Dallas wedding ceremony unites couple

Christ The King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas was the setting for a spring wedding uniting Lesli Ann Istre and 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 Msgr. Donald Zimmerman officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Istre of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of the Rayne-Crowley area. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Petitjean of Rayne, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Istre of Crowley.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Kay Nelson and the late Lewis B, Nelson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Slidell. His maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Perez of Biloxi, Miss., and paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nelson of Bison, SD.

Providing musical selections for the ceremony were organist Henry McDowell, trumpeter Don Burks, violinist Edina Pastyik, and vocalist Del Howard.

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

Gifts were offered by friends of the bride, Sumer Ledet, Haley LeRouge and Nikki Bourgeois.

Entering on the arm of her father to “Trumpet Voluntary,” the bride wore a strapless, floor-length wedding gown of ivory peau de soie. The bodice was designed with flattering princess seams into a dropped waistline embellished with beaded Chantilly lace. The skirt featured ruffles of silk organza, which also accented 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 including white hydrangeas, white escimo roses and stephanotis hand tied in vanilla hued ribbon with pearl accents. Pearl earrings were her only jewelry.

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.

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, 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 by the late Mrs. Asywella Laughlin of Rayne for her wedding day and was worn by the bride’s sister for her wedding day. Something new was her wedding dress.

Bridal attendants were 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.

Bridal attendants each wore a floor-length gown in petrol blue featuring a strapless bodice. The neckline was created with a notched effect, creating a V-shape with gentle gathers on either side. A wide band of self-material encircled the empire waist, from which flowed a soft and flowing A-line skirt. 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 coordinating teal ribbon complimenting their gowns. Pearl earrings, a gift from the bride were their only accessories.

Bella Kyllan Wootten, cousin of the bride, and 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 sashes were tied in soft bows at the back and centered with ivory silk peonies. The floor length skirt was filled with 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.

The bride’s mother 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.

A friend of the groom, Dave England served as best man for the wedding. Chosen as the groom’s attendants for the day were Mark Nelson, brother of the groom; Andrew Hudson, brother-in-law of the groom; Daniel Thomas and Jeff Abadie, friends of the groom.

Ushers included John C. “Buddy” Petitjean, cousin of the bride; Graham Balcer and 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. Groomsmen and ushers wore traditional black tuxedos with black herringbone vests and black ties, along with boutonnieres of purple miniature calla lilies entwined with English ivy.

The mother of the groom wore a formal-length gown in midnight blue dupioni silk. Resembling a two-piece dress, the bodice fell to hip length with gathers at the square neckline, noted with a broach of crystals at the center of these gathers. The long sleeve matching jacket came right below the drop waist of the bodice. She selected 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 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. In addition to the exqusite menu, guests also enjoyed the bride’s cake, a five-tier confection of ivory butter cream, each tier trimmed in candlelight scrollwork in a symmetrical pattern. Each tier included 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 groom’s cake was a unique confection of caramel turtle fudge cheesecake drizzled with extra fudge sauce

Both cakes were presented on elevated risers on a serpentine shaped table, seperated with a champagne bucket.

The bride graduated in 2000 from St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, and is a 2004 graduate of LSU with a degree in textile merchandising while a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She is currently employed as an account manager for Coca Cola Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

The groom is a 1997 graduate of Slidell High School in Slidell, a 2001 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in marketing, and is employed as a sales representative for Neuro Diagnostics Laboratories in Dallas, Texas.

The newlyweds will make their home in Allen, Texas following a honeymoon trip to Mexico.

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

On 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, Texas, hosted by the groom’s mother.

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