Tyler Elizabeth Andrus and William Robert Wied exchanged wedding vows on Friday, April 17, 2015 during an evening Nuptial Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette. Father Howard J. Blessing served as celebrant.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Whitcomb Andrus of Lafayette. Her mother is the former Michelle Jane Broadhurst of Lafayette, Louisiana. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Edward Wied of Pearland, Texas. His mother is the former Noel Teresita Blakely of New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. William Charles Broadhurst and the late Mary Jane Gates Romero and Mr. Dwight Wilbur Andrus, junior and the late Nedra Ferne Reed Andrus are the grandparents of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Noel Quentin Blakely and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fred Wied are the grandparents of the groom.
In the vestibule of the Cathedral, Laura Laine Ahrens and Mary Drew Ahrens, cousins of the bride, greeted guests with programs. Matthew John Laborde and Andreau Philip Trepagnier, close friends of the groom, served as ushers.
Accompanied by Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 1" as a prelude, the bride's mother was escorted by her uncle, Stanley Osterland Gates, while the groom escorted his mother to their respective family pews.
The procession of the wedding party began with "Passacaile" by Handel and "Romanza" by Mozart as bridesmaids Whitney Kathryn Andrus Ashy, Layne Whitcomb Andrus, Heidi Ingrid Wied Bunyan, Heather Kristin Wied, sisters of the bride and groom, and Kaci Nicole Misita and Kelly Lynn Carbo, close friends of the bride, entered the Cathedral. They joined groomsmen Steven Mitchell Ashy, junior, brother-in-law of the bride, and Christopher Blake Hagen, Blake Allen Hampton, Michael Roy Ashy, Edward Donovan Gutierrez and Sean Nicholas Vannoy, friends of the groom. Taylor Beaullieu Sadler, friend of the groom, served as Best Man. Avery Elise Andrus, sister of the bride, served as Maid of Honor and followed in procession. Flower girls were Grace Kathryn Ashy, Olivia Louise Babin, Elizabeth Kay Braniff and Meryl Elizabeth Jones. Ring bearer was Steven Mitchell Ashy III.
The bridal attendants wore floor length dresses in mist gray, made of the finest, lightest tulle, customized in wear by each attendant. They carried satin ribbon tied bouquets of pink ranunculus, garden roses and anemones. The flower girls wore ivory organza tea length dresses with blush pink sashes. They held wedding pomanders made of pink flowers tied with satin ribbon and suspended by a strand of pearls. The ring bearer wore a cream linen short set and carried a petit point pillow handworked by his maternal grandmother.
The gentlemen of the wedding party wore black peak-lapelled tailcoats with matching formal trousers and boutonnieres of stephanotis.
"Fireworks Overture" by Handel heralded the bride's entrance on the arm of her father. The bride wore a custom gown of her own design. The sleeveless, high-necked bodice featured an illusion yoke of fine tulle above a sweetheart silhouette detailed with Alencon lace and was fastened in back by a row of small silk-covered buttons. From the natural waist, accented with a crystal embellished satin belt, fell a full skirt composed of multiple tissue-thin layers of tulle and silk organza of various lengths. She wore her Andrus great-grandmother's aquamarine and diamond ring as her something blue. A cathedral length veil completed her look. In her shoe was an antique sixpence, a gift from her maternal grandmother. She carried a bouquet of tightly arranged peonies in various shades of pink and white secured with satin ribbon. Entwined in the flowers was a strand of pearls, a gift from her paternal grandmother.
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