Jennings wedding ceremony unites local couple

A seven o’clock evening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 9, 2010 at Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings united Alaina Cassie LeJeune and Joshua Anthony Pellissier, both of Branch, in marriage. The double-ring ceremony was celebrated by Fr. McMillian.

The bride is the daughter of Marcella Schmidt of Branch and Randal LeJeune of Carencro. Her grandparents are Wallace LeJeune of Branch, Francis LeJeune of Branch, Alice LeJeune of Richard and the late Aaron LeJeune. She is a graduate of Rayne High School and attended LSU-Eunice.

The groom is the son of Joey Pellissier and Debbie Melancon of Rayne. His grandparents are Bertha and James (Jimmy) Romero of Rayne, and Francis and Leona Pellissier of Rayne. He attended Rayne High School and is employed as a natural gas mechanic for T.F. Services.

Guests were seated by the ushers, Kenneth Romero, the groom’s godfather, and Aaron Lavergne, cousin of the bride.

Scriptures were recited by Cheryl McGee, aunt of the bride, and Mary Thibodeaux, godmother of the bride.

Musical selections were provided by David Medus.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included her great-grandmother’s rosary as something old, her wedding dress as something new, a bracelet from her twin sister as something borrowed, and her garter as something blue.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless wedding gown of ivory satin featuring soft pin-ups along the hemline of the ball gown styling. The bodice was enhanced with crystal details throughout, leading into a semi-cathedral length train featuring pin-ups and buttons down the back noted with crystal details on alternating buttons. A halo-styled headpiece of silver and crystal accents detailed with ivory flower with a light dusting of ivory feathers held cathedral and blusher veils of sheer illusion both edged with Swarovski crystals at the hemline. She carried a bridal bouquet of mostly ivory roses with pink roses and dark lilies with small ivory feathers.

Attending their sister as matrons of honor were Lynzie Rochett and Shana Navarre. Bridesmaids were Tanya Touchet, aunt of the groom; Heather Romero and Angel Romero, cousins of the groom; Aimee McGee, cousin of the bride; and Candyn Richard, aunt of the groom.

Bridal attendants each wore a formal length gown of berry-tone chiffon featuring satin at the shoulder straps and empire waist lining. Each carried a bouquet of soft pink roses touched with dark edging.

Junior bridesmaid was Katelyn Young, cousin of the bride. She wore a short-sleeved, formal length, A-lined dress of ivory satin gathered to the back with a bow tie. She carried miniature ivory roses interspersed with soft pink roses.

The groom’s godchild, Briley Melancon served as flower girl. She wore a floor length dress of ivory satin topped with ivory organza which accentuated the full skirt. She also carried ivory and soft pink blooms.

Attending the groom as best man was a friend, Tyler Navarre. Groomsmen were Dillon LeJeune, brother of the bride; Conrad Romero, uncle of the groom; Lenny Dorsey, Joshua Melancon and Damian Cormier, friends of the groom; and Cody Robinson, brother of the groom. Each wore a formal black Ralph Lauren tuxedo with ivory shirt and berry-tone tie and vest. The lapel sported a dark calla lily and ivory rose boutonniere.

Serving as ring bearer was Grant Pellissier, the couple’s son. He, like the groom, wore a formal black Ralph Lauren tuxedo with white shirt, tie and vest. The lapel was noted with a dark calla lily and ivory rose boutonniere.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a floor length dress of navy blue taffeta featuring a collared V-neckline, long sleeves, and a wrap waist sash pinned with a crystal broach clasp.

The groom’s mother selected a two-piece ensemble of burnish taffeta including a floor-length skirt topped with a jacket-styled, V-neck, top with short sleeves and a flaring waistline.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at The Grand Marais in Jennings.

Among the refreshments provided for the guest was the wedding cake, a three-tiered square confection of ivory fondant with each tier accented at the base with berry-toned ribbon. A variety of fillings were included from the silver cake base to the floral topper of ivory, pink and red blooms.

The groom’s cake was a fondant creation of a tool box filled with edible tools. The chocolate confection was filled with Oreo filling.

Guests attended the wedding from numerous points of Louisiana, in addition to Texas.

Following a wedding trip to Punta Cana of the Dominican Republic, the couple will reside in Branch.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at the home of the groom’s mother. The hosts, Debbie Melancon and Quentin Melancon, treated guests to an old-fashioned chicken and sausage gumbo, along with all the trimmings and numerous desserts.

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