The bride is the granddaughter of Judy and Melvin Bertrand of Crowley, Christina Berkin Hornsby of Roberts Cove and the late Simon Hornsby. She is a home-school graduate and is currently a personal trainer employed by Anytime Fitness.
The groom is the grandson of Joycelyn Lalande of Rayne, the late Otis Lalande, Winifred Champagne of Duson and the late Russell Champagne. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, attended LSU at Eunice, and is presently employed in his family’s business, Champagne’s Grocery in Eunice.
The Revered Father Gary Schexnayder performed the wedding ceremony with Scriptures recited by Sydney T. Hebert, friend of the bride; Dr. Jill N. Vincent-Rachal, sister of the bride; Emily Broussard, friend of the bride; and Carolyn T. Bertrand, aunt of the bride.
Greeters were Andre Dupuis and Rachel L. Bertrand, and Todd Gerald Gardiner.
Musical selections were provided by organist Susan Comeaux, violinist Yang Yang Li, and trumpeter Will Green.
As guests arrived at the outside of the church, beautiful door wreaths of ivory, white, Sahara and pale pink roses were hanging from ivory velvet ribbon. Church rails were adorned with ivory bows and magnolia foliage.
Once inside the church, guests were escorted to their seats where pew markers with ivory ribbon and roses and altar arrangements of ivory, white, Sahara and pale pink roses with curley willow were used to decorate for the ceremony.
Entering on the arm of her father, the bride wore a Vera Wang wedding gown entitled “Fiona,” created of stretch Mikado, tissue organza and tulle. The asymmetrically dropped mermaid gown featured a full skirt with ladder technique and a profusion of tulle charged in an asymmetrical design. The bride also accented her gown with a vanilla grosgrain ribbon encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls designed by Vera Wang. Her shoes were golden peep toe pumps entitled “The Scoop,” designed by Christian Lou Boutin. Her ivory veil was of silk English tulle cut in a rectangular pattern featuring a short, slightly gathered layer over the longer chapel length sweep. She accessorized with her mother’s freshwater pearl bracelets and vintage Baroque pearl earrings designed by Thad Cline Couture Remix.
The bride’s bouquet was a European nosegay of white Akito roses, pale pink candy Bianca roses, ivory Vendela roses, Sahara roses, white Bouvardia roses, white Rinoculas and white Lisianthus in a French wrap of ivory velvet ribbon, pearl pins and the bride’s great grandmother, Belle Wiggins’ handkerchief.
In keeping with tradition, the bride wore her great-grandmother’s handkerchief in her bouquet as “something old.” Her wedding gown represented “something new” and “borrowed” her mother’s bracelets. She wore a blue bow on her Florrie Mitton Couture lace garter with a rhinestone design for “something blue.”
The mother of the bride, Jody Bertrand Hornsby wore a silk shantung dress designed by Montage. The floor-length lace gown was cut on an A-line style with a dropped waistline and matching bolero.
The mother of the groom, Joan Lalande Champagne wore an elegant black floor length gown featuring an empire waist and tiered skirt. The bodice of embellished lace was complimented with a black silk bolero.
Best friend of the bride, Shayne M. Arceneaux served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Laina M. Sarver, Courtney P. Hebert, Ellie E. Faulk, Kalie M. Corley and Ashlynn N. Daville, all friends of the bride.
Bridal attendants wore black matte taffeta dresses designed by Jim Hjelm. The fashionable mermaid-style gowns were styled with a one shoulder design. They each carried a European nosegay of black mini calla lilies with Black Magic roses hand tied with black velvet ribbon.
Flower girls were Bella C. Mahoney and Audrey K Mahaffey, both friends of the bride. The young girls dressed in shantung silk dresses from the American children’s designer, Pegeen. The elegant long sleeve children’s couture dresses were in a light ivory tone and accented with a toffee silk sash and petticoat. The flower girls carried pomander balls of ivory, white and pale pink roses held with ivory velvet ribbon.
The groom chose his cousin, Jason L. Lalande, and a friend, Michael A. Casanova, for his best men. Groomsmen were Brandon J. Stutes, Eric M. Zaunbrecher, Cody B. Huesers and Timothy Melancon, all friends of the groom. Their formal attire was completed with a black magic rose boutonniere.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, The Crossing at Mervine Kahn was the venue for the wedding couple’s celebration. Romance, elegance and candlelight created a vintage atmosphere for the reception. Guest tables throughout the reception area were adorned with rose petals and tall, silver candelabras, crystal beads, silver urns and vases, which were all filled with fresh ivory, white, pale pink and Sahara roses, pillow candles and votives. Kim Veillon of Lafayette was responsible for the floral arrangements at both the church and the reception.
Out of town guests traveled for the wedding from Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and throughout Louisiana.
Among the refreshments was the bride’s cake, a five-tier, round butter cream confection with assorted fillings. Adorned with roses and Lily of the Nile flowers, the cake was served by Veronica Hornsby and Rachel Bertrand, godmothers of the bride. The groom’s cake was a two-tier butter cream confection created with a Saints theme. The godmother of the groom, Donna Frietag served the groom’s cake. Both cakes were designed by Sue Ruppert for the special event.
The evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for the two families and wedding party at The Bank in Rayne. Guests enjoyed chicken and sausage gumbo, pasta salad, prime rib, potatoes au gratin, rice pilaf, vegetable medley and bread pudding.
After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Roberts Cove.