Broussard, Deshotel united in holy matrimony
Mrs. Blake Anthony Deshotel
Erica Danielle Broussard and Blake Anthony Deshotel, both of Crowley, were united as husband and wife on the evening of Saturday, June 6.
Rev. Jimmy Broussard officiated the 6 p.m. nuptial ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Crowley.
The bride is the daughter of Vickie and A.J. “Fatty” Broussard of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Anna Belle Bertrand and the late Alex Bertrand, and of the late Lorna “Lou” and Francis Fred Broussard of Crowley, all of Crowley.
She is a 2008 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and a 2012 graduate of South Louisiana Community College, where she earned a degree in business technology. Erica is currently employed at Broussard Poché, LLP.
The groom is the son of Kitty and Troy Deshotel of Crowley. His grandparents are Elrina Benoit of Crowley and the late Lawrence E. Benoit Sr. and James “Jimmy” Deshotel of Grand Chenier and the late Shirley Deshotel.
He attended Crowley High School and is currently employed by Thibodeaux Ag Group.
As guests climbed the steps of the church, they were greeted by a sign that read, “Friends of the Bride, Friends of the Groom, Please sit together, There’s plenty of room.” Baby pictures of the bride and groom were placed on a table inside the narthex of the church, and a special white runner was laid in the aisle for the procession of the bride. Randy Bertrand, friend of the bride and groom, rolled out the aisle runner.
The wedding guests were greeted by usher Brittany Broussard, cousin of the bride.
Music for the ceremony was provided by pianist Crissie Buller Lavigne, cousin of the bride. Pieces included “No Holly for Ms. Quinn” by Enya as prelude music and “If We Hold on Together” by Horner and Jennings, which was played during the signing of the marriage license and the presentation of flowers to the couple’s mothers and the bride’s grandmother.
Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” accompanied the entrance of the bride, who was escorted to the altar by her father. Erica was beautiful in a full length white strapless gown with a classic A-line silhouette and ultra-feminine sweetheart neckline. The gown featured a ruched lace corset bodice with damask appliques on each side and a drop waist. The dress was finished with a sheer-overlay skirt that flowed into a sweep train.
She paired her gown with a two-tier chapel length veil trimmed with pearls and satin edging.
To complete her ensemble, she wore a pair of camouflage BOBS slip-on shoes.
She carried a mixed bouquet of calla lilies with pearl accents and hand-tied stems wrapped in lace burlap ribbon.
The wedding party entered the sanctuary to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”
Brooke Deshotel, sister of the groom, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Alicia Baronet and Patrice Lemaire, sisters of the bride, and Heather Trahan, friend of the bride and groom. Sckylier Baronet, niece of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid.
They were clad in brown satin floor length gowns accented at the waists with satin Max-4 camouflage and paired with camouflage BOBS shoes.
They carried small mixed bouquets of calla lilies with pearls and lace-burlap-wrapped stems.
Serving as flower girl was Peyton Deshotel, daughter of the bride and groom. She wore a white floor length dress with a lace-appliqued bodice, a drop waist and an A-line skirt with sheer overlays, as well as a pair of camouflage BOBS. She carried a cute sign, printed in her own handwriting, that read, “Daddy, Here comes Mommy.”
The groom wore a white tuxedo with a Max-4 camouflage vest, and the fathers of the bride and groom wore black tuxedos with Max-4 camouflage vests.
Brody Deshotel, brother of the groom, fulfilled the duties of best man. Standing as groomsmen were Terry Fusilier and Joseph “Yoyo” Savoie, friends of the bride and groom, and William Humble, friend of the groom.
The groomsmen were clad in white long sleeve dress shirts, Max-4 camouflage vests, khaki dress pants and Sperry shoes.
The son of the bride and groom, Anthony Deshotel, served as ring bearer. He wore a white tuxedo with a Max-4 camouflage vest.
For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride selected a one shoulder, full length blue satin gown with a chiffon overlay and stone accents.
The mother of the groom chose a black and white tunic paired with palazzo pants.
Selected scriptures were read for the ceremony by the aunt of the bride, Lorna Broussard.
Following the service, the newlywed couple departed the church to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
Family and friends joined the couple for a reception held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Crowley.
Displayed at the sign-in table was a sign that read, “All because two people fell in love,” along with a portrait of the bride that was flanked by photographs of the couple’s children.
In addition to a traditional registry book, guests were asked to sign in on a wooden initial “D.”
As wedding favors, the couple gave guests little mesh bags of Hershey’s Kisses presented with a sign that read, “A scoop of Kisses from the Mr. and Mrs.”
Guests tables were covered with white table cloths and burlap and lace runners. They were topped with natural tree trunk slices and variously decorated Mason jars. Some jars were wrapped in burlap, trimmed with twine bows and filled with pebbles and candles; some were wrapped in burlap and filled with mixed bouquets and the couple’s initial; and some were filled with moss wrapped in lights.
The food table was covered with a white cloth and matching white skirt, and candles and lanterns were interspersed among the various dishes. A prayerful sign read, “God is Great, God is Good, Let us Thank Him for our food, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
The bride’s three-tiered white cake was decorated with floral accents and filled with lemon and amaretto, banana and amaretto and strawberry and amaretto. It was displayed on a table covered with a burlap runner and graced with the bridal party’s bouquets. It was served by Sandra Guidry, nanny of the bride.
The groom’s Oreo-filled cake was iced in chocolate and featured four ducks in a pond, with a line of dried grass in the back and Oreos and strawberries lining the front. It was displayed on a table topped with wedding shower photographs and served by Charlotte Louviere, nanny of the groom.
On the Tuesday evening prior to the wedding, the parents’ of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at bride’s parents home.
Following a wedding trip to Destin, Florida, the couple is residing in Crowley.