Langton & Pollard.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joseph Langton of Hattiesburg. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Norma Mathews and the late Mr. Raymond P. Mathews of Hattiesburg and Mrs. Doris Langton and the late Mr. George Edward Langton of Long Beach.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Pollard of Omaha, Nebraska. He is the grandson of Mrs. Angela Kassmeier and the late Mr. Anton Kassmeier and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pollard of Omaha, Nebraska.
Wedding guests entered and were seated to a celestial musical prelude arranged by Dr. Jay Dean, director of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony. The prelude and nuptial music were performed by the University of Southern Mississippi's Trumpet Ensemble, with director Dr. Jason Bergman performing as trumpet soloist; the University of Southern Mississippi's "Southern Arts String Quartet," organist Michelle Starnes; Cantor Seth Board; and soprano soloist Dr. Maryann Kyle.
Special transportation was provided for the wedding entourage from the Royal Sonesta Hotel to Saint Louis Cathedral. In grand fashion, a chauffeured white vintage Rolls Royce conveyed the bride and her father for the commencement of the ceremony.
Stunning jewel-toned flower arrangements magnificently adorned the cathedral, and the warmth of glowing candle lanterns, beautifully appointed with greenery and flowers, magnified the beauty of historic Saint Louis Cathedral.
Trumpets sounded as the massive cathedral doors were opened by the tutelars. Escorted by her father, the bride first appeared wearing a designer gown by La77aro Perez that featured ivory vintage Victorian lace, a sweetheart neckline, and a fitted torso. Tiered pleated bias bands appliqued with French Alencon lace flowed into the chapel-length train. A lace jacket worn by the bride was cinched with a wide ecru satin ribbon sash and appointed with a crystal and pearl brooch. A headpiece of pearls and crystals adorned the cathedral-length double veil worn by the bride as she carried a bouquet of antique ivory roses, white and purple Freesias, mini calla lilies, and orchids. The hand-tied bouquet featured pearl and crystal accents and was appointed with her grandmother's antique crystal brooch.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was Ashley Jeffries Papelbon. Bridesmaids were Lauren Banks Miller, Reagan Johnson Hrom, Suzanne Groth-Harmon, Julie Hopkins McBrearty, Martha "McKamy" Tiner, Dr. Adean Audace Kingston, and Michael-Anne Pettiette. They wore deep jewel-toned garnet floor-length gowns of shantung silk, and each carried a bouquet of jewel-toned flowers, including deep purple orchids, roses, mini calla lilies, Freesias, and green berries.
Attending the groom as best man was the groom's brother, Brent Thomas Pollard. Groomsmen were Fredrick Christopher Klein, Aaron Bradley Seager, Kevin Anthony Ahern, Jason Lee Tierney, Ryan Thomas Mecredy, Cody Allan Wickham, Dr. John Stewart Hrom (Bo) Ill, and Lance Edward Langton.
Laura Kate Hrom and Parker Alice Papelbon served as flowers girls, each wearing a flowered halo with mini ivory roses, orchids, and berries. Their ivory dupioni silk dresses were accented with a darker ivory sash and a rose. The ring bearer was John Stewart Hrom IV. These were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Papelbon and Dr. and Mrs. John Stewart "Bo" Hrom III.
The rites of marriage were officiated by Rev. Brother Louis M. Couvillon, S.C Mrs. Jennifer De La Serna, Mr. Ryan Ahern, and Brother Lee Barker, S.C, gave readings during the service. Mrs. Toni Munoz-Hunt and Mrs. Frankye Banks served as program attendants.
The parents of the bride hosted a reception following the ceremony at the Royal Sonesta's Grand Ballroom. Guests enjoyed a champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception while awaiting the bride and groom's arrival. The Grand Ballroom decor was truly breathtaking and magical, with jewel-toned flowers, hanging crystals, beautiful food station displays, flickering candles in mercury glass, and floating flowers throughout The room sparkled as the newlyweds were announced, entering the ballroom for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Pollard to the song "Love" by Frank Sinatra, played by The MoJeaux Band of New Orleans. Traditional dances followed with the father and mother and the wedding party.
The Royal Sonesta's Executive Pastry Chef, Solandi Exantus, designed the six-layer wedding cake consisting of alternating flavors of almond, lemon, raspberry, and chocolate, using two tones of ivory fondant and covered with a sparkling glaze to resemble the lace and tiers of the bride's wedding gown.
The groom's favorite dessert being Bananas Foster resulted in a special presentation for guests. Executive Chef Peter Page led six Royal Sonesta Executive Chefs into the ballroom with carts, circling the dance floor to create a spectacular show, preparing flaming Bananas Foster for all the guests. The groom and the guests were dazzled and delighted.
After an evening of New Orleans dining and toasting the garter toss, bouquet toss, and dancing it was time for the bride to change into her designer Sue Wong dress to finish up the night and form a New Orleans-style second line with MoJeaux and the Algiers Second Line Band, The Algiers Second line Band entered the ballroom playing music, along with MoJeaLix, handing guests decorated umbrellas and personalized hankies, After several rounds within the Sonesta Ballroom, the guests were led out of the Royal Sonesta and down Bourbon Street behind motorcycle police escorts. Everyone joined in, and it was an unbelievable New Orleans experience for all the guests who shared in this special evening San Francisco-based wedding photographers Ben and Erin Chrisman captured every moment of the wonderful wedding weekend.
After an evening of celebration, the happy couple departed in a white horse-drawn New Orleans-style carriage under a shower of rose petals, while guests wished them well. Alter their departure, guests were invited to the Bourbon Street Balcony Hospitality Suite and continued to celebrate.
Friday night, after the wedding rehearsal, the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John Pollard, hosted a cocktail reception and rehearsal dinner at Muriel's restaurant in the French Quarter. The wedding party entered through a candlelit historic French Quarter private entrance to a baroque French Quarter parlor reception area for cocktails. After cocktails, guests were led into an eighteenth-centuly private dining room where a jazz trio played as everyone enjoyed New Orleans gourmet cuisine. Many close friends and family gave toasts to the bride and groom, bringing laughs, as well as tears, to this evening of celebration. The bride and groom received a Papal Blessing from the Vatican in Rome, signed by Pope Benedict XVI and presented to them by Brother Lee Barker of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart on the eve of their wedding. After the rehearsal dinner, the evening celebrations continued as the wedding party met with other arriving guests in the Bourbon Street Balcony Hospitality Suite to mark this wonderful occasion.
The couple resides in Dallas, Texas. The bride is an assistant vice president of underwriting for Texas Capital Bank, and the groom is a vice president in public finance with BBVA Compass.
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