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“I wanted my wedding day to be just like every day, but better,” says Rachel. “With Patrick by my side, and surrounded by family and friends at the beach in Malibu.”
The couple looks on during the toasts.
Patrick proposed with his great-grandmother’s diamonds in a gold setting he had designed.
The wedding canopy was crafted from driftwood.
Bridesmaids made their own wildflower wreaths and bouquets.
Rachel and her family brought the rugs, pillows and chairs for the reception.
The wedding party.
The wedding party.
Patrick in a custom linen suit beside his bride in a gown she reworked and wore over a custom whaleboned bralette and a dramatic Ralph Lauren silk crepe skirt.
The couple drank wine from a sterling-silver antique “loving cup.”
A slice of Nutella crepe cake.
The bridesmaids arrived early in the morning to work on the flowers and decor.

Labor of Love

by C California Style

Patrick Stoker and Rachel Roberts, who first met as kids, exchange vows in Malibu.

Patrick Stoker wanted Rachel Roberts on his team right from the start, when as 9-year-olds they played in the same Malibu Little League. But it took 15 years for sparks to fly, when Rachel, now a photographer and model, found herself in need of a volleyball partner for a doubles match at Surfrider Beach and a friend recommended Stoker, a commercial and residential contractor. Two-and-a-half years later, Stoker proposed on the beach in San Onofre with a bottle of Champagne in one hand and a custom-designed gold ring bearing his great-grandmother’s diamonds in the other.

Their wedding was an all-hands-on-deck effort: Rachel’s cousin made her veil—the perfect finishing touch to her reworked vintage gown of Point Plat French lace with poetic bell sleeves; the flowers (a natural array of chamomile, ranunculus, lavender, golden tickseed and tuberose) were arranged by Patrick’s sister Cayley Stoker, and the groom and his wedding party constructed the ceremony structure from found driftwood and installed it on a private stretch of sand near Paradise Cove. “It put in place an energy that it was a wedding for everyone,” says Rachel, who made her own cakes—two towers of 50 tissue-thin French crepes, including one with Nutella and the other with layers of whipped cream topped with fresh raspberries. “Everyone was invested and a part of it.”

The pair’s Little League coach Tim McAlevey served as officiant; after the vows were exchanged, the party reassembled at a friend’s home on the Malibu bluffs, where guests sat down to a family-style dinner of filet mignon and salmon, and personalized notes on Japanese paper from the bride and groom. The couple’s friend, producer E.B. Sollis, deejayed, spinning Motown and old-school hip-hop into the wee hours: “Patrick and I snuck out well before the party was over,” confesses Rachel, who returned the next morning to find more than a few sleeping overnight guests. “After a little bit of cleanup and leftover cake, we hopped in our VW van and drove up the coast to Bacara (Resort) for our mini-moon,” she says.

By Sandy Hill.
Photographed by Nancy Neil.

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