Megan Richard, Justin Gray exchange vows
CROWLEY - Megan Danielle Richard and Justin Gene Gray, both of Crowley, were joined as man and wife on Saturday, June 15, at First Lutheran Church in Crowley. Pastor David Green officiated the 4 p.m. double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Lisa and Mr. Darren Richard of Crowley. Her maternal grandparents are Jacki and Marshall Derrick and the late Norma Derrick, and her paternal grandparents are Jane and Earl Richard, all of Crowley.
Megan graduated with honors from Crowley High School before attending Louisiana State University at Eunice, where she earned an associate’s degree in business management. She is currently employed as the assistant manager at Pizza Hut restaurant in Crowley.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Sharon and Mr. James Gray of Estancia, N.M. He is the grandson of Clara and Virgil Cravens of London, Ky., and the late Anna and Robert Gray.
Justin is a graduate of Estancia High School in New Mexico and is presently employed as the manager of L and B Enterprise.
Musical selections for the ceremony were played by Debbie Greene.
Megan, who was escorted to the altar by her father, was beautiful in a strapless white ballgown featuring a sweetheart neckline. A red sash, embellished in the center with an intricate crystal applique, defined the dress at its natural waistline, and the back of the skirt flowed into a court-length train.
The bride selected a matching fingertip veil held in place by a crystal and pearl beaded headpiece, and she carried a gorgeous round clutch bouquet of red and white roses.
In keeping with tradition, the bride wore her great-grandmother’s wedding band as “something old,” her wedding dress as “something new,” a bracelet loaned by her sister-in-law as “something borrowed” and a blue garter as “something blue.”
Tanya Richard, sister-in-law of the bride, served as matron of honor. Attending the bride as her maids were her sister, Jenny Smith, and her sister-in-law, Maryann Richard. Shayla Smith, godchild of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid.
Olivia Richard and Harley Smith, both nieces of the bride, were flower girls. They wore pretty white sleeveless dresses with red sashes like the bride’s.
The adult attendants were clad in flowing, floor-length strapless gowns with fitted bodices and straight across necklines in “apple red.” The junior bridesmaid wore a matching dress with spaghetti straps. They all carried bouquets, similar to the bride’s, of red and white roses.
Richard Gray, brother of the groom, served as best man. Standing as groomsmen were Chad Richard and Ben Richard, brothers of the bride. Trystan Gray, nephew of the groom, served as junior groomsman. Gage Richard, cousin of the bride, acted as ring bearer.
For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, the former Lisa Derrick, selected a black and white dress paired with a white corsage.
The mother of the groom, the former Sharon Lucille Cravens, wore a black blouse paired with a black and silver skirt and a matching white corsage.
Immediately following the ceremony, the bride and groom were whisked away by a Cinderella-style horse-drawn carriage to their reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Crowley.
The bride’s three-tiered red velvet cake was an architectural wonder decorated with white icing and red roses. Set atop pillars housing a lighted fountain gushing red-tinted water, it was flanked by two smaller cakes with stairways leading to the middle tier. The stairways were lined with miniature replicas of the bridal attendants and groomsmen, and a miniature bride and groom in a heart were perched on the top tier.
The groom’s half-chocolate/half-vanilla cake was a replica of the Atlanta Falcons football field and was displayed on a table of Falcons memorabilia.
Out-of-town guests traveled from New Mexico, Oklahoma and various points throughout Louisiana.
On the evening prior to the wedding, following the rehearsal at the church, the bride’s mother and her aunt, Donnie Richard, hosted a rehearsal dinner where guests enjoyed homemade spaghetti.
Following a wedding trip to New Orleans, the couple is residing in Crowley.