Dallas nuptials claim local interest

DALLAS - Christ The King Catholic Church in Dallas was the setting for a spring wedding uniting Miss Lesli Ann Istre and Mr. Christopher Thomas Nelson, both of Allen, Texas. The double ring, solemn nuptial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, April 17,2010 at 7:30 p.m., with Monsignor Donald Zimmerman officiating.

Miss Istre is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Istre of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of the Rayne, Crowley area. Maternal grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Petitjean of Rayne and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Istre of Crowley.

Mr. Nelson is the son of Mrs. Kay Nelson and the late Lewis B, Nelson of Tuscaloosa, AL. formerly of Slidell. Maternal grandparents of the groom are the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Perez of Biloxi, Miss. and paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nelson of Bison, South Dakota.

For the evening, the altar of Christ the King Church heeds regal spires of white calla lilies, white hydrangeas and curly willows against a backdrop of hydrangea leave. Pew markers were smaller bouquets of white hydrangea and roses and attached to the pew.

Mr. Henry McDowell, organist was accompanied by Mr. Don Burks on the trumpet, Mrs. Edina Pastyik, violinist and Mr. Del Howard, vocalist.

As guests were seated, the violinist played ”Air” from Suite D; ”Cannon in D Major”; ”I have Loved You”; and “Bride Groom and Bride”. The selection of “Gift of Love” was played during the seating of the grandparents and the parents. For the procession of the bridal party, ”Jesu, Joy of our Desiring” was played. Other selections played during the Mass included “Meditation” at the lighting of the Unity candle; during the offertory “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”; and during Communion “Paris Angelicas”. The bride and groom presented a bouquet of Miniature white calla lilies at the statue of the Blessed Mother as Mr. Howard beautifully sang “Ave Maria”. For the recessional of the bridal party “Hornpipe from Water Music” was played. Guests left the church as the musicians played “Trumpet Tunes”.

Scripture readers included Mrs. Jeannie Petitjean, Godmother and aunt of the bride, Mrs. Roxie Viator, aunt of the bride and Mrs. Stephanie Hudson, sister of the groom. The bride’s cousins, Miss Gabrielle Petitjean, Mrs. Katherine Wootten and Miss Kira Viator, read Prayers of the Faithful.

Friends of the bride, Miss Sumer Ledet, Mrs. Haley LeRouge, and Mrs. Nikki Bourgeois presented the Offertory gifts.

The bride, escorted by her father entered to the musical selection of “Trumpet Voluntary”. Her gown a strapless creation of ivory peau de soie floated to floor length. The bodice was designed with flattering princess seams into a dropped waistline, which was embellished with beaded Chantilly lace. The skirt featured ruffles of silk organza. These ruffles highlighted the chapel length train. Her chapel length veil of silk illusion featured a narrow, face framing ribbon. Her bouquet carried the same theme as the flowers chosen for the church. White hydrangeas, white escimo roses and stephanotis were hand tied in vanilla hued ribbon with pearl accents.

The new Mrs. Nelson chose to change veils for the reception. The short veil of Russian tulle was held in place with an adornment of crystals and feathers evoking a vintage look. Complimenting the beaded Chantilly lace on the dropped waist of the dress, she chose a bolero jacket of Chantilly lace over her dress. This she wore during the father and daughter dance and as the couple left for their honeymoon,

Pearl earrings were her only jewelry. Her sandals were of ivory peau de soie with a clasp of Swarvoski crystals.

For the bridal tradition of something old she carried a handkerchief made from her first baby bonnet and an heirloom handkerchief of Belgian linen from her great aunt Mrs. Margie Henry of Crowley. Something borrowed and blue was also a family heirloom, a hand crocheted garter in ivory, woven with a blue ribbon. This keepsake was made for the bride’s mother, Brenda, by the late Mrs. Asywella Laughlin, of Rayne for her wedding day and was worn by the bride’s sister Ms. Boylan for her wedding day. Something new was her dress.

Bridal attendants were Ms. Kristi Boylan, sister of the bride as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Jennifer Christenson, Marcy Punch, Sarah Folse and Lindsay Hellwig, all friends of the bride from school.

Their floor length gowns, in petrol blue featured a strapless bodice. The neckline had a notched effect creating a V shape with gentle gathers on either side. A wide band of self-material encircled the empire waist. The skirts were in softly flowing A-lines.

Each carried a hand tied clutch of antique, green hydrangeas, purple anemones, lisianthus, and miniature calla lilies, with accents of miniature green cymbidium orchids. The stems were then wrapped in a co-ordinating teal ribbon complimenting their gowns. Pearl earrings, a gift from the bride were their only accessories.

Miss Bella Kyllan Wootten, cousin of the bride and Miss Madison Mackenzie Hudson, niece of the groom served as flower girls. Their dresses were of ivory dupioni silk designed with a sleeveless bodice. The waistline, a flattering empire style was encircled with a wide sash of iridescent taffeta in shades of bronze and petrol blue. The sash’s were tied in soft bows at their backs and centered with ivory silk peonies. The floor length skirt had a full petticoat of silk tulle giving the gowns a fairy tale feel. Delicate ballet slippers were chosen to complete their look for the day. Each carried a Victorian kissing ball of ivory hydrangeas and spray roses on ivory ribbon.

Mrs. Istre, mother of the bride chose a gown of dupioni silk in a shade of dusty rose. Her formal length gown featured a rouched bodice, gathered at the waist by a broach of Swarvoski crystals. Complimenting her ensemble was a matching three quarter length sleeve jacket. More of the intricate rouching formed the cuffs of the sleeve featuring matching Swarvoski crystal buttons. For the evening Mrs. Istre chose to wear the shirt style jacket collar up. Silver sandals and a silver enhanced evening bag were her chosen accessories.

Mr. Nelson chose as attendants for the day Mr. Dave England, best man, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Mr. Mark Nelson, brother of the groom, Mr. Andrew Hudson, brother-in-law of the groom, Mr. Daniel Thomas and Mr. Jeff Abadie, both friends of the groom.

Ushers included, Mr. John C. “Buddy” Petitjean, cousin of the bride, Mr. Graham Balcer and Mr. John Strickland, friends of the groom.

The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with a white herringbone vest and white tie. His boutonniere was of miniature white calla lilies and accents of white stephanotis.

The groomsmen and ushers wore traditional black tuxedos with black herringbone vests and black ties.

Their boutonnieres were of purple miniature calla lilies entwined with English ivy.

The mother of the groom, Mrs. Nelson wore a formal length gown in teal dupioni silk. Resembling a two-piece dress, the bodice fell to hip length with gathers at the square neckline. A brooch of crystals was at the center of these gathers. The long sleeve jacket came right below the drop waist of the bodice. She chose silver accessories.

Following the ceremony guests gathered in the ballroom of the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas for a reception honoring the newly married couple. As guests arrived they were treated to hors d’oeuvres of pecan crusted chicken, parmesan artichoke balls and crab cakes, during a viewing of a slide show featuring the bride and groom. The dance floor was decorated with a Gobo featuring the initial “N” shining down on the center.

When the couple arrived guests enjoyed a seated buffet dinner of pasta salad, Caesar salad,and cucumber dill salad, green bean and carrot casserole; zucchini and squash; a potato bar with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes with various toppings. Breast of chicken stuffed with artichokes, pine nuts and pesto and prime rib.

Reserved tables for the parents of the couple were arranged with twenty-four inch vases featuring white calla lilies surrounded by a collar of white hydrangeas and green cymbidium orchids with curly willow.

The tables throughout the reception area were covered with white tablecloths and white overlays. Vases of the brides chosen flowers in varying heights with three votives surrounding each arrangement centered the table. The chairs were covered in white linen with cream-colored sashes.

Preceeding the cutting of the bride’s cake well wishers were served champagne for a toast to the bride and groom.

The bride’s cake was a five-tier confection of ivory butter cream. Each tier was trimmed in candlelight scrollwork in a symmetrical pattern. Each tier was a different flavor including amaretto, white chocolate, and almond. The top tier was decorated with clear white cymbidium orchids, which then cascaded down accenting the scrollwork. The bride’s cake was displayed on a round,silver cake stand. Both cakes were on an elevated riser on a serpentine shaped table with a champagne bucket seperating the 2 cakes.

The groom’s cake was a unique creation of caramel turtle fudge cheesecake drizzled with extra fudge sauce.

The new Mrs. Nelson graduated in 2000 from St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace and is a 2004 graduate of LSU with a degree in Textile Merchandising. She is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Currently she is employed as an account manager for Coca Cola Enterprises in Dallas.

Mr. Nelson is a 1997 graduate of Slidell High School in Slidell and a 2001 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Marketing. He is employed as a sales representative for Neuro Diagnostics Laboratories in Dallas.

They will make their home in Allen, Texas after a honeymoon trip to Mexico.

Guests attending the wedding were from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Oregon, and South Carolina.

Saturday morning prior to the wedding Miss Istre, her attendants and various friends and family members were treated to a breakfast at the hotel. The Degoyler Room was the setting. Tables were covered in cloths of sage with white overlays, which were perfect setting for the centerpieces of white hydrangeas. A full breakfast menu was served with a variety of fresh pastries being of special interest.

Friday evening, April 16,2010 following the rehearsal at Christ the King Catholic Church, the wedding party along with friends and family of the couple were invited to dinner at Maggianos Italian Restaurant in Dallas, hosted by Mrs. Kay Nelson mother of the groom.

The menu for the evening included appetizers of bruschetta and zucchini Fritte; Caesar salad and apple and walnut salad; spaghetti with meat sauce; and fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli. Entrees included chicken Parmesan, oven roasted pork loin in balsamic cream sauce, roasted red potatoes and green beans. Dessert was a delicious apple crisptata as well as New York style cheesecake.

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