Kelly Noonan and Alec Gores’s Beach Wedding in Malibu
There are fairy-tale weddings and then there are the Hollywood kind. Director, writer, and producer Kelly Noonan and her now-husband, investor Alec Gores, were destined to tie the knot in true Hollywood style. Their story goes back to 2010, when the couple was introduced by a mutual friend at Alec’s annual 3rd of July party in Malibu. Fast-forward five years, and the happy pair was together in Paris. “It’s Alec’s favorite city,” Kelly explains. “We were there with a big group of friends, but Alec took me out to dinner alone at Le Grand Véfour, and while he had planned to propose at dinner, he got nervous and held off.” She continues, “After dinner, we went back to the George V and met our friends in the lobby bar. Alec then pulled me out and sat me on the love seat outside of the bar, just across from the piano, and took out the ring. I burst into tears as we all cheered and toasted and celebrated the engagement.”
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The City of Light may have been the place where they cemented their plans to wed, but the actual event would take place back where they’d met for the very first time. “Alec has a beautiful home on Malibu Road, and we thought it would be the perfect setting. I have always dreamed of a beach wedding,” says Kelly. While the reception was planned for Alec’s house, his brother Tom offered to host the ceremony just four doors down. Because of the naturally beautiful setting of sun and sand, Kelly had a very simple, elegant aesthetic in mind for her beachside nuptials. “I am a bit of a minimalist,” she notes. “I also like timeless and classic, so I spoke with our planner, Mindy Weiss, and opted for a lot of beautiful candles and white and ivory flowers with a touch of pale coral and peach. My motto is ‘less is more,’ and I think that between Mindy’s grand vision and my minimalist flare, we achieved a perfect balance.”
Kelly’s inclination toward sleek and subtle would also translate to her wedding gown. Her friend, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, suggested that she call on the also minimally minded Brandon Maxwell to create her dream dress. As Kelly recalls, “Brandon and I met at the Beverly Hills Hotel over a rosé lunch and we decided to do it! We used Carolyn Bessette’s wedding dress as the main source of inspiration, and then made a modern, sexier version of it. I think Brandon nailed it—it was perfect.” The original version of the body-hugging, backless gown had quite a long train, so the designer made Kelly a second version without one so that she was better able to move and dance the night away. She paired her knockout look with jewels borrowed from friend Neil Lane, including vintage diamond earrings and three different vintage diamond bracelets. She topped everything off with a Neil Lane diamond necklace that was a gift from her soon-to-be husband. “I truly felt like a princess,” says Kelly.
Befitting of L.A. royalty, the wedding itself was all glitz and glam. Under a stunning sheer white canopy and beautiful glass lanterns, the guests took their seats for the ceremony looking out at the ocean as a 12-piece orchestra played. “The sun was setting and we had a spectacular pastel sky as our backdrop,” Kelly remembers. After the romantic, intimate “I do’s” at sunset, everyone gathered at the couple’s home where, as Kelly says, “we built the deck out 20 feet onto the sand so we could accommodate our 250 guests comfortably.” There was a live band, and the food was catered by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and Beverly Hills restaurant E. Baldi. And when it came time for the first dance, Kelly’s beloved had something very special in store: “Alec surprised me with John Legend singing ‘All of Me’ during our first dance. It was absolutely magical.”
During dinner, toasts were made by Alec’s best friends, who happen to include stars like Tobey Maguire and Sylvester Stallone. After the food, the toasts, and the serenade by a multiplatinum recording artist, the wedding came to a quiet close, as the beach community in Malibu has strict noise regulations. But that doesn’t mean that this power couple’s union went out without a bang. “We went to Lake Como, Italy, for four days and stayed at Villa La Cassinella,” Kelly says of their honeymoon. “We brought two other couples with us, and one of the couples, Andy and Olya Beal, surprised us with a private fireworks show right outside our villa on the lake—it was the most amazing experience we’ve ever had together.” And just like that, a blockbuster ending to a true Hollywood-style affair.