Wedding vows recited by Chiasson, Bordelon

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Mrs. Austin Michael Bordelon

Mallory Jane Chiasson of Crowley and Austin Michael Bordelon of Rayne exchanged nuptial vows on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne. 

Fr. Gary Schexnayder officiated the 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Rachel and Chris Chiasson of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Betty Boulet of Crowley and the late William Boulet, and of Katie and Larry Chiasson of Crowley. She graduated from Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish before attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University-Eunice. She is presently studying nursing at South Louisiana Community College.

The groom is the son of Stacie Bordelon and Michael Bordelon, both of Rayne. His maternal grandparents are Gannol Zaunbrecher of Rayne and the late Kenneth Zaunbrecher, and his paternal grandparents are Naomi and Kenneth Bordelon of Rayne. Also a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, he is currently serving in the United States Army as a specialist in explosive ordinance disposal at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Guests were ushered to their seats by Andrew Simon and Matthew Venable, cousins of the bride; William Mahaffey, friend of the bride and groom; and Ben Zaunbrecher and Riley Zaunbrecher, cousins of the groom.

Musical selections for the ceremony were performed by violinist Lauren Baker, organist Paul Baker, trumpeter Will Green and vocalist Hope Gajan.

Escorted to the altar by her father, the bride was gorgeous in a fit and flare ivory crystal satin gown with a tulle overlay. Beautifully embellished with intricate lace appliques adorned with Swarovski crystals and seed pearls, the dress featured an off-the shoulder, slightly scooped illusion neckline trimmed with a soft scalloped edge. A stunning illusion back and court length train completed the elegant gown.

The bride paired her gown with a classic fingertip veil of delicate illusion tulle.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of winter white blooms featuring ivory Vendela roses interspersed with jewel-toned floral accents.

In keeping with tradition, Mallory tucked a sixpence into one of her shoes as “something old.” She wore sparkling red shoes that, along with her wedding dress, served as “something new,” and rosaries belonging to her maternal grandmothers and entwined in her bouquet served as “something borrowed.” As the final piece, the bride’s garter served as “something blue.”

Meghan Chiasson, sister of the bride, attended the bride as maid of honor. 

Bridesmaids were Taylor Boulet and Madison Chiasson, cousins of the bride; Miranda Zaunbrecher, cousin of the groom; Kourtney Blackwell and Christine Zaunbrecher, friends of the bride; and Maggie Chiasson, sister of the bride.

With the exception of the bride’s sisters, the attendants were clad in floor length wine-colored gowns of silk Dupioni in various styles of their choosing. The sisters of the bride wore champagne-hued dresses of silk dupioni. They carried hand-tied bouquets of seasonal greenery and baby’s breath.

Serving as flower girls were Molly Sanders, godchild of the bride; Ellie Zaunbrecher, cousin of the groom; and Avery Curole, godchild of the groom.

The girls were beautiful in heirloom dresses of white batiste with hand-stitched shadow embroidery trimming the empire bodices and an old-fashioned sash tied in the back. The dresses had special meaning, as they were worn by the bride and her sister in the bride’s godmother’s wedding nearly 20 years ago. The girls also wore angelic crowns of baby’s breath.

Royce Zaunbrecher, cousin of the groom, performed the duties of best man. 

Standing as groomsmen were C.J. Chiasson, brother of the bride; Hunter Bordelon, brother of the groom; Cory Broussard, cousin of the groom; and John Patrick Miers, cousin of the bride.

Christopher Martin Jr., cousin of the bride, served as ring bearer.

For her daughter’s special day, the mother of the bride, the former Rachel Boulet, selected a floor-length blush-colored satin gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and Venice lace back. A glittering Swarovski crystal belt created an empire silhouette that incorporated a sophisticated asymmetrically dropped waist.

The mother of the groom, the former Stacie Zaunbrecher, chose a full length fitted gown of peau de soi jadestone silk featuring a portrait neckline. A broach that had belonged to the groom’s great-grandmother adorned the asymmetrically pleated waist.

Both mothers carried hand-tied posy bouquets of winter white roses and white hydrangeas.

Selected scriptures were read by Robin Menard, cousin of the bride; Amy Curole, godmother of the groom; Mandi Bordelon, sister of the groom;  and Amanda Dupre, godmother of the bride. 

Offertory gifts were presented by Christopher Martin Sr., godfather of the bride; Ronnie Richard, godfather of the groom; and Jake Zaunbrecher, uncle of the groom.

Immediately following the service, family and friends joined the couple for a reception held at the historic Warehouse Event Center in Rayne.

The guest tables were topped with white tablecloths overlaid with lace-edged burlap runners, and candles set in hurricane vases accented with holiday greenery and red berries placed atop oak chargers provided soft, flickering light.

Music for the reception was provided by the band Creativity from Atlanta, Georgia.

The bride’s three-tiered traditional wedding cake featured different chocolate fillings and was trimmed with pearl-edged ribbon. It was topped with a natural wood monogram of the couple’s initials with a large letter “B” in the middle to represent the new family. The cake was served by the bride’s cousin Robin Menard.

For the bride’s single friends, her cake included pulls, a distinctly Southern tradition, attached to burlap ribbons edged with pearls.

The groom’s red velvet cake was decorated with a sportsman-styled camouflage fleur de lis reflecting the groom’s love of hunting and fishing. It was served by his godmother Amy Curole.

Out-of-town guests attending the event registered from Alabama and various points throughout Louisiana.

On the Monday evening prior to the ceremony, the groom’s parents hosted a reception dinner at Maison D’Memoire in Rayne. The menu included crawfish étouffée, green beans wrapped in bacon, salads and rolls. A sweets table featured a variety of the bride and groom’s favorite mini desserts including Oreos decorated with chocolate to resemble gown-clad brides and tuxedo-wearing grooms, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry “double doozies” and red velvet “double doozies.”

Following a skiing trip to Snowmass, Colorado, the couple will make their home in Fort Benning, Georgia.