Sarver, Abshire wed in nuptial Mass ceremony, hold reception with classic tradition

CROWLEY - St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley formed the setting for the lovely ceremony where Ashley Elizabeth Sarver and Joshua Todd Abshire exchanged nuptial vows.

The wedding was an event of Friday, January 27, 2012 with vows being solemnized during a 7 p.m. ceremony. Officiating the ceremony was Father Gary Schexnayder and coconcelebrating was Monsignor Paul Metrejean.

The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Jody Gardiner Sarver. The maternal grandparents of the bride are Thomas and Elizabeth Gardiner of Crowley. Her paternal grandparents are Larry and Shirley Sarver of Crowley.

Ashley is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a 2011 graduate of ULL.

The groom is the son of Jody and Julie Abshire of Kaplan. The groom’s maternal grandparents are the late Ralph and Janie Foreman. His paternal grandparents are Edison and Mitha Abshire of Kaplan.

Josh is a 2001 graduate of Kaplan High School and a 2007 graduate of ULL. He is currently employed as a field engineer with Halliburton.

Scriptures were read by Nicholas and Trisha Suire, cousins of the bride and Pam Gaspard, aunt of the groom. Altar server was Thomas Schumacher.

Offertory gifts were presented by Karen Beard, great aunt and godmother of the bride; Christopher Gardiner, uncle of the bride; Lori Foreman, aunt and godmother of the groom; and Russell Meaux, godfather of the groom. Musical selections for the wedding ceremony were provided by Alberta Lyons, organist; Jodi Bollich, vocalist; L.J. Dailey, vocalist; Betty Vidrine, harpist; Tommy Benoit, violinist; Neil Simon, trumpeter; and Jude Gaspard, trumpeter.

As guest arrived at the church, musical instruments were played and the program attendants greeted everyone. They were Hannah Gardiner, cousin of the bride, and Gavin Baudoin, cousin of the groom.

Adorning the church was a large arrangement of a beautiful assortment of white roses and flowers with a touch of greenery. The pew markers were white ribbons, foliage and white roses.

The procession began with the seating of the grandparents and parents to the music selection of “Ave Maria” by Franz Shubert, followed by the wedding party procession to the musical selection of “Largo” by Handel.

The bride was presented by her father. She looked overjoyed as she made a grand entrance into the church to the music selection of “Trumpet Voluntary” by composer Jeremiah Clarke.

For her wedding day, Ashley was attired in an elegant A-line strapless gown made of beautiful French taffeta. A sheer beaded triangle highlighted the top of the bodice. The pleated corseted bodice dropped down into an exquisite tucked skirt with scattered appliques. The bubble hem continued around to the semi-cathedral train. A classically embellished, double-tier fingertip veil, accented with a feather enhancer, finished off the beautiful bridal ensemble.

The bride’s bouquet was a pretty arrangement of bridal white roses, white lisianthus, pink sweetheart roses, lavender waxflowers and pink stargazer lilies.

In keeping with tradition, the bride carried a rosary in her bouquet, given to her by her paternal grandmother, “Sis” Gardiner, and she tucked a six pence in her shoe as “something old.” Her wedding gown represented “something new.” Ashley “borrowed” pearl and crystal earrings from her maternal grandmother. Representing “something blue” she wore a blue garter.

The mother of the bride, Jody Gardiner Sarver, wore a classic-style teal formal gown in Tiffany chiffon featuring a gathered bodice. The portrait neckline was accented with a beaded embroidered applique and the asymmetrical waistline, draped in front and gathered in back, was finished with an A-line skirt.

The mother of the groom, Judy Foreman Abshire, wore a two-piece Aerianna Papell ensemble in champagne and black. The outfit featured a shimmering crepe jacket with tiered ruffles and a rosette fashioned, V-neck which was accented with a picot edged black satin ribbon at the waistline. It was finished with a slightly flared evening length skirt of black satin.

Both mothers carried hand held bouquets of mixed spring flowers.

Alexis Claire Sarver, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridal attendants were Allison Milton Gary, Hannah Matt, Megan Trahan and Natalie Theriot, all friends of the bride, and Jade L. LeBouef, sister of the groom. They wore knee length, navy dresses of silk taffeta which were enhanced by a crossover front and accented with a draped bow across the back and they carried mixed spring bouquets of blue iris, pink alstromeria lilies, yellow solidago, lavender waxflowers and fushia roses.

The groom chose his friend Aaron Trahan as best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Sarver, brother of the bride, and Andy Richard, Cory Laperouse, Kelly Richard and Matthew Devenport, all friends of the groom.

Sophie LeBouef, niece of the groom, served as flower girl and Isaac Sellers, friend of the groom served as ring bearer. Sophie wore a gown which resembled the bride’s gown. She was dressed in an ivory blossom sleaveless shantung organza dress with an ivory sash. She carried a beautiful ivory basket filled with blue iris, pink alstromeria lilies, yellow solidago, lavender waxflowers and fushia roses, all similar to the flowers gathered in the bride’s bouquet.

Other members of the wedding party included ushers Chad LeBouef, brother-in-law of the groom, and Jonathan Guilbeau, friend of the groom.

After the exchange of the wedding vows, blessing and exchange of rings a nuptial mass was held.

Other musical selections chosen by the couple were “Together,” “How Beautiful,” and “Surely the Presence.”

The popular fanfare “Rondeau” from Mouret’s first Suite de symphonies was played during the recessional.

The Grand Opera House of the South reception parlor, referred to as Grand Hall, located in the heart of historic Crowley just steps away from the church was the setting for the wedding couple’s celebration hosted by the bride’s parents.

Out of town guest traveled from Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and throughout Louisiana to celebrate the occasion.

Fresh flowers and photos of the bride, placed strategically throughout the hall, created a lasting impression and set up the festive atmosphere for the affair. Tables were decorated with silver scroll accented lanterns which were placed on top of silver silk organza squares and surrounded by tea candles with pearl and crystal accents.

After greeting their guests the newly married couple danced their first dance as man and wife before cutting the wedding cakes.

The bride’s cake was a five-tier butter cream ivory confection featuring fillings of white chocolate amaretto mousse, raspberry fudge, strawberry cream cheese and coconut. Each tier was creatively decorated with edible fleur de lis and pearls. The top of the cake was adorned with a beautiful selection of fresh flowers. The bridal cake was served by Paula Sarver and Patty Suire, both aunts of the bride.

The groom’s cake was a chocolate confection with pecan praline filling, iced in fondant, and formed into the three dimensional shape of a jeep. The groom’s cake was served by Lori Foreman, godmother of the groom.

The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for the two families and wedding party after the rehearsal the night before the wedding ceremony. Held at The Warehouse in Rayne, chicken and sausage gumbo was served as an appetizer. The main course was shrimp and tasso pasta along with steamed vegetables, green salad and rolls. For dessert everyone was treated to bread pudding and personalized cupcakes adorned with the couples’ initials.

After a southern Caribbean cruise, the couple will reside in Maurice.

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