Soaps in Depth-ABC
April 17, 2001
Volume 5, Issue 16
For Keeps One Life to Live's Viki and Ben November 13, 2000
Outside St. James Church, the autumn air was crisp, as
winter loomed on the not-too distant horizon. Tree branches were nearly
bare, as fallen leaves blanketed the ground like a rainbow-colored afghan.
Yet inside, a palpable feeling of warmth filled the air, as friend and family
gathered in anticipation of the marriage of One Life to Live's Viki Carpenter
and Ben Davidson.
Here Comes the
setting was intimate - perfect for what was to be a small affair. Adorable
flower bouquets decorated the sides of each pew, and a small bouquet hung from
both ends of the altar, joined by a long wreath whose green hue perfectly
contrasted the white walls.
When suddenly the organ
blared, the guests turned their heads in unison, eager to get their first
glimpse of the beautiful bride. And boy, how beautiful she was!
Smiling from ear to ear, Viki looked absolutely radiant in her off-white
gown. She gave off a glow that was even more dazzling than her diamond and
pearl earrings. All too often, the word "breathtaking" is used when
describing a bride on her big day. However, on this occasion, there was no
more appropriate term.
Nervously, Ben stood at the
altar waiting for his beloved. He looked handsome in his own right, decked
out in a black tux with a white bow tie and a pink corsage. When he and
his future wife locked eyes, the love between them was impossible to miss.
To set the tone for the
ceremony, Ben's brother, Sam read a moving psalm, and the bride's daughter,
Jessica performed a lovely rendition of "When I Fall in Love." After
saying "I do," the newlyweds marched out of the church to a rousing ovation from
their guests. The next stop: the Palace Ballroom, for a reception
and three-layer chocolate wedding cake with vanilla icing!
Of course, it takes more than
just heartfelt performances by the cast to pull of a wedding like Viki and
Ben's. One of the important, and less heralded, people behind the scenes
is costume director Susan Gammie, who, with her associate, Sally Lesser,
designed Viki's gorgeous dress. "I was just kind of given one word, and
that was they wanted it to look regal," Gammie relates. "I personally
wanted it to be something that had a very timeless, eternal look."
One of the challenges
that Gammie faced was finding a way to give the dress a modern look that also
wouldn't have appeared out of place in the 1940's or 1950's. What resulted
was a finished product that was, as she puts it, "contemporary and timeless at
the same time."
The Last Detail
the look was finalized, the dress was ready to be sewn. "We had a lot of
embroidery done for that dress," Gammie says. "All the embroidery that was
down the front of the dress and around the cuff and collars and all that...that
was all custom embroidery."
Gammie turned her
attention to the headpiece, which would provide the finishing touch. "It
was a tiara," she explains. "That was purchased from a SoHo wedding
"One of the reasons we
gave Viki a tiara," she continues, "was that she doesn't have a lot of hair, and
it just seemed so appropriate with the dress - you know, kind of fun on somebody
with short hair."
So how long did the
whole process take? "We were really in a bit of a time crunch," Gammie
said. "I think it was three weeks on Viki's wedding dress." Still that's
not a bad trade for a lifetime of memories.