Amanda Meche and Trent Hains marry

NEW IBERIA - Trent Joseph Hains and Amanda Marie Meche exchanged vows November 4, 2011 in a 5 p.m. wedding at Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia.

The bride is the daughter of Priscilla Ann Comeaux of Scott and Archie Joseph Meche of Mire. Her maternal grandmother is Murmae Duplantis of Scott and her paternal grandparents are Velta Landry of Mire and the late Red Joseph Meche. She received her graduate equivalency degree and is currently attending the Louisiana Academy of Beauty in Eunice.

The groom is the son of Nolton Joseph and Phyllis Hains of Crowley. Trent is the paternal grandson of Gilbert and Jeanette Faulk Hains of Crowley and he is the maternal grandson of the late Andrus and Grace Broussard Guillot. He graduated in 2008 and is self-employed as a farmer in Ebenezer.

Guests strolled through the lovely gardens filled with the scents and colors of the season. Escorted by her father and with “I do, the Original Wedding Song” playing by the artist Just Patrick, the bride was beautiful in her elegant white mermaid style gown. The gown, from Mori Lee and by Madeline Gardiner, was of soft satin with embroidery in white and silver. The embroidery accented the strapless sweetheart neckline and a wrapped bodice which fit snuggly around the hips and was gathered with a brooch. The soft white satin continued into a full train which was set by a corset style tie up the back, also accented by the white and silver embroidery. Her headpiece was a crystal tiara shoulder length veil and she carried a bridal bouquet of blue lilies and white roses wrapped in baby blue ribbon.

Ms. Barbara Broussard officiated the double ring ceremony. Offering a breath-taking view of the gardens and Lake Peigneur, the reciting of the vows was under a white arch covered in soft blue tulle and white lilies. A gift from her groom, her necklace and earrings, represented “something blue.”

During the bridal party walk “the Rose” by Bette Midler was played.

Amanda’s sister, Daphne LeJeune, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Rachel Moore and Jessica Meche, both sisters of the bride; Amber Pousson and Kasie Tanner, both cousins of the groom; and Lauren Lopez, friend of the groom.

The attendants wore a floor length gown which had one shoulder strap with a ruched effect at the bust and waistline. The gowns were of chiffon over taffeta. The maid of honor wore platinum while each bridesmaid wore marine blue. Each bridesmaid carried a long stem lily with tourquoise blue feathers.

Best man was Robert Austin Hains, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Beau Hains, cousin of the groom; Aaron Breaux, step-brother of the bride; Denis Girouard, friend of the groom; and William Guidry, friend of the groom.

The groom and his best man wore a silver grey tuxedo with a silver vest and tie. The father of the bride, the father of the groom and the groomsmen wore the same tuxedo as the groom, but they accessorized with marine blue vests to coordinate with the bridesmaids.

The wedding party also included junior bridesmaids Madalyn and Gabriel Meche, both daughters of the bride; flower girl, Carmen Alise Meche, daughter of the bride; and Avah LeJeune, niece of the bride.

The junior bridesmaids were dressed in platinum chiffon gowns to compliment the bridesmaids. Carmen wore a white gown of chiffon over taffeta. The bodice was beaded and complimented the bride’s gown. Tiny Avah was dressed in a formal white gown of tulle over silk, accented with a white and silver flower.

Serving as ring bearer was Chevy LeJeune, nephew of the bride. Chevy was dressed in a tux similar to the groom’s.

The mother of the bride, Priscilla Comeaux, chose a dark grey dress with hammered shimmers. The dress had a camisole bodice and an embroidered Empire waistband, along with a skirt made of tiers.

The mother of the groom, the former Phyllis Guillot, wore a gown of Pewter hammered shimmers. The coordinating bolero featured a stand collar and cut away front. It also featured a camisole bodice, embroidered Empire waistband and a skirt made of tiers.

Together, the couple lit unity candles to the song “Why God made You.” During the recessional, the Rascal Flats version of “God Bless the Broken Road” was played.

Immediately after the nuptial ceremony, a wedding reception was held in the Conference Center at Rip Van Winkle Gardens. At the entrance was a table filled with favors in touches of blue and silver and photos of the bride and groom as babies. The guests signed their name on a matt which surrounded a wedding photo that was framed, as well as a traditional bridal registry.

Music was provided by disc jockey, Kevin Duhon. The bride and groom shared a special dance to “When I say I Do” by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman. Amanda then danced with her dad to “Just Remember” by Johnny Allan. The bridal party was called to the floor to dance to the sounds of “That’s What Friends are For” by Dionne Warwick and friends. After the money dance, Trent and his mother danced to “Perfect Fan.”

The bridal cake was a three-tiered confection with the top tier set on columns. The next two layers were decorated with silk white lilies and other blue tipped flowers of fondant and with the letter “H,” representing the couples’ initials. Butter cream icing covered the vanilla cake with vanilla filling. It was backed by an arch of blue tulle and white lilies.

As a fifth generation farmer, the groom topped his cake with a tractor and combine of a body style representing his own generation. The second layer featured tractors in body styles from the four generations of farmers in his immediate family. The cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate custard and it was decorated to resemble a rice field. There were photos of the five generations on the cake table as well as mini crawfish traps with crawfish inside.

Several of the guests tables were embellished with vases with tourquoise lilies and some had vases with floating silver candles.

Amanda and Trent’s guests enjoyed chicken salad sandwiches, brisket, fruit platter, vegetable platter, hot crab dip and hot crawfish dip. They also feasted on spinach and artichoke dip, assorted cheeses and grapes, boudin balls and chicken and sausage gumbo. There was also a candy table with a special “candy topiary” made by the bride and her sister, Daphne.

Friends and family traveled from Lafayette, Scott, Rayne, Iota, Fields and Mire.

A rehearsal dinner was held October 30 at noon at Rip Van Winkle’s Cafe. Hosted by the parents of the groom, guests enjoyed spaghetti, seafood heaven and crawfish etouffee.

After their wedding, Trent and Amanda went on a honeymoon cruise to Cozomel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Jamaica. The newlyweds now reside in Ebenezer.

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