Roberts Cove wedding unites local couple

Picturesque St. Leo IV Catholic Church in Roberts Cove was the setting on Friday, June 1, 2012, for a Nuptial Mass uniting Brittany Marie Heinen of Lafayette and Derek Joseph Melancon of Mire in holy matrimony. The six-thirty evening ceremony was officiated by Fr. Russell Harrington.

The bride is the daughter of Blane and Toni Heinen of Lafayette. His grandparents are John and Jeanette Heinen of Roberts Cove and Eulix and Linda Hollier of Mire. She is a graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette and recently attained her nursing degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The groom is the son of Kurt and Carleen Melancon of Mire. His grandparents are Roy and Elina Melancon of Mire, the late Raywood Leger, Sr. of Rayne, and the late Ethel Richard Monte of Rayne. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and is currently pursuing an industrial technology major at SLCC while employed as an electrician at Kurt Melancon Enterprises, Inc. Against the historical church setting, musical selections were provided by Gabby Hildestad, Lauren Boudreaux, and trumpeter Clark Alderman.

Guests were ushered to their appropriate seats by ushers Skylar Heinen, brother of the bride; Austin Melancon, brother of the groom; and Jonathan Hollier, friend.

For the ceremony, Scriptures were recited by Dolores Benoit and Rachelle Hazlett. Gifts were offered by Andrea Hollier and Bobby Abshire.

On the arm of her father, the bride was seen in an A-line wedding gown of bridal white duchess satin featuring a sweetheart neckline. The bodice was detailed with an asymmetrical ruching design and hand-embroidered lace appliques accented with ivory seeded pearls, tonal sequins and Swarovski crystals. The delicate tulle layer over satin A-lined skirt was enhanced with embroidery to the hemline of a chapel-length train. A feather headpiece encrusted with pearl accents held a fingertip veil of sheer illusion while she carried a gathered bouquet of coral and vendella roses, lime green berries, white dendrobium orchids and accents of white hydrangea.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included a borrowed vintage pearl necklace that once belonged to her maternal great-grandmother that served as something borrowed and old. Her wedding gown and headpiece were something new, while something blue was a blue-accented rosary bracelet carried in her bouquet.

Serving the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Malori Heinen. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Robichaux, Megan Boudreaux and Brooke Labat, friends of the bride, and Maggi LeJeune, friend and cousin of the groom.

Bridal attendants wore short, satin, V-neck dresses with ruched waistline and flattering knee-length hem. The dresses were in exclusive, rich guava hue.

The bride’s godchild, Addisyn Hazlett was flower girl for the wedding.

The groom was attended by his brother, Tyler Melancon, as best man. Groomsmen were Jude Scelfo, Brennan Abshire and Trevor Istre, friends of the groom, and Heath Heinen, friend and cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Sawyer Allums, cousin of the groom.

Male wedding attendants each wore a formal black tuxedo with guava vest and tie, along with a stylish boutonniere.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, Toni Heinen wore a full-length dress of mink brown iridescent taffeta featuring a potrait collar, ruched bodice and slightly flared skirt. The bodice was embellished with tonal beading and stitching.

The groom’s mother, Carleen Leger Melancon wore a Montage by Mon Cheri, a two-piece silk shantung dress set designed with a strapless, A-lined fitting with a sunburst pleated bodice accented with Swarovski crystal motif. A matching jacket with ruched three-quarter length sleeves and matching crystal motif completed the ensemble.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at The Crossing at Mervine Kahn in Rayne.

Against a vintage elegance theme, guests were treated to the bride’s cake, a three-tier square confection designed with guava accents by the bride’s grandmother, Linda Hollier, with the assistance of the bride’s sister, Malori Heinen.

The groom’s cake was a traditional chocolate confection designed with a UL-Lafayette baseball theme.

In addition to guests and family members in attendance from the Acadiana area, guests also registered from as far as New York and San Francisco.

Following a wedding trip including a Mexican cruise and New Orleans weekend, the couple plans to reside in Mire.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Saturday, May 19, at Chef Roy’s Frog City Café in Rayne with the groom’s parents serving as hosts for the evening.

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