Miller, Benoit become husband and wife during double ring ceremony

CROWLEY - Britney Rae Miller and Drake Charles Benoit became husband and wife during a double ring ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at 1 p.m. Reverend Jimmy Broussard officiated the wedding.

The breathtaking scenery of the Point-Aux-Loups Springs Garden in Iota provided the setting for family and friends to witness the couple’s promises to each other. The couple stood together in the gazebo, under the majestic oak trees overlooking the water. Two large swags of white hydrangeas and magnolias, accented in dark sapphire blue, decorated the gazebo.

The aisle chairs were marked with alternating arrangements of callas, hydrangeas and magnolias.

Britney is the daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Courville Miller of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Harry and Barbara Courville and the late Betty Courville and James Lubert and Sylvia Miller, all of Crowley. She is the great granddaughter of Beatrice Comeaux of Evangeline.

Drake is the son of Charles and Angelle Privat Benoit of Crowley. He is the grandson of Daniel and Charlotte Privat of Lafayette and Phyllis Benoit of Crowley and the late Charles Benoit.

Britney and Drake attended Redemptorist Catholic school together since kindergarten and then attended and graduated in 2009 from Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish.

Britney attended Louisiana State University at Eunice after graduation and is currently attending University of Louisiana Lafayette, majoring in accounting. Drake is employed with TC Directional Drilling.

The bride was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. She was absolutely radiant on her wedding day. This day was a particularly special one as it was her birthday and the anniversary of her grandfather and late grandmother’s wedding.

For her wedding day the bride wore an elegant strapless gown made of ivory satin and organza. The gown featured a soft sweetheart neckline and a fit and flared silhouette. The entire organza overlay was richly embellished with silver embroidery and crystal beadwork. Finally the gown was finished with a dramatic dropped backline and a sheer semi-cathedral train.

In keeping with tradition, the bride’s dress served as “something new.” Several items served as “something borrowed.” They were a finger tip length veil outlined in ivory lace that her sister Victoria wore on her wedding day, a beautiful Swarovski beget head band that her sister in law Michelle wore on her wedding day, and a rhinestone bracelet that her cousin Beth wore on her wedding day. For her “something blue,” the bride wore a sapphire pendant given to her by her parents for her birthday. As “something old,” the bride carried a handkerchief in her wedding bouquet that was her grandmother’s and a rosary given to her by her godmother.

The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of white callas, alstromerias and hydrangeas. The stems were wrapped in a braided ivory satin ribbon.

Serving as the bride’s Matron of Honor was her sister, Victoria Miller Boudreaux.

Bridal attendants included Michelle Rawson Guillory, her sister-in-law; Elizabeth Rue Dale, her cousin; and Laina Sarver, Courtney Hebert and Haley Huval, all friends of the bride. Each member of the bridal party was attired in a dark sapphire blue matte satin gown with a beautiful sweep train. The bodice was enhanced with a black scalloped lace overlay. Each attendant carried a bouquet of calla lilies wrapped with braided blue and black satin ribbon.

Serving the groom as his best man was Tyler Clark. Groomsmen included Anthony Hoffpauir, William Artall, Justin Sarver, Hobie Fluitt and Trevor Stoma, all friends of the groom.

Guests were ushered to their seats by Cody Guillory, the bride’s brother and Brian Broussard, the bride’s cousin.

For her daughter’s special day the mother of the bride, Cynthia Courville Miller, wore an elegant teal fly away pants and camisole ensemble with an ivory lace jacket. Completing the jacket was a teal satin belt and rhinestone buckle. She wore a complimenting crystal wristlet of white gardenias accented with teal ribbon.

The groom’s mother, Angelle Privat Benoit, wore a tea length camel dress featuring layers of ruffles. The neckline was trimmed in a beautiful embroidery design and embellished with crystals. She also wore a complimenting crystal wristlet of white gardenias accented with chocolate ribbon.

Included in the procession were the groom’s godparents, Clara Lynette Benoit and Paul Privat; the bride’s godparents, Joanne Rue and Ray Foreman; the groom’s sister, Taylor Benoit; and the couple’s son, Colton Drake Benoit.

Honored as special guests were Lane Miller Boudreaux and John Paul Dale, the bride’s godchildren.

Music was provided by Lauren Baker, violinist; Will Green, trumpeter; Susan Comeaux, the bride’s aunt, Pianist; and Tina Reaux, vocalist.

Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held in the ballroom at Point-Aux-Loups. Each guest table was dressed in alternating black satin and black damask table runners, accented with tall black iron candle holders and damask candles. Magnolias, hydrangeas and callas completed the alternating tables.

The bride’s cake was a four tier white confection accented with black damask scroll and trimmed with dark sapphire ribbon. The cake was topped with a miniature bouquet of callas and mini hydrangeas, similar to the bride’s bouquet. Included on the bride’s table were black damask champagne glasses for the bridal attendants and matching pilsners for the groomsmen and ushers. The bridal table décor was completed using the bridesmaid’s calla bouquets. On either side of the bride’s table was an arrangement of magnolias, hydrangeas and callas with blue accents.

Serving the bride’s cake was her godmother and aunt, Joanne Rue.

The groom’s cake was a red velvet cake decorated in one of the groom’s favorite hobbies, fishing. Atop the cake was an oversized bass partially exiting the water on the hook of Drake’s fishing pole. A miniature Drake stands on the edge of the pond struggling to real the fish in.

Serving the groom’s cake was his godmother and aunt, Clara Lynette Benoit.

The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner the Friday night before the wedding at Audie and Keisha Hanks’ kitchen. The wedding party and family members attended.

Following a honeymoon to Hot Springs, Ark., given to them as a gift from Drake’s godfather, Paul Privat, the couple will reside in Crowley.

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