Marisa Claire Savoie becomes Mrs. Travis John Tolbert

A six-thirty evening wedding ceremony on Friday, July 31, 2009 united in marriage Marisa Claire Savoie and Travis John Tolbert, both of Lafayette

. The double-ring ceremony was celebrated by Fr. John “Buddy” Breaux.

The bride is the daughter of Mike and Mona Savoie of Rayne. Her grandparents are Sapha Bergeron and the late Kermit Bergeron of the Mire community, and the late Maurice and Mary Jane Savoie of Rayne. She is a 2004 graduate of Rayne High School and is presently enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in child and family studies/psychology.

Th groom is the son of Amy Tolbert and the late Kenneth Tolbert of Nederland, Texas. His grandparents are Elaine DeVaudreuil and the late Archie DeVaudreuil of Vidor, Texas, the late Marrin Tolbert and Kathy Manning of Vidor, Texas. He is a 2002 graduate of Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas, 2006 graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is employed as a personal trainer at The City Club in River Ranch.

Providing musical selections for the wedding ceremony were Mark and Kristen Dunbar, friends of the bride.

Guests were ushered by Brad Jeffcoat of Nederland, Texas, Ben McBride of Kingwood, Texas, and William Delage of Nederland, Texas.

Scriptures were recited by Emily Darell, friend of the groom, and Brenda Benoit, godmother of the bride.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless, slim, A-lined wedding gown of white bridal taffeta featuring a sweetheart neckline and pleated folds down through the bodice accented by heavily beaded crystal appliques. The gown was finished by rear crystal buttons and a semi-cathedral train. A classic two-tier fingertip veil of white tulle was edged with a white satin design and accented by a delicate comb featuring a cluster of crystals, seeded beads, pearls and rhinestones to create a stunning shimmer effect. She carried a cluster bouquet of mini callas, hot pink roses, and yellow freesia accented by touches of purple statice and green hipericum berries.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day was a ruby and diamond ring which belonged to her late paternal grandmother as something old, her wedding dress as something new, a mother’s ring given to the bride’s mother after the bride was born as something borrowed, and a white garter with blue ribbon as something blue.

Attending the bride as maid of honor was her cousin, Ashley Leger of Rayne. Bridesmaids were Lauren Judice of Rayne, Ellie Duplichain of Rayne, Lindsey Melancon of Lafayette, Kristina Chaves of Baton Rouge and Ashley Edwards of Lafayette, friends of the bride; and Brittani Goutro of Opelousas, sister of the bride.

Bridal attendants each wore a strapless, A-lined, tea-length B2-Belsoie dark navy dress and carried a presentation bouquet of large calla lilies and Italian roses.

Serving as flower girl was Mina Blaire Simoneaux, daughter of Jake and Jami Simoneaux of Belle Chase, cousins of the bride. She wore a white angelic ankle-length dress created of poly-taffeta featuring capped sleeves and a unique taffeta sash to accent an elegant flower pink to her side.

Attending the groom as best man was a friend, Chris Genuardi of Nederland, Texas. Groomsmen were Jake Champagne of Irvine, Calif., Jeff Cutrer of Louisville, KY, Todd Van Velson of Houston, Texas, Michael Gauthier of Bridge City, Texas, friends of the groom; Toby Tolbert of Nederland, Texas, Todd Tolbert of Homerglen, Ill., brothers of the groom.

Serving as ring bearer was Jackson Luke Tolbert of Lafayette, son of the couple.

For the occasion, the groom wore an all-black After Six Perry Ellis tuxedo with white tie and vest. His attendants wore silver vests and ties.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a sapphire-colored mock two-piece dress featuring a portrait collar and side-ruched top accented with a jeweled pin. She was presented a corsage designed with hot pink sweetheart roses with freesia, berries and statice in vibrant colors.

The groom’s mother selected an Adrianna Papell black knit dress with black lace overlay on the bodice. She was also presented a corsage designed with hot pink sweetheart roses with freesia, berries and statice in vibrant colors.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at Keith’s Ballroom in Lafayette.

Among the refreshments provided for the guests was the bride’s cake, a three-tiered white square confection accented with black ribbons on each layer and centered with a monogram initial of the couple. Layers were separately filled with white chocolate amaretta, butter pecan, cookies and creme, and chocolate fudge, with the top layer accented with fresh flowers.

The groom’s cake was an oval confection with a sports theme of golf and track depicting the groom’s fondness of sports. The white cake featured buttercream icing and pina colada filling.

Guests registered from numerous points of Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina and California.

Following their wedding trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas, the couple will reside in Lafayette.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held on Thursday, July 30, at Chef Roy’s Frog City Café in Rayne. The 7 p.m. social was hosted by Amy Tolbert, Mike and Mona Savoie.

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