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A Music-Infused Fete in Misty Mendocino

Lindsay Wolf and Jesse Macht’s nuptials echo the area’s wild romance

Words by NANDITA KHANNA
Photography by ALIXANN LOOSLE

 

The first time Lindsay Wolf and Jesse Macht locked eyes they were at a dive bar in Santa Barbara back in 2006. Jesse was in a band that was in the process of recording an album, and Lindsay’s friend was dating the producer. A night spent drinking whiskey together turned into a summer fling that ended when the two went their separate ways: Lindsay to Boston for school and Jesse to New York for his music career.

 

Nine years later, they were both living on L.A.’s East Side and kept bumping into each other. Friendly follow-up emails turned into long nightly phone conversations. “I was hesitant to take it back to a romantic place,” Lindsay admits. “But he’s the most charming human in the world, so it was pretty hard to resist.”

 

After two and a half years of dating, Jesse proposed one evening in October 2018; Lindsay returned home to find their place blanketed with flickering candles and twinkle lights.

 

And even though both grew up in L.A., they chose to forgo palm trees for something more rustic. “Northern California is so special,” Lindsay says. “It’s moodier, and the seaside towns have a New England bent to them.”

 

They settled on Switzer Farm just outside of Mendocino, a lovingly restored 1884 Victorian home full of charming original details. Riffing on the landscape — wild, unfussy and deeply romantic — to set the tone for the weekend, they enlisted the help of S.F.-based Ashley Smith Events to bring the festivities to life.

 

The couple was married at sunset on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. They walked hand in hand — with Jesse occasionally twirling Lindsay down the windy path from the house to a chuppah accented with ornamental grasses and long-stemmed calla lilies. The couple laughed and cried as they read the vows they’d written for each other.

 

Guests retreated to the house for cocktail hour on the veranda before heading into a tent made over with twinkling lights, long wood tables covered in dripping taper candles, and mismatched vases filled with bleached amaranthus and dried lunaria. They danced into the wee hours to a mix of Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie and Robyn.

 

But perhaps the sweetest moment of the night was when the groom took the mic to perform “Scar on the Sky” by Chris Cornell. With 160 of the couple’s closest friends and family listening, Jesse sang their favorite love song as his muse swayed and mouthed the words along with him.

 

 

LINDSAY AND JESSE’S WEDDING

HAIR & MAKEUP Katie Nash • DRESS Monique Lhuillier • PLANNER Ashley Smith Events • RENTALS Theoni Collection, Found Rentals, Standard Party Rentals, Bright Event Rentals, The Rental Place • LINENS Green Earth Studio, Borrowed Blu • STATIONERY Julie Ha Calligraphy • FLOWERS Marigold SF • MUSIC Hillary Reynolds Band, Heart of Gold DJs • DRINKS Tonic Beverage Catering • CATERING & CAKE Fogcutter

 

Feature image: LINDSAY WOLF, wearing MONIQUE LHUILLIER, and JESSE MACHT at SWITZER FARM overlooking the Pacific, under a chuppah designed by KATIE GONG.

 

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of C Weddings.

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