Concealing the source is one of the great tricks of the trade. Planner Sofia Crokos (sofiacrokos.com) uses softly draped canopies to hide fixtures but let in light.
The soft flicker of a flame is the most flattering type of lighting, but don’t overdo it—and never use candles at a daytime affair. Event designer David Monn (davidmonn.com) plays the glow against incandescent lighting.
Paper orbs are a party planner’s best friend.
Lighting under the stars is always a challenge. Monn says not to forget objects in the distance: Light up the dunes, the ocean. “A guest’s experience is defined by as far as he can see,” Monn says.