This little movie is a condensed time-lapse sequence of the two hour set-up process for the reception at Ellis Island. It is a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at a wedding venue before the guests arrive, and I think you will be greatly impressed by the amount of work that was accomplished in such a short amount of time by all of the vendors here. It also shows how carefully considered every detail was at this event.
Having an event in a public space such as Ellis Island poses some unique challenges, and this event proved no different in that respect. The reception from the images in my previous post was scheduled to begin at eight o’clock in the evening on Ellis Island, and the venue closed its doors to the public at six o’clock. To document the challenge of setting up and decorating this large space in time, we set up a camera and left it to run for the full two hours.
In order to prevent vendors and the public from accidentally bumping into the camera or knocking it down, we had to stick large Caution signs all over it, but even so, at least one bump occurred. We were also a little concerned about the actual camera still being there after 5 hours, but thankfully we found it all intact with thousands of image frames recorded.
A special thanks goes to Shawn Connell with whom I collaborated on this little add-on project. He worked out all the details and went to the venue ahead of time to set this up.