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ALEX BASCH, wearing a custom dress by A.L.C., with DYLAN WOLFF in the hotel courtyard.
The bride’s best friend and one of her maids of honor, Kelly, prepares the veil, which originally belonged to the groom’s sister.
One of the bride’s four flower girls, wearing a flower crown made by florist MARY CASS.
Citrus baskets filled with kumquats and oranges lend a natural touch.
The bride and groom poolside.
A.L.C. founder ANDREA LIEBERMAN custom-designed the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The couple and the groomsmen.
“All of my girls were with me all day leading up to the ceremony,” says Alex, who gave robes as bridemaids’ gifts.
It was important to the bride to have both her mom and dad walk her down the aisle.
The ceremony took place as the sun was setting over the San Jacinto Mountains.
The bride and groom dance the hora with their guests.
The bride and groom share a moment on the dance floor.
A Triple Berry Shortcake from Sweet Lady Jane.
A romantic candlelit dinner is served beside the Colony PalMS Hotel pool.
A dinner including grilled flatbreads and pan-seared sea bass served at candlelit tables.
The bride in her custom A.L.C. gown.
Antique vintner bottles, citrus baskets and more than 200 lanterns transform the poolside setting.

Perfect Fit

by slh

Alex Basch and Dylan Wolff’s desert wedding inspires easy California elegance, and a collection of timeless dresses

ALEX BASCH, wearing a custom dress by A.L.C., with DYLAN WOLFF in the hotel courtyard.

Dylan Wolff fondly refers to his courtship of Alex Basch as the “ultimate slow play.” The pair first met in 2003 as freshmen at Calabasas High School and immediately hit it off, but it would be nearly a decade before romance took root. “We were really close friends and I always had a crush on her,” explains Wolff, “but I let it simmer for 10 years.”

The bride and groom poolside.

It wasn’t until they both returned home to Los Angeles in 2010 after graduating from college—she from George Washington University and he from the University of Oregon—that their friendship evolved into something more. Despite a joint agreement to take the summer off with minimal responsibilities, Alex received a serendipitous call from Andrea Lieberman, the founder of the then-fledgling label A.L.C., offering Alex a job as her assistant. 

A.L.C. founder ANDREA LIEBERMAN custom-designed the bridesmaids’ dresses.

“Alex had always planned to move to New York and do the fashion thing,” says Dylan. “When she got this opportunity in Los Angeles, it saved me!”

Five years later, on a vacation in Tulum, Mexico, Dylan closed the deal, proposing amid candlelight and flowers—with a GoPro camera set to capture the scene. “It was so beautiful and all I could focus on was the camera,” recalls Alex, laughing. “I totally ruined the whole proposal telling him he couldn’t record me.”

The couple and the groomsmen.

The couple decided on the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs for their October nuptials, opting for a relaxed weekend getaway and exchanging vows in front of 135 close family and friends as the sun set over the San Jacinto Mountains.

Dylan donned a Saint Laurent tux, and Alex, now the branding director for A.L.C., wore a double-faced silk dress custom-designed by Lieberman.

“All of my girls were with me all day leading up to the ceremony,” says Alex, who gave robes as bridemaids’ gifts.

“We called her from Tulum after we got engaged, and she was so excited to design the dress,” says Alex, who remembers Lieberman telling her, “You want to be you on your wedding day.” For Alex, a self-described jeans-and-T-shirt girl, that meant a simple gown that focused on fabric and fit, including a beautiful low-back detail.

It was important to the bride to have both her mom and dad walk her down the aisle.

The bride was just as adamant that her bridesmaids feel like themselves, a design task to which Lieberman enthusiastically lent her hand. “I don’t know if she knew what she was getting herself into, but she loves dressing people and dressing people for important events,” recalls Alex. “We looked at styles that we really loved, sketched them, and in some cases took A.L.C. favorites and allocated those.”

The ceremony took place as the sun was setting over the San Jacinto Mountains.

The personalized assortment of dresses inspired A.L.C.’s first-ever bridal collection of effortlessly elegant frocks, aptly called The Dress, which launched in April.

A dinner including grilled flatbreads and pan-seared sea bass served at candlelit tables.

“The collection truly came out of the wedding,” says Alex. “The Dress stemmed from this idea of dressing women for all these special moments in their lives.” 


PLANNER COJ Events FLORIST Mary Cass, Jensen’s Florist ENTERTAINMENT Dart Collective VIDEOGRAPHER Shark Pig, Wade Koch DRESS A.L.C. SUIT Saint Laurent CAKE Sweet Lady Jane HAIR Angelo Tsimourtos at Andy LeCompte Salon MAKEUP Noseph Trinh


Photography by SARAH FALUGO.
Written by GILLIAN KOENIG.

 

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of C Weddings.