Erin Leigh Cart weds Blake Anthony Cuccio
During a magnificent sunset on Saturday, April 11, 2009 Erin Leigh Cart of Iota and Blake Anthony Cuccio of Crowley became husband and wife.
The double ring nuptial mass commenced amid family and friends at the Wolff Ballroom Courtyard in Washington, Louisiana. Reverend Randy Trahan officiated the exchanging of their vows.
The bride is the daughter of Sheila Cart of Iota and the late Stanley Cart. She is the granddaughter of Harvey and Anna Hebert of Egan and Robert E. Cart of Iota and the late Marja Nell Cart. Erin is a 2002 graduate of Iota High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in interpersonal and organizational communications and will receive her certification in secondary education for speech and English in May of this year. She is currently employed with the Diocese of Lafayette as a language arts teacher at St. Francis School in Iota.
The groom is the son of Christopher and Janet Cuccio of Rayne. He is the grandson of Eunice Guidry of Rayne and the late August Guidry and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cuccio of Crowley and JoAnn Huval of Broussard. Blake is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor of arts degree in interpersonal and organizational communications. He is currently employed as an electrician with Chris’ Electrical Services, Inc. in Lafayette.
Erin, escorted by her brother, Ryan Cart, was radiant in an elegant strapless gown of antique ivory sheath satin with a beautiful tulle overlay featuring an intricate embellishment of beaded allencon lace appliques. The lovely creation was fitted through the hips and fell into a fluted skirt. Covered buttons delicately adorned the length of the gown and continued down onto the train. The hemline was complemented with a scalloped allencon lace accent that flowed beautifully into a chapel-length train.
She wore a fingertip-length veil with delicate beading along the edge to coordinate with the beaded design of her gown. She carried a hand-crafted bouquet, created by her godmother, of mixed lilies, roses, camellias and hydrangea in shades of ivory and pink.
Also included within the bride’s arrangement was her late father’s wedding band as a special remembrance, a handkerchief carried by her maternal grandmother on her wedding day and a cross pendant from her paternal grandmother. These items also represented her traditional items of something borrowed and old.
Continuing with her tradition items the bride wore her gown and veil as something new and as something blue was a sapphire birthstone ring given to the bride by her mother.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was friend of the bride and groom, Jenny Prevost, and serving as maid of honor was friend of the bride, Shelly Frey.
Bridesmaids were Caroline Frey and Kathleen Wallace, friends of the bride; Erin Hawkins, friend of the bride and groom; and Ashley Cuccio, sister of the groom.
The attendants were each attired in a sleeveless V-neck gown in midnight blue. The floor-length ensemble featured a mermaid design completed with the a chiffon overlay ruched to one side at the waist. They carried a spring mix in hues of ivory and pink.
Standing as best man was friend of the groom, Terral Prevost. Groomsmen were Jamie Orillion, Tyler Hebert, Jason Keigley, David Guidry, all friends of the groom; and Jonathon Blanchard, friend of the bride and groom.
As guests arrived they were ushered to their seats by Adam Barousse, Charlie Cantrell, Brandon Melancon, John Ray Perkins and Spencer Marx, friends of the groom.
Makenzie Droddy, cousin of the bride, served as flower girl, while John-Ryan Droddy, also a cousin of the bride, performed the duties of ring bearer.
On her daughter’s special day, the mother of the bride, the former Sheila Hebert, was attired in a pewter floor-length mermaid cut taffeta dress with a matching three-quarter-length jacket with a beaded black clasp.
The mother of the groom, the former Janet Guidry, wore a cream tea-length two-piece linen suit. The jacket was adorned with beautiful black buttons and a sheer beaded belt that tied at the front. Both mothers were presented with a corsage of delicate pink and ivory roses.
Following the wedding a reception immediately followed in the ballroom maintaining the intricate theme of antique elegance.
Stunning flower arrangements in antique wrought iron vases were located throughout. One area of interest was the memory table which held pictures of several important people special to the bride and groom who have passed away. They included August Guidry, maternal grandfather of the groom; Heather Nicole Guidry, cousin of the groom; Seth Randell Trahan, friend of the groom; Marja Nell Cart, paternal grandmother of the bride; and Stanley James Cart, father of the bride.
Among the many refreshments served was the bridal cake constructed of three tiers of ivory confection with a soft white trim. The cake was filled with strawberry and white chocolate amaretto and topped with fresh flowers. The groom was honored with a cake in the shape of a tackle box amidst a fishing themed backdrop with pictures of the groom enjoying his favorite pastime. The delicacy was of a dark chocolate fudge flavor with a cookies and cream filling.
Out of town guest traveled from Texas, Florida, California and various points of Louisiana.
Upon returning from a wedding trip to Jamaica, the newlyweds will reside in Crowley.
On April 9, a rehearsal dinner was held at Lafayette’s Restaurant in Lafayette. The social was hosted by the groom’s parents.