Kayla Prather weds Dr. Anthony Joseph Bercier

A seven-thirty o’clock Nuptial Mass on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Rayne united Kayla Leigh Prather of Eunice and Dr. Anthony Joseph Bercier of Rayne in holy matrimony.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Sandra Prather of Eunice. Her grandparents are Mrs. Dornetta Duplechain formerly of Eunice, and the late Mr. Shirley Marcantel of Mamou, Mr. Shelby Prather of Eunice and the late Mrs. Oneida Prather of Eunice. Kayla is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana State University, 2010 graduate of LSU Health Sciences Center, and is employed by Select Physical Therapy in Crowley.

The groom is the son of Dr. Edwin L. and Mrs. Patricia Bercier, III of Rayne. His granparents are Mrs. Gladys Newman of Rayne, the late Mr. Ganer Newman, Jr., and the late Mr. Edwin L. and Mrs. Clarice Bercier, Jr. of Rayne. Anthony is a 2005 graduate of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2011 graduate of LSU Health Science Center, and is employed at Bercier Family Dentistry.

Officiating the double-ring ceremony was Fr. Bryce Sibley. Concelebrants were Fr. Conley Bertrand, Fr. Jim Brady, Fr. Keenan Brown, Fr. Kevin Bordelon and Fr. Nathan Comeaux.

Scriptures were recited by Delana Hall and Annette Gossen, godmothers of the couple. Gifts were offered by Caroline Stearns and Evelyn Bercier.

Musical selections were provided by Connie Beaugh, Joseph Stemplewski, Anne Clare Bercier and Bridget Bercier.

Escorted by her father the bride wore a unique ivory gown over light gold. The intricate lace gown featured a high mandarin keyhole back and a fishtail train finished with scalloped edging. Swarovski crystals were delicately sprinkled throughout the gown emphasized at the empire waistline with decorative beading. Her headpiece was a headband of beading and freshwater pearls holding a single layer veil mimicing details of the wedding gown including delicate beading and scalloped edging. She carried a bridal bouquet of yellow, orange and deep red mini calla lilies.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included a rosary which belonged to her great-grandmother as something old, pearl earrings given to the bride by her groom as something new, borrowed a 100-year-old handkerchief, and a blue ribbon on her garter.

The bride’s sister, Lauren LeBlanc attended the wedding as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids were Lenore Bercier, sister-in-law of the groom; Suzanne Bercier, Christie Stearns, Mary Mayeux, Tess Bercier and Catherine Landry, sisters of the groom.

Bridal attendants each wore a floor-length, one-shoulder gown of wine-toned chiffon. The dress had an ethereal feel with chiffon overlay and a scrap of chiffon fabric draped over one shoulder falling half the length of the dress. Each carried three large white calla lilies.

The groom’s niece, Lily Stearns was flower girl. She wore a white dress with a white sash and ballet slippers while carrying a pomander of miniature deep-red flowers.

Attending his brother as best man was John Paul Bercier.

Groomsmen were Dr. Eddie Bercier, brother of the groom; Jared Prather, brother of the bride; Dr. Zeb Stearns, Peter Mayeux and Dr. David Landry, brothers-in-law of the groom; and Ryan LeBlanc, brother-in-law of the bride.

The groom and his groomsmen wore three-piece suits in charcoal. The groom wore a silver tie and a single red calla lily boutonniere. Groomsmen wore wine ties matching the bridesmaids’ dresses and boutonnieres of a single white calla lily.

Ring bearers were Leo Bercier and Nathan Mayeux, nephews of the groom. Each wore suits in a charcoal tone.

Ushering guests were Justin Stewart, Anthony Hebert and Nick Rasmussen, friends of the groom.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, the former Sandra Marcantel wore a navy silk dupioni floor-length dress with a gathered strapless sweetheart neckline, dropped scoop waistline and rhinestone broach at natural waist with slim-to-flare skirt and finishing with a gathered off-the-shoulder shrug. She was presented a corsage of three mini calla lilies.

The groom’s mother, the former Patricia Newman selected a printed sheer silk three-quarter sleeve jacket with a simple lapel and jewel closing at the waist over a slate blue silk dupioni sleeveless shell and floor-length skirt. She was also presented a corsage of three mini calla lilies.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at The Warehouse in Rayne. Tables were decorated with taupe table toppers and glass votives of varying heights and shapes or bowls with floating white English roses.

Among the refreshments was the bride’s cake, a five-tier ivory confection embellished with fleur de lis’ of varying sizes and scrollwork. A large plaque with the letter “B” was also noted representing the couple’s last name, in addition to a cake topper consisting of five large English roses and two ostrich feathers. The cake was served by Mrs. Delma Hall, godmother of the bride.

The groom’s cake included a duck hunting scene complete with shotgun and edible shotgun shells. the cake was served by Annette Gossen, godmother of the groom.

Following their wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Rayne.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal supper was held Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at the home of the groom’s parents, who served as hosts. The 7 p.m. social was a pig roast (cochon de lait) to celebrate how the couple first met.

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