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Bridal 2011

Special Supplement to The Crowley Post-Signal Sunday, February 13, 2011

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BY ANGELA BECNEL STAFF WRITER

We at The Crowley Post-Signal wish to welcome you to our Bridal Guide 2011. This supplement has been brought to you by a collaboration of personalities combined in their respective talents, represented in this publication. The advertisers in this section communicated their intended message to their Crowley Post-Signal sales representative. The sales team worked with editing and graphics to convey the advertiser’s communication. Production designed the layout of the bridal edition. The employees in circulation inserted this guide in Peter S. Vasat and Haritha Akkaraju wed Feb. 5, 2011 each of this Sunday’s edition for distribution. entertaining. You will read about opportuniThere are many traditions, ideas, contacts ties associated with gatherings of any kind, and interesting tips contained in this bridal including Mardi Gras festivities, birthdays guide. Although, the information contained and other reasons to celebrate. within this guide is useful in any form of Our culture is serious about traditions. As

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it pertains to wedding ceremonies, traditions include expressing “Best Wishes” to the bride and a “Congratulations!” is appropriate for the groom. Brides seek out something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The “Cajun money dance” is when guests pin money to the bride’s veil or even her gown. Several brides change into a second outfit and reappear to throw her bouquet to the unmarried ladies before departing with her new

husband for the honeymoon. Perhaps interesting to the citizens of Crowley, the Rice Capitol of the World, there is a tradition which exists in India called Talambralu. The bride and groom playfully greet each other and pour rice over each other’s head symbolizing prosperity. Enjoy the Bridal Guide 2011. It is our hope that you get excited about entertaining, obtain fresh ideas and even start some of your own traditions.

How to submit bridal announcements and photos BY ANGELA BECNEL STAFF WRITER

The Crowley Post-Signal offers the “Complete Wedding Package” which is a way of assisting the bride and groom in creating their story. Do you want to announce to family and friends that you have become engaged? Do you wish to submit a bridal portrait so your grandmother’s friends can see you? The forms within the package include questions to stimulate your ideas to help the lifestyles editor create your own personalized story. Within the $85 package, the engagement and wedding photos and write-ups will be published in the Sunday paper. Two showers will be covered by our photographer and published following the engagement announcement

and prior to the wedding. The newly married couple will receive a three month subscription to their home. All of your published articles can be laminated for a fee of $10. To guarantee that your photos are published in color there is a fee of $35. Deadline for turning in your wedding picture is one week before the wedding. Please make checks payable to Crowley Post-Signal. E-mail your information to lifestyles@crowleytoday.com or call us at (337) 783-3450 if you have any questions. The complete wedding package can be picked up at the Post-Signal at 602 North Parkerson Avenue, or it can be e-mailed to you. Continued communication with the lifestyles editor is a positive way to create your accurate and memorable story.

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Let us create a delicious custom-made cake for your one of a kind day. Our wedding confections taste every “bite” as good as they look. • Bride & Groom Cakes Always fresh and made from scratch daily. See us for special occasion cakes.

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First comes the marriage license When you have decided to marry, one of the first things on your list is to acquire a marriage license. Requirements vary from state to state and can and do change. You should contact your local county clerk/courthouse in the municipality where the ceremony will take place. Verify what documents you need in order to obtain your marriage license before you make the trip. Also allow yourself some time before applying, keeping in mind that in some states there is a waiting period. Planning ahead: Some states require a waiting period before the license is issued. You don’t want to cut yourself short on time. Identification: Some states require ID. Commonly accepted forms of ID are drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, social security cards and passports. Medical records: Some municipalities require blood tests or other medical records such as a physical exam. You may need to provide the results furnished by your doctor. Payment: There is a fee for the marriage license. Check with Acadia Parish first and

be prepared - some places will only accept cash in the exact amount. Presence: Many places expect both bride and groom to be there when applying to sign the application, sometimes a witness may be required as well. Additional rules and requirements: If you are under 18, you may need some kind of parental permission. (Sixteen or younger? You’ll probably need a judge’s consent). If you are divorced, chances are you need to bring your divorce decree. If your previous spouse has passed away, a copy of the death certificate may be required. Louisiana marriage requirements are a minimum age of 18; cost of marriage certificate, $27.50; waiting period, 3 days; valid for a period of 30 days; identification required is required, i.e. birth certificate/social security card; no blood test required, no residency required; birth certificate must be certified – no copies! Contact the Acadia Parish Clerk of Court to obtain your marriage license at 788-8881.

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Bonita’s Unique Stitch: No job too big or too small

Bonnie Demette and her daughter, Danielle have maintained seven years of experience as local seamstresses. Their business, named Bonita’s Unique Stitch, located at 301 West Branch Street in Rayne, was established in August of 2004. The Demettes offer alterations and custom sewing, with a specialization “in any size or shape, no job is too big or too small.”

Alterations are available for men, women, children and even animals’ clothing. In preparation of your special day, contact Bonita’s Unique Stitch at 3340099. Business hours for Bonita’s Unique Stitch are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Wednesdays.

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Bonita’s Unique Stitch, owned by Bonnie Demette, is located at 301 West Branch Street in Rayne. Demette and her daughter, Danielle, offer alterations and custom sewing for men, women, children and animals’ clothing for your special day. Contact them at 334-0099 for all your alteration and sewing needs.

Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom will make your wedding reception a memory that will last a lifetime. • The Ballroom is without a doubt, the perfect place to host your next event, be it a wedding, banquet, or company retreat. We can handle a large number of guests. • Our kitchen staff can prepare anything your palate desires from down home Cajun to an enormous feast of haute cuisine. We offer classical style, elegance and grandeur at an affordable price. Refreshments served by our professional bartenders include wine, beer, and many top shelf liquors at our fully stocked bar. • We are your COMPLETE CATERING FACILITY!

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LaBelle Femme Dress Shop:

Ready to help with selecting bridal gowns, veils

JENNINGS - Linda LeBlanc and her staff of LaBelle Femme Dress Shop are ready to assist the bride in selecting her bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses. The staff at LaBelle Femme will be happy to show you their selection of bridal gowns and all the accessories that the bride needs for her wedding day. LaBelle Femme has a great selection of bride’s gowns, bridesmaids gowns, and dresses and suits for the mother of the bride-to-be and mother of the groom-elect. No appointment is necessary to select

or to try on gowns and dresses. LaBelle Femme has several large dressing rooms for the bridal party to try on the gowns and dresses. Located near the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Jennings, LaBelle Femme is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Be sure to visit LaBelle Femme Dress Shop at 426 North Main Street in Jennings and for inquiries call 824-7272. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Selecting the perfect gown for your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make. Linda LeBlanc of LaBelle Femme Dress Shop invites you to come in to the boutique, located at 426 North Main Street in Jennings. No appointments are necessary for the brides-to-be, mothers of the bride-to-be, mothers of the groom-elect, and the wedding party.

The Perfect Setting For Your Perfect Day Let us help you find the gown/tuxedo of your dreams at the price of your dreams. Bridesmaid dresses Mother of the bride dresses Largest selection of tuxedos in the area

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Ruddock’s Bakery: Delighting your sweet tooth since 1949

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Rely on Vicki Ramos and the rest of Ruddock’s staff to fulfill all of your cake and dessert needs. This stunning wedding confection or one of Ruddock’s many bridal delicacies is sure to complete your bridal table.

CROWLEY - Ruddock’s Bakery, established in 1949, has been delighting Crowley’s sweet tooth with their fabulous delicacies for as long as most can remember. Whether it’s donuts, brownies, cinnamon rolls, special pastries or a cake of any shape and size, they have what you are looking for, and there is no job too big or small for Ruddock’s Bakery employees. Have an upcoming wedding or special event approaching? Walk in or call the bakery to schedule your cake or a box of goodies to treat your guests at your planned event. Vicki Ramos, owner of Ruddock’s Bakery for the past 14 years, invites you to come into the establishment and see what she has to offer. If wedding bells are in your near future, don’t hesitate to give her a call as soon as you have a date in mind. Vicki welcomes you to bring in your own ideas or a photo of your favorite cake or cakes and she along with fellow employees will work their magic to make your cake one to remember.

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At a loss? If you are feeling somewhat stumped when it comes to an idea of what you want, she suggests you come in to browse through the bakery’s sample books which are sure to overfill your mind with helpful thoughts to get you on your way. Ruddock’s Bakery has a long history of decorating cakes for any occasion from birthdays to anniversaries to theme cakes and any other event or special day that you are celebrating. Their cakes, which are made from scratch, are enveloped in their own secret ingredient recipe of buttercream icing making every bite more delicious as the one before. The staff at Ruddock’s will also be delighted to create a groom’s cake to suit a variety of tastes and styles. So when you are in need of a cake or maybe just a little something to satisfy your taste buds make Ruddock’s Bakery your first choice. Ruddock’s can be found at 556 Northeast Court Circle, Crowley. They are open Tuesday - Sunday from 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. or they can be reached at 337-783-2962.

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The Cake Barn Bakery answers bride’s questions

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BY ANGELA BECNEL STAFF WRITER

RAYNE - Whether you are planning a wedding, simple birthday party, baby shower, graduation party or even an anniversary celebration, a cake is necessary for entertaining your larger crowds. “At Bakery Barn, our cakes are all made with quality ingredients and are always fresh.” Kris Martin attended the Wilton School of Cake Decorating Master Course and the Fondant and Gumpaste courses, eventually becoming a Wilton Method Instructor. “We can make that special cake and decorate it with buttercream or for a more elegant look we can use fondant.” Kris, a member of the International Cake Exploration Society, became a Wilton course graduate through Hobby Lobby in Lafayette. Kris recognizes brides’ frequently asked questions. What is Fondant? Fondant is rolled icing which is kneaded and softened, laid out on a surface and flattened with a rolling pin. Then is wrapped around a tier to take on its shape. “Fondant makes the cake prettier, more elegant.” explained Kris. What size bridal cake should be purchased for a certain number of people? Kris gave a couple of examples. “To feed 90 guests, a three tiered cake with a 10” layer at the bottom, an 8” layer at the middle and a 6” cake on top is the right size,” said Kris. “For 300 guests, a four tiered cake, starting with a 20” at the bottom is recommend-

Kris Martin of the Cake Barn Bakery

ed. Then layer over it a 16”, 12” and top it off with an 8”cake would feed that many people.” The price would depend on the bride’s desires and the wishes of the groom. How can a cake be customized for the bride and groom’s own unique taste? Kris explained that there are many decorations, themes and colors which can be used creatively. “There can be an array of fresh flowers, gum paste flowers, royal iced (delicate, hard) flowers, buttercream flowers and edible pearls,” said Kris. “Or I can use satin, grosgrain or silk ribbon, and even a fondant ribbon.” Kris has mastered the basket weave pattern made of fondant ribbon, covering an entire cake tier. The Cake Barn is actually a barn which Kris renovated into a supremely modern bakery. It is located at 4668 Roberts Cove Road in Rayne. Kris can be reached at 783-2822 and 783-3386 or by e-mail at Kris@thecakebarn.com.

Celebrate your wedding at the Grand Marais Courtyard and Pavillion The beautiful, elegant Grand Marais Courtyard and Pavilion, located at 919 North Lake Arthur Ave. in Jennings, welcomes you to host your next grand event or social that your family and friends will be talking about for years to come. Grand Marais also features a beautiful ballroom and dance floor large enough to accommodate approximately 680 guests. It is available with everything you need to make it a time to remember including tables, linens, chairs, and a warming kitchen. Among the many rooms available for rent is the 10,000 square foot main wedding reception hall that seats 680 people with a 25 by 30 foot raised stage for bands, an 18 by 18 square foot warming kitchen and a 12 by 15 bride’s room with private restroom. They also offer a 1,400 square foot banquet room that will seat up to 100 with its own private entrance. The room has two sets of doors that can be opened if needed to join the main reception hall which will then seat about 800 comfortably. Previously mentioned amenities are also available with the rental of these rooms. Also available -with no obligation- is an on-site florist and gift shop, cake decorators, photographers, tuxedo rentals and a catering service for your convenience, but you are welcome to select an outside business of your choice if desired. Have out-of-town guest arriving? The Grand Marias has available on-site RV hook-ups for your traveling guests. Additionally, a smaller special event room with its 4,000 square foot size is quaint, seating 250 people. This special event room has a private entrance and its own warming kitchen. If an inside wedding is not what you are looking for there is no need to worry. The Grand Marias offers a magnificent 21,000 square foot outdoor pavilion for the outdoors wedding of your dreams. For an elegant backdrop for any event call 337-616-8843 or 1-888616-8843 or you can visit www.thegrandmarais.com for more information on scheduling your next grand event or social.

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Makes the person look as beautiful as they can look

BY ANGELA BECNEL STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY - Edward Leger, originally from Rayne, has been interested in photography most of his life. He actually started shooting photographs when he was only eight years old. “My sister had a Canon AE1 35 millimeter camera,” recalls Edward. “Also, I was intrigued by the photos in the older versions of the Colliers Encyclopedia annual yearbooks.” He seemed even at a young age to question how the photographic work was done. “I have always had a love of the craft and an inquisitive nature,” said Edward. Today, Edward photographs brides all over the state as well as in Mississippi. He specializes in high-end photography, setting up the shot, setting the appropriate lighting. “I strive to make the person look as beautiful as they can look.” Edward Leger has been doing wedding portraits and wedding ceremony/reception photography since 2007. “Times have changed and some brides

request non traditional photographs, really pushing the limit.” Some brides want a fashion magazine shoot, and Edward Leger can deliver. Outdoor photography is most often requested. Apparently brides prefer different landscape backgrounds,

different locations. For more traditional needs, the indoor studio for Photographs by Edward is located at The Gallery at 222 North Parkerson Ave. “I will shoot whatever the bride desires,” states Edward who requests that people take a look at his work on his website and on Facebook. “Here, you can see how my photography differentiates itself. ” Photographs by Edward also shoots high school senior portraits, engagements, boudoir photography, landscape photography, festival queens and pageant queens. In fact, Edward has taken the official photo of over 60 pageant queens. When asked about his other accomplishments, this self taught photographer humbly informs that he is particularly proud that he has shot two book covers. One was for Random House and the other was a book on Louisiana Governors. His photo of the Louisiana State Capitol is on the front and the book was published by the University of Mississippi Press. For inquiries check out www.EdwardLeger.com or find him on Facebook under Edward Leger. He can also be reached on cell at 337-581-4882.

An Elegant Place for that Special Event • 10,000 sq. ft. main wedding reception hall will seat 680 people • 25’x30’ raised stage for a band • 18’x18’ warming kitchen • 12’x15’ bride’s room with private restroom • 1,400 sq. ft. banquet room that seats 100 people with its own private entrance The room has two sets of doors that can be opened if needed to join the main reception hall which will then seat about 800 people. • 4,000 sq. ft. Special Event room will seat 250 people, private entrance and its own warming kitchen • 21,000 sq. ft. outdoor pavilion for outdoor weddings

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IOTA - Whether it is a wedding beneath the autumn leaves of an old white oak nestled along the quiet and mysterious waters of the Bayou Des Cannes, or the romantic charm of an indoor candlelight ceremony hosted within a Victorian era decor, Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom has an enchanted ambience to house your treasured event. Cradled within a wooded grandeur, while hugging the banks of Bayou Des Cannes, the grand ballroom and courtyard overlooks the cypress lined bayou which nestles an interesting history within its mysterious waters. While in the mid 1800s, the property itself hosted a popular resort with claims of icy cold healing springs, once discovered by American Indians during the Civil War. It is said that these healing springs would trickle forth from the ground in wait for anyone who believed in their healing powers. Three grand hotels were built to accommodate many visitors to the area, while resort bath houses bathed its tourist with tubs of heated spring waters. A New Year’s Eve Ball in the late 1800s invited visitors to bring in the new year along the mysterious waters of the Des Cannes. In 1907, it is said that the last of the healing waters trickled forth from the springs of Point-Aux-Loups due to the discovery and drilling of oil in nearby Evangeline, thereby, reducing ground pressure and lowering the water table. Today’s grand ballroom structure was originally built in the 1930s by the Louisiana Irrigation and Mills Company. The well-built brick structure once served as a main pumping plant servicing southwest Louisiana farmers with irrigation to their rice crops, but during the mid to late 1960s the plant was shut down due to high

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maintenance cost. In 1990, the property was purchased from Althea Fisher Cart, a direct descendant of the original owners, and the property’s new owner, Debra Hebert began renovation procedures. By 1999, the restoration of the old pumping plant structure was complete, evolving at present day with the vaulted ceilings and Victorian era decor of the Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom. The elegant springs ballroom features high ceilings throughout with a romantic accent of New Orleans custom style iron works and light fixtures, and opens up to a glassed room overlooking the banks of the Bayou Des Cannes With floor to ceiling windows, rococo furniture, and an eight foot tall chandelier with an aerate ceiling medallion, the elegance of a romantic era is sure to create a timeless treasure of memories to cherish for a lifetime. A rustic Orleans style porch adds to the enchantment of the ballroom along the Des Cannes Bayou while wrapping around the buildings structure with an invitation of intimate conversation or a quiet stroll. The romantic Cajun charm of this bayou landmark is sure to add southern elegance to your special event. Recently, the floors of the building have been redone and new wrought iron furniture decorates the grounds. With catering and house decor, your event will be stress free, while Hebert and her staff also provide a listing of photographers, cake decorators, musicians, and florists. For reservations call 779-3510. Note: Suggested reservation time is approximately six months to a year before your event to assure availability.

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The Ballroom of Crowley LSN STAFF PHOTO

The Ballroom of Crowley is located in the Historical District. Built in 1913 in federal style, it was originally the post office. It has been restored with preservation in mind and the grandeur of times past is still evident throughout the building. There are twenty foot ceilings, massive windows and both wood and intricately laid stone flooring which is original to the building. Accenting the room are two beautiful marble lined bars as well as marble baseboards. It has been added to the National Register of Historical Buildings. It is available for receptions, weddings and special occasions. There is also a tent available for rental in the courtyard. Horse-drawn carriages are available for a magnificent arrival or departure. The Ballroom of Crowley is located at 124 East Third Street. For more information, please call 783-8990 or at www.ballroomofcrowley.com.

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Let your future become a part of our history, The Crossing at Mervine Kahn in Rayne Hosting your event in this historic building adds romance

RAYNE - Proudly sitting along the railroad tracks at 113 Louisiana Avenue in the heart of downtown Rayne is the beautifully restored Mervine Kahn building, now known as The Crossing At Mervine Kahn. This historical building has seen families, businesses, and railroad cars come and go along its streets for over 125 years. In 1884, Michel Schmulen and Kahn opened their business in a small general merchandise store they had purchased. Two years later after the death of business partner Schmulen, the business became known as Mervine Kahn, which was a leader of commercial business for many years. For over 100 years, Mervine Kahn was the place to shop. It started out as a general mercantile store selling wagons, buggies, hacks and agricultural equipment, clothing, hats, shoes, foods, dry goods, notions, gents and ladies furnishing goods, hardware, tinware, crockery, furniture, paints, oils and accordions. At one point, an undertaking department complete with hearse and coffins

thrived; it was discontinued shortly before the World War I. By the mid 1900s, the store had become a department store and in 1952, a bridal salon was added. As various departments were discontinued, more space was given to remaining departments. The store ultimately grew to six buildings – joined together that was almost two-thirds of a block. Mervine Kahn was noted for their special events too. They sponsored cooking schools and demonstrations by representatives from firms it dealt with. At one point they had a drawing once a week. Mothers and their children crowded into the Mervine Kahn store to see who the lucky winner was that week. Whether it was a gift certificate, a discount on a certain item, everyone was thrilled at the prospect of being a winner. However, over time, Mervine Kahn’s became another sign of the times itself. Gradually some of the buildings and warehouses were sold off as business changed or declined. During the 1970s shopping malls and discount

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stores began popping up everywhere and small towns like Rayne felt the effects of business leaving town. The oil business was booming and people wanted more. They now had the means to get what they wanted. Then, during the 1980s Louisiana was hit hard by the oil industry’s bust. People were accustomed to shopping elsewhere and they now frequented the discount and import stores. In order to make ends meet, most families were now two income families and that meant people shopped where they worked. They worked in larger communities, so they shopped in larger communities. It was more convenient for them. Unfortunately, that was bad news for Mervine Kahn Company. The end of a grand era was at hand. In 1989, Mervine Kahn’s closed its doors. Peter Comeaux operated an antique mall featuring antique dealers from the area for almost 20 years in the former Mervine Kahn building. Eventually, Comeaux wanted out of the business and he closed his doors in the end of 2008 after having sold the building to another

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young entrepreneur from Rayne. The building was purchased by its current owner, Eric Thomas, on December 18, 2008. His dream was to restore the old beauty to some of her glory and to share her with others. “The Crossing at Mervine Kahn” has become an incredible venue for special events, wedding receptions, parties and meetings. With over twenty years in the catering and food service industry, Thomas has “mastered the experience” of giving top notch service. “We go above and beyond and there is no place like us,” says Rachel Guillory, event coordinator and marketing director. “Let your future become a part of our history.” “Another facility has opened to accommodate smaller parties of up to 175. We are opening a New Orleans style courtyard which will be connected to both existing and newer facilities,” continues Guillory. “This courtyard provides several options. The couple can marry outside or the guests can congregate outside during the reception.” The Crossing At Mervine Kahn features 13,745 square feet of space on the first floor which can be used as a whole space or can be divided up. There is an additional 10,075 square feet upstairs. The upstairs will feature private rooms for the wedding party and romantic jacuzzi suite for the bride and groom. There have been 50th and 60th wedding anniversary

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celebrations, monumental and surprise birthday parties, a Mardi Gras party for a local Krewe, and a debutante ball for UL sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. The bridal suite and rooms for the party are joined by a common area, stocked with drinks and food. “We have provided a number of services which separates this facility,” said Guillory. “Recently we hosted a political function including a sit down dinner for 450 guests. We were proud to have served the entire meal in 11 minutes.” “The Crossing at Mervine Kahn just hosted my daughter’s wedding reception on January 1, 2011,” Tina Hickey RN who is clinical coordinator at LSUHSC-S. “I have attended many receptions and social affairs. This was truly one of the most beautiful and professionally coordinated events I have ever taken part in. It was a very positive experience from the planning to the completion of the evening.” The Crossing At Mervine Kahn offers complete benefits and services including a projection screen, catering, linens, tables, chairs, servers, music/band/DJ bookings, floral arrangements, decorations and breakdown/cleanup. Thomas said “If you can imagine it, we will make it happen.” The Crossing At Mervine Kahn offers catering for any event at any location or facility. Also, to plan your Valentine’s Day event, remember

Visit us today, and let us show you how gorgeous your wedding can be! • Bridal and Attendant Bouquets • Our Floral Designer will work with you • Church Flowers and Reception Centerpieces

the experienced staff at The Crossing At Mervine Kahn. Their Second Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner will be held at The Crossing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A festive evening is planned with spirits, food and live entertainment by Shimmur. E-mail them at info@thecrossingmk.com or 334-3140.

Call Us Today... We’ll Take Care Of All Your Catering Needs

A Wedding Made In Heaven

But catered right here by us!

Delicious Hors d’oeuvres and Appetizers! Top Quality Food and Drink Dinners Prepared by a Professional Chef Delicious Dessert & Spectacular Wedding Cake

Call for more information: Chef Bobby & Dot at 643-1144 or Le Bon Manger at 893-3512

ORDER FLOWERS NOW FOR YOUR WEDDING!

Crowley Flower Shop & Gifts Ltd. 1414 Parkerson Ave. • Crowley • (337)783-1512 • 1-800-445-2182 Russell & Jane Faulconer; Owners

Chef Bobby & Dot Catering Le Bon Manger 13917 LA Hwy. 35, Kaplan 643-1144 210 N. St. Valerie St., Abbeville, LA • (377) 893-3512

www.chefbobbyanddot.com

bobdot2001@yahoo.com

Plate lunches served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Fezzo’s Seafood & Steakhouse makes events unforgettable

CROWLEY - Fezzo’s Seafood and Steakhouse, which features locations in Crowley at 2111 North Cherokee Drive, and in Scott at 720 I-10 South Frontage Road, maintains a staff that looks forward to serving patrons for their special events. Pat Bordes, co-owner stated, “We invite patrons to sit back and relax and leave all the worrying to us. We look forward to making your next special event one you won’t forget.” Fezzo’s offers a special menu for rehearsal dinners as well as on and off site catering and set-up services. The staff is equipped to plan anything from an intimate dinner party to 1,000 person wedding reception. Fezzo’s III, a reception and banquet hall located in Scott, is the company’s newest facility. It is a beautiful site to hold wedding receptions and other large gatherings. Contact the friendly staff at Fezzo’s Seafood and Steakhouse for more information about their extensive special event services at 783-5515.

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The staff at Fezzo’s Seafood and Steakhouse has more than 10 years of experience in the catering industry and provide services that are sure to make your special occasion an unforgettable one.

Let T.L.B. Occasions help make your event memorable T.L.B Occasions started out as The Lost-Boys, a disc jockey service, and has grown into a full service catering and a D.J. service for all occasions. Owner Nathan J. Cormier explains, “There is no event too big or small.” He is eager to make your event one to remember. T.L.B. Occasions offers a catering service for weddings and receptions as well as anniversary parties and other special events. One way to add elegance to your event is to hire T.L.B. as servers. Even if you cater the event yourself, T.L.B.’s staff can provide a helping hand on your wedding day. Remember when you’re planning your special day to give T.L.B. Occasion a call at 581-3483 and let them help to make every occasion a memorable one.

For Your Wedding Day

• Arches & Backgrounds • Beverage Fountains • Candelabras • Columns • Linens • Tables - Round/Rect. • Tents • White Wood Chairs

• We Deliver

715 N. Parkerson Crowley, LA

783-2601

Walker’s Cajun Dining

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Have your event catered by Walker’s. Weddings call for more than good taste in fashion. So treat your guests to special dining on your special day and let Walker’s Cajun Dining handle your wedding menu. Walker’s Cajun Dining offers catering services at their location or yours, for small quiet ceremonies to large, formal gatherings. A variety of Cajun dishes, finger foods and party platters are available that will please any budget and palate. Call Mike Walker at Walker’s Cajun Dining today at 824-7619 to plan the menu for your special event.

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Your

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• Bridal Dresses • Bridesmaid Dresses • Mothers Dresses • Tuxedos

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‘Flaunt’, unique line of bags, new at Louisiana Church Interiors

What is “Flaunt?” Flaunt is a brand new line of bags presented by Louisiana Church Interiors, located at 1307 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. They specialize in offering unique lines of gifts for the bride and groom on your list. This year, they’ve added Flaunt, so chic for the way everyone lives today. Faith Nicole, who is 18, has created this line to appeal to any lady on the go. These lasting accessories are perfect as gifts your wedding attendants will actually use, and will serve as a reminder of your special event. Flaunt bags are creatively well-made, using cute, durable materials. This line of bags features a variety of options for carrying modern items used today such as the flat iron cover case or the cell-phone case that zips open to a compartment for credit cards and identification. Convenient THE POST-SIGNAL /Angela Becnel wristlets are trendy on the cell phone case as well Co-owner Maria Fontenot displays the travel toiletries case and week- as the makeup bag. The tote bag has wide straps ender bag by “Flaunt”. This line of bags, purses, cases, covers and and the mid-sized weekender is the perfect size. accessories now offered at Louisiana Church Interiors are ideal for Both have “feet” underneath for durability. The your bridesmaids or for your honeymoon. popular “sidekick” style has a long strap over the

The Ballroom of Crowley

shoulder with a small rectangular shaped bag which hangs just below the waist. These pieces can be mixed with each other. Solid patent leather style or patterns are offered in black, fuschia, leopard print and red. Home decor for the bride and groom includes crucifixes and crosses, wedding frames, as well as framed art that newlyweds will enjoy for years to come. Louisiana Church Interiors also features special gifts for 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries. Co-owners Maria Fontenot and Keith Koon and their staff, Nancy Hetzler, Brenda Simon and Linda Carriere, are happy to lend suggestions for special gifts, and as always, they wrap the gifts beautifully. Store hours for Louisiana Church Interiors are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For questions, they will be happy to assist you at 783-1536.

Available For Special Occasions •

124 East Third Street in the Historical District

For inquiries please call us

337-783-8990

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Plan your honeymoon with Travel Machine, Inc. Travel Machine, Inc. is a full service travel agency established in 1978, located at 102 Westmark Boulevard in Lafayette. They have nine agents working from the office and 19 agents who work from their homes as independent contractors affiliated with Travel Machine. Our agents are well qualified to assist travelers with a choice of trips including cruises, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Australia and the Far East. Our agents have traveled to many of these destinations and can give first hand information about hotels and guides.

We have specialized in group cruises which include local bands and have traditionally partnered with local radio stations such as KTDY and KBON to construct an annual cruise. The owner of Travel Machine is Kermit Duhon, “The Cruise King”.

Crowley Rent-All is one-stop bridal headquarters Crowley Rent-All Center, located at 715 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley was established in 1969. Owners Kurt and Greg Schmid offer friendly, affordable service in the rental of items for the bride leading up to her special day, for events such as engagement parties, showers, and all other types of parties. These items include tables, chairs, linens, glassware, flatware, china, food warmers, trays, party disposables and helium tanks. Crowley Rent-All also offers rental items for the church and reception hall for the couple’s day, which include arches, candelabras, columns, aisle

runners, food warmers, beverage fountains and backgrounds. For the customers’ convenience, Crowley Rent-All offers delivery and pick-up as well as set-up and teardown services on all rental items. Store hours for Crowley Rent-All are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. They can also be seen on the web at www.crowleyrent-allcenter. com. For your next party or that special day, contact Crowley Rent-All Center or come in to view party and wedding section offers.

Deshotel’s treats customers with superb attention

EUNICE - Pretty Woman should have been lucky enough to find Deshotel’s of Eunice in Los Angeles. Every single one of their customers receives that special kind of treatment. You are the most important part of our business and have been for 30 plus years. They help you choose the right style for you, special order whatever you need, allow you to pay in installments and finally, alter your gown to fit you just right.

The same treatment given to the bride is also given to bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the groom. The groom and his attendants will find our staff helpful in selecting and ordering his tuxedos, as well. Please feel free to contact us at 337457-7431. We are located at 1924 West Laurel Avenue in Eunice. Our hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We just love serving newlyweds!

LeBlanc’s Licensed & Insured

Wayne & Ricky LeBlanc

(337) 981-7870

(337) 783-4505 (337) 783-3302

Mobile HoMe Movers, llC Estherwood, Louisiana Mobile: (337) 319-6313 Mobile: (337) 319-5717 Mobile: (337) 224-2118


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Helping newlyweds make their first house a home

CROWLEY - You have decided to make one of the biggest steps of your life, getting married! One major change that most newlyweds face is purchasing or renting their first home together. Your new place will need new furniture, including living room sets, dining table and much, much more. The friendly, helpful staff at Bordelon’s Furniture store in Crowley is eagerly awaiting new shoppers. They are located at 1508 North Parkerson Ave., in the North Park Shopping Center next to Stage. Bordelon’s carries the famous Tempur-PEDIC mattresses as well as complete home decor. Also available on their showroom floor are accessories, including lamps, pictures and area rugs, sure to complete your home. Bordelon’s

also offers decorator consultations. Letting one of their talented decorators visit your home and become familiar with your personal style can help transform any house into a place you love to come home to everyday. The staff at Bordelon’s is very excited to introduce their new Mayo Center. This is a unique, personalized approach to furniture. The high quality guarantees that your new purchased will last a life time. For all couples making purchases with the dedicated Bordelon’s staff be sure to mention that you’re newlyweds to receive free home delivery. Bordelon’s is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact them at 788-0054 to get started with all of your furniture needs.

Your Wedding Day Is One Of The Most Important Days Of Your Life. AS YOU INVEST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER, INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE WITH US...

2 convenient locations in Lafayette to serve you

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We Can Provide You With: • Savings Account • Checking Account • Mortgage Loan • Safe Deposit Boxes • Investment Plans • Auto Loans And Much More

3501 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 337-981-9760 3211 Louisiana Ave. Ste. 112 Lafayette, LA 337-235-8034

425 N. Ave. G. • Crowley • 783-0412

www.squirestux.com Inquire about FREE limo rental

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2nd AnnualMonday, Valentine's Day Dinner February 14th, 2011 Live Entertainment ~ Food ~ Drinks call 337-393-2416 to book your Reservation

photography provided by zeppix

www.thecrossingmk.com

113 E. LOUISIANA AVE., RAYNE, LA • 337-393-2416

• Like none other, The Crossing at Mervine Kahn, offering 13,745 square feet of stunning interior, located in the heart of Rayne, and accommodating groups of 50-800. Its beautifully restored wood floors & wood beams are framed by gorgeous exposed brick walls. Indulge in our white crisp linens, Chiavari chairs topped with a candle centerpiece. • The Crossing at Mervine Kahn offers complete turnkey services, including; catering, music/band/DJ bookings, floral arrangements and decorations, and just about anything else you can dream. If you can dream it, we can make it happen. • Coming soon, a romantic bride and groom suite featuring a Jacuzzi tub, and rooms for the wedding party to stay. Our dream is to have that special place where our bride can come get ready in our bridal room, do her make-up and hair, enjoy finger foods, indulge in wine and champagne, and enjoy the company of her whole bridal party, get married in The Crossing Chapel, dance her feet away in our two reception halls, enjoy our courtyard with her guest, and at the end of the night rest in the magical suite, and start her new journey! • Come and let us do the work from setting up to cleaning, we do it all. It is your day and we want you to feel the weightlessness of booking with our facility. • A New Orleans style courtyard for your dream outdoor wedding. • The Crossing at Mervine Kahn also offers off site catering for any event, big or small. • Our experienced staff is ready to make your day an event that will be unforgettable. • The Crossing is proud to announce the opening of our new facility, which can accommodate smaller parties, such as rehearsal dinners, receptions, engagement parties, anniversaries, luncheons, and much more.

Bridal 2011  

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