Broussard, Henderson wed in Nikiski

Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003

Lila Broussard and Reuben Henderson were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, on the lawn at the bride's family's home. Brad Cason from North Kenai Chapel officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Beaver and Carol Broussard of Nikiski.

She wore a custom-designed, pure white gown created by her aunt, Lois Stysberg of Nikiski. It was organza over peau satin with beaded Venice lace on the bodice and the hem of the gown and train. She carried a bouquet of lilacs and ribbons.

The groom is the son of James and Carla Henderson of Hickory, N.C. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and works for Wilkes Works as a diesel mechanic.

Angela Davis, sister of the bride, was the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Ingrid and Chastity Henderson, sisters of the groom, and Margaret Broussard, sister of the bride. They wore dark lavender, full-skirted tea-length dresses trimmed in white eyelete with wrist corsages of lilacs.

The best man was Ben Henderson, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Michael and William Broussard, brothers of the bride, and Lemuel Henderson, brother of the groom.

Jillian Broussard, sister of the bride, and Sara Henderson, niece of the groom, were the flower girls. Dylan Broussard, nephew of the bride, was the ring bearer.

The ushers were Chris Davis, Tony Jackson and Beau Broussard.

Karen McGahan played the piano and Beau Broussard played the saxophone for the wedding march and recessional.

The groom sang a solo to his bride and Leah Jackson also performed a solo.

All nine members of the groom's immediate family and two friends traveled from North Carolina for the wedding. Other out-of-town guests came from Sutton, Palmer and Anchorage.

A reception followed the ceremony at North Kenai Chapel. A slide presentation of the couple's childhoods was played. The wedding cake was three tiers and all white on a dark lavender garden cake stand with four side cakes.

This wedding was unique in that it followed, by the bride and groom's mutual consent, a hands-off chaperoned courtship.

The couple's first kiss was when the minister said "You may kiss the bride."

The couple lives in Nikiski.

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