Ampa Events is a wedding planning and rental company based in Richmond, Virginia and serving the mid Atlantic region. This multifaceted business offers a range of services, from personalized wedding planning services to the rental of fantastic equipment and mix & match services covering everything in between. This experienced team of professionals can help you with every aspect of your special day. Browse our broad selection of lighting, furniture, centerpieces, drape, decor, wedding structures and more to find items that fit your desired style.
Choose from a number of professional planner, each with their distinct skills and styles. If you want a planner that is florally and loves bright colors, we have it. If you need a planner that has a great command of technical services and logicstics to execute in a uniques venur or out of the way location. We have that too.
Among the wide range of services available from Ampa Events include full service wedding planning and mix and match services plus support programs such as party rental equipment with installation services needed to execute your design. Ampa's online eCommerce system featuring our vast inventory is a great tool for you to DIY and design your own program. Rely on our expertice in finding the perfect venue for your reception, the evaluation of caterers throughout the mid Atlantic region and selection of professional entertainment. With both design and technical skill set and experience, the team at Ampa loves working with lighting and will design the perfect lighting designs program to enhance the venue and offer the appropriate levels of illuminaiton. Other technical services include sound systems, AV, Live Streaming and electrical assessment/support.
Above all, our service program start with getting to know you. All our work is in support of your vision.
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Ted Rubis has over 30 years of experience designing events, building props and scenery, working with drape treatments and fabrics, installing intricate theatrical lighting designs, and managing the details of technical services such as audio video, electrical and logistics. Rock solid in theater arts, technical theater, carpentry, painting, and lighting – he is more than a wedding planner.
“Asking Stephanie to marry me and celebrating the marriage sacrament was the single most important step I took in my adult life. There isn’t a day that passes where my memories of our Big Fat Greek Wedding warm me and propel me forward. When designing weddings and wedding receptions, these feelings are ever present in every detail. If the work I do as a designer can help instill these feelings in newlyweds, then I will have truly accomplished something spectacular and lasting…”
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Our grandparents came over from Greece during World War I, so of course one of my specialties is the big fat Greek wedding! Working in the event industry for over 30 years, my repertoire of designs is quite extensive. I have always loved greenery. So, I’ve been buying boxwood hedges and topiaries for over 20 years, long before the recent trends. I love designing centerpieces with two heights having 50% of the tables with a very tall centerpiece and the other 50% with a lower floral arrangement or a non-floral centerpiece such as floating candles, candle stems or lanterns. Rustic Americana is super easy because of the materials I have collected for Ampa over the years. Equally, dreamy programs with massive amounts of sheer drape, specialty tables, bars and furniture are exciting for me.
It is hard for me to identify one specialty. After all, as the owner of Ampa Events, I am the primary buyer and designer/fabricator of just about everything in our inventory. All of our inventory and the hundreds of motifs designed over the past three decades are special to me. So, part of my specialty is as a Instant source of creative ideas in a myriad of designs and styles.
Lighting is a passion. I have designed with every theatrical fixture and I know them all intimately – their use, the type and texture of lighting they emit and the proper application of each fixture. The right fixture is oh so important! Lighting is transformative. I have used it to bring forward a color scheme or monochromatically in a soft illuminating color palette for appropriate levels of lighting to dine and celebrate.
When it comes to design periods, I am especially fond of the Art Deco movement in architecture and impressionist artists although as I age I have a newfound appreciation for renaissance art. Being well traveled internationally as well as having an education strong in a liberal arts foundation, a degree in pharmacy and subsequent work in business school studying finance, accounting and marketing, I like to think I bring a truly well-rounded, worldly, approached a client.
Fun Facts about Ted:
- I am a pharmacist! Many ask how I got into events? I was involved in creative projects before school. As for sciences, I blew up my parents basement with my chemistry set. See! Chemistry is creative, too!
- Love gardening – hate weeds
- Love cooking. Stephanie, my wonderful wife, jokingly boasts: “…you won me with you cooking and now that we are married, you forgot how to cook!”
- Favorite drink: Southern Sweet Tea with plenty of fresh lemon
- Favorite cocktail: Jim Beam on the Rocks for Fall and Winter; Piña coladas and refreshing tropical drinks for Spring and Summer
- With meals – properly paired wines
- Favorite desserts – tiramisu and crème brûlée (How can you have just one favorite dessert?)
- Love, Love Coffee – especially coffee with chicory, cream and sugar
- Favorite listening music: Jazz classics, New Orleans Jazz, Blues
- Favorite dance music: Love to dance and to everything from swing & rock to the Commodores, Etta James, B-52s, Beyonce and OutKast….
- Raise in Richmond, VA I was taught and conduct myself as a southern gentleman – proper, and a bit formal with respect for traditions
- Love swimming, hiking, the outdoors, the beach – boogie boarding & building sand castles with my kids!
A wedding….one of the most important days in every love story. The next step of the journey that a couple is about to take should be unique to the two of them. As a Designer/Planner, I can help create a wedding that will reflect this uniqueness. Whether a wedding is to take place in a Cathedral, Temple, barn, or a field, I create the romantic magic that continues to shape the love story. My forte is in the DETAILS, right up to the last moment!
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As an Event & Wedding Planner, it's always great to be connected to wonderful service providers. I highly recommend Ampa Events. They have fantastic customer service. Their inventory is impressive and will surely bring any theme to life.
Ampa Events are like the fairy godmother in Cinderella they can turn bad spaces into beautiful ones. I am happy to give my endorsement