What do you get when two foodies fall in love? If you're Linda Franci Alpert and Sean Foley, you celebrate the occasion with an elegant farmer's-market feast under the stars on a sprawling Malibu ranch. "We wanted to showcase the beauty of southern California, and share our SoCal lifestyle with our family and friends," she says. So on May 27th, 2012, 290 guests made the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to celebrate in the best way the lovebirds know how: with incredible food, fantastic cocktails, and a night of dancing worthy of an early-summer evening.
Sean and Linda set the tone for their wedding with an invitation that featured a sunset silhouette from their engagement photos. "It represented the feeling of dancing under the stars that we wanted to create for our wedding," says Linda. Of course the couple recreated the pose in their wedding-day finery!
The bride and groom kept their look classic, with Linda in a satin-bodiced ball gown and Sean in a midnight blue tuxedo. "I loved the satin ribbons throughout he lace at the hem," she says of her Priscilla of Boston gown. Inside the bodice were pieces of fabric from her mom and grandmothers' dresses, embroidered with their names and wedding dates.
The ceremony took place beneath a willow tree at Saddlerock Ranch. The aisle was flanked with planters filled with lavender and sage.
The chuppah featured Linda's grandfather's prayer shawl suspended from four posts decked out in apples, roses, and ivy. "It fit in so beautifully with the landscape," says Linda.
For the Jewish ceremony, Sean and Linda invited seven of their friends to each read one of the traditional blessings, and signed a ketubah designed by Linda's sister.
Instead of traditional escort cards, guests found their table assignments written with edible ink on crisp green apples. "The reception was near a field of horses, so our guests could feed them after they found out where to sit," explains the bride.
The silhouette that graced the invitations was also used to decorate the cake. Beneath the frosting was layers of banana cake and alternating chocolate, cream cheese, and peanut butter fillings.
Linda and Sean met while working for Wolfgang Puck Catering, so an incredible menu was a priority. They completely customized the dinner options with their caterer, choosing to serve skirt steak and grilled salmon family-style. "We made sure to have a variety of side dishes so everyone could customize their meal," Linda says.
Farmer's market-inspired centerpieces included tomatoes, peppers, squash, grapes, and radishes. "Fresh fruits and vegetables are just as beautiful as any flower, and it spoke to the importance of food to us and our relationship."
"We were on the dance floor all night," says Linda. "We didn't want to interrupt the party, so we didn't even stop to cut the cake — Sean and I just went over and cut it ourselves, then got back to dancing!"
The couple, who honeymooned in Greece, made sure to personalize their wedding from start to finish. "It's what our guests really remember, and it made it a celebration of us," says Linda.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch || Wedding Coordinator: Love & Splendor || Bride's Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston || Jewelry: Borrowed from family members || Hair: Sami Eid of Cristophe || Makeup: Thierry Pourtoy || Floral Design: Brad Austin Imaginative Florals || Invitations & Paper Goods: Tulaloo || Apple Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Music: Rembrandt || Catering: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods || Cake: Jamaica's Cakes || Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals || Videography: Buckley Videography || Photography: Maya Myers Photography