Elegant Bride - Winter 1996

"So In Love" Forever

The 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.

She recalls, 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.

Weeks quickly 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.

To accessorize 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.

Janet Carroll, 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 crudit�s, 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.

Photography by Evan Guston Photography, Tarzana, California.

Actress Paula Trickey of "Pacific Glue" Gets Married!

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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.

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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.

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