our story

Inspired by designers Russell Holt and Jon Retsky, Got Light offers over 25 years of experience in event design and production. Their backgrounds span from more than just the event community. From fine art, photography, and film… to theater, dance, music and architecture… their multi-faceted experience in the arts have brought a fresh vision to the event industry and transformed the way lighting is utilized for events and weddings.

The Got Light signature style is about how to produce an event with the smallest visible footprint of production nonsense.

Fifteen years ago, Jon Retsky and Russell Holt started a two-man lighting-for-weddings operation out of Holt’s basement in San Francisco’s Russian Hill. Little did they know that in this dark little space they were building a bright future for themselves and the San Francisco event scene.

Today, Got Light is a creative lighting company with 128 employees, a 32,500-square-foot warehouse and a Rolodex that includes such event heavy hitters as the San Francisco Symphony, SFMOMA, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Ballet and the De Young Museum.

awards & accolades

  • Top LGBT-Owned Business (San Francisco Business Times, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)
  • Best Use of Lighting (Special Events, 2019, 2017 & 2016)
  • ‘Best Real Weddings of 2017′ (Style Me Pretty, 2017)
  • Most Innovative Event Professionals (BizBash, 2016)
  • Best Event Lighting Design (BizBash, 2018 & 2016)
  • Top People in Events – Jon Retsky (BizBash 2019 & 2018)
  • Event Rebels – Jon Retsky and Michael Kuhlmann (BizBash 2018)
  • Certified LGBT Business Enterprise through NGLCC’s Supplier Diversity Initiative