Baker and Richard united during Old Mission ceremony

The Old Mission Santa Inez in Solvang, California served as the backdrop for the ceremony uniting Julie Diane Baker and Christian Jude Richard in marriage on October 25, 2008. 

Julie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Baker of Gueydan, Louisiana.  She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Young Jr. of Opelousas, Louisiana and the late Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baker of Gueydan, Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Gueydan High School and Louisiana State University and is currently employed as a Field Representative for Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. 

Christian is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jude Richard of Kaplan, Louisiana.  He is the grand son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Richard and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Landry of Kaplan, Louisiana.  He is a graduate of Vermilion Catholic High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  He is currently self-employed as a rice producer. 

Escorted by her father, the bride entered the church to a rendition of Trumpet Voluntary played by a string quartette and a trumpet solo.  She wore a one piece, slim a-line gown with corset closure.  The dress of bridal satin covered by a transparent layer of Chiffon was embellished with lace motifs adorned with Swarovski crystals enhancing the delicate shoulder straps, delving into a v-shaped neckline.  Chiffon draped asymmetrically across the bodice and gathered at the side front with a crystal enhanced lace motif creating a lovely fluted drape.  The bride wore a cathedral length veil belonging to her mother.  The veil of tulle was attached to a Juliet headpiece of lace and enriched with Swarovski crystals.  Her jewelry was a matching set of pearl and Swarovski crystal bracelet, necklace, and earrings. 

Keeping with the tradition of something old, the bride wore the veil worn by her mother.  For something new, her jewelry was custom made to match her dress.  Something borrowed was the groom’s first communion rosary that was carried in the bride’s bouquet.  Her something blue was a hand tatted garter that was made by the bride’s great great-aunt.  The bride also wore a sixpence in her shoe brought back to her by her parents on a trip to England.

Hillary Baker, sister of the bride, served as Maid of Honor.  Bridesmaids were Kristy Frederick Fox, friend of the bride, Jennifer Simon Bankston, friend of the bride, Laurie Durham Coker, friend of the bride, Stephanie Richard, sister of the groom, and Mandy Richard Romero, sister of the bride.  Junior bridesmaid was Gabrielle Landry, cousin and godchild of the groom.  The bride’s attendants were formal length gowns of celadon green satin with georgette overlay.  The fitted bodices features twisted straps ending in v-shaped necklines and rushed waistbands over a-line shirts.  Their jewelry was freshwater potato pearls with sterling silver accents.  They carried bouquet of purple irises enhanced with greenery finished with silver wraps around the stems.

For her daughters ceremony the mother of the bride wore a bronze colored crape ensemble featuring a three-quarter length sleeve jacket over a square neck bodice.  The neckline and jacket were enhanced with sparkling amethyst jeweled trim.

The groom wore black attire enhanced by a custom made tie made of the brides dress material and monogrammed with the couples initials and wedding date.  His boutonnière consisted of a white iris accented with greenery and a cutting of rice taken from the groom’s field.  Shannon Landry, uncle of the groom, served as best man.  Groomsmen were Heath Broussard, friend of the groom, Len Frederick, friend of the groom, Kevin Romero, brother-in-law of the groom, Roy Baker, Jr., brother of the bride, and William Baker, Brother of the Bride.  Ring bearer was Aaron Landry, cousin of the groom. The groomsmen were in black attire accented with celadon green windowpane ties and purple iris boutonnières. Ushers were Kevin Landry, uncle of the groom, Spencer Doucet and Coby Richard, both friends of the groom.

For the ceremony, the mother of the groom wore a formal length gown of teal chiffon with three-quarter length sleeves. The dress featured a sweetheart neckline while beaded embroidery embellished the waist line.

While the parents and grandparents were seated, Sandy Richard, the groom’s aunt, sang the song Ave Maria.  William Baker, the bride’s brother, sang Whither Thou Goest at the lighting of the Unity Candle and presentation of the flowers to the mothers.  The bride and groom placed a long stem purple iris at the feet of the Blessed Mary. The newlyweds then presented long stem irises to their mothers and grandmothers.  The reading of the scriptures was performed by Mary Richard, aunt of the groom and Rebecca Broussard, friend of the bride. Officials were Fr. Michael Mahoney of the mission Santa Inez and Rev Noah Langley of Kaplan, Louisiana. 

The reception was held immediately following at the Roblar Winery in Solvang, California.  Following a sit down meal of local rockfish and braised beef short ribs, the couple danced to musical selections by a local musical group, the Foss Brothers.  The center of the room held the wedding cake on a raised island.  The bride and groom chose for their cake a three tiered confection of cheesecake covered with butter cream frosting.  The cake was embellished with silver dregesses and sugared champagne grapes cascading from between each of the layers. 

Upon their return home after their honeymoon in Napa Valley, California the couple will reside in Kaplan, Louisiana.

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