Myisha and Armon. Photo by Zha Zha Liang Photography + Design
Traditional wedding culture blended seamlessly with visionary new age creativity, to produce a magical wedding experience at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Father Jay Matthews officiated at last Saturday’s ceremony as bride Myisha Chapple, and groom Armon Moore culminated their fairytale engagement that went viral on the internet last year.
Armon proposed to Myisha in Havana Cuba. Myisha had made reservations at one of Cuba’s most popular restaurants, La Guarida to celebrate Armon’s birthday. Little did she know, he planned the entire trip to pull off a surprise proposal. Renting out the entire top floor of the restaurant, he hired a thirty-piece orchestra to play their favorite Kanye West song, “All of the Lights” as he got down on one knee. She said “Yes” twice!
Moore, who describes himself as “a new generation creative” is passionate about technology, culture and everything that surrounds it:” From Atlanta Georgia, Armon graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BS in Art and Design, in addition to Graphic Communications, and received an MA in Art & Design from Savannah College. Moore is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of “ImpactFlow” and has 13 years’ experience in digital media. ImpactFlow is located in Portland Oregon.
Myisha Chapple hails from the Bay Area, previously residing in San Francisco with her mother, Oakland educator Tonia Chapple. Myisha graduated from St. Marys’ in Moraga in 2003 with a degree in Business Communications, and has assisted non-profit and for profit businesses create their brand. Myisha and Armon met when she planned an event for Armon’s company. She moved to Portland after attaining a position with Nike.
The Moore’s intimate wedding party included maid of honor Blaine Abate, and best man Shawn Pringle, their childhood friends. The couple requested that all attendees dress in white formals and black tuxedos, making the entire congregation the wedding party.
That type of planning is what made this Millennials wedding veer from the traditional. Wearing a delicate lace and organza dress with a nine-foot train, the bride carried a huge rosary instead
of a bouquet as she walked down the aisle to “Ave Maria.”
Blending traditional with new age, their different point of view regarding marriage was apparent at the reception where attendees were introduced to their “brand”, which was on their program, topped their wedding cake, and was projected on a spectacular wall of the 16th street train station in West Oakland.
The 16th Street Station opened on August 1, 1912 and served as the terminus for the trans-continental railway, peaking in the 1920’s and was the first place where over 20,000 African American car porters were employed and unionized.
The bride and groom arrived to the reception in a black and silver BMWi8, and as the wing-doors lifted, the radiant bride and handsome groom emerged to greet their guest. Since age 8, Myisha dreamed of ballerinas at her wedding, and Armon likes to make dreams come true.
Nine beautiful ballerinas of all races and hues danced before the bride and grown, as a small drone flew overhead recording the reception. Myisha presented Armon with a life-size portrait of him in his favorite jean jacket wearing a crown, painted by Maxwell Dickson.
Armon’s parents are Mr. Eugene and Mrs. Andrea Moore from Georgia. Myisha parents are Tonia Chapple from Hayward and Mr. John Chapple from West Virginia.
The Bride and Groom are honeymooning in Cabo, Mexico. #LIVELAUGHMOORE