Pre-nuptial engagement party honors couple
RAYNE – The home of John and Nell Petitjean of Rayne served as the setting for an engagement party on November 21, 2009 in honor of Lesli Istre of Allen, Texas, and her fiancé, Chris Nelson of Allen, Texas, formerly of Slidell.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mike and Brenda Istre of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of the Rayne/Crowley area. Mrs. Istre is the former Brenda Petitjean.
Lesli is the granddaughter of J.A. and Nell Petitjean, and great granddaughter of the late Clinton and Hilda Petitjean and Raoul and Bella Trahan of Rayne.
The prospective groom is the son of Kay Nelson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the late Lewis B. Nelson. His grandparents are the late Earl and Maggie Perez and the late Fred and Maggie Nelson.
Hosting the evening courtesy were the couple’s parents.
Guests were treated to a buffet of refreshments and finger foods, including shrimp etouffee, vegetable casserole, salad, a fresh vegetable tray, and a variety of beverages.
Topping off the refreshments was a special event cake provided by Daisy Cakes of Rayne. The three-layered white Italian cream confection was accented with purple calla lilies with pink centers.
For the special event, Miss Istre wore a black, knee-length dress featuring ruffles on the strapless bodice and gathered with a wide, leather belt at the waist.
The bride-elect’s mother wore a long, silk tunic top featuring a python print over brown slacks. The ensemble was clinched at the waist with a brown leather belt.
The prospective groom’s mother selected a pants suit ensemble including black slacks, hip-length shell, and a coordinating jacket accented with a paisley print.
Approximately 35 guests were in attendance from numerous points of Louisiana, in addition to Texas, Alabama and Florida.
Special guests in attendance were John and Nell Petitjean of Rayne and Mitchell and Helen Istre of Crowley, grandparents of the bride-elect.
Lesli and Chris will be married on April 17, 2010 during a 7:30 p.m. ceremony at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, followed by a reception at Westin Park central in Dallas.