Milton and Gary honored at elegant engagement soirée

Allison Elizabeth Milton of Crowley and Blaine Joseph Gary or Mire were honored January 2 at a 7 p.m. cocktail party to celebrate their recent engagement.

The engagement soirée was held in Scott at the beautiful New Orleans style home of Perry Stelly, uncle of the groom. For the elegant social Mr. Stelly’s front yard was decorated with four bistro tables covered with cream taffeta gathered beneath with gold satin ties. Each bistro table was lit by six candles. An 18x20 square canopy was erected in the side yard to create an classic outdoor space.

As guests entered, they quickly noticed four large portraits of the couple hanging on the back wall of the canopy, each having their own spotlight. Food tables, set at the back of the canopy, were decorated with more pictures of the couple, candles, and a three foot cherubic statue that held fuchsia blooming azaleas. Six foot candelabras adorned each side of the food tables. A separate dessert table was set up on the left side of the room.

Over a large round table, which was set up in the center of the outdoor space for guests to enjoy their food and beverages, hung a balloon chandelier.

Winding through Mr. Stelly’s lush green courtyard was a bar area set for guests to enjoy. The couple’s guests also enjoyed socializing in the cozy garden room adjacent to the bar area.

The food, enjoyed by the couple’s 70 guests, was prepared by Chefs Bobby and Dot along with desserts prepared by family and friends.

For the celebratory event, Allison wore a knee length Maggy London knit dress in brilliant blue.

Mother of the bride-elect, Charlotte Milton, wore dressy black pants with a matching button front jacket worn atop an ice blue silk blouse.

Alane Gary, mother of the groom-elect, wore dressy black pants and a plum colored taffeta 3/4-sleeve blouse with a snap front. Her attire was completed by a sash tie.

The engagement social was hosted by Perry Stelly, Peter and Diane Besse, Brian and Janise Stelly, Roland and Lynn Credeur and Glen and Lori Gary. Guests traveled from Houston, Lafayette, Rayne, Scott, Branch, Lake Charles and Mire to celebrate the couple’s forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Greg and Charlotte Milton of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of the late Norris Toups and the late Delores Toups and the late Harry Milton and the late Mary Jane Milton.

The groom-elect is the son of Blake and Alane Gary of Mire. He is the grandson of Marion Stelly of Carencro and Dorothy Stelly of Scott and Pierre and Geraldine Gary of Rayne.

The couple will be exchanging vows at St. Michael Catholic Church in Crowley on June 18, 2010. Father Gary Schexnayder will officiate the 6:30 p.m. nuptial Mass.

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