Mire wedding ceremony unites local couple

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Mire served as the setting on Friday, September 30, 2011, for the wedding vows uniting Desirae Melinda Abshire and Michael Dale Cormier, Jr., both of Rayne. The six o’clock, double-ring ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Russell Harrington, Pastor.

The bride is the daughter of Bernadette Prejean and David Abshire, both of Rayne. Her grandparents are Edward and Abbie Gale Prejean of Rayne and Roy and Esther Abshire of Kaplan. She is a 2011 graduate of Rayne High School.

The groom is the son of Mike and Stacie Cormier of Rayne. His grandparents are Darwin and Brenda Hayes of Crowley and Earlis and Margie Cormier of Rayne. He is a 2009 graduate of Rayne High School and is employed as a production operator by Island Operating.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless wedding dress of white satin featuring a sweetheart neckline and pearl accents helping to define a ruched waistline and full, pick-up skirt. A simple hair comb held a fingertip veil of sheer illusion hemmed with a beaded trim. She carried a unique bridal bouquet of orange calla lilies accented with white and brown feathers.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included her great-grandmother’s rosary as something old, her wedding dress was something new, borrowed her sister’s pearl earrings, and her blue garter.

Serving the bride as maid of honor was Katie Trahan, her cousin.

Bridesmaids were Devanie Abshire, sister of the bride; Ashley Cormier, sister of the groom; and Ashley Hendricks, cousin of the groom.

Junior bridesmaid was Ashlynn Buffington, cousin of the bride.

Bridal attendants wore camouflauge dresses created by Camo Formals and carried a bouquet of ivory calla lilies with feather accents and orange ribbon.

Serving as flower girl was Bella Hayes, cousin of the groom. She wore a white dress and carried a basket of white rose petals.

Attending his brother as best man was Dra Abshire.

Groomsmen were Richie Cormier, cousin of the groom, and Jared Dartez and Scott Doga, friends of the groom.

Junior groosman was Thomas Hayes, cousin of the groom.

Ringbears were Ian Cormier and Zachary Hendricks, cousins of the groom.

For the wedding, the groom wore a white tuxedo with camouflauge vest and orange tie. Male attendants wore black tuxedoes with camouflauge vest and tie.

Ushering guests were David Hayes, uncle of the groom, and Courtney Bourque, cousin of the bride.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at Union Hall in Rayne in honor of the newlyweds. The hall carried a camouflauge decor with table centerpieces created of duck decoys accented with feathers and cattails.

Among the refreshments was the bride’s cake, a four-layer white confection with Bavarian cream filling accented with seeded pearls and orange calla lilies. The cake was served by Angie Abshire, godmother of the bride.

The groom’s cake was a traditional chocolate on chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling accented with camouflauge fleu de lis’ and chocolate covered strawberries. The cake was served by Sheila Hendricks, the groom’s godmother.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at Union Hall. The 7 p.m. social was hosted by the groom’s parents and grandparents.

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