Wedding ceremony held for marriage of Prather, Bercier

RAYNE - In a traditional ceremony on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 in the evening, Miss Kayla Leigh Prather of Eunice, and Dr. Anthony Joseph Bercier of Rayne exchanged sacred marriage vows before the altar of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne. Father Bryce Sibley was the celebrant of the nuptial Mass. Other priests attending the service were Father Conley Bertrand, Father Jim Brady, Father Keenan Brown, Father Kevin Bordelon and Father Nathan Comeaux.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Sandra Prather of Eunice. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dornetta Duplechain, formerly of Eunice and the late Shirley Mercantel of Mamou and Mr. Shelby Prather of Eunice and the late Mrs. Oneida Prather.

The groom is the son of Dr. Edwin L. and Mrs. Patricia Bercier III, of Rayne. His grandparents are Mrs. Gladys Newman of Rayne and the late Mr. Ganer Newman Jr., and the late Mr. Edwin L. and Mrs. Clarice Bercier Jr., of Rayne.

The godmothers of the bride and groom were the readers of the sacred scripture. They were Delana Hall and Annette Gossen, respectively.

Presenting the offertory gifts were Caroline Stearns and Evelyn Bercier.

Providing the music was Connie Beaugh, Joseph Stemplewski, Anne Clare and Bridget Bercier.

The processional began with the mother of the bride, the former Nancy Marcantel, and the groom’s mother, the former Patricia Newman. The mothers were seated carrying three mini calla lilies.

In the traditional gesture of honor, guests rose from their seats as the doors of the church opened revealing the bride. She was escorted by her father and presented to her groom. The bride chose an ivory gown over light gold illusion. Her intricate lace gown featured a high mandarin keyhole back and fishtail train finished with scalloped edging. Swarovski crystals delicately sprinkled throughout her gown combined with rich decorative beading at the empire waist completed the formal look. Her headpiece was a simple headband consisting of beading and freshwater pearls. A single layer mimicked details of her dress with delicate beading and scalloped edging.

To further complement the simple elegance of her gown, the bride carried a beautiful traditional bouquet of a mix of yellow, orange and deep red mini calla lilies.

With her bouquet she held a rosary which belonged to her great grandmother, representing “something old.” In keeping with bridal tradition, her earrings were “something new,” given to her by her groom, and her 100-year-old handkerchief was borrowed. A ribbon woven through her garter was blue.

The bride’s maid of honor was her sister, Lauren LeBlanc. Also in attendance to the bride were Lenore Bercier, sister-in-law of the groom; and Suzanne Bercier, Christie Stearns, Mary Mayeux, Tess Bercier and Catherine Landry, all sisters of the groom.

The bridesmaids wore a beautiful floor length, one shoulder gown in wine. The dresses had an ethereal feel with chiffon overly and a scrap of chiffon fabric draped over one shoulder falling half the length of the dress. As a special touch, they carried three white calla lilies. The niece of the groom, Lily Stearns, served as flower girl. The charming little girl wore a white dress with a white sash and ballet slippers. She carried a ball of small deep red flowers. The flower girl was escorted by the nephews of the groom, Leo Bercier and Nathan Mayeux. The young gentlemen were dressed in charcoal suits.

Attending the groom as best man was his brother, John Paul Bercier. The other groomsmen were Dr. Eddie Bercier, brother of the groom; Jared Prather, brother of the bride; Ryan LeBlanc, brother-in-law of the bride; and Dr. Zeb Stearns, Peter Mayeux and Dr. David Landry, all brothers-in-law of the groom. The attire of the groom and groomsmen was a three-piece suit in charcoal. The groom wore a silver tie while his groomsmen wore wine ties which matched the bridesmaid’s dresses. The groom wore a single red calla lily and the groomsmen wore single white calla lilies.

Serving as ushers were Justin Stewart, Anthony Hebert and Nick Rasmussen, all friends of the groom.

The mother of the bride was lovely, wearing a Navy silk dupioni floor length dress with a gathered strapless sweetheart neckline, drop scoop waistline and rhinestone broach at the natural waist. Her slim to flare skirt was finished with a gathered off the shoulder shrug.

The groom’s mother wore a printed sheer silk three quarter sleeve jacket with a simple lapel and jewel closing at the waist, over a slate blue silk dupioni sleeveless shell and floor length skirt.

A reception for the newly wedded couple was held at The Warehouse in Rayne, which was beautifully decorated. The tables were draped with taupe table toppers and glass votives of varying heights and shapes or glass bowls with white English roses floating in them.

The bridal cake service was presented by the godmother of the bride, Mrs. Delana Hall. The cake was a delightful five-tiered confection embellished with fleur de lis of varying sizes and scrollwork. A cluster of white roses There was also a large plaque with the letter “B” to represent the couple’s new last name. The topper consisted of five large English roses and two ostrich feathers, completing the design of the cake. The groom’s cake included a duck hunting scene complete with shotgun and shotgun shells which were all edible. Serving the groom’s cake was his godmother, Annette Gossen.

A rehearsal dinner for the two families and wedding party was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Bercier III after the wedding rehearsal, the night before the wedding ceremony. Guests were treated to a pig roast (chochon de lait) to celebrate how the couple first met.

The newly wedded couple then departed for their wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico.

Dr. Bercier graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 and he earned a doctorate of dental surgery from LSU Health Sciences Center in 2011. He is a member of the dental team at Bercier Family Dentistry in Rayne. Mrs. Bercier received her undergraduate degree from the Louisiana State University in 2006 and earned a doctorate of physical therapy from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2010. She is currently employed at Select Physical Therapy in Crowley.

Upon their return from Mexico, the couple will reside in Rayne.

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