The timing was perfect; both our families would be present at the graduation. My husband, Gerald, graduated from the United States Army AIT School in mid-March. We canceled our original plans of having our dream wedding in Arizona and opted for an intimate setting in South Louisiana.
Wedding preparations were underway the minute we received confirmation regarding Gerald’s leave-time that followed graduation. With only a few days to find a dress and a location, our family came together in a grand way to help organize our wedding. And in four days the entire wedding was planned.
Above all, we’d hoped to be able to fly to Germany, where he will be stationed, together as husband and wife. As luck would have it, I had to patiently wait 3 months after our wedding until we were able to unite. I’ll vouch; time away does make the heart grow fonder.
Bride’s Full Name: Sara Ann Groom’s Full Name: Gerald Dwayne Hagan II Wedding Date: March 21, 2011 Ceremony Site: New Life Christian Center (In New Iberia) Photographer/Studio: Travis Gauthier / Zoom Photo Studio Bridal Gown Retailer: Weddings & Proms Hair and Makeup: Groom’s sister, Ashley Hagan Groom’s Attire: U.S. Army Class A’s (the dress uniform) Flowers: DeDe’s Florist Reception Site: New Life Christian Center Cake: Ursula LeJeune (Bride’s aunt) Caterer: Had people from both families bring food Wedding Rentals: Party Plus Bridal’s Wedding Planner: Groom’s Sister, Brittany Hagan & Bride’s Mom, Tabetha Delahoussaye Wedding Designer: Family friends Laura Derouen and Wilma Wiltz
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.