenced the design of her custom gobo. Hurricane's graphic designer created the gobo design from scratch using Stephanie's preferences as guidance. All Hurricane gobos are unique and designed in-house.

If you are interested in Hurricane Productions for entertainment for your Sweet 16 or Quinceanera, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Winter Wonderland Featuring Snow Effects at Sweet 16

Palacio Restaurant and Catering in Goshen, NY is a beautiful, brand new venue.

The ballroom has high ceilings and dramatic windows that make it perfect for any Wedding or Sweet 16. The atmosphere is complete with lighting design and special effects from entertainment company Hurricane Productions.

Kayla's family chose Palacio for her Sweet 16 because of the spacious room and delicious menu. A friendly, competent wait staff combined with upbeat, family-friendly entertainment from Hurricane Productions created a memorable evening for Kayla.

Hurricane Productions provided music for Kayla's Sweet 16. Her family trusted Hurricane to take their vision of a Christmas and Winter Wonderland theme and bring it to life.

A snow effect lighting design, and custom animations were elements that made Kayla's dream Sweet 16 come true.

The Christmas theme was achieved with red and green uplighting around the room. Kayla's custom "name in lights" gobo included her name surrounded by snowflakes. This in addition to a gobo of snowflakes on the opposite wall created a true Winter Wonderland.

A special snow effect during dance sets further enhanced the Winter Wonderland theme, specially requested by Kayla's family.

Hurricane Productions also provided screens for Kayla's event. Custom animations designed in-house incorporated both the Christmas and Winter Wonderland parts of Kayla's theme.

A dancer, photographer, videographer and Hurricane Pulse were also featured at Kayla's Sweet 16.

If you are interested in having Hurricane Productions entertain your Sweet 16 please visit our website or give us a call at 888.393.7066.

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