Whitnie Blanchard marries Tyler Fontenot

MERMENTAU - Whitnie Lyn Blanchard of Mermentau and Tyler Blane Fontenot of Morse were united as husband and wife on Saturday, July 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Mermentau. Father Neil McNeil officiated the 7 p.m. Nuptial Mass.

The bride is the daughter of Debra and Brian Cormier of Mermentau, and Chrissy and Chad Blanchard of Sulphur. She is the granddaughter of Diana Blanchard and the late Preston Blanchard of Tyler, Texas; the late Ann and Lloyd Badon of Johnson Bayou; Sally and Roy Cormier of Mermentau; and Debbie and Whitney Drounette of Sulphur.

Whitnie graduated from Midland High School in 2009 before attending McNeese State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The groom is the son of Sue and Paul Landry of Morse, and Marcella and Randall Fontenot of Rayne. He is the grandson of Ruby Benoit and the late Curtis Benoit Sr. of Morse; Lloyd Fontenot and the late Bertha Fontenot of Mermentau; and the late Mary and Jack Richard of Eunice.

Tyler, also a 2009 graduate of Midland High School, is currently employed as a safety technician with Bayou Safety Consulting.

Guests were ushered to their seats by Allen Fontenot, cousin of the groom, and Kyle Borde, friend of the groom.

Music for the ceremony was coordinated by Shelby Runyan.

Escorted to the altar by her father, Chad Blanchard, Whitnie was beautiful in a gorgeous drop waist gown by Jacquelin Exclusive. The strapless gown featured a vertically pleated bustline and a horizontally pleated fitted bodice finished with a corset closure in the back. The full skirt was covered with elegant all-over roses and flowed into a semi-cathedral train. A crystal and floral belt completed the gown.

For her headpiece, the bride selected a matching beaded veil affixed with a crystal-embellished comb.

Whitnie carried a large clutch bouquet of various plum, green, blue and white cut flowers interwoven with her maternal grandmother Ann Badon's rosary and interspersed with pictures of her and the groom’s late grandparents.

In keeping with tradition, the bride incorporated several “good luck” items into her attire. She wore her great-great-grandmother’s wedding ring as “something old,” and her own wedding dress was “something new.” The crystal and pearl bracelets she wore were “something borrowed,” and the flower on her garter was “something blue.”

Linzie Nguyen, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids were Jessica Fontenot, sister-in-law of the groom; Heather Fontenot, cousin of the groom; Halie Blanchard, cousin of the bride; and Alexis Myers and Shana Roche, friends of the bride.

The bride’s sisters, Brailie Cormier and Maggie Blanchard, served as junior bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids were clad in deep plum cocktail-length Alfred Angelo gowns featuring sweetheart necklines with halter straps.

The junior bridesmaids wore cocktail-length one-shoulder gowns with illusion necklines.

Each attendant carried a bouquet of plum, blue and green flowers highlighted with a peacock feather.

Kylie Nguyen, godchild of the bride, served as flower girl.

The groom’s brother, Blake Fontenot, served as best man. Standing as groomsmen were Randy Fontenot, brother of the groom, and Eddie Myers, Brice Richard, Chad Breaux and Matthew Lee, friends of the groom.

Seth Blanchard, the bride’s brother, served as junior groomsman.

The ring bearer was the groom’s godchild, Drayke Fontenot.

Selected Scriptures were read by Tammy Fontenot, aunt of the groom, and Jimmy Doucet, godfather of the bride.

Offertory gifts were presented by Ruby Benoit, grandmother of the groom, and Diana Blanchard, grandmother of the bride.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride, the former Debra Badon, selected a strapless floor-length gown in teal chiffon.

The mother of the groom, the former Melinda Sue Benoit, chose a grey tea-length lace gown embellished with beadwork.

Both mothers wore brooch corsages made of plum hydrangeas.

Following the ceremony, the newlywed couple and their guests celebrated the marriage at a reception at the Grand Marais Ballroom in Jennings.

The venue was decorated in a vintage theme, and guest tables were topped with wine bottles filled with flowers, pearls and peacock feathers.

The bride’s three-tiered round cake was decorated with ivory icing and metallic pearls and topped with peacock feathers and an assortment of flowers in shades of plum, blue and green. It was served by the bride’s mother, Debra Cormier, and her paternal grandmother, Diana Blanchard.

The groom’s two-tiered square chocolate cake was decorated with chocolate strawberries and a Michelob Ultra beer tap. It was served by the groom’s mother, Melinda Sue Landry, and maternal grandmother, Ruby Benoit.

On the evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents, Sue and Paul Landry, hosted a rehearsal dinner at Fezzo’s in Crowley. Guests enjoyed seafood, chicken or steak entreés according to their choice.

Following their marriage, the couple will make their residence in Morse.

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