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McPherson, Chapman wed June 12
(12-09-2010)
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Chelsea Renae Chapman and Brantley Chase McPherson exchanged marriage vows on June 12, 2010.

Brother Donald Reeves officiated the ceremony. Parents of the bride are Jay and Sandi Thurston of Linville, LA and the late Jimmy Ray “Bo” Chapman of Rocky Branch, LA. Parents of the groom are Tyron and Mari McPherson of Dean, LA. Grandparents of the bride are Bob and Pearl Chapman, Rocky Branch; Katherine Marchant and the late Lloyd Marchant, Farmerville, LA; Rosemary Thurston and the late James “Snapper” Thurston, West Monroe, LA. Grandparents of the groom are Robert and Jeanette Wilson and the late “DJ” Brantley of Dean, the late James Donald McPherson of Oak Grove and the late Darlene Jones of Farmerville.

Nuptial music performed by Charles DiGiulian, violinist and presiding at guest registry was Alissa Marchant, Farmerville, cousin of the bride with Alan Futch serving as coordinator of the event. The couple exchanged wedding vows in a double ring evening ceremony at the home of the bride’s parents in Linville. The altar setting for the outdoor ceremony was created with twin spiral iron pieces topped with massive arrangements of blush pink gladiolus, cascading bear grass and magnolia leaf accents; with blue skies reflecting in the pond for the backdrop.

The bride was given in marriage by Jay and Sandi Thurston, her parents. Chelsea wore a gown of flowing ivory Gossamer chiffon with a majestically beaded motif embellishing the oyster banded empire bodice. The Maggie Sottero design was completed with an intricately beaded halter strap that glistened beneath her scalloped veil, delicately edged with silver threading and seed pearls. She carried a bouquet of three hand-tied stems of Esperance roses.

Kristin Chapman Harris of Rocky Branch served as Matron of Honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Hollie King, Linville; Erin Brauswell Phillips, West Monroe; Stephanie Duty, Sterlington, LA. all wearing strapless tea-length dresses of chiffon over satin in latte’ by Mori Lee. Junior bridesmaid, Kamryn Rose Liggin, niece of the bride of West Monroe wore a dress of ivory chiffon over satin, complimenting the bride’s dress. Each of the girls carried a single Esperance rose tied with a raffia bow. Flower girl, Scout Brantley Hough, Sterlington wore a dress in ivory satin and carried a natural willow basket filled with blush pink rose petals.

Matt McPherson of Dean served as best man. Serving as groomsmen were Casey Towns and Clay Rhodes both of Marion. Ring bearer was Miles Henry McPherson, nephew of the groom with the groomsmen and best man serving as ushers.

Following the ceremony a reception was held on the front lawn of the bride’s parents home. The bride’s table was clothed in ivory and scattered rose petals. The ivory four-tiered wedding cake sat atop an etched silver base with two layers encircled with shimmering ribbons; each beautifully fastened with silver rhinestone broaches borrowed from the bride and groom’s mother.

The groom’s table was topped with natural burlap surrounding a weathered tree trunk that served as a base for the two-tiered chocolate confection. The cake reflected the groom’s duck hunting interest with mallard drake decoys and a huge plume of pheasant tail feathers rising from the top. Guest tables were covered in ivory cloth with swatches of natural burlap held in place by mason jar vases with stems of alstroemeria in greens and pinks, simply accented with curly willow, bear grass and hedge.

Marlene Marchant, aunt of the bride, Farmerville and Cindy Brantley, cousin of the bride, Linville served the wedding cake. Samantha Berry and Brienne Pruitt, cousins of the groom, both of Sterlington assisted with the groom’s cake.

Guests enjoyed food provided by Etc. Catering, Bastrop, LA. Both cakes were delicious creations by Holland Long, Hollywood Sweets. Hannah Fife captured each special moment with photography. The bride is a graduate of Marion High School and Louisiana Tech University. She is currently employed with St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe. The groom is a graduate of Linville High School and University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is currently employed with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii and will reside in Linville, Louisiana.