Clark, Melanson wed in double ring ceremony

CROWLEY - Tyresha Janae Clark and Jamison William Melanson, both of Crowley, were united as man and wife during a beautiful afternoon ceremony on Saturday, March 30. Bishop Alton Gatlin officiated the double ring ceremony at First Church of God in Christ in Crowley.

The bride is the daughter of Tawanna Hayes, Isaiah Clark Jr. and Marge and Albert Hayes Jr., all of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Irvin George Sr. of California, Ada Hamilton of Crowley and Isaiah Clark Sr. of Lake Charles. She is the goddaughter of Audrey H. Cade of Fort Smith, Ark.

Tyresha is a graduate of Louisiana Technical School and is presently employed with Phoenix Behavioral Center.

The groom is the son of Mary Melanson of Crowley. He is the grandson of John Vallien and the late Alice Vallien.

Jamison is a Crowley High School graduate and is currently employed at Camelot Nursing Home.

Guests were escorted to their seats by Isaiah Pitre and Micheal Savoy, friends of the bride and groom.

Musical selections for the nuptials were provided by Joshua Citizen and Lois Martin.

Selected scriptures were read by deacon Kenneth Smith.

Escorted by her fathers, Isaiah Clark Jr. and Albert Hayes Jr., the bride was truly gorgeous in a custom-made ivory strapless gown. The beautiful taffeta creation featured a bodice adorned with silver crystal embroidery beads intertwined with ivory swirls that cascaded across the front and back of the dress. To enhance the exquisite look, the full skirt was embellished with matching crystal sequins and beading. The back of the dress was completed with a dramatic v-shape criss-cross sash.

For her headpiece, Tyresha selected an ivory tulle veil adorned with diamonds and trimmed with satin ribbon. It was held in place by a sparkling silver tiara.

The bride’s jewelry, which matched her tiara perfectly, consisted of a silver sequin drop necklace with matching earrings.

Ivory shoes completed the ensemble.

Tyresha carried a bouquet of mixed ivory and turquoise roses with diamond accents on the tips. The flowers were interspersed with greenery and sprays of ivory pearl flowers with diamond accents, and the stems were hand-tied with ivory satin and diamond mesh.

To ensure good luck in her marriage, the bride incorporated all of the traditional items into her apparel. Her tiara was “something old,” her gown was

“something new,” her jewelry was “something borrowed” and her garter was “something blue.”

Cherly Senegal and Teressa Bias, both friends of the bride, served as matron and maid of honor, respectively.

Serving as bridesmaids were Joyce Melanson, sister of the groom; Jasmyne Huitt and Tamera Hayes, sisters of the bride; Treba Vallien, cousin of the bride; and Shondrea Comeaux, cousin-in-law of the bride.

The bridal attendants were clad in strapless Malibu blue gowns featuring seams cascading across the top front. Accentuating pleats gave the dress a chic look, front and back. Shoes in a matching Malibu blue completed the attire.

The matron of honor carried an ivory rose kissing ball with a Malibu blue ribbon embellished with rhinestones. The remaining attendants carried similar kissing balls of chocolate roses.

Lil Ty’Rihana Clark, the daughter of the bride and groom, served as flower girl. She wore a sheer ivory pickup dress with Malibu-blue flowers and carried a basket filled with fresh chocolate rose petals that she used to scatter over the aisle.

Leroy Washington Jr., friend of the groom, served as best man. Standing as groomsmen were John Davis and Malik Landry, cousins of the groom; Richard Savoy III and Orlando Wilson, cousins of the bride; and Spencer Christian, friend of the bride and groom.

Christopher Vallien, cousin of the bride and groom, served as ring bearer.

For her daughter’s wedding day, the mother of the bride, Tawanna Hayes, was exquisite in a two-piece silk suit by Terramine of New York. The elegant off-white long sleeve jacket with a ruffled V-neck was adorned with silver sequins cascading down the neckline and sleeves. A stylish half-moon sequin brooch clasped the enclosure, and the matching full-length straight skirt was embellished with the same silver ruffled sequins as the jacket. Beautiful silver shoes with diamond stud details by Adrienne Vittadini completed the look of elegance.

Marge Hayes, also mother to the bride, selected a two-piece ivory ensemble by Serafina. The beautiful suit was detailed with sequins around the jacket sleeves and skirt. The jacket’s closure was embellished with a beautiful sequinned button brooch. The suit was perfectly complemented by ivory shoes and a bag by Pierre Dumas.

The mother of the groom, the former Mary Vallien, chose a two-piece ivory suit paired with ivory shoes and accessorized with gold jewelry.

All of the mothers wore wristlets of Malibu blue and ivory flowers.

Following the wedding, the couple celebrated with family and friends at a reception held at The Rice Festival Building in Crowley.

The bride’s three-layer cake was frosted in ivory and decorated with Malibu blue and white icing. It was sweetly topped with a bride and groom.

The groom’s chocolate cake featured a photograph of the bride and his daughter, along with the message, “Family that prays together stays together.”

Destiny Bias, Darrelnisha Milson, Mariah Minix, Jalaisha Bias and Alexis Fogleman served as “tea girls.” The tea girls wore tea-length Malibu blue dresses by Pick-Up Originals and silver shoes. The dresses featured elegantly detailed ripple-effect bodices, gathered waistlines and full, crinkled skirts.

Out-of-town guests traveled from Arkansas, California, Texas and various points throughout Louisiana.

On the evening prior to the wedding, Lenora George, aunt of the bride, hosted a rehearsal dinner at First Church of God in Christ in Crowley. Guests enjoyed shrimp and garlic fettuccine, green salad, garlic bread and iced tea.

Following a wedding trip to Arkansas, the couple plans to reside in Crowley.

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