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Nichols, Avegno exchange vows
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Caroline Alisee Nichols and Charles Philippe Avegno were married at 7:30 pm, July 6, 2007 in Hot Springs, AR’s Garvan Woodland

Gardens’ beautiful Anthony’s Glass Chapel., The bride is the daughter of Ted Nichols, Jr. and Cindy Bennett Nichols of Hot Springs Village, AR. The bride’s grandparents, all now deceased, were John Coy Bennett and Sue Rhodes Bennett, former residents of Spearsville, LA., and Ted Nichols Sr. and Rosa Hundley Nichols of Star City, AR. The groom is the son of Carol Wright Avegno, of Metairie, LA. and the late Albert K. Avegno. His grandparents are Amelia Job Wright of Metairie, and the late Carlton Wright as well as Victor P. and Mary Stallings Avegno, both now deceased, formerly of New Orleans. Dr. John Miles officiated at the ceremony. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an exquisite silk satin diamond white Vera Wang designer wedding gown. Her sleeveless scooped necked gown was enhanced by a fitted bodice, sprinkled delicately with sworvski crystals. The gown’s a-line skirt was graced with inverted pleats, folding out into an embroidery design with two rows of the sworvski crystal down the entire length of the pleats in both the front and back, with an additional larger pleat in the back complimenting the gown’s chapel train with these same adornments, only on a larger scale. Her veil was a two tier cathedral length rolled edge tulle design made from a diamond white shimmer fabric. A close personal friend of the family, Brenda Patterson Futch, made the bride a shorter, fingertip veil of the same fabric for the reception. She also made the ring bearer pillow from ivory Irish linen, with the blue embroidered wording “With These Rings, I Thee Wed, along with two wedding bands embroidered in silver platinum thread. She also stitched Caroline’s full name and wedding date on the bottom of her wedding gown petticoat. Brenda is the sister of the bride’s mother, Cindy’s, lifelong best friend, Sally Patterson Hearn. The bride carried a rounded style, hand tied bouquet of fresh yellow pastel, darker yellow, and ivory roses accented with blue delphinium and camellia leaves. Here hair was worn in an up do style, accented by a gorgeous sworvski crystal tiara, with a matching five teardrop necklace and single teardrop earrings. Her most treasured piece of jewelry was an antique cameo, being worn on a silver bracelet. This cameo was passed down from a great, great, great grandmother, and has been worn with pride by many brides’s in her mother’s family. Elizabeth Mehlhouse Reed served as her matron of honor, and her sister, Candace Nichols was her maid of honor. Savanah Roberts and Brooklyn Teer were flower girls. The groom’s best man was Kurt Muller, and his brother, Paul Avegno served as groomsman. Wayne Deason, Cody Bennett, and Brett Pailet were ushers. The ring bearer was Bhrett Farrar. A reception followed the ceremony in the Magnolia Room, and on the Promanade in beautiful Garvan Gardens. Following the reception, the couple left in a white limo, spending a couple of days in Hot Springs. The bride’s parents hosted a brunch in their home the next morning in honor of the newlyweds, with many of the out of town wedding guests attending. The couple plan to take an extended honeymoon to to Avegno, Italy this fall. They will be at home in Metairie, LA.