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Jill Lincoln in an Atelier Versace dress with Dominic Russo in PRADA. As the sun sets over the Pacific, two of the couple’s dearest friends officiate the ceremony.
The happy couple with their son, Charlie, who turned 1 days before the wedding.
A selection of small-bite desserts.
House-made waffles with buttermilk-fried Mary’S FREE RANGE Chickens, served with Kendall FarmS crème fraîche and blueberry maple.
A setting styled by Fire and Creme features linen throw pillows and flora with protea and olive branches.
The steps leading from the house down to the beach.
Jill’s east-west-set emerald-cut diamond engagement ring designed by Lorraine Schwartz with her Spinelli Kilcollin band.
The Gesner Beach House features stunning views and a sunken living room.
Jill and Dominic walk down the aisle together, with their son, Charlie, in tow.
The Gesner Beach House, aka the Sandcastle.
After their “I do’s,” the newly married couple and their son steal a moment on the beach to themselves.

Bohemian Rhapsody

by slh

A storied beach house serves as the dreamy backdrop of Jill Lincoln and Dominic Russo’s intimate nuptials

Celebrity stylist Jill Lincoln and comedy writer Dominic Russo met five years ago, when friends set them up on the sly. A year later, Dominic traded the Marina del Rey sailboat he called home for a place in Venice with Jill (whose client roster includes Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner and Kathryn Hahn, among others).

In 2016, conversation turned to making it official, particularly because Jill’s father’s health was declining. “We wanted to get married before he passed away, and we wanted to start a family,” says Jill. Almost immediately, they became pregnant with their son, Charlie, and a year later they decided to celebrate his first birthday (which falls in mid-October) with their own nuptials. “We settled on Oct. 14, which is my dad’s birthday,” Jill says, though he sadly couldn’t attend due to his health and passed away just days after the wedding.

The couple’s vision for their wedding was singular: to throw a truly unforgettable Malibu beach party at the famed Gesner Beach House.

The bride—adorned in an Atelier Versace silk crepe dress and bejeweled snakeskin Dolce & Gabbana slides—walked down the aisle, followed by the groom (in a Prada suit), who held their son as guests looked on, seated on pillows at low wooden tables facing the ocean. “We wanted it to feel like the most amazing party at a magical beach house, rather than a traditional wedding,” Jill says. The ceremony was officiated by two of the couple’s best and oldest friends, one of whom helped to set them up.

Just after Dominic and Jill became husband and wife, the sun dipped toward the ocean, creating a stunning show of color in the sky. Guests mingled and drank spiked aguas frescas to the music of a small band made up of Malibu locals. Later, after a dinner of steak, fish and flatbreads, a DJ got everyone moving on the outdoor dance floor while the sound of waves crashed in the background. 

EVENT PRODUCTION Carrie Baker Events FLORIST Carrie Baker ENTERTAINMENT Kaya Ramos and band (ceremony), and Petey Randall, Queue DJ (reception) CAKE HeirloomLA AFTER PARTY Casa del Mar INVITATIONS Urbanic Paper Boutique

Photography by VALORIE DARLING.


This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of C Weddings.