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Will & Claire We are happy to finally present our wedding to Acadiana. I hope that this destination event inspires you to reach for your dreams on your big day. The announcement is filled with special personal touches that made the day uniquely our own.
The Pep Talk
Tradition Break Down
To Do’s before “I Do”
Marriage Lit 101
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Shaun & Juliana Sullivan
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Alexander & Melissa Andrade
Chris & Taysha Benoit
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Williams & Claire Murphy
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Chad & Jeanne Hornsby
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Justin & Faith Kilburn
Austin & Pearl Proctor
Dustin & Katherine Dawes
Additional Stories Letter from the Editor
Louisiana Register Seal
Letter to the Brides
Ask the Planner
The Faith Based Marriage
Words of Wisdom
& JULIANA Sullivan
APRIL 21, 2012
The Family and Bridal Party:
Juliana is the daughter of Rick and Connie Voth and the granddaughter of Welton and Bettye Seal, and Odell and Rita Voth. Shaun is the son of William and Linda Sullivan and the grandson of Patrick and Betty Matthews and William and Gertrude Sullivan. Caroline Johnson served as Matron of Honor. Juliana’s bridesmaids were Meaghan Sullivan-Haertel, Allison Brasil, Gretchen Feinberg, Lisanne Meiners, Rachel Harrison, Melinda Kraft, Abigail Feinberg, and Reneé Breaux. Patrick Sullivan served as Best Man. Shaun’s groomsmen were Garrett Haertal, Kelby Pedery-Edwards, Jeremy Moultrup, Matthew Morales, Kyle Matthews, Brett Cavanagh, Brian Miguel and Frank Schonig. Reilly Haertel and Alannah Haertel served as flower girls and Donnobhain Haertel and Evan Johnson served as ring bearers.
The ceremony took place at The Voth Residence in Lafayette, Louisiana on the Vermillion River and was officiated by Reverend Father Ed Boyd. The bride was escorted by her father Rick Voth, as she carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, antique white garden roses, stephanotis, ranunculus and lilies of the valley Following the ceremony, the reception was held at The Voth Residence in Lafayette, Louisiana as well. After a honeymoon to Tahiti, the couple will reside in Campbell, California.
Shaun proposed to me in Battery Park in New York City on October 18, 2010. We were on vacation visiting friends. We went for a walk in the park and were admiring the Statue of Liberty when he got down on one knee and popped the question! I was shocked!
Photographer: Jay Faugot Photography
THE faith based
MARRIAGE One way to establish an appreciation ritual would be to create a shared gratitude journal. Make a special outing to shop for a journal. I suggest that you pick one that is dated and has plenty
All relationships naturally have stressors,
of writing area for each day. Then make a commitment to each
and the wedding planning process only adds
other to fill its pages with words of thankfulness. It is important
to the chaos in our lives. This article aims to
that both of you contribute, so decide on a plan as to who writes
help you to take a step back and remember what you are really planning…a marriage. Ms. Marriage’s new article has some fantastic tips to help you in this process.
when. Now that you have your journal and commitment, it is time to start writing. There is no right or wrong way to compose your thankfulness. If your style is sentence after sentence, that is great. However, if you are a person of few words, that is equally as good. Just get your thoughts written down. Focus on the blessings in your married life like things that happen and things that you appreciate. Even the things that others do. Actively look for the good experiences about your day and your relationship
The Gratitude Journal
with your spouse. What makes your heart sing? Write it down!
Marriage satisfaction… all couples want it. Gratification within
an intimate understanding of each other. You will come to know
your relationship can be quite elusive, even for the couples you
what makes their happiness. In turn, this happiness knowledge
may envy the most. It is important for us to remember that our
will make you able to do affirmative things for the other. We can
marriages need constant attention and work, despite the times
more appropriately show our love by taking action and sacrificing
when it seems like everything is going smoothly. One essential way
for the other. Being loved in a marriage is knowing that we matter
to increase your marital satisfaction is to share in rituals. Creating
to our spouse. And giving your spouse something to be grateful
religious and holiday rituals with your spouse affirm and cement
for affirms your love.
In the end, knowing what your spouse thanks God for will lead to
a marriage. But developing everyday rituals is just as significant. I am talking about more than knowing who gets the shower first
Having a gratitude journal also provides a written account for
and which one of you makes the coffee. Meaningful daily rituals
married life’s blessings. Your marriage history will be remembered
that require some extra effort can illuminate the love your mate
in thankfulness. What an awesome way to remember times
has for you. Couples also learn how to develop a grateful heart
toward each other and God. Since every day is a gift from Him, it is only right to join your spouse daily to express gratitude for the
God has blessed you with a partner in marriage. He wants us to
many blessings our Creator has given to us. In fact, people who
love each other until the end of our time. Give thanks daily and
display an “attitude of gratitude” are generally happier in all areas
your love will be rewarded.
of their life, including their marriage. - Ms. Marriage
Avoid the endless bridal registry and get a gift that every girl is sure to love. Pre-purchase a wedding
announcement layout for your friends or loved ones online at www.louisianaregistermagazine.com.
Gift certificates will be delivered to you by mail. Couples can redeem their announcement layout with Louisiana Register by contacting us and completing the submission form. We look forward to seeing your friends and family in print!
JUNE 09, 2012
The Family, Bridal Party & Event: Claire Elizabeth is the daughter of William and Pam Gremillion and the granddaughter of O.C. and Mona Guilliot and Edgar and Margaret Gremillion. Williams Sanders is the son of Williams S. Murphy Jr. and Sarah Brown Murphy and the grandson of Williams Sanders Murphy Sr. and Carol Nelson Murphy and Thomas K. and Norene Brown. Leah Domingues David served as Matron of Honor. Claire’s bridesmaids were Olivia Manceaux, Jewel Hicks and Landry Loving. Nathaniel Green served as Best Man. Williams’ groomsmen were James Green and Joseph Green. Noah Manceaux served as usher and Matthew Loving served as acolyte. Ellie Guilliot served as flower girl and Jacob Fitzpatrick served as ring bearer. The ceremony took place at Trinity Episcopal Church Pass in Christian, Mississippi and was officiated by Father Christopher Colby.
The bride was escorted by her father, William Gremillion, as she carried a bouquet of light green hydrangea accented with white gardenia, queen Anne’s lace and light blue irises. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Redding House in Biloxi, Mississippi. After their honeymoon in New Orleans, Louisiana the couple will reside in Youngsville, Louisiana
Photographer: J. Lang Photography
Heirlooms Head to Toe: It was my goal to focus our wedding around our family and those close to us. I was overjoyed to be able to incorporate my Godmotherâ€™s wedding shoes, a pendant made of lace from my grandmotherâ€™s wedding gown, and a blue gemstone my father bought me as a child into my wedding day ensemble.
A Custom Fit: After scouring the racks for bridesmaids dresses and making no progress, I hired a seamstress to custom design the bridal party attire. After hunting for fabric and trim, we arrived at a dress that was tailored to fit each girl perfectly. In the end, the final price was better than off-the-rack options!
Simply Homemade: Our best wedding gift, by far, was our unbelievable cake! Complete with pink champagne filling and fluffy white cake layers, it had the handmade details that kept the guests returning for another slice. The cakeâ€™s design and flavor spoke of our down home roots and was yet another example of our close ties to family and friends.
Multi-Purpose Memorabilia: I wanted to keep our wedding day memorabilia current in our home, so I decided to use a coffee table book for guestsâ€™ signatures. The book depicts plantation homes in Louisiana and Mississippi, much like the house our reception was held in.
More Than a Map: Inspired by a watercolor print in our home, we decided to map out the places most important to us right there on the grooms cake. The guests were thrilled to see our favorite locations and enjoy the chocolate and peanut butter creation.
Live Entertainment: Willâ€™s most important element was undoubtedly music. We hand selected band members that could represent the best of Louisiana and Mississippi melodies. The reception truly came alive with our unique fiddle and guitar players!
Most Memorable Moment: That day is filled with memories that I will never forget. But what stands out the most are the moments I spent with all the people closest to my heart. Some images are frozen in timeâ€Ślike my father and I joking around before walking into the church, holding my husbandâ€™s hand as our marriage was blessed by God, our spectacular first dance to Genesis played by Jamie Kelly and dancing with my grandmother like I did growing up. Looking back, I am so glad that I pre-planned ways to keep our wedding day relevant in our newlywed life. We are still surrounded by wedding day dĂŠcor and accent pieces like the coffee table sign-in book and some of our milk-glass vases. We even kept jars of collected rain water to baptize our future children with. These reminders have proven to be a great way to relive a little bit of the joy we experienced that day. But above all, I will remember the overwhelming feeling of happiness when I stepped away from my father and joined my husband at the altar. We each had tears in our eyes and smiles from ear to ear. It is a moment that will stay with us forever.