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Graham, Avinger exchange vows

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Lindsay Ann Graham, of Ruston, and Patrick Spencer Avinger, of Ovilla, Texas, recently exchanged wedding vows. The couple was married in a 6 p.m. ceremony March 3 at Temple Baptist Church.

Lindsay is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Graham, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Alford, of Sibley, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Graham, of Ruston, the late Mr. Thomas Stephens.

She is the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Lorene Runyon, of Sedan, Kansas.
Patrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Denise Avinger, of Ovilla, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Toussaint, of Marshall, Texas, Mrs. Peggy Spencer Avinger of Shreveport and the late O.P. Avinger.

The bride, giving in marriage by her parents, wore a beautiful La Sposa by Pronovias of Barcelona, Spain. The gown was a lace mermaid silhouette with a beaded tulled halter and a ruched morbido tulle sweetheart bodice falling into a full Morbido tulle overlay ending in a scalloped 9’’ re-embroided lace hem and train.

Serving as maid of honor was Victoria Noel Rome, of Shreveport. Megan Hines Gaines, of Edmond, Okla., served as matron of honor. Katie Hester, of San Diego, Calif., Rebecca Tilley, of San Diego, Calif., Emily Brister, of Bossier City, Briley Cotton, of Bossier City, Lindsay Latiolais, of Youngstown, Molly Lebrun, of Shreveport, Jessica McDonald, of Nashville, Tenn., Kristen Michael, of Haughton, Erin Negron, of Shreveport, and Erin Rogers, of Houston, Texas, all served as bridesmaids. Erin Phillips, of West Monroe, Casey Preaus, of Rogers, Ark., Rebecca Ryan, of Ruston, Marisol Yumet, of Ruston, Katherine Avinger, of Ovilla, Texas, Natalie Berlin, of Shreveport, Summer James, of Shreveport, and Catherine Jones, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. served as honorary bridesmaids.

Serving Patrick as best man was Kyle Alvin Cunningham, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Matthew Graham, of Ruston, Randolph Graham, of Ruston, William Graham, of Ruston, Patrick Frazier, of Shreveport, Gregory Hardin, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Kyle Kersten, of Arlington, Texas, Chris Korbelic, of Arlington, Texas, Larry Shappley, of West Monroe, Aaron Schutz, of Fort Worth, Texas, Brett Thompson, of Marshall, Texas, and Jonathan Wilson, of Bossier City, all served as groomsmen.

Ushers for the ceremony were Scott Hines, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Christopher Tilley, of Gulf Shores, Ala., Nick Rome, of Shreveport, and Crandell Cummings, of Keithville.
Murphy Preaus, of Rogers, Ark., served as flower girl.

Jackson Hester, of San Diego, Calif., served as ring bearer.

Guest book attendants were Emaleigh Van Bickham, of Ruston, Caroline Tilley, of Gulf Shores, Ala., Christina Cummings, of Keithville, and Sophia Rome, of Shreveport.

Music for the ceremony was provided by Louisiana Spice.

Kevin Beasley was photographer for the ceremony.

A reception was held after the wedding ceremony at Squire Creek Country Club.
Prior to the wedding a rehearsal dinner was held at the Historic Fire Station on March 2 and was hosted by the groom’s parents.

Leading up to the wedding festivities, the couple was honored with a few showers.
On Jan. 20, an engagement celebration was held at the Norton Building, and was hosted by Marty and Carey Alsup, Melinda and Keith Brasuell, Anita and Phillip Carroll, Tammy and Scott Coates, Becky and Danny Crawford, Susan and Jay Guillot, Anne and Jim Hough, Melanie and Jedd Lewis, Kim and Paul McCormack, Tisdale and Kyle McDonald, Nancy and Bill McIntyre, Ann Marie and Drake Mills, Lynne and Dan O’Neal, Sherri and Jim Pearce, Julie and Steve Rogers, Jane and Danny Tatum and Rita and Scott Thompson.

On Feb. 11, a Fajitas and Margaritas shower was held at Ellen and Matt Massey’s home in Ruston. It was hosted by Ellen and Matt Massey, Renee and Todd Davison, Kate and Sonny Dykes, Annie and Peter Richardson, Katie and Cullen Clark, Kate and Petey Perot, and Carolyn and Joe Raymond Peace.

On Jan. 28, a bridal shower was held at the home of Ann Marie and Drake Mills. It was hosted by Jan Albritton, Faith Arrant, Lisa Barr, Sheryl Durrett, Joan Marie Edinger, Pam Garbarino, Pam Jones, Becky Langston, Angel May, Ann Marie Mills, Mary Jane Rogers, Kathy Shealy, Stephanie Sisemore, Edna Smith, Mariam Stone, Ginger Walpole and Pam Walpole.

On Feb. 18, a Stock the Bar shower and dinner was hosted by Adelle and Richard Toussaint in Dallas, Texas.

On March 3, a bridal breakfast was held at the home of Anna Stephens in Ruston. It was hosted by Marilyn Alford, Susan Hines, Lorene Runyon, Anna Stephens, Phyllis Simmons and Nancy Tilley.

On Jan. 13-15, a bachelorette weekend was held in New Orleans. It was hosted by the bridesmaids.

After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and upon returning now reside in Ruston.

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