steepled white gazebo at Orcutt Ranch in West Hills, California, surrounded
by 400 rose bushes, groves of ancient oaks and acres of lush, manicured
gardens was the extraordinary setting for the marriage of Paula Sue
Trickey and Richard Leavitt Thurber. A full moon graced the skies
on May 31, 1996, as the couple welcomed family and friends to this
secluded garden paradise, nestled in the foothills of the West San
Fernando Valley, for an evening ceremony and outdoor reception at
the 1920's Spanish-style hacienda.
It was truly
love at first sight when the couple met casually while playing pool
at a neighborhood, country/western bar in Santa Monica. A first
date at a quaint Italian restaurant with a walk on the beach in
the moonlight began a year-long courtship, leading to Rich's romantic
proposal. Over flutes of chilled champagne, he presented Paula with
a round diamond engagement ring set in platinum and shared his heartfelt
wish that they share their lives together. Amid tears and laughter,
they started to envision a wedding celebration some six months later.
Paula, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Demorest of Flagstaff, Arkansas, and Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Trickey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, plays Officer Cory McNamara
in the USA Network series, "Pacific Blue." Rich, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Van Sciver of Edmond, Oklahoma, is vice president
of production at Alevy Productions, where he oversees Showtime and
HBO specials for comedian Howie Mandel. Their wedding planning began
in earnest when Paula's show went into seasonal hiatus and she could
turn full-time energy to all the details.
fortuitously, that she found the wedding gown of her dreams and
the site for the festivities on Valentine's Day. Her off-the-shoulder
gown featured a satin bodice with pearl tulips and full tulle skirt
trimmed at the hem, from Bridal Palace in Tarzana, California. For
the bridesmaids, she chose garnet velvet gowns from Watters &
Watters. At the same time, the men were measured for Ralph Lauren
tuxedos, and the couple's four nieces donned white dresses of taffeta
and lace. And in quick time, Paula confirmed plans for the flowers,
catering, music and photography.
flew by until classic invitations with embossed floral detail heralded
the special day. Just as the sun began to set, guests took seats
on the lawn in front of the gazebo, which had been decorated with
roses and tulle by Rhoda Kelly Floral Factory of Canoga Park, California.
A prelude medley of classical tunes performed on the flute, guitar
and violin entertained guests, arranged by Don Frankel Entertainment
of Woodland Hills, California, until Paula took her father's arm
and ascended the aisle to meet Rich.
her wedding gown, Paula wore her great grandmother's wedding ring
for good luck as her "something old," "borrowed"
her petticoat and donned a "blue" ribbon-trimmed garter.
As a special gift, Rich presented her with a pearl necklace and
matching earrings for a finishing touch.
For a festive
floral accent, she carried a bouquet of white roses, baby's breath
and greenery dressed with tulle. Her maids carried similar bouquets
with white and burgundy roses accented with greenery and tulle.
While Rich pinned a white rose to his lapel, the groomsmen wore
burgundy rose boutonnieres.
a fellow actress from Los Angeles and ordained minister, led the
double-ring ceremony. After the couple were pronounced husband and
wife, guests proceeded to the Ranch's nature trail to congratulate
the newlyweds and enjoy a cocktail reception featuring crudités,
freshly wrapped California rolls and dim sum prepared by Simply
the Best Events in San Dimas, California.
A brief time
later, guests strolled to the landmark hacienda for a lively dinner
featuring an exquisite presentation of salads and made-to-order
pasta stations. After filling their plates at the buffet, guests
took seats at tables placed in the gardens. As a dramatic accent
against the darkening sky, large glass bowls filled with floating
candles and surrounded by red and white roses, baby's breath and
tulle centered each table, additionally graced with single-use cameras
personalized with the couple's names and wedding date.
Paula and Rich
soon took their first dance to "Keeper of the Stars" by
Tracey Byrd, followed with a toast by the best man. Tex Beaumont
performed "Paula's Wedding Song" on guitar as she danced
with her father and Paula's sister, Dawna King, dedicated her rendition
of "The Nightingale" by Trisha Yearwood to the couple.
After an evening of merrymaking, including a performance by all
of the groomsmen, who slipped on bright teal dinner jackets to sing
a special version of "So In Love" with lyrics written
just for Paula and Rich, the couple cut their four-tier wedding
cake. Created by Simply the Best Events, the confection featured
layers of chocolate cake with raspberry filling and white cake with
strawberry filling, covered in fondant an adorned with fresh flowers.
With a toss
of her bouquet at the end of the evening, Paula and Rich departed
for a Jamaican honeymoon at the Grand Lido resort in Negril. They
filled their nine-day vacation with a myriad of sports activities
-- horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing and marlin
fishing expedition. All too soon, they returned to settle in at
home in Los Angeles where the memories of their wedding day strengthen
their unending love for each other.
by Evan Guston Photography, Tarzana, California.
Actress Paula Trickey of "Pacific
Glue" Gets Married!
Taking a break from their roles on the USA Network's
"Pacific Blue," newlywed Paula Trickey and co-star Darlene
Vogel show off fabulous wedding attire.
A glorious outdoor wedding at a historic ranch
and garden in Southern California celebrated the springtime love
of Paula Sue Trickey and Richard Leavitt Thurber.