Rancho del Cielo, Malibu
Like a plan of the universe, they found their soul mate in cyberspace. Where the sun cradles hope, it rises in love.
Chris and Joyce had an eye-opening colour scheme – orange and green with brown hues. The way in which the orange was incorporated into the decorations rendered a kind of pizzazz that we rarely see in conventional schemes. One wonders if this sound sense of adventure has anything to do with the fact that they’re both in the TV and film industry. Joyce is a costume designer and Chris is a set dresser.
When they met online through Chemistry.com, Chris was blown away immediately. As Joyce describes it, “When we laid eyes on each other for the first time, Chris nearly got down on one knee right there. We got engaged at sunrise, on the top of the volcano at Haleakala in Maui. As the sun emerged over the top of the clouds below, Chris popped the question. Amazingly, and luckily for us, there was a photographer from New York who say Chris getting down on one knee.” It seems as if Fate had also been proposing to Chance.
On the wedding day, family courted culture. Rather than having several bridesmaids walk down the aisle before bride, they had their families do it in a group! There was no maid of honour either. They wanted to focus on what was important – the two of them getting married.
As expected, Joyce was to whip up her own concoction for the wedding gown. But wedding planning got in the way, and she could only get to it three months before the wedding. Fortunately, “I found this size ten sample dress by Manuel Mota, and was able to buy it for half the price. I had fallen in love with the Chantilly lace fabric. I had a tailor, Varsenik Korkhmazyan cut the dress and shrink it from size ten to a size zero and created the silhouette I wanted.” It turned out to be an enchanting dress that made the bride looks simply lovely.
They chose a location that reflected their personalities. “Malibu turned out to be just right – particularly after we found Rancho del Cielo. The location represented our style perfectly, with its magnificent views, beautiful gardens, outdoor fireplaces and the charming ranch houses in the background,” said Joyce. “We love clean and modern aesthetics and that was translated well by our florist friend Julie Komen. Her flowers were the one thing we got that was better than what I anticipated.” The beautiful combination of silky orange callas in the bouquet, scattered petals and orange tulips nestled in foliage asserted subtle prominence, which was the one thing that distinguished this wedding.
Photographer – Suzanne Karp / Suzanne Karp Photography www.suzannekarp.com
Flowers – Wedding Paper Divas www.weddingpaperdivas.com
Caterer – Truly Yours
Cake – Cake Divas www.cakedivas.com
Wedding Favours – CD’s made by Joyce and Chris themselves