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Statement Wedding Lights

Megan McCarty Lara Burnap

Edison bulbs are no longer reserved for illuminating reception dinners; the old- fashioned lights are taking center stage as altars, banners, logos and more as designers and rental companies expand their inventory. “I think people are using these types of décor pieces to express their personality—and to have a statement piece at their wedding,” explains Jeni Maus, owner of Fullerton’s Found Vintage Rentals.

For Michelle and Charlie Gregg, displaying their marital name in lights was more than just a nod to their Boardwalk Empire–inspired wedding, but also a creative way to transform the awning of their reception venue, the American Legion post in Corona Del Mar. Together with designer Natalie Good of Orange County’s A Good Affair Wedding and Event production, they drew up a design, and the bride’s father created the ultimate just married sign. “Couples are beginning to appreciate how important lighting is to the overall look of an event,” explains Good of the burgeoning trend. “They want to go beyond up-lighting and create dramatic elements.” And it’s easy to make it uniquely personal, as rental companies like Town & Country introduce new collections such as its Edison Marquee, which includes letters, numbers and symbols such as hearts, stars and arrows.

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