Steen and Songné tie the knot

Amanda Sidney Cecile Steen and Jade Patrick Songné were united in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Friday, December 2, 2011, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church.  The 7:00 p.m. ceremony was celebrated by Father Chester Arceneaux, Deacon Randy Hyde, Father Scott DesOrmeaux, Father Kennith Mayne, and Father William Blanda. 

  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Steen III, of Abbeville.  Her mother is the former Debora Barron.  Her maternal grandparents are Mr. Charles Thomas and the late Bonnie Barron, of Lafayette.  Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Steen, of Abbeville. 

  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joey Songné, of Abbeville.  His mother is the former Ginger Touchet.  His maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Touchet, of Abbeville.  His paternal grandparents are the late Mr. Jules and Mrs. Carolyn Songné, of Abbeville.

Escorted by her father, Charley Steen, the bride wore a beautiful ivory gown of organza ribboned lace that fell from the one shoulder strap and draped across to the back along the pleated asymmetrical cut bodice. The full circular cut skirt and semi-cathedral train flowed with the ribbon patterned lace and sparkled with an under layer of sequined tulle.  She wore a one tier veil with pearls and sequins around the edge with a hair piece that was made out of pearls and crystals which matched the bead work on the wedding gown.  Sidney’s bouquet included a mixture of white anemones, lime green orchids, and white garden roses and was wrapped with a white satin ribbon.  The bride’s maternal grandmother’s rosary as well as a handkerchief belonging to the groom’s maternal grandmother were intertwined in the bouquet.

  Awaiting his bride, the groom wore a black tuxedo with a white shirt that featured a black cummerbund and a black bow tie.  His boutonniere consisted of white anemones and lime green orchids.

  Standing as attendants for the bride were her closest family and friends.   Serving as maid of honor was the bride’s friend through college, Brittany Hyde, of Lafayette.  Other attendants included lifelong friend of the bride, Lauren Alleman, of Chicago, Illinois, cousin of the bride, Lauren Toups Carhart of Lafayette and Danielle Toups Olivier of Houston, Texas.  Friend of the bride, Torri Choate of Forked Island, also served as a bridesmaid.  The bride’s attendants wore gorgeous long black one shoulder chiffon dresses.  The one shoulder strap had flower accents with a bodice that had asymmetrical neckline and ruching.  The long chiffon skirt gave the dress a romantic look.  They carried bouquets of lime green hydrangeas. 

  Serving as best man was lifelong friend of the groom, David Crain, of Abbeville.  Serving as groomsmen were Karl Songné, brother of the groom, of Abbeville.  Cousin and godfather of the groom, Paul Barras, of Round Rock, Texas, cousin of the groom, Cory Songné of Kaplan, and Chase Steen, brother of the bride, of Abbeville.  The attendants wore black tuxedos with white shirts that featured a black cummerbund and a black bow tie.  Their boutonnieres were made of lime green hydrangeas. 

  The flower girl was Julie LeBlanc, godchild of the groom.  She wore a white chiffon dress that featured a black sash with a flower attached and carried a kissing ball of lime green hydrangeas.  The ring bearer was Julian Roane, godchild of the bride.  He wore a matching tuxedo to the groom and groomsmen.  Honorary ring bearers were Quint Roane, godchild of the bride and Jude Barras, godchild of the groom.

  Mother of the bride, Debi Steen, wore an elegant charcoal grey one shoulder charmeuse A-line dress with a detachable shoulder cascade.  It included a side wrap bodice with a jeweled detail that led to a front cascade with pearls, rhinestones, beads and sequins.

Mother of the groom, Ginger Songné, wore a beautiful pewter taffeta cuffed three-quarter sleeve top with puffed ruffle detailed shawl collar and side rhinestone brooch closure at the waist.  She also wore a long black chiffon faux-wrap tiered skirt with ruffled trailing hem.

  Readers for the ceremony included Mary K Guidry, friend of the bride and groom, Kristin Barras, cousin of the groom, and Dodi Groves, aunt of the bride.  The readings were picked by Sidney and Jade.

  The beautiful music for the ceremony included two trumpets, French horn, tuba, timpani, organ, and included an eight person choir. 

  Gift bearers for the ceremony were Rebecca LeBlanc, godmother of the groom, Dana Fuller, godmother of the bride, and Theresa Barras, cousin of the groom.

  Ushers for the wedding were Nicholas Boettner, cousin of the bride, Ian Trahan, cousin of the bride, Beau Barras, cousin of the groom, Cody Barras, cousin of the groom and Ben Guidry, friend of the bride.  Serving as an honorary usher was Corey Melebeck, friend of the bride, and Jason Boettner, cousin of the bride.

  Altar servers for the ceremony were Aaron Melebeck, friend of the bride, Grant Thomas, friend of the bride and groom, and Freddie Barras, cousin of the groom.

  The couple celebrated their wedding in memory of loved ones who have passed on before them.  The wedding was in memory of Bonnie Barron, maternal grandmother of the bride, Quint Roane, godchild and cousin of the bride, Jason Boettner, cousin of the bride, Roberta Touchet, maternal grandmother of the groom, Paul Touchet, maternal grandfather of the groom, Jules Songné, paternal grandfather of the groom, and Katherine Duhon, friend of the bride and cousin of the groom.  A special vase was a gift to the couple from the maid of honor that was used during the ceremony to hold a special flower arrangement for the deceased family members.  The vase had the signatures of the grandparents engraved in the glass.  The vase was placed on the altar and brought to the reception to keep their memories and presence alive during the entire ceremony and reception.

  A reception was held at Magdalen Place following the ceremony.  The reception had a black and white damask theme with accents of lime green that were represented through the flower arrangements and lighting.  The ceiling was draped in white fabric and the damask table cloths were hand-made by Katrinka Trahan, friend of the bride.  Cheri Roane, cousin of the bride, helped with the design and decorating for the reception.  The centerpieces on the tables consisted of white garden roses, snap dragons, lime green gladiolas, white lilies, lime green bells of Ireland and lime green hydrangeas.  Light up balls were put in each glass vase to provide romantic light on each table.  The couple’s first dance was played by brother of the bride, Chase Steen, and brother of the groom, Karl Songné.  The song was “Nothing Fancy” by Dave Barnes.  Jade and Sidney ended the night with a confetti shower of black, white, and lime green streamers before leaving in a 1976 El Dorado Cadillac. 

The couple will honeymoon in Lake Tahoe and reside in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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