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Lyons, Marsden marry in Baton Rouge

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Mary Glenn Lyons and Thomas Edward Marsden were married in a 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 ceremony at University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. The wedding was officiated by the Reverend Fred Wideman.

Mary Glenn is the daughter of Pat and Beth Lyons of Baton Rouge, formerly of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Lyons, Sr. who resided in Missouri City, TX and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Donovan Burkhalter who resided in Ruston.

Thomas is the son of Mark and Gina Marsden of Franklin, Tennessee. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Riley Marsden of Franklin, TN and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Luke LeJeune of Belle Chase, LA.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a simple mermaid gown of silk mikado. The bodice had a bateau neckline at the front and a V-back. A full chapel-length train descended from the waist and was accented by a decorative bow. The bride’s cathedral veil was trimmed in a gently scalloped floral French lace. Her bridal bouquet was cascading with smilax, Italian ruscus, gardenia and lemon leaf. It was filled with ivory floribunda roses, ivory and white garden roses, freesia, hypericum berries and eucalyptus berries. The bouquet was finished with a silver cross of her grandmother’s and a hand-embroidered handkerchief crafted for the bride by an “adopted” grandmother, Betty Doucet, of Iota.

Anna Elizabeth Lyons Hitt of Baton Rouge, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Caroline Kleinpeter Moore of Cincinnati, OH, Caroline Elise Kolins of Auburn, Washington, Caroline Danielle Oakley of Ruston, and Ashley Renee Davison of Dallas, TX. The bridesmaids wore floor-length ivory crepe dresses in varying styles. Their bouquets were smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.

Flower girls were Kate Marie Lyons and Claire Michelle Lyons of Prairieville and Elizabeth Burkhalter Hitt of Baton Rouge, all nieces of the bride.

Stella Rae Hudnall of Shreveport was also a flower girl. Luke Patrick Lyons of Prairieville served as ring bearer. Jonathan Patrick Lyons of Prairieville, brother of the bride, provided the scripture readings.

James Cooper Gordon of Nashville, TN served as best man. Groomsmen were Stephen Smithson Ladd of Thompson’s Station, TN, Tyler David Leiva of Shreveport, Cullen Luke LeJeune of Nashville, TN, and Logan Parker LeJeune of Marrero, LA. Stephen, Cullen, and Logan are all cousins of the groom.

Candles were lit in memory of the bride’s grandparents by Kristen Ashley Lyons of Dallas, TX and Bethany Jones McCullough of Baton Rouge, both cousins of the bride. The bride’s proxy was another cousin, Sydney Ann Foglesong of Katy, TX. The Michael Brewton family of Ruston served as greeters. Music was provided by Louis Wendt, organ and piano, Craig Heinzen, trumpet, and Johnny Balance, tenor.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the old LSU Faculty Club. The beautiful and historic building was filled with flowers and candlelight. The cool January night was perfect for a low fire in the club’s fireplace.

Guests gathered to piano music with Louis Wendt, followed by a night of dancing with the band “Souled Out” of Lafayette. Carren Craft, florist and friend of the bride’s family traveled from The Woodlands, TX to provide all floral décor for both wedding and reception.

Special thanks go to Duddy Garrett, Sally Graham, Becky Langston, Holly LeBlanc, Kathy and Billy Warren, and Pam Weir for all their help in making both venues beautiful.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a dinner on the Patio at Mike Anderson’s restaurant. The event was full of conversation, laughter and memories shared by many friends and family members. Guests could select from a variety of wonderful Louisiana dishes, and “A Taste of Tennessee” favors were given out at the end of the evening. A dear friend of the groom’s family, Barby Magness, created a slideshow of photos of the bride and groom that will be treasured for years to come.

The bride and groom were honored with many celebratory events leading up to the wedding. A White Night engagement party was held June 3, 2017 at the home of Matt and Ellie Hudnall in Shreveport. Hosts were the Hudnalls, Renee and Todd Davison, Sally and Randy Graham, Deborah and Ben Kincannon, Holly and Richie LeBlanc, Nikki and Will Madden, Tisdale and Kyle McDonald, and Kathy and Billy Warren. A bridal shower was held in Ruston at the T. L. James “Big House”on October 28, 2017. Hosts were Cathy Brewton, Duddy Garrett, Carole Harris, Larkin Norton, Carol Plamondon, and Pam Weir. A couples shower was held on September 1, 2017 in Franklin, TN at the home of Tom and Cindy Schiller.

Hosts were the Schillers and Steve and Marcy Ladd. A Christmas ornament shower was held at the Rosedoor Studio in Baton Rouge on December 14, 2017. Hosts were Anna Hitt, Meg Jones, and Beth Lyons. On the day of the wedding, a Bridesmaid’s Brunch was held at the bride’s home in Baton Rouge. Hosts were Lynn Foglesong, Debbie Liggett, Georgia Lyons, Julie Lyons, and Ann McIntyre, aunts of the bride. On the morning following the wedding, a brunch was held at the home of Meg and Ben Jones in Baton Rouge. Assisting the Jonses were Deborah and Ben Kincannon.

Following a honeymoon trip to Antigua, the couple will reside in Shreveport until the groom’s graduation from the LSU Health Sciences Center in May.

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