The steampunk-themed wedding of Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos, “General Hospital”) and Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra, “The Young and the Restless”) was the soap event of the year, albeit in real-life, when it took place on Saturday, October 23 at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA.
Beyond its gothic/victorian style presentation that included black colored drinking water, caskets, skulls, and guests wearing all black clothes with black nail polish, guy [eye] liner, chokers, corsets, canes, among other items, the bride and groom donned red as their color of choice for the wedding dress and formal suit.
Tables for the reception that followed the ceremony were combined in the styling of a crucifix, according to the Instagram page of Center of Attention Events, which planned the event. “Thank heavens for drones and you @joannamiriam for this Birdseye view photo of our crucifix table design,” read a message on the Instagram page showing a perfect view of things from above. “I love when I find a hyper focused soulmate who is obsessed with the details as I am. Thank you all seated for letting me layout my floor plan to scale with confidence that everything would fit perfectly,” the page also noted. Additionally, the table was “dripping in velvet embossed damask linen and adorned with candelabras, books, vintage heirlooms and oddities.”
With photos taken by lifestyle photographer Joanna Miriam, the bride and groom were styled by Adolfo Sanchez, who said of the bride’s dress, “This wedding gown goes from the perfect ceremony ball gown and coverts into the sexiest reception high low dress revealing the matching lace leggings.” As for the groom’s custom suit, Sanchez notes, “If the bride will be in all red then the groom should compliment her in the same color correct? Except for him I added a touch of black to balance the red.”
“Thanks to everyone for joining us in celebrating our love,” wrote Hope on Instagram the day after the wedding. “The perfect gothic night, surrounded by those we cherish most!”
In a shout-out to Sanchez, Hope said, “Thank you to @asanchezfashion for bringing my vision of my choker tear away dress, lace legging boots and ‘Til Death’ veil to life! I’ve visualized this dress for years and he exceeded expectation! And thanks for honoring @duelly vision as well! You’re a rockstar and I felt like a damn queen!! Love you so much!”
Meanwhile, addressing those asking and/or overthinking, Hope pointed out that the design on the ground near the “Till Death” station where she posed for several photos wasn’t what it looked like. She stated, “FYI. It’s not a demonic pentagram on the ground. It’s just a Red star haha.. So everyone, chill. It was a Christian Victorian gothic wedding.”
From “The Bold and the Beautiful” guests included Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan), Katrina Bowden (Flo Fulton), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester), Annika Noelle (Hope Logan) and Patrika Darbo (Shirley Spectra), among others.
“General Hospital” guests included Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos), Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), Eden McCoy (Josslyn Jacks), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow Tait), Wes Ramsey (Peter August), Josh Swickard (Harrison Chase), Sofia Mattsson (Sasha Gilmore) and executive producer Frank Valentini, among others.
“The Young and the Restless” guests included Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin) and Hunter King (ex-Summer Newman), among others.
The food menu was customized with each guest’s name placed at the top as to help determine seating arrangements, and included such items as Smoked Angus Beef Brisket – Prime Grade and Organic BBQ Chicken Breast as main course options with such sides as Kale & Apple Salad (VG), Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes (VG), Mac & Cheese (VG), Organic Roasted Brussel Sprouts (V), Smoked Tofu (V), Ranch Beans (V) and Teased Garlic Bread (V), among other available items.
In a follow-up post on Instagram, the event planner detailed how the wedding of the newly minted Chad and Courtney Duell came together, which immediately followed Chad’s proposing to Courtney on Valentine’s Day.
“[They] called us last February to produce a jaw dropping gothic themed wedding,” the page said. “Known for our gothic styles envisioned by creative director Michele Fox Gott who has produced rock weddings for Sharon Osbourne, Snoop Dogg and Kat Von D, our team ignited the possibilities. Michele immediately called her good friend, designer @asanchezfashion to create a couture fire engine red look for the couple. Courtney wore a sheer lace bodice with effervescent skirt with breakaway layer to reveal thigh high lace boot look while Chad donned tails and black ornamentation. Guests wore all black Victorian inspired goth ensembles.”
The couple had their first dance to the song “Yours (Wedding Edition)” by Russell Dickerson.
Watch the couple’s first dance below.
Below is a post by Chad Duell which shows the bride and groom standing in the center surrounded by their bridesmaids and groomsmen for their official group photo.
Check out more pictures and videos from the wedding below.
Chad Duell, Courtney Hope
The Wedding Dress
Courtney Hope, Chad Duell
#TeamDope #DuellyWedding Video
Courtney Hope, Chad Duell
Courtney Hope, Chad Duell
Congratulations to the happy couple!