Vows exchanged between Istre, Armentor at Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings

JENNINGS - In a beautiful ceremony during an evening wedding on June 2, 2012 Morgan Jade Istre and James Bruce Armentor exchanged sacred marriage vows before the altar of Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings. Father Charles McMillin was the celebrant of the Nuptial Mass.

The bride is the daughter of Kenneth and Becky Istre of Mermentau. She is the granddaughter of Betty Hargrave of Estherwood and the late Jess Willard Fair, the late Amar Hargrave and the late Charles and Beatrice Istre.

Morgan is a 2005 graduate of Midland High School and a 2009 Magna Cum Laude graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. She is currently employed by the Acadia Parish School Board.

The groom is the son of Jimmy and Stephanie Armentor of Iowa and Stephen and Donna Griggs of Palm Desert, Calif. He is the grandson of Agnes Armentor of Iowa and the late Curtis Armentor and Monroe and Doris Frazier of Brandon, Miss.

James is a 2001 graduate of Iowa High School and a 2005 graduate of Delta School of Business and Technology. He is presently employed by Capitol Manufacturing.

Present at the entrance of the church and serving as greeters were Chelsea LaComb and Holly Cart, friends of the bride and groom; and Megan Armentor, sister of the groom, who handed out programs to the guests. Cart and Armentor were also the readers of the sacred scripture.

As the guests entered the church, they were seated to the sounds of softly played music.

The beautifully arranged selections included “The Prince of Denmark’s March” as the processional.

As the long awaited time of the wedding approached, the mothers of the bride and groom were escorted into the church.

The mothers and grandmothers were seated during the endearing song, “You Will Always Be a Child in My Eyes.”

In the traditional gesture of honor, guests rose from their seats as the doors of the church opened to the strains of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” revealing the lovely young bride. She was lovingly escorted by her father in slow precession to the main altar of the church and presented to her groom.

For her wedding day, the bride chose a strapless gown of diamond white. The strapless gown featured a slight sweetheart neckline with delicate ribbon lace that covered the bust line and softly fell over the small A-line skirt. Taffeta was shirred across the waist with an embellished rhinestone accent. The bride’s elbow length illusion veil was trimmed in a scalloped embroidered edging elegantly detailed with pearls and crystals and finished with a pearl and crystal headpiece.

The bride carried a beautiful traditional bouquet of peonies, roses, stargazer lilies, magenta spray roses and hypericum in hues of soft pink with touches of evergreen pittosporum leaves. The stems were wrapped in a rhinestone skeleton key heart Victorian bridal cuff.

Within her bouquet she held a rosary.

In keeping with bridal tradition, lace from her mother’s wedding dress entwined in the bridal bouquet was noted as something old. Her wedding gown was something new, and a locket which belonged to her late paternal grandmother, Beatrice Istre, was borrowed. For something blue, Morgan had ribbon fastened to her garter. The sixpence worn in her bridal shoe was a gift from her father.

The bride’s two matrons of honor were her friends, Whitnee Dahlquist Brame and Anne Bergeaux Cormier. Also in attending to the bride were Kristi Fusilier, Brandie Scott and Rachel Istre, all cousins of the bride; Jada O’Blanc, friend of the bride; and Dinah Istre, sister-in-law of the bride. The bridesmaids wore formal strapless gowns of jade matte satin. The sweetheart necklines framed the empire bodices which were banded at the waist. The godchild of the groom, Kathryn Armentor, served as flower girl.

Attending the groom as honorary groomsman was his son, Carson Armentor.

Best man was Jason Savoie, friend of the groom. The other groomsmen were Martin Cormier and Ryan Brame, both friends of the bride and groom; Casey Leger and Sam Kershaw, both friends of the groom; Clayton Istre, brother of the bride; and Steven Istre, cousin of the bride. Serving as ring bearer was Carter Istre, godchild of the bride.

Mrs. Istre, the former Becky Kay Fair, chose for her daughter’s wedding, a tea length elegantly versatile gown of rich eggplant featuring a tiered skirt with a long sleeved evening bolero. The outfit was accented with a rhinestone brooch at the waist.

Mrs. Armentor, the former Donna Virginia Frazier, wore a knee length black dress featuring a softly gathered empire bodice of champagne satin accented with a heavily beaded pearl neckline.

Handel’s Allegro Maestoso filled the church for the recessional as the bride and groom made their way down the isle as man and wife, followed by the wedding party.

A reception for the newly wedded couple was held at the beautifully decorated Jeff Davis Multi Purpose building in Jennings.

A stately, tall arrangement of flowers in pink hues graced the entrance table of the reception hall along with the sign in book. There were also photos of the couple as well as an anniversary candle situated on the table.

Placed inside of tea cups, the reflection of votive lights enhanced the beauty of 40 gracefully appointed centerpieces made from teapots filled with bouquets of bright pink flowers including stargazer lilies and babies’ breath. A birdcage was featured at the gift table and dimly lit Japanese cherry blossom branches were placed on the candy table. There was also a memory table that showcased photos of the bride and groom with their late grandparents.

The bridal cake service was placed in the center of a glass table with a base of white columns which served as a prominent focal point of the reception. The cake, served by the bride’s godmother Kiisha Duhon, was a lovely five tiered delicacy dressed in fondant and butter cream icing including elegant lace designs to reflect the lace on the bride’s dress. A broach embedded in the cake and surrounded by a ribbon of icing complimented the monogrammed “A” cake topper.

The groom’s cake table was covered in a fleur de lis drape and a wooden fence was the backdrop for the New Orleans Saints inspired cake. The cake was a black and gold fleur de lis Saints football field design surrounded by Saints jerseys and various photos from Saints games.

Guests traveled from as far as Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and California.

A rehearsal dinner was held at St. Margaret Center church hall, hosted by the groom’s family. Members of the wedding party enjoyed tossed salad, shrimp fettuccine, rolls and desserts.

After their honeymoon to Laguna Beach, Calif., the Armentors will reside in Mermentau Cove.

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