Couple to reside in Branch following wedding trip to St. Lucia

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Mrs. Alexander Louis Lalande

Couple to reside in Branch following wedding trip to St. Lucia


Ellyn Claire Boone and Alexander Louis Lalande, both of Branch, were united in holy matrimony on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 26, at St. Edward Church in Richard.

Fr. Wayne Duet officiated the 7:30 p.m. nuptial ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Lynn and Charlene Boone of Branch. She is the granddaughter of Herbert and Elaine Gossen of Roberts Cove, and of Ramona Boone of Branch and the late Robert L. Boone.

Ellyn is a 2011 graduate of Church Point High School and is presently a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she is earning a bachelor’s degree in business management, with an anticipated 2016 graduation date. She is employed at Wiggins & Sons in Lafayette.

The groom is the son of Paul and Celeste Lalande of Church Point. His maternal grandparents are Philip and Dolores “Bubbles” Habetz of Roberts Cove, and his paternal grandparents are Daniel Lalande of Crowley and the late Andreé Lalande.

He is a 2008 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and a 2012 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. He is currently employed as a subsea field engineer with Expro.

Escorted to the altar by her father, the bride was gorgeous in an exquisite Madison James gown with a light champagne-colored satin slip dress and a delicate, intricately embroidered ivory overdress stitched with metallic thread on tulle. The gown featured a bateau neckline and a deep, plunging back adorned with an intricately designed appliqué of rhinestones and glass beads and finished with a row of satin covered buttons down the middle. A beautiful belt hand-beaded with rhinestones and pearls defined the dress at its natural waist, and an elegant sweep train with scalloped edging completed the gown.

The bride paired her gown with a matching ivory waist length veil and wore a brooch that had belonged to her late maternal great-grandmother clipped in her hair.

In keeping with tradition, the bride carried two handkerchiefs, one from Switzerland given to her by her paternal grandfather and one given to her by the groom’s maternal grandmother and incorporated into her bouquet, as “something old.” “Something new” was a classic white gold diamond pendant necklace given to the bride by the groom on their wedding day. The bride’s late maternal great-grandmother’s broach, along with her maternal grandmother’s rosary, entwined in her bouquet, served as “something borrowed,” and her garter was “something blue.”

Madelyn Boone, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jaclyn Boone, sister of the bride; Emily Boone, Katelyn Smith, Kara Fontenot and Allie Gossen, cousins of the bride; and Claire Lalande and Jaclyn Lalande, sisters of the groom. They wore cranberry-colored dresses designed by Angelina Faccenda.

Blake Foreman, friend of the groom and cousin of the bride, served as best man. Standing as groomsmen were Ryan Servat, Lyle Miller and Corey Hulin, friends of the groom; Lance Habetz, Blake Habetz and Bradley Habetz, cousins of the groom; and Bryant Gossen, friend of the groom and cousin of the bride.

Ushers were Adam Leger and Andrew Valdetero, cousins of the groom.

Lorraine Fontenot and Hale Comeaux, cousins of the bride, served as flower girl and ring bearer, respectively.

Musical selections for the ceremony were provided by Naomi Broussard.

Selected scriptures were read by Carla Gossen, godmother of the bride; Johnny Hains, friend of the bride’s family; and Jacqueline Valdetero, godmother of the groom. 

Following the ceremony, family and friends of the newlywed couple joined them for a reception at The Warehouse Event Center in Rayne.

The wedding cake was a sentimental replica of the cakes served by the groom’s parents and maternal grandparents at their weddings.

Prior to the ceremony, on Thursday, Dec. 17, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Ruby’s Restaurant and Courtyard in Eunice.

Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple will reside in Branch.