New Orleans wedding ceremony unites couple
The picturesque courtyard of the Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter of New Orleans formed the setting on April 26, 2012, for a wedding ceremony uniting in marriage Melissa Claire Doucet of Baton Rouge, formerly of Rayne, and Tyler Edward Thibault of New Orleans.
The intimate, outdoor candlelight ceremony was officiated by Rev. John Zimmer, who presided over traditional vows, as well as the couple’s own written wedding vows.
The bride is the daughter of Malcolm and Margaret Doucet of Rayne. Her grandparents are Dorothy Leger of Rayne, the late William “Fats” Leger, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Eby Doucet.
She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and attained a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Melissa also received a Master’s Degree in education specializing in school counseling with a certification as school library media specialist. She is employed as a school counselor at Northwestern Middle School in Zachary, and will be employed as library media specialist at South Park Elementary in Rapid City, SD in August of this year.
The groom is the son of Elizabeth and Hayden Wren of New Orleans and Rudy Thibault of Harvey. His grandparents are Joan Davis of Houston, the late Charles E. Davis, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Thibault.
He is a graduate of Ecole Classique, attained a Bachelor’s Degree in communication studies from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and is a member of the United States Air Force.
For the wedding ceremony, Scriptures were recited by Margaret Mary “Maggie” Doucet, sister of the bride, and Lauren Thibault, sister of the groom.
Mary-Kathryn Doucet, sister of the bride, conducted a butterfly release with readings and prayers. The butterflies were grown from caterpillars at the Doucet family home prior to the ceremony and released after the couple had been joined in marriage.
Against a musical background provided by the New Orleans Finest Musicians, a three-piece jazz ensemble, guests were ushered to their seats by Matt Doucet, brother of the bride.
On the arm of her father, the bride wore an elegant, corset-styled wedding gown designed by BHLDN featuring feathery flowers with twinkling, beaded centers cling to gossamer layers of pristine tulle on the flowing skirt, fashioned with an underlining of silk charmeuse. A simple tulle veil served as her headpiece and she carried a bridal bouquet of golden yellow rhinoculous, mums and craspedia with gray rhinoculous and adornments.
Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included a blue and white handkerchief of her late grandfather (Eby Doucet) as something old and blue. Her earrings and bracelet, a gift from the groom, was something new, and the maid of honor’s blue broach attached to her bouquet was something blue.
Attending her twin sister as maid of honor was Marci Elizabeth Doucet. She wore an Anthropologie-designed, floor-length dress with a gray and yellow pastiche pattern and carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet.
The groom, attired in his U.S. Air Force dress blues, was attended as best man by a longtime friend, Adam Delgado. He wore a gray suit and paisley gray and golden yellow tie.
Ring bearer was Brooks Patrick Doucet, nephew and godchild of the bride. He carried a gray pillow with vintage golden yellow button handmade by the bride’s mother with matching bow-tie to that of the best man’s tie of paisley gray and golden yellow.
For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, Margaret Leger Doucet wore an A-lined, tea-length dress of teal dupioni silk by Jim Hjelm featuring a bateau neckline, natural waist and a fabric sash tied with a French knot. She carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet.
The groom’s mother, Elizabeth Davis Wren selected a steal gray, tuxedo-styled wrap dress with a full, tea-length skirt by Shani. She also carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held on site. Against a jazz-insprired musical background, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour amid hundreds of candles that adorned the grand fountain of the courtyard. In addition to candles, the area was also accentuated with floral arrangements in shades of golden yellow and gray. Photographs of the couple adorned the tables in the cocktail area with a multitude of miniature lights in the trees and foliage. Love birds and bird cages were found throughout the dinner tables with guests enjoying a seated, elegant dinner.
In addition, guests were served the bride’s cake, an ivory confection with hand-crafted flowers that flowed over the bottom tier of the three-layered cake and cascaded upward. Fillings included Italian cream and raspberry, and the handmade cake topper was a miniature version of the couple with matching bridal and groom attire, along with their dog, Boston. The cake was served by the bride’s godmother, Annette Ohlenforst Simon.
The groom’s cake was a crawfish-inspired confection, and was enjoyed by all.
Guests registered from various Acadiana cities, in addition to Baton Rouge, Monroe, Slidell, Denham Springs, and points of Texas, Virginia and New York.
The couple will reside in Rapid City, SD, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, where the groom is stationed.