Picturesque wedding ceremony unites couple
The picturesque St. Matthew Catholic Church in Monroe was the setting on Saturday, April 6, 2013, for a wedding ceremony uniting in marriage Mary-Kathryn Doucet and Matthew Doyce McGuffee, both of Monroe.
The bride is the daughter of Malcolm and Margaret Doucet of Rayne. Her grandparents are Dorothy O. Leger of Rayne, the late William “Fats” Leger, and the late Eby and Lillian Doucet. She is a 2006 graduate of Notre Dame HIgh School of Acadia Parish in Crowley, 2011 graduate of Our Lady of The Lake College of Nursing in Baton Rouge, and is employed as a registered nurse at Hopkins Dermatology in Monroe.
The groom is the son of Rhett and Tina Mathieu, and Tony and Debbie McGuffee, all of Monroe. His grandparents are Bill and Bobbie Mathieu of Monroe, Carolyn Ann Graham of West Monroe, Fred Spatafora of Monroe, and Doyce and Linda McGuffee of West Monroe. He is a 2002 graduate of Neville High School in Monroe, attained a bachelor of science degree in biology in 2007 from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, and is a 2011 graduate from Northwestern State University College of Nursing with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. He is employed as a registered nurse with United Home Care in Monroe.
The double-ring ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Joe Puthupally. Scriptures were read by Katie Core Guinn, friend of the bride; Kacie Mathieu, sister of the groom; and Margaret Gaspard Doucet, sister-in-law of the bride.
Against a musical backdrop provided by James Edward Patton, II, guests were ushered to their seats by Matt Doucet, brother of the bride; Lance Racca, friend of the couple; and Clayton Hanes, friend of the groom.
On the arm of her father, the bride wore an ivory romantic mermaid silhouette wedding gown by Enzoani Champagne. The strapless sweetheart neckline was enhanced with an empire ribbon accented with exquisite stones at the center of the waist. The flow of the lace creation was finished with a scalloped hemline and semi-cathedral train. The ensemble was completed with a cathedral-length veil of sheer illusion.
She carried a clutch bouquet in different hues of purple, lavendar, magenta, blue and red. The assortment of flowers included in the European hand-tied bouquet consisted of roses, figi mums, thistle, stock, heather, poms, German statice and carnations. The stems were wrapped in a satin ribbon. Special features included her mother’s rosary entertwinned within the stems and a monogrammed charm tied with a blue satin ribbon that was a gift from her sister-in-law, Margaret G. Doucet.
Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included her mother’s rosary placed in her bouquet as something old, her lace bridal gown was something new, diamond earrings and bracelet from her sister worn on her wedding day, and something blue was a monogrammed charm on a blue satin ribbon serving as a wedding gift from the bride’s sister-in-law for her bouquet.
Attending her sister as maid of honor was Margaret Mary “Maggie” Doucet. Bridesmaids were Melissa Doucet Thibault and Marci Elizabeth Doucet, sisters of the bride.
Bridal attendants each wore a strapless empire-style dress of deep eggplant chiffon. The street-length hem featured a pleated effect with a wide pleated waist band. Completing the ensemble were rose quartz earrings in coordination styles, a gift from the bride. Each carried a European hand-tied bouquet filled with lavendar roses, hypericum berries, and poms wrapped with satin ribbon.
Best men to the groom were Dr. Miles Hilbun and William Erwin, best friends.
Male attendants wore formal black tuxedoes, white shirts, black bow ties, and boutonnieres of lavendar roses and hypericum berries.
Ring bearer was Brooka Patrick Doucet, nephew of the bride. He wore dark dress slacks, white long-sleeve button down shirt with a light purple chevron print bowtie, in addition to a boutonniere of lavendar roses and hypericum berries.
For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, the former Margaret Leger wore a deep teal, formal length gown by Jim Hjelm featuring a sweetheart neckline and grecian-style A-lined skirt and open back. She carried a European hand-tied bouquet of white roses accented with pearls strung on golden threads.
The groom’s mother, the former Tina Spatafora selected soft chiffon beige blouse with blousson sleeves. The neckline featured crystal embellishments, complimenting a flowing three-tiered street-length black skirt. She also carried a European hand-tied bouquet of white roses accented with pearls strung on golden threads.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at the Ouachita Grand Plaza in Monroe. A color theme of the wedding continued with deep eggplant organza and burlap with touches of navy found throughout the reception area. Fresh flowers adorned each guest table, along with various pictures of the couple. Candlelabras and a multitude of candles could be seen throughout the reception hall and outdoor courtyard. A large wooden initial “M” was placed at the hall’s entrance for guests to sign and for the couple to use in their home decor.
Among the refreshments was the bride’s cake, a four-tier vanilla almond confection with white lacework fondant embellishents. Placed in the cake were six wedding charm pulls on ivory ribbons pulled by the bride’s sisters, groom’s sisters and bride’s best friend. The cake topper featured a handmade replica of the couple, including the bride’s dress, flowers and veil. A special interest to the unique topper included the couple’s dog, Oliver. The cake was served by the bride’s aunt, Stephanie Leger.
The groom’s cake was a traditional chocolate on chocolate confection featuring a golf scene, complete with miniature golf cart depicting the groom’s favorite hobby.
Guests attended the wedding from various points from throughout Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, New York and South Dakota.
Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple will reside in Monroe.
Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Friday, April 5, at Monjunis Restaurant in Monroe. Hosting the 7 p.m. social were the groom’s parents, Rhett and Tina Mathieu.