Hannah Stutes marries Christian Fulgium

RAYNE - Hannah Elizabeth Stutes and Christian Michael Fulgium, both of Bossier City, were married October 1, 2011 in a ceremony which was held at the Rayne home of the bride’s paternal grandmother, Mona Stutes.

The wedding was held under the trees, near a pond at sunset. Musical selections were provided by Noamie Broussard.

The bride is the daughter of Sabrina John and Donald R. Stutes Jr. of Rayne. She is the granddaughter of Mona Stutes of Rayne and the late Donald R. Stutes Sr. and JoAnn John of Crowley and the late Donald A. John.

The groom, who is originally from Benton, is the son of Brooks Fahey of Bossier City and Raymond Fulgium, also of Bossier City. He is the grandson of Phyllis Fahey of Bossier City and the late Mick Fahey, and the late Howard and Clara Fulgium.

Escorted by her father, the bride’s entire dress was reconstructed from lace from her maternal grandmother, JoAnn John’s wedding dress. Transformed into a sheath, the soft ivory lace became a floor length gown with a sweetheart neckline and a deep “V” in back. Hannah updated her dress with a pink Vera Wang sash embellished with soft, pink flowers. Her ivory feather headpiece was a tea stained birdcage veil, which made a statement.

To complete her ensemble, she carried a handmade vintage fabric bouquet made of ivory cotton rosettes and pink cotton hydrangeas. The lace and buttons from her grandmother’s dress was skillfully incorporated into her bouquet.

To add sentiment, Hannah tucked away a photo of her brother, the late Jason Kyle Stutes, inside her bouquet.

In the traditional fashion, the 55 year-old ivory lace and buttons from her grandmother’s dress was considered “something old,” and her birdcage headpiece and her bouquet was “something new.” Hannah “borrowed” various peices of estate jewelry from family members to create her bridal necklace and she carried a “blue” handkerchief which was also used by her grandmother and her sister, Natalie, on their wedding days.

Natalie S. Harmon, the bride’s only sister, served as her matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Brittany John, cousin of the bride; Heidi Petitjean Credeur, cousin of the bride; Amanda Petitjean, cousin of the bride; Stephanie Semmes, the bride’s cousin’s wife; Cherie John, aunt of the bride; and Lindsay Rivet and Kylie Neuville, the bride’s friends.

Serving as best man was Marshel Fulgium, the groom’s only brother. Groomsmen included Matt Lawerence, Jason Hollier, Greg Doughty, Michael Doss, George Stricker, Josh Caldarera and JoeDon Stickell, all friends of the groom, and the late brother of the bride, Jason Stutes, was honorary groomsman in remembrance.

Ushers were Charles Chitwood and Scott Richard, friends of the bride and groom.

The groom’s niece, Madeline Fulgium, was the flower girl.

Jason Maddox Fulgium, who was named after the bride’s brother and is the son of the bride and groom was one of three ring bearers, along with Aiden Fulgium, nephew of the groom; Carter Semmes, godchild of the bride; and Xander Chitwood, friend of the couple.

A vintage backyard style reception was held at the Rayne home of the bride’s parents. Tables were decorated with vintage glassware filled with flowers, dinner was served from antique buffets, and refreshments were served in mason jars with lace tags for identification. Guests relaxed in a cozy antique filled lounge area and admired old photos of family weddings. Iced drinks were offered out of a vintage claw-foot tub.

The bride’s cake was a three-tiered, round cake in pale pink ruffled textured icing. Fresh pink peonies decorated the cake.

The groom’s cake was a delicious confection of peanut butter and chocolate, requested specifically by the groom.

Following the wedding, the couple and their son will continue to reside in Bossier City.

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