December 29, 2013
Chelsey Nicole Mattia and Dr. Richard Jeptha Lancaster were united in marriage on June 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans, LA. Officiating at the ceremony was Dr. Keith Burnett of Scottsboro, AL. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Teresa Kay Mattia of Scottsboro, AL and Mr. Frank Sebastian Mattia of Chattanooga, TN. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Donald Lee Myers and the late Mr. Donald Lee Myers of Scottsboro, AL and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Angelo Mattia of New York City, NY. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, Mr. Frank Sebastian Mattia, the bride wore a strapless Chantilly lace trumpet Augusta Jones Couture gown. Her fitted bodice was complemented by a basque waistline and chapel-length train and featured a scalloped lace sweetheart neckline and hemline. The bride wore an Olia Zavozina hand beaded Swarovski Crystal belt tied at her waist. The bride chose a cathedral-length illusion veil and carried a hand-tied bouquet of hydrangeas, Cymbidium orchids, and garden roses wrapped in antique Chantilly lace. Attending the bride as Maid of Honor was Rebecca Kyser Youngblood, Mobile, AL. Bridesmaids were Megan Diane Fields, New Orleans, LA; Mary Noor Hamarneh Huber, Slidell, LA; Katherine Lancaster Johnson, sister of the groom, Nashville, TN; Christina Danielle McCrary, Birmingham, AL; Jessie McKay Protz, Birmingham, AL; and Lea Alice Lancaster Parker, sister of the groom, Washington, DC. Bridesmaids wore champagne Lula Kate gowns and carried hand-tied bouquets of white hydrangeas and Sahara roses. Nuptial music was provided by a three string ensemble and with a soloist performance by Devan Jackson, of Scottsboro, AL. Scripture reader was the Rev. Sandra Moss DePriest of Columbus, MS. Lynn Green, of Scottsboro, AL, served as wedding planner. The groom is the son of Judge and Mrs. Robert Lowell Lancaster of Columbus. He is the grandson of Mrs. Otis Glenn Lancaster and the late Mr. Otis Glenn Lancaster and the late Dr. and Mrs. William Lea Stallworth, all of Columbus. The groom’s father, Judge Robert Lowell Lancaster, served as best man. The groomsmen were Hunter Gleason Carpenter, Washington, DC; Dr. Cory Blake Carter, Brandon, MS; Jeffery Waller Duckworth, Guntown, MS; Andrew Thompson Ford, Hoover, AL; Alexander Sebastian Mattia, brother of the bride, Scottsboro, AL; and Dr. Hess McClellan Robertson, Little Rock, AR. Ushers were Dr. Mark Andrew Runnels, Jackson, MS, and Dr. Paul Acker Macpherson Watkins, Fairhope, AL. Knox George Parker, Washington, DC, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom entertained guests with fireworks and a traditional New Orleans “second-line” entrance by the local favorite brass band, The Original New Orleans Pinstripes. The reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, featured over eighty hand-passed local hors d’oeuvres, a cigar bar, and an evening of dancing and music by the band Harvey Jesus and Fire. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in honor of the bride and groom at Commanders Palace prepared by Tory McPhail. Sisters of the Groom, Lea Alice Parker and Katie Johnson, hosted the bridesmaids’ luncheon at the renowned Galatoire’s. After honeymooning in Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece the couple is at home in New Orleans, LA where the bride is completing her master’s degree in Education and the groom is in his final year of Anesthesia residency at Tulane University.
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