Katie Marie Caswell and Colin Bordes Cambre exchanged vows in a nuptial mass on Saturday, April 5, at seven o’clock in the evening at St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans with Father Beau Charbonnet of New Orleans officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Caswell of Eunice. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elton Caswell of Eunice and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder of Lafayette.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Maurice Cambre of River Ridge. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Cambre of New Orleans and the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bordes of River Ridge.

The Ceremony

Guests entered the large double wooden doors of St. Patrick’s Church decorated with wedding wreaths in traditional wedding colors of white roses, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies and greenery. This theme was continued down the aisle of the church with the same flowers marking the pews and adorning the black, wrought-iron triple- branched candelabra.

The altar was flanked with large urns of French tulips, ferns and gold candelabra.

Music was provided throughout the ceremony by vocalist Kathryn Claverie, organist Joseph Hoppe, trumpeter Vance Woolf, and a trio which included flutist Anne Chabreck, cellist Karen Ray, and violinist Tom Shissler.

Ushers were Christian Bogart and Kenneth Aucoin of River Ridge, brothers-in-law of the groom; and Michael Bonano, Robbie Wooderson, and John Franck, all of New Orleans and friends of the groom.

Greeters were Madeleine Aimee’ Bogart, niece of the groom; Evan Matthew Aucoin, nephew of the groom; Lacie Quinn Resweber, friend of the bride, Alison McIntosh, friend of the bride and Heather Farrell, friend of the bride.

Bearing gifts for the nuptial mass were: Adam Gerard Caswell of Shreveport, Jennifer Long Coupel of Pierre Part, and Dominique DeJean Pere’ of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; all cousins of the bride.

Readers during the mass were Kelly Cambre Bogart and Lauri Cambre Aucoin of River Ridge, sisters of the groom, and Lauren Claire Gilder of Lafayette, cousin of the bride.

The Bride

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of silk organza by Jim Hjelm which featured a bodice of re-embroidered alencon lace and a ribbon sash at the empire waistline which tied at the back and draped to the floor. The trumpet skirt also featured the same alencon lace and silk organza detailing. She wore a double-tiered veil edged in alencon lace which reached the floor.

Maid of honor was friend of the bride, Stacy Marie Laborde of New Orleans. Bridesmaids were Simone Pere’ Marcantel of Baton Rouge, cousin of the bride; Cherie Fontenot of Houston, cousin of the bride; Kimbrali O’Roke Boyd of Opelousas, Jessica Davis of Dallas, and Celeste Lagarde of Concord, North Carolina, all friends of the bride.

The bridesmaids wore a strapless silk matte taffeta dress, also by Jim Hjelm, featuring an asymmetrical bodice with an a-line trumpet skirt and sash at the waist in honeydew. Each bridesmaid wore earrings given to them by the bride at the rehearsal dinner and presented to them in a black velvet monogrammed jewelry pouch.

Each bridesmaid carried a different hand-tied bouquet of their favorite flower choice in tropical colors and the bride carried a hand-tied bouquet made up of those flowers which consisted of french tulips, dendrobium orchids, casablanca lilies, calla lilies, orange gerber daisies, snap dragons, parakeet roses, orange unique roses and Bird of Paradise.

Following tradition, for something old, the bride wore her maternal grandmother’s engagement ring, given to her by her grandmother, Belle Gilder. Something new was her wedding dress and veil. For something borrowed, she carried a handkerchief borrowed from her cousin Simone Marcantel which featured a cross hand-crocheted by their grandmother, Gerry Caswell; and for something blue, the bride carried a blue crystal and silver rosary in her bouquet that belonged to her paternal grandmother, Gerry Caswell.

Best man was Dr. Brandon Cambre of Madisonville, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were David Clayton Cambre of New Orleans, brother of the groom; E. Edmund Caswell, III and Christopher W. Caswell of Eunice, brothers of the bride; Joey Cardwell, George Gilly, Jr., Stephen Delahoussaye all of New Orleans, and Erich Vhan Ellender of Houma, all friends of the groom.

The groom and groomsmen were attired in traditional black tuxedos and each groomsman wore a boutonniere matching the tropical flower in the bouquet of each of their escorts. The groom and the fathers each wore a dendrobium orchid on their lapels.

The flower girl was Miss Raeleigh Boyd, daughter of Kimbrali and Justin Boyd of Opelousas and godchild of the bride. She wore a beautiful silk dupioni dress in diamond white, featuring a bodice of alencon lace with a sash of the same silk at the waist and a full skirt. She wore pearl and beadedsterling silver earrings and matching bracelet presented to her by the bride. She carried a kissing ball of dendrobium orchids.

Ringbearers were Aidan Cambre, son of Brandon and Melissa Cambre of Madisonville and Logan Aucoin, son of Kenny and Laurie Aucoin of River Ridge. Both are nephews of the groom. They also wore traditional black tuxedos.

The Mothers

The mother of the bride wore a strapless dress of bronze satin with a wide band of ivory lace and crystal beading at the waist. A bolero jacket of the same lace with bell sleeves completed the ensemble. She carried a tussie mussie of dendrobium orchids.

The mother of the groom wore an ice-blue silk dress with a matching silk bolero jacket which was accented in shades of pale gold and clear bugle beading. She also carried a tussie mussie of dendrobium orchids.

The Reception

Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Canal Street.

Guests entered the ballroom from the grand foyer where a grand piano held wedding pictures of the parents and grandparents of the bride and groom. The piano also held candelabra and two tall cascading arrangements in flowers in the mango green and apricot tropical color theme.

The guest registry table held the guest book and a trumpet vase of french tulips, dendrobium orchids, casablanca lilies, parakeet roses and orange unique roses. The bride’s wedding portrait stood on an easel at the entrance to the ballroom.

The tropical theme was carried throughout the grand ballroom. The four crescent-shaped, serving stations held four large Grecian urns of long-stemmed flowers that comprised the bridal bouquet: rrench tulips, dendrobium orchids, casablanca lilies, calla lilies, orange gerber daisies, snap dragons, bird of paradise, parakeet roses and orange unique roses.

Surrounding the dance floor were five large, round guest tables which held tall, bronze candlesticks featuring large bouquets of hydrangeas. Shooting out from the hydrangeas were mango calla lilies, peonies, bird of paradise, safari sunset and curly willow branches.

Smaller guest tables held either a round, square or trumpet glass vase containing one type of flower mimicking the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Each held one bunch of either french tulips, orchids, lilies, calla lilies, gerber daisies, snap dragons, parakeet roses, or orange unique roses.

The bride’s cake was a five-tiered round confection with white fondant icing and a flower and pearl and leaf and pearl design. A white satin ribbon trimmed each layer. The cake was topped with a small bouquet of flowers in the tropical theme. Guests had their choice of strawberry marnier filling or pecan praline filling.

The groom’s cake was a three-layer cake resembling a stack of Loyola law books, Colin’s alma mater. It consisted of three different kinds of cake: carrot cake, chocolate cake, and red velvet cake.

Special out-of-town guests were the many family members and friends from Eunice, Lafayette and surrounding areas who traveled to New Orleans to support the bridal couple.

Wedding Trip

Following their wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple has made New Orleans their home.

A 2000 graduate of St. Edmund High School, Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. In 2007, she received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law and is employed with the firm of Liskow and Lewis in New Orleans.

The groom is a 2000 graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. In 2004, Colin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from LSU, Baton Rouge where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law and is employed with the firm of Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans.

Rehearsal Dinner

On Thursday night, April 3, Mr. and Mrs. David Cambre, parents of the groom, hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Plimsoll Club at the Top of the Mart, World Trade Center in downtown New Orleans.

A bridemaids’ luncheon was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Spa on Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m. and was hosted by the bride and her mother. Guests enjoyed mimosas and a light luncheon and a special spa treatment.

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