Roberts Cove wedding celebrated

Saint Leo IV Catholic Church in Roberts Cove formed the picturesque setting on Friday, October 8, 2010, for a Nuptial Mass uniting Amanda Jane Leger of Rayne and Brandt Joseph Sanders of Lafayette in marriage. The seven o’clock evening ceremony was officiated by Rev. Fr. Kevin Bordelon.

The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Stephanie Leger of Rayne. Her grandparents are Bonabel D. Naquin and the late Narvil “Buck” Naquin of Baton Rouge, and Dorothy O. Leger and the late William “Fats” Leger of Rayne. She is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish in Crowley, and is currently employed as a surgical assistant at Acadiana Oral and Facial Surgery.

The groom is the son of Scott and Patricia Sanders of Lafayette. He is the grandson of Jeanette F. Pichoff and the late Rufus “R.J.” Pichoff of Franklin, and Merlin and Colette Canty of Patterson. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Morgan City, a 2008 and 2009 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and is currently employed as a Registered Nurse at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Providing musical arrangements for the double-ring ceremony were organist Alberta Lyons, trumpeter Mike Ritter, vocalist Karen Melancon and violinist Yang Yang Li.

The First Reading was recited by Fran Taylor, godmother of the groom, and the Second Reading by the bride’s godmother, Dawnelle Flach.

Gifts were offered by Barry Naquin, uncle of the bride, and Monty Taylor, uncle of the groom.

Ushering guests to their seats for the ceremony were Scott Faulk, Jared Babineaux, and Grant Lamaire, friends of the groom.

On the arm of her father, the bride wore an elegant off-the-shoulder wedding gown of oyster pearl satin. The creation featured a sweetheart neckline with a beading detail of pearls, crystals, and rhinestones under the bust line which continued to the back side. Alternating diagonal pleats accentuated the fitted bodice, while the skirt was noted with pickups at various points. The bride’s look was completed with a corset back and a cathedral length train. Her headpiece consisted of a rhinestone barrette holding a waist-length veil of ivory tool edged with ivory piping. She carried a hand-held bouquet of red, pink and yellow Gerber daisies, Stargazer Lilies, and red and green hypercium.

Attending her sister as maid of honor was Samantha Leger. Bridesmaids were Megan Lalande, friend of the bride; Kimberly Mouton, cousin of the bride, and Jourdan Sanders, sister of the groom.

Bridal attendants each wore a floor-length dress in marine blue with a combination of chiffon over charmeuse. It featured a high, rounded neckline and was fitted from below the bust line to the waist, which tied to the back. Each carried a hand-held bouquet of red, pink and yellow Gerber daisies, Starfighter Lilies, and red and green hypercium.

Serving as flower girls were Brianna Mouton, godchild of the bride, and Avery Lapre, godchild of the groom. Each wore a white, formal-length dress gathered at the waist with a navy blue sash, while carrying a bride doll presented by the bride.

Attending the groom as best man was Nicholas Lapre, friend of the groom.

Groomsmen were Josh Broussard, friend of the groom; Peter Dean, friend of the groom; and William Leger, brother of the bride.

Male attendants wore a black tone-on-tone pinstripe tuxedo with a black microfiber shirt, a midnight blue stripe tie with a midnight blue vest with details.

The groom wore a black tone-on-tone pinstripe tuxedo with a black microfiber shirt, topped with an ivory stripe tie and ivory vest. Each lapel was noted with alstroemeria lilies and hypercium.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a Fino sheath dress in bluestone satin featuring a V-neck satin seamed detailing. The form-fitting tea-length dress was topped with a coordinating bolero jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves.

The groom’s mother selected a two-piece, tea-length dress of light taffeta in a dark cranberry tone. The form-fitted jacket was detailed with a peplum collar and three-quarter-length sleeves hemmed with a cuff. The jacket is accented with jet accessory latch.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at Le Grand Hall of the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley.

Among the refreshments provided for guests was the bride’s cake, a three layer square confection of white layers filled with customary fillings of lemon, strawberry, and bavarian cream, along with the addition of a “homemade old-fashioned pecan praline” filling. The white icing was an old fashioned wedding icing decorated with an elegant “lace” design on each layer and topped with the signant “S”. The cake was served by Dawnelle Flach, godmother of the bride.

The groom’s cake, served by the groom’s godmother, Fran Taylor, carried a University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball theme.

Guests attended from Rayne, Crowley, Lafayette, New Orleans, Houma, Bourg, New Iberia, Baton Rouge, Covington, Franklin, Patterson, and points of Texas and Mississippi.

Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, the couple will reside in Duson.

Prior to the wedding, a rehersal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents on Thursday, Oct. 7, at The Rayne Diner. Guests enjoyed a menu of cajun gumbo and traditional side dishes.

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