An influencer bride has been accused of endangering the lives of her wedding guests after covering up the ‘ugly’ exit signs at her reception to maintain perfect aesthetics.
Fashion influencer Bridget Bahl39, took to the streets of New York City to tie the knot with her husband, Texas-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiodo.
The bride was praised for her iconic style, which saw her and her guests dine on the streets of Soho, travel around the city on a tour bus and be part of a beautiful rooftop ceremony.
Bridget’s attempt to turn her special day into a scene from a movie backfired when her TikTok followers noticed she had hidden the exit signs at her wedding, held at The Plaza, because they were “ugly” – which is a lot prompting people at the wedding to accuse her of caring more about “aesthetics” than the safety of her guests.
A fashion influencer bride has been criticized for covering up ‘ugly’ exit signs at her wedding to maintain her perfect aesthetic
Fashion influencer Bridget Bahl, 39, took to the streets of New York City to tie the knot with her husband and Texas-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiodo
However, Bridget’s attempt to turn her special day into a scene from a movie backfired when her TikTok followers noticed the entrepreneur had hidden the exit signs in her venue.
Over the past two weeks, Bridget has shared a slew of videos documenting her glamorous wedding.
In one of the clips, which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times to date, Bridget trotted through the cobbled streets of Soho in her vintage Christian Dior dress.
The luscious bride showed off her stylish rehearsal dinner, which featured a white table complete with white flowers and ample seating in the middle of the street.
Fans gushed over her dream wedding after watching other viral videos that boasted her ceremony and a moving group prayer, birds and more.
However, when Bridget shared a video of herself at her wedding venue, she was criticized by her followers.
She boasted about her decision to hide all the emergency exit signs to keep with the theme of her wedding.
The bride labeled the safety signs ‘ugly’ and covered them with a copper plate.
In the video, which she has since deleted, she said: “I covered all the ugly red exit signs to save the wedding photos.”
Over the past two weeks, Bridget has shared a slew of videos documenting her glamorous wedding (photos from her reception shown)
Fans gushed over her dream wedding after watching other viral videos that boasted her ceremony and a touching group prayer, birds and more
However, when Bridget (shown with guests at her reception) shared a video of herself at her wedding venue, she was criticized by her followers
She boasted about her decision to hide all the emergency exit signs to keep with the theme of her wedding
The bride captioned the clip: “Probably not up to code.”
Despite the video being quickly removed, people on the video sharing platform were quick to piece it together and share their thoughts, including a photographer.
Vermont photographer Madison Anne shared her reactions to the safety violation.
“Literally speechless, and I promise you, exit signs aren’t that bad (for photographers to edit footage),” she captioned the clip.
In the video, she showed how “easy” it was to Photoshop exit signs out of wedding photos.
She added: ‘Imagine investing in a good photographer instead of breaking safety codes.’
Another user named Tom Hanks also stitched the bride’s video.
Tom shared the history of the exit signs as a way to fire up the fashion influencer.
In the video, which she has since deleted, she said: ‘Covered all the ugly red exit signs to save the wedding photos’
The bride (shown with her bridesmaids) captioned the clip: ‘Probably not up to code’
According to Total Fire Protection, outdoor exits, hallways, stairwells and doors leading to exits must be clearly marked with an approved exit sign (Bridget’s rehearsal dinner pictured)
The history of exit signs dates back to 1911, when 146 workers at a Manhattan garment factory died in a massive fire.
The fire – and the deaths it caused – sparked the blaze National Fire Protection Association come up with a way to get people out of buildings quickly in an emergency.
People flooded the comment sections of both Madison and Tom’s videos, sharing their thoughts.
One person said: ‘Her videos show the centerpieces also have huge candles with open flames!’
Another user said: ‘As an event producer, this gives me the creeps.’
“If I walk into a room and don’t see an exit I’ll have a panic attack,” said another.
‘How selfish! To disregard the safety of others. Photoshop it out! It’s red and big, even for the blind and partially sighted,” another user commented.
Someone else wrote: ‘She clearly isn’t paying enough attention to the logistics of safety.’
Vermont photographer Madison Anne shared her reactions to the safety violation
Many viewers also wondered where the bride could hide the safety signs
Many viewers also wondered where the bride could hide the safety signs.
According to ElleBridget’s wedding was planned by Laurie Arons and Birch Event Design and took place at The Plaza Hotel.
Bridget previously praised The Plaza for allowing open flames so she didn’t have to put candles in hurricane holders.
According to Total fire protectionIn New York City, all exits – including outdoor exits, hallways, stairwells, and doors leading to exits – must be clearly marked with an approved exit sign.”
“When purchasing exit signs, it is important to understand that New York City has very specific design requirements,” the website continues, noting that all approved exit signs must have the word “exit” in red lettering.
‘The letters for the word ‘Exit’ must be red in color and be 8 inches long, with a line width of 1 inch.
‘The sign itself, excluding the letters, must be white, translucent or aluminum (light gray) in color. For signs that are internally illuminated, the illumination must be red, not white, with a luminescence of at least 250 foot-lamberts.”
It is unclear whether Bridget was given permission to hide the exit signs at her reception.
DailyMail.com has contacted The Plaza for comment.