Tara McMullen · Married on 11/10/2018
We hired Retonica to provide lighting for our wedding reception at the Loyal Order of Moose (“Moose Lodge”) in Salem last month – and I am soooooo glad we did! I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that Retonica’s lighting scheme completely transformed our fairly ho-hum drab reception hall into something beyond special and magical… Joey is a miracle worker!Sent on 12/27/2018
Prior to the reception, I exchanged several emails with him to discuss our needs, ideas, and budget, and I sent him some photos of the unadorned space to give him an idea of what we were working with. We then met with him twice in person at the space to do a walk-through, play with some sample lights, and further discuss our needs and preferences. His ultimate design scheme (complete with TONS of uplights, dance floor lighting, music responsive LEDs, and color changes) hit every mark and checked every box on our list….. it was EXACTLY what we wanted. Even though we hadn’t always been able to articulate exactly what we wanted…he seemed to intuitively know what we would like!
All of our guests who had previously attended other events at the Moose told us that when they first walked into the reception, they didn’t even recognize the space – it looked that amazing and different! Initially I hadn’t wanted to spend the money on lighting, given our already tight wedding budget – but it really was one of the best investments we made in our special day. I don’t regret any dollar we spent hiring them – they were worth every last penny!
Joey was professional, courteous, creative, and so fun to work with – and clearly has a top-notch team. 10/10, five-stars-across-the-board, would-hire-again!
DonandSoo · Married on 10/08/2016
If i could add a title to these reviews, Joey's would be: "joey to the rescue"! A little bit of context: Finding a vendor for the lighting and decor for the wedding was the hardest task for me- even harder than finding my wedding dress (and I tried on 118 dresses before finding mine!). After spending hours on pinterest and other decor related websites for inspiration, contacting every single vendor within 30 miles of Boston, I still didn't know what I wanted. Given my lack of focus, other vendors were very impatient with me, but then I found Joey! He was incredibly understanding from the very beginning, and through many many many email exchanges with photos, images and videos that he sent me, we were able to narrow down what I wanted for the wedding! And then: the decor was WAY over our budget. So we went back to emailing and calling each other A LOT. Many ideas were thrown around again, and then he was able to yet again find an idea that was going to be spectacular and brand new: a projection of candles (think Harry Potter) on the ceiling of our tent! It was within budget, we found another vendor that would be helping us, all was finally good to go! And then: a week before the wedding, the other vendor emails us telling us that he has a family emergency and won't be able to make it to the wedding. I frantically call Joey and he tells me he's brainstorming ideas, and wants to talk to us on the phone to show us his new vision! And this wasn't enough for him! He reshuffled his schedule so that we could meet at the venue 3 nights prior to the event so that we could see the effect of his lasers in the venue itself- The lasers were not the kind that you would expect at a electronic music rave (unless you want that, in which case Joey can also do that), but it was incredible how tastefully the lasers would project different patterns and effects that mimicked drapes, water, etc! Everything was perfect. THANK YOU JOEY!Sent on 10/17/2016
User6295459 · 2+ years ago
Amazing service, beautiful lighting! Our wedding venue was an old space with not much to work with and joey made it look like the most gorgeous room! Thank you for making all our dreams come true!Sent on 04/22/2017
User5590097 · 2+ years ago
Retonica did the lighting for a wedding I was at a few weeks ago- unreal! Ambiance is an understatement! Officially booked for my wedding! Can't wait!Sent on 11/05/2015
Retonica's reply:Thank you so much. Your wedding was so beautiful, we were happy to contribute to such a spectacular event.
John · event on: 01/30/2016
They really didn't have a section for lighting but I was TOTALLY IMPRESSED with what Joey/Retonica brought to the table.Absolutely even better than expected. Nothing but the most current equipment making things modular and less obtrusive than traditional lighting and with Joey being so accommodating not only did we get exactly what we wanted for our masquerade gala we also got WAY MORE!Sent on 02/01/2016
Complete professional with top of the line equipment and customer service acumen.. You can not go wrong!
Retonica's reply:Thanks John! It's true, Lighting isn't a official category on Eventwire but here's hoping the lighting companies get their own category soon! Your event was amazing, it didn't feel like work being there.
Michael · event on: 01/29/2016
Retonica provided lighting for my daughter's dance studio, at the launch of their competition season. We were able to book him last-minute, but he still showed up fully prepared to create a great lighting display. He set the lights to react to each dancer's individual music, and even asked the dancers if they had certain color preferences for their dances, which he then incorporated during their performances!! Highest possible marks!!!Sent on 03/02/2016
Maxwell · Married on 12/12/2015
Retonica provided the lighting for an outdoor evening winter festival in Somerville on December 12th. We were looking for simple accent lighting to create a festive mood and atmosphere, but Retonica completely blew away our expectations! Joey contributed more lighting than we had discussed, and the quality of those lights were amazing. We even had a last minute layout change, and he rolled with it. Most of the positive feedback we received was based on the lights.Sent on 12/15/2015
Retonica provides a high-quality and flexible service, and we would recommend them to anyone for their event/wedding needs.
Retonica's reply:Wow Max, thanks so much for the compliment. Part of the fun of the job is meeting challenges and the new stage location was one of those times where we were able to use that challenge to everyone's advantage. Thank you for the opportunity to light your event.
Jackie · Married on 12/09/2015
Joey was extremely professional and competent. I felt comfortable with him during both the planning and execution, and the trust-factor allowed me to focus on other event logistics. He will definitely be an annual addition to our gala!Sent on 12/14/2015
Retonica's reply:Thank you for the kind words. We had so much fun coming up with centerpiece ideas and were so impressed with the organization and execution you exhibited at your event.
Mary · event on: 12/06/2015
Joe's work is outstanding, He is quick and very creative. Our holiday concert was vastly improved due to the lighting effectsSent on 12/15/2015
Retonica's reply:Thank you Mary! Part of the fun of this job is getting to work at fun events, and your concert was a blast! I kept getting lost in the music and had to keep reminding myself to make the lighting cues on time!
Carla · event on: 12/05/2015
Retonica provided a unique and cutting edge lighting display for our fundraising event. The ambiance and decor they created was a highlight of the event and many of our patrons were impressed enough to comment to us how much they liked it!Sent on 12/16/2015
Retonica's reply:Thanks Carla, you put on such a great event! The space was awesome to work with and the band was excellent as well.
Karen · event on: 11/17/2015
Joey is a complete pleasure to work with. He works diligently to understand what the customer is looking to achieve (even when the customer can't even seem to articulate what she wants!!) and always meets time and budgetary restraints. Can't say enough good things about his work.Sent on 12/04/2015
Retonica's reply:Thank you so much for your comments! We were especially happy to be a part of an event that celebrates the Creative Economy--like us!
Emma · event on: 11/06/2015
Joey is seriously the bomb. Our Creative Gathering event was the first ever to be held in our warehouse space, soon to be our Black Box Theatre. He used his awesome lighting tools and tricks to totally transform our our space from dingy, unfinished warehouse into ultimate hip nightspot in Peabody. I wish I could share photos in this review. Not only is he skilled at what he does, he's very personable, understanding and cooperative. He's able to take a generic emotional word and translate that into the lighting. As an arts professional, I don't throw this word around lightly, but Joey is truly a master at what he does.Sent on 12/04/2015
Retonica's reply:Emma, thank you so much for such kind words. Spaces like yours are the stuff of dreams for lighting folks like us!
Drvta · Married on 10/31/2015
I didn't hire them for a wedding but for a Halloween party. They did an excellent job and people were coming to the house just to look at the lights!Sent on 11/03/2015
Retonica's reply:It was our pleasure to make your house spooky and festive!
Pedro · event on: 10/10/2015
On October 10, 2015 Joey rigged up a colorful light canopy at our Main Street “Oktoberfest” Parklet event! The lighting added an artful, exciting yet subtle element to the event that everyone enjoyed. Joey worked with us to understand our needs and to make sure we got the best bang for our buck! Without reservation, we would highly recommend Joey for your event lighting needs!Sent on 12/14/2015
You check out pics from this event here: http://bit.ly/Oktoberfestparklet
Retonica's reply:Thanks Pedro, we were so happy to participate. We love the challenge of seeing what we can do with pop-up events!
User5582850 · 2+ years ago
These guys are the best kept secret in lighting, I got a referral from a friend bc they don't advertise much. They used to do only permanent installations but have been doing a lot of pop-up events and most recently, weddings. I have seen weddings where the lights are just a bunch of lit stripes around the room and the rest of the space is so dark. They took the time to plan my wedding, lit up centerpieces, and even had a spotlight slowly brighten on my maid of honor and best man when they were giving their speeches! The room looked less like a function hall and more like a Broadway show. The owner loves lighting and loves talking about lights. He was on HGTV a few years ago too.Sent on 11/03/2015
Retonica's reply:We love when our clients enjoy a little 'theatre' with their events. We are glad we made you feel like the stars of the show!