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Story Archives: Craton-McKay wedding
Margaret Leigh Craton and Hunter Kevin McKay were united in marriage at Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom in Iota, Saturday, October 24, 2009, at three o'clock in the afternoon. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Glen Howie and the Rev. Rick Aultman.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. John F. Craton of Crowley. She is the granddaughter of Vivian Thibodeaux of Church Point and the late Mr. Sweeney Thibodeaux, and the late Mr. and Mrs. James M. Craton.
The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McKay of Mangham. His grandparents are Edith Greer of Rayville and the late Mr. Claude Greer, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan B. McKay of Mangham.
Musical selections for the ceremony were performed by Lauren Baker, violinist, Will Green, trumpeter and Paul Baker, pianist. Godfather of the bride, Larry Roberts, provided the scripture reading.
The beautiful outdoor courtyard of Point-Aux-Loups provided the setting for the ceremony. It was enhanced by the addition of fall colors in various plants and two large arrangements on each side of a wrought iron gazebo. Down the aisle, arrangements of Hypericum berries and greenery alternately adorned the chairs.
Entering through the courtyard, the bride, who was escorted by her father, wore a Casablanca gown of light ivory French silk taffeta. The bodice and waistline were accented with ruching and adorned with small rows of crystal beads that were delicately scattered to give a shimmering effect. The back of the dress was accented with satin covered buttons, which lined the center of the gown to the end of the train. The bride wore a fly away veil of tulle, and to complete her attire, a sterling and crystal necklace, bracelet and crystal earrings. Maggie carried a hand-tied bouquet of chocolate and orange roses and rust calla lilies highlighted by Hypericum berries.
Linda Craton, mother of the bride attended as matron of honor; bridesmaids were Allison C. Goodson, Beth C. Kirsch and Colleen C. Cox, sisters of the bride; and Sarah Stelly and Philana T. Melder. The bridal attendants wore various styles of fern green chiffon dresses accented with bronze accessories. Each carried a smaller version of the bride's bouquet.
Kevin McKay, father of the groom, served as best man; groomsmen were Jared McKay and Joel McKay, brothers of the groom; Brian Cox, brother-in-law of the bride; and Josh Dilmore and Ben Womack.
Guests were ushered to their seats by Nathan McKay, brother of the groom, and Jeremy Craton and Christopher Craton, brothers of the bride.
Serving as flower girl was Riley Craton, godchild of the bride. She wore an ivory tea length gown. The satin bodice was complimented by a full skirt of organdy. To complete her ensemble was a small tiara, and she carried a flower ball of orange and chocolate roses. She was escorted by Michael Goodson, godchild of the bride, who served as ring bearer.
Following the ceremony the newlyweds greeted guests in the Springs Ballroom. The entrance included an arrangement of fall colored roses and calla lilies, which accented the guest book, favors and portrait of the bride. The beauty of this historic building was accentuated by olive green tablecloths with center pieces of fresh greenery, brown and green Hypericum berries and small votive candles.
The bride's cake was a five-square tier confection in ivory and filled with Amaretto custard. Three of the tiers were decorated with fleur-de-lis designs, and two alternating tiers had a quilting design with pearl accents. Topping the cake was a pewter initial "M." Servicing the bride's cake was Diana Gibson, aunt of the bride.
The groom's table depicted one of his favorite pastimes--hunting. The red velvet confection was in the shape of a deer, and the table was adorned with memorabilia of this sport.
Upon their return from a honeymoon to Hawaii, the couple will make their home in Lafayette.
A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom's parents, was held the evening of Friday, October 23, 2009, also at the Springs Ballroom.