Afternoon ceremony unites Schmid, Yeager

RAYNE - Christina Marie Schmid of Crowley and Brantley Heston Yeager of Rayne were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne. Father Gary Schexnayder was the celebrant of the 1 p.m; nuptial Mass.

Christina is the daughter of Gregory and Donna Schmid of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Clifton Istre and the late Mary Istre of Crowley and Walter Schmid of Lafayette and the late Rose Marie Schmid.

She is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and a 2007 graduate of Louisiana State University at Eunice with an Associate of Science degree. She is currently employed by Mayeux Insurance Company.

Brantley is the son of James and Ida Yeager of Rayne. He is the grandson of Viola Yeager of Rayne and the late Johnson Yeager and Carmen Girouard of Rayne and the late Louis Girouard.

He is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and a 2008 graduate of Louisiana State University of Eunice with a degree of Science in Radiologic Technology. He is employed at University Medical Center in Lafayette as a Radiologic Technologist.

Escorted by her father, the bride was elegant in a gown of ivory taffeta with a sweetheart neckline, pleated cap sleeves and an asymmetrical dropped waist. The bodice was detailed with lace and intricate beadwork. The dropped torso flowed into pleating folds along the front with an exquisite semi-cathedral train that featured delicate lace and breading. Her headpiece consisted of a bridal comb adorned with ivory pearls and swarovski crystals to accent her tulle veil with delicate crystal bead edging.

She carried a bouquet of green and ivory hydrangeas along with green cymbidium orchids sprinkled with tiny ivory flower sprays. Her bouquet was wrapped in ivory satin ribbon and graced with her maternal grandmother’s rosary and her paternal grandmother’s pearl bracelet.

Traditional items carried by the bride included her grandmother’s bracelet as something old, her dress as something new, her grandmother’s rosary as something borrowed and her garter as something blue.

Serving as maid of honor was Mary Schmid, sister of the bride. Bridal attendants were Catherine Schmid, sister of the bride; Valerie Kratzer, Tonia Johnson, Kelli Moody, Rebecca Rue and Brittany Cormier, friends of the bride. Junior bridesmaid was Theresa Schmid, sister of the bride.

Attendants were attired in strapless flat taffeta dresses that featured a ruched waist with matching sash and a bubble hem in a beautiful watermelon color. The junior bridesmaid wore a spaghetti strap satin dress with a matching sash on the waist in the same watermelon color. They carried bouquets of light pink and green cymbidium orchids with pink berries wrapped in satin ribbon with a crisscross mesh ribbon and crystal accent.

Serving as best man was Steven Bruner, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Bronson Yeager, brother of the groom; Matthew Schmid, brother of the bride; Michael Ronkartz, Ben Leonards, Blaine Gary, Adam Girouard and Billy Wynn, friends of the groom. The men of the wedding party were attired in formal black tuxedos.

Ushering guests to their seats were Randall Schmid, cousin of the bride; Jason Lalande, Luke Moody, and Matt Hornsby, friends of the groom.

Serving as flower girl was Margaret Schmid, cousin of the bride. She was escorted by ring bearer Christopher Schmid, brother of the bride.

Donna Istre Schmid, mother of the bride, chose a plum floor length A-line taffeta gown with a matching bolero jacket. The gown featured a vertical ruched bust line with pleating high beaded thin waist band over a horizontal ruched fabric band.

Ida Girouard Yeager, mother of the groom, chose a teal chiffon a-line sleeveless dress which had a v-neck line and ruched crisscross bodice accented at the waist with a jewel brooch. The dress featured a full length multi-tiered chevron skirt. A matching tissue chiffon shawl was attached at the shoulders.

Both mothers wore wrist corsages made of a single green cybidium orchid accented with flowers and ribbon to compliment their dresses.

During the ceremony, sacred scripture readings were provided by Michael Istre, cousin of the bride and Verelda Girouard, aunt of the groom. Offertory gifts were carried by Fred Girouard, uncle of the groom. Eucharistic ministers were Jo Ann Broussard, Linda Craton and Terral Prevost. Programs were distributed to guest before the ceremony by Laura Schmid and Julia Schmid, cousins of the bride. Alter servers were Josef Schmid and David Schmid, cousins of the bride along with Louis Mayeux, friend of the groom. Throughout the ceremony, a lovely selection of traditional music was provided by Jan Pullin, pianist and Tommy Benoit, violinist.

A reception that followed the ceremony was held at the historic landmark The Crossing at Mervine Kahn. The reception hall was elegantly lit with candles and decorated with floral centerpieces throughout using hydrangeas, orchids, wisteria and lilies in an array of colors. Beautiful flowing ferns added a finishing touch to the celebration.

The bride’s table featured a three-tierd round cake on a silver plateau. The ivory confection was accented with beautiful piped swirls along with a pink organza ribbon which wrapped around each layer. The top and bottom layers were filled with a strawberry filling and the middle layer consisted of a chocolate filling topped with a buttercream icing. The top of the cake featured a small bouquet of gorgeous pink orchids.

The groom’s table featured a hunting theme. A duck filled wooden backdrop and a handmade wooden table was the setting for a New Orleans style bread pudding instead of the traditional groom’s cake.

Out of town guests registered from Crowley, Lafayette, Carencro, Breaux Bridge, Baton Rouge, Houma, Gonzales, Alexandria, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Wheelock, Texas.

Following a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, thee couple will reside in Branch.

On the Thursday evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Yeager, at Chef Roy’s in Rayne. The private dining room was beautifully decorated with dark pink roses and delicate white flowers arranging in crystal and silver vases. Large green ferns provided a lovely backdrop for the head table. The wedding party, family and friends enjoyed a menu consisting of ribeye steak, seafood platter, grilled chicken breast, baked potato and salad. A delicious red velvet cake was offered for dessert.

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