Gina Marie Joyce and Raymond Paul DeBardelaben were married in an outdoor evening ceremony Saturday, June 2, 2007, on the banks of the Kenai River at Rueben and Kelly Hanke’s Harry Gaines Fish Camp. Steve DeBardelaben, the groom’s uncle of Coral Gables, Fla., performed the commitment ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Bill Joyce and Kathryn Thomas of Soldotna. Gina is a professional civil engineer with McLane Consulting Inc., in Soldotna. The bride wore a full-skirted, ivory silk brocade dress of classic princess lines that was accented with seed pearls on the bodice. She carried a full, trailing bouquet of ivory roses, coral and ivory peonies accented with tendrils of ivy and asparagus fern. She was escorted down the aisle by her father, brothers Howard and Cash Joyce, and nephew, Jack.
The groom is the son of Robert and Jewel DeBardelaben of Houston, Texas. He is the owner of Long Live the Kings guide and lodging service in Soldotna.
The matron of honor was a dear friend of the bride, Barbara Roper of Soldotna. Bridesmaids were the bride’s sister-in-law, Jennifer Cabalquinto-Joyce of Los Angeles; the groom’s sister-in-law, Layne DeBardelaben of Nacogdoches, Texas; and the bride’s cousin, Jessica Giddings of Woodriver, Ill. The bride’s attendants wore coral dresses and carried bouquets of coral and ivory peonies with ivory roses.
The groom’s nieces, Holly and Rebecca DeBardelaben, and neighbor, Savannah Moore, were flower girls. As the ceremony commenced the flower girls, assisted by the groom’s nephew, Haden DeBardelaben rang bells and called out “the bride is coming” as guest took their seats.
The groom’s lifelong friend, Wade Monroe of Conroe, Texas, was the best man. His other attendants were his brother, Robert DeBardelaben of Nacogdoches; friend Dan Mortenson of Soldotna, and the bride’s nephew, Austin Malston of Kenai. The groomsmen, in western-cut tuxedos with blue vests and ivory rose boutonnieres, dashingly arrived at the ceremony by boat with the groom at the helm.
The bride’s aunt, Mary Ann Detroit of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, gave a reading of “The Promise” and soloist Rachel Hanke sang “If You Believe” as the bride and groom performed a unity ceremony of sand and stone.
A celebration reception immediately followed the ceremony on the banks of Ray’s beloved Kenai River. Tables were set with blue and white tablecloths with centerpieces of coral peonies. The couple’s 225 guests enjoyed a dinner buffet prepared by the bride’s mother and cooked on site by Joe Hanes and Rueben Hanke, highlighting Alaska’s fish and seafood. A five-tiered wedding cake was prepared by the bride’s mother and an assortment of traditional Italian wedding cookies were prepared by the bride’s aunts and cousin for dessert. Guests danced to a live band in spite of the rain and enjoyed a helicopter fly-by during the reception. The event was recorded for posterity by the groom’s sister, Tanya DeBardelaben.
The couple will honeymoon in the fall and make their home in Soldotna.
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