Souriya, Albarado wed Dec. 13

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Mrs. Matthew Albarado

Couple residing in Crowley following wedding trip to Whistler, British Columbia

Viphone Souriya of New Iberia and Mathew Albarado of Crowley were united in holy matrimony on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Broussard.

Fr. Louis J. Richard conducted the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Kim Khamhou Souriya of Glenmora and the late Seng Souriya. She is the granddaughter of the late Bounlai and Si Inthirath and the late Lamyhai and Bounthavy Souriya.

Viphone is a 2003 graduate of Westgate High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2012. She is presently employed in the emergency department of St. Martin Hospital.

The groom is the son of Michael John and Arlene Albarado of Crowley. He is the grandson of the late Hersey and Thelma LeJeune and the late Nolan and Verdi Albarado.

He graduated from Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish in 2006 before enrolling at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2012. Mathew is also employed at St. Martin Hospital in the emergency department.

The mother of the bride was escorted to her seat by the brother of the bride, Arksone Souriya, who also escorted the bride to the altar.

The parents of the groom were escorted to their seats by the groom himself.

Viphone wore a beautiful floor length champagne-colored gown embellished with beaded lace appliques and a classic A-line silhouette. Featuring a sweetheart neckline, the elegant dress was finished with a scalloped hemline and lace trim.

Manyonh Nini Souriya, younger sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Attending Viphone as bridesmaids were Linda Lee, Daravy Derouen, Nancy Pham and Ginny Pollard, all friends of the bride.

The attendants were clad in blush pink floor length gowns featuring pearl-and-jeweled halter necklines, vertically ruched bodices and empire waists. 

Brianna Thongmanh, a baby cousin of the bride, served as flower girl.

The groom selected his friend Kyle Jones to fulfill the duties of best man. Standing as his groomsmen were Matthew Briggs, Myles Derouen, Ryan Guidry and Jarrod Gonzales, all friends of the groom.

Jacob Smith and Damian Hubbard, friends of the groom, served as ushers.

The groomsmen and ushers wore gray tuxedoes with blush pink ties.

Selected scriptures from the Old Testament were read by the groom’s godmother, Mona Faherty, and selected scriptures from the New Testament were read by Dean Lejeune, uncle of the groom.

Music for the ceremony was provided by organist Alberta Lyons, vocalist Jodi Bollich and violinist Tommy Benoit.

Following the ceremony, family and friends joined the newlywed couple at a reception held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in New Iberia.

Guests enjoyed a variety of Cajun foods as well as Laotian foods that were prepared by the bride’s family and friends.

Midway through the reception, the bride and groom changed into traditional Laotian wedding attire. The bride wore a beautiful red silk calf length skirt called a “sinh” that was decorated with hand-sewn diamond-shaped designs. She paired it with an ivory silk blouse trimmed in silver. The groom was clad in a champagne silk dress shirt and billowy silk maroon pants, known as a “salong,” trimmed with gold silk designs.

Following their wedding trip to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, the couple currently resides in Crowley.