Fletcher and Luke joined in marriage
Lauren Marie Fletcher and John Benjamin Luke III were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, September 8 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville. The ceremony was celebrated by the Reverend Scott De-sOrmeaux and the Reverend Morgan MacIntire.
The bride is the daughter of Ms. Anne DesOrmeaux of Lafayette and Mr. Robert Hugh Fletcher of The Woodlands, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Farrell Pierre DesOrmeaux of Abbeville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Walter Fletcher of Franklin. The bride is a graduate of Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She completed one year of residency in pediatrics and is now in her final year of family medicine at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Lafayette.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Adell Baillif Luke and the late Dr. John Benjamin Luke Jr. of Lecompte, Loui-siana. He is the grandson of Mrs. Kathryn Hynson Luke and the late Mr. John Ben-jamin Luke Sr. of Bunkie, Louisiana and the late Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Norman Baillif of Metairie. He is a graduate of Menard Catholic High School in Alexandria, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, State University Medical School in Shreveport, general surgery at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and is currently completing fellowship in vascular surgery at Uni-versity of Alabama Birming-ham.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a timeless ivory La Sposa wedding designer gown. The royal satin ball gown featured an off-the-shoulder v-neckline. Beautiful beaded embroidery decorated the center of the wedding dress. The back of the stunning gown had buttons from the top of the gown which flowed classically all the way to the bottom. An elegant chapel-length sweep train completed the designer dress. The bride chose a cathedral-length veil with Alencon and Chantilly lace edging to complement the extravagance. She carried a fresh bouquet of Sarah roses, Vendella roses and Ivory Majellica Roses in their traditional appearance wrapped in a beautiful ivory satin ribbon. Keeping her loved ones close to her heart, the bride adorned her bouquet with an heirloom rosary from her grandmother.
Maid of honor was Ashley Fletcher, the bride’s identical twin sister of Lafayette. Serving as bridesmaids were Jill Ayo Roy, Ann-Claire Breaux, Carly DesOrmeaux who are cousins of the bride; Haley Broussard Buteau, childhood friend of the bride all of Lafayette; Lauren Hebert and Meghan Ma-gruder, who are longtime friends of the bride and both of New Orleans and Noha Matoui, friend of the bride of Staten Island, New York. They wore Jim Helm designer floor-length formal gowns in navy blue dupioni raw silk and carried fresh bouquets of ivory roses mixed with pale pink peonies.
Best man was Robin Gilli-land of Alexandria, childhood friend of the groom. The groomsmen included Williamson Luke cousin of the groom, Shalinder Gupta friend of the groom both of Lafayette, Louisiana; Jeff Johnson, childhood friend of the groom, and Brad Waddell friend of the groom both of New Orleans; Mark Neal and Nick Zeringue, both friends of the groom of Thibodaux and Frankie Petitto, friend of the groom of Bossier City. They wore full dress evening black tailcoats with satin lapels and white gloves.
Ushers were Alan Stakes, Timothy Kelly and Tristen Kelly of Abbeville; Michael Breaux of Lafayette; Zack Quinn and Jack Wick of Destin, Florida, all close cousins of the bride.
The scriptures were read by Janice Stakes of Abbe-ville, and Tommy De-sOrmeaux of Lafayette who are aunt and uncle of the bride. Responsorial Psalm was sung by vocalist Kristi Anderson who is a close friend to the bride of Lafa-yette. The Program attend-ants were Noah Smith and Luke Piazza, both nephews of the groom of Dallas.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, Louisiana. There was an indoor and outdoor celebration with a harpist indoors, Krossfyre Band played outdoors under a large canopy tent with dimmed chandeliers hanging in the oak trees and tent with an outstanding firework show over Lake Peigneur during the event.
After returning from their honeymoon the couple will reside in Birmingham, Alabama temporarily and have future plans of moving back to Louisiana.