Double-ring evening ceremony unites couple

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Eunice served as the setting for the double-ring, evening ceremony uniting Meghan Hope Fontenot and Donald Dean Darbonne in holy matrimony. The ceremony was held on January 4 at 7 p.m.

Parent of the bride is Amanda “Mandy” Fontenot of Eunice; and the groom's parents are Donald and Charlotte Darbonne, also of Eunice.

Officiating the ceremony was Father Tom Voorhies.

The Ceremony

The front and side doors of the church featured wreaths of red poinsettias and gold ribbons.

The unity candle was accented with pearls and lit by the mothers of the couple.

The church altar was lined with green Christmas trees, clear lights, and red poinsettias.

Vocalist and guitarist was Mr. Rodney Sonnier, and pianist was Becky Gaudin. Church lectors were Leslie Taylor, cousin of the groom, and Christy Fontenot, aunt of the bride.

Gift bearers during the ceremony were Michelle Brown, godmother of the bride, and Pris Lynch, godmother of the groom.

Ushering guests to their appointed seats were Reeven Fontenot, brother of the bride, and Ethan Brown, cousin of the bride, both of Eunice.

The ushers wore tuxedoes similar to the groomsmen.

The Bride

The bride, escorted by her grandfather, Darwin Fontenot, Sr., and her godfather, Tee-Wayne Fontenot, was radiant in a white organza A-line gown accented with a corset bodice and a chapel train of white tulle and metallic lace appliqués, pearls and crystal bead work.

The bride’s head piece was a cathedral veil with a pearl tiara. The white tulle veil was accented with silver shimmer tulle and edged with pearls and crystal beading. She wore pearl jewelry to complete her attire.

The bride carried a bouquet of antique white roses, tulips, lilies, red holly berries and cedar greenery.

Following tradition, the bride carried her confirmation rosary inside her bouquet as Something Old and Blue.

The bride’s gown and veil was Something New. The veil was made by the mothers of the bride and groom.

The bride wore a pearl tiara borrowed from the sister of the groom for Something Borrowed.

The Attendants

The bride’s honor attendant was Rachel Darbonne Smith of Eunice, sister of the groom

Bridesmaids included Malorie Brown, cousin of the bride, April Fuselier, Angella Chaumont, Samantha Manuel and Ashley Fuselier, all of Eunice, friends of the bride.

Junior bridesmaid was Morghan Fontenot of Duralde, cousin of the bride.

The attendants wore tea- length empire waisted black organza overlay over silver silk dresses. Featured on the bodice were black embroidery with black rhinestones. The ladies completed their attire with black heels, and rhinestone jewelry, a gift from the bride.

They carried three long- stemmed red roses accented with holly berries and cedar greenery.

Serving as flower girls were Emily and Aubrey Ann Fontenot, daughters of T-Wayne and Christy Fontenot of Duralde; and Katherine Aucoin, daughter of Josh and Kyra Aucoin of Eunice.

The flower girls wore white floor-length sleeveless fitted bodice full skirt gowns accented with pearl jewelry, a gift from the bride. They carried white rose pondered balls with silver ribbons, red berries and holly sprigs.

Serving as ring bearer was Hunter Aucoin, son of Josh and Kyra Aucoin of Eunice. He wore a black tuxedo with a matching silver vest and a red rose boutonniere.

Serving as best man was Dustin Huckaby of Lafayette.

Groomsmen included Ben Smith, brother-in-law of the groom, Chris Fuselier, Michael Chaumont, Todd Fuselier, all of Eunice, Matthew Fontenot, brother of the bride, stationed in Gulf Port, and junior groomsman was Dominic Darbonne of Eunice, brother of the groom.

The groom wore a black tuxedo with a matching white vest and a white rose boutonnieres. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with matching silver vests and red rose boutonnieres. Groomsman Matthew Fontenot was dressed in his Navy Blues.

The Mothers

The mother of the bride chose a formal champagne gown with a matching jacket trimmed with champagne gold beads. She wore shoes to match her attire and was pinned with a corsage of red roses accented with cedar greenery. The mother of the groom wore a pewter two-piece tea-length brushed satin suit accented with beading featuring accordion chiffon trim on sleeves and skirt hemline. She chose shoes to match and wore a wristlet of red roses accented with cedar trim.

The Reception

A reception was held at St. Thomas More social hall immediately following the ceremony.

The guests tables’ centerpieces included on half of each table three-tiered burgundy pillar candles surrounded by crystals, holly berries and cedar greenery, and the other half held fresh centerpieces of red roses, holly berries and cedar greenery in glass vases.

Guests signed at the register table, which was an antique hi-boy table, featuring baby pictures of the bride and the groom. Directly behind the hi-boy was a Christmas tree accented with white lights, white ribbons with silver shimmer design bows on top of the tree and pearl initials of the bride and groom in the middle of the tree.

An easel stood next to the antique hi-boy which held a picture of the bride in her gown.

The wedding cake was a three-tiered stacked butter cream frosting confection with fresh red roses as a topper. The middle layer had initials of the couple and the cake sat on a silver plateau which had roses petals scattered around it.

The groom’s cake was a three-layered chocolate cake separated on each individual plates, the middle layer was higher than the others, and each featured a scene of outdoor themes: duck hunting, fishing and deer hunting. The background of the groom’s table were Christmas trees accented with clear lights of different sizes. The trees were accented with hunting and fishing decorations and pictures of couple fishing and hunting.

Wedding Trip

For their honeymoon the couple took a week-long trip to the Caribbean Resort in Disney World in Orlando.

The bride attended Mamou High and is presently attending LSUE. She is employed at Hollier Implement in Eunice.

The groom is a graduate of St. Edmund High School and T. H. Harris Technical College in Opelousas. He is employed with Mr. Electric of Carencro.

The couple have made their home in Eunice.

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