People Talk…
Don’t take our word for it. Read what our clients are saying about us.
Wedding Client

They were great! I loved the outcome and could not have been more pleased with the communication and value of the lighting we received!

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.


We had string lights in our reception room and they did such a beautiful job, it made the room feel so romantic!

Wedding Client

Chris was super easy to work and communicate with. The drapping was up and beautiful at our ceremomy 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.

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 this source then you know you have a rare gem. You wont be disappointed!

Valley Brook Country Club

We could not have been more pleased with how everything turned out for our event! We had so many compliments on everything and it all turned out better than I could have imagined. We are already talking about our events for next year and how we can incorporate some sort of lighting!

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!

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

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 the day of!!

Fab Affairs, LLC

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 lighting needs.

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

Chris was absolutely fantastic to work with! He took my thoughts and ideas and helped to create the PERFECT atmosphere for our special day…The backdrop that he was able to create for our head table was stunning and we are still receiving complements today. His professionalism and responsiveness has set the bar high for any vendor that I will have to deal with in the future…I would highly recommend Chris to anyone that is looking for unique and memorable decor for their big day!

Wedding Client

Chris MADE our wedding venue!! He transformed a parish hall into a magically romantic setting. I wasn’t keen on hiring a draper at first but when I met with him I knew we needed him. He designed draping and lighting that took our guests’ breath away – shortening the room to make it more cozy, creating a gracious entrance, artistically hiding unattractive wall features, and evoking a truly upscale feel – with attentive concern for my budget!! He also hung photo boards for us. He was truly a pleasure to work with – friendly, professional, accommodating, responsive. He exceeded our every expectation.

Wedding Client

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.

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

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.

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

I just can’t thank you enough for the beautiful lighting job on Saturday and the floor monogram was phenomenal! Thanks for adding such a special touch to this wedding!

Steve Lebo
Party-Time Productions

Chris is the most creative and amazing lighting design person we have ever had the pleasure of working with. His attention to detail, professionalism and insight into lighting design is unparalleled here in Pittsburgh. Brides, if you have a vision of how your room can look, Chris has you covered. As a matter of fact, I am certain he will exceed your expectations! Always on the cutting edge of lighting design, we have always seen amazing results from Chris and ILLUME. Book him now!

Wedding Client

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!

Wedding Client

Chris from Illume Lighting and Event Design did a fantastic job for the uplighting for our wedding reception! He was thorough, detail-oriented and easy to work with. The set-up and take-down of the lights was planned out ahead of time, so all of the behind the scenes work went smoothly. Our wedding uplighting was exactly what I had asked for (pretty simple), but I imagine Chris could accomplish much more creative and extravagant lighting/design tasks! Definitely recommend this service for wedding lighting/decor.

Wedding Client

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

Wedding Client

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.

Wedding Client

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.

Wedding Client

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

Wedding Client

Last minute decision to add uplighting to our wedding. I literally messaged on Thursday about my wedding on Saturday and they were able to accommodate me no problem. They were 1/4 the price of the other places I had called too. No ugly wires running rampant. Chris came and set them up and picked them back up when it was all over. Full service and great value, would use them again if ever I have a need!