The bride is the daughter of Nacis and Patty Gatte of Iota. She is the granddaughter of Alton and Pat Stanford of Egan, and Nolan and Iris Gatte of Iota.
Heather is a 1999 graduate of Northside Christian School in Crowley and a 2004 graduate of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. She is presently employed as the assistant vice president of human resources at Business First Bank in Baton Rouge.
The groom is the son of Patti Crocker Marchiafava of Elkin, N.C., and former Governor Charles “Buddy” Roemer III of Baton Rouge. His maternal grandparents are Betty Warren Genella of Traphill, N.C. and the late Paul J. Crocker; his paternal grandparents are Adeline Roemer of Bossier City and the late Charles E. Roemer II.
Dakota graduated from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge in 1998 before attending Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. He is currently the co-owner and chief operating officer of GoAthlete.
The couple exchanged vows on the beautiful columned gallery at the front entryway of the house. The steps leading up to the gallery were flanked on either side by large urns of fresh fall flowers, and a matching wreath graced the front door. Hand-tied flower arrangements adorned the ends of the rows of guest chairs.
Music for the ceremony was provided by a string quartet, with “A Thousand Years” accompanying the attendants’ processional.
In keeping with Houmas House tradition, Todd Stanford, the bride’s godfather, had the honor of ringing the plantation’s bell to herald the entrance of the bride. The string quartet played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride’s father escorted her down the aisle.
Heather wore a lovely full-length ivory silk organza gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and trumpet silhouette. The fitted bodice was overlaid in its entirety with Alençon lace, and one shoulder was adorned with a petal accent. The gown’s natural waistline was defined by a sash given to Heather by her godmother, Shelly Gatte. The sheer net skirt’s pleated organza tiers, embellished with lace appliques, lent the gown a floating, ethereal look before flowing into a chapel-length train. For her headpiece, Heather selected a matching fingertip veil with Alençon lace accents.
Heather’s hand-tied clutch bouquet, composed of orchids, sunset protea, coffee bean, fiddlehead fern, calla lilies, double bloom tulips and dahlias, was a splash of fall color.
Dana Gatte Daigle, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Kacie Gatte Dozar, cousin of the bride, and Ashley Phelps Gatte, sister-in-law of the bride, were bridesmaids. The groom’s niece, Adeline Roemer, served as junior bridesmaid.
The bridal attendants were clad in sleeveless cocktail-length dresses in navy blue dupioni silk. The jewel necklines were reflected in the matching self fabric flower and belt details at the natural waistlines, and pleated skirts completed the dresses.
The attendants carried small bouquets of flowers in fall colors similar to that of the bride.
The groom’s father served as best man. Standing as groomsmen were Denver Benton, friend of the groom, and Benjamin Gatte, brother of the bride. Junior groomsman was Charles Roemer V, nephew of the groom.
Gage and Tate Daigle, nephews of the bride, along with Owen Shirley, nephew of the groom, served as ringbearers.
Immediately following the nuptial ceremony, a reception was held on the grounds of Houmas House. The ballroom was decorated with copper lanterns filled with fresh flowers, and tables were topped with flower arrangements intermingled with curly willow.
The bride’s three-tiered cake was decorated with fresh flowers and stood atop a stand custom-made by the bride’s father.
The groom’s cake was made in the shape of a turkey to reflect the Thanksgiving holiday.
Out-of-town guests traveled from California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and various points throughout Louisiana.
On the evening prior to the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
Following a wedding trip to Antigua, the couple is residing in Baton Rouge.