Double-ring wedding ceremony unites couple
Jada Renee’ Monceaux and Gabriel Elliot Anderson were united in holy matrimony during a one o’clock afternoon ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley
. Officiating the double-ring nuptials was Fr. Gary Schexnayder.
The bride is the daughter of Randy and Natalie Monceaux of Rayne. Her grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Percy Monceaux of Crowley, and Clement O. Lejeune, Sr. and the late Dorothy Natali Lejeune of Oberlin. She is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in December of 2008 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Elementary Education, and is employed at E.K. Key in Sulphur.
The groom is the son of Spencer and Ann Anderson of Sulphur. His grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson of Sulphur, and David LaFleur and the late Lois Blair LaFleur of Sulphur. He is a 2000 graduate of Sulphur High School, received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science in 2005 from Louisiana State University, and also earned a commercial helicopter pilots license at Bristow Academy in New Iberia. He is currently employed by Era Helicopter’s in Lake Charles.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an elegant A-line ivory tissue taffeta gown featuring a sweetheart neckline with a pleated and fitted ruched bodice accented with delicate crystal beads. The gown was completed with a chapel length train. She wore an ivory fingertip length veil trimmed with small crystal beads and carried a hand tied bouquet with ivory miniature calla lilies surrounded by green cymbidium orchids.
In keeping with tradition, the bride selected items to represent something old, a handed-down rosary from her maternal great-grandmother and grandmother, and wedding rings of her grandmothers. Her wedding gown represented something new, the rosary and the wedding rings represented something borrowed, and a Miraculous Medal given to her by her mother and twin sister served as something blue.
Attending her twin sister as maid of honor was Jana Monceaux. Bridesmaids included Jessica Courville, cousin of the bride; Candace Paschall, cousin of the bride; and Kimberly Kleiser, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids each wore a tea length black tissue taffeta dress of their own selection. The maid of honor carried baby green hydrangeas with green cymbidium orchids hand tied with black ribbon. Bridesmaids each carried green hydrangeas tied with black ribbon.
Serving as junior bridesmaids were Caroline Monceaux, godchild of the bride, and Emily Petross, niece of the groom. Caroline and Emily each wore a tea length tissue taffeta black dress and carried matching baby green hydrangeas hand tied with black ribbon.
The bride’s niece, Kendyll Monceaux served as flower girl. She wore at tea length ivory organza dress tied a the waist with a black tissue taffeta sash, while carrying matching baby green hydrangeas hand-tied with ivory ribbon.
Best man for the occasion was a friend of the groom, Cade LeDoux. Other groomsmen included Taylor Armistead and Logan Armistead, friends of the groom; and Casey Anderson, brother of the groom.
Wyatt Petross, godchild of the groom, served as ringbearer.
Ushering guests to their seats were Jamey Monceaux, brother and godfather of the bride; Jared Monceaux, brother of the bride; and Cody Zigler, cousin of the groom.
Scriptures were recited by Jeanne Fontenot, godmother of the bride, and Leslie Petross, sister of the groom.
Giftbearers for the Nuptial Mass were William Joseph Monceaux, Connor Anthony Monceaux and Jack Thomas Monceaux, nephews of the bride.
Serving as Eucharistic Ministers were David Lafleur, grandfather of the groom, Beverly Maloz and Arlene Albarado, friends of the bride.
Musical selections were provided by vocalist Karen Melancon, violinist Yang Yang Li, trumpeter Will Green, and organist Alberta Lyons.
For her daughter’s wedding day, the mother of the bride wore a champagne-toned, floor-length crepe dress featuring a satin ruched bodice with tiny pearls and three quarter-length sleeves trimmed in satin with a slight satin train. A corsage of green cymbidium orchids tied with ivory ribbon completed her ensemble.
For her son’s special day, the groom’s mother wore a floor-length, dupioni grey silk selection with a fitted jacket. She was also presented with a corsage of green cymbidium orchids tied with ivory ribbon.
After the ceremony, the wedding guests enjoyed refreshments at the Crowley Ballroom. Noted among the refreshments was the bride’s cake, a three-tiered butter creamed confection, with black ribbon and green cymbidium orchids trimming each layer. The creation was topped with a Christogram, which also topped her parent’s wedding cake.
The groom’s cake was a three-layered chocolate cheesecake topped with granage icing. Chocolate covered strawberries were noted throughout the layers.
Friends of the bride, David and Judy Dugas, entertained the guests with music throughout the reception. A video of photos throughout the years, produced by the bride and groom, also entertained the guests. A “candy bar” with green, black and ivory candy selections was displayed in crystal jars for the guests’ enjoyment.
After a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple will reside in Sulphur.
The night before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Rice Palace in Crowley.