Lauree Anne Gottschalk of Mandeville, La., and Christopher McLean “Mac” Mardis of Ponchatoula, La., were married Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans with the Rev. David O’Connor, pastor of St. Mary Basilica, officiating.
Parents of the couple are Charles and Regina Mardis Jr. of Natchez and Gregory and Kathi Gottschalk of Mandeville.
Grandparents of the groom are the late Robert Lee and Louise DiStefano McLean and the late Charles Edward and Mary McRight Mardis Sr., all of Natchez.
Grandparents of the bride are Donna Arcuri of Mandeville and the late Dominic Arcuri and the late Chester and Nellie Gottschalk, all of New Orleans.
Music for the ceremony was provided by organist Michele Starns and string quartet of the New Orleans Finest Musicians. Scripture readers were Judy Pitchford Bartley of Natchez and Jim Pitchford of Baton Rouge. Eucharistic minister was Mrs. Anne Giadrosich of Natchez. Program attendants were Nicole Favalora and Shannon Wegener, both of Ponchatoula.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Gregory Gottschalk. She wore a Pronovias strapless gown created from imported duchess satin with a flattering asymmetrical bodice dropped below the waist. Intricate embroidery and Swarovski crystals paired with embellished handmade flowers accented the bustled cathedral-length skirt.
Kristin Dargis of Mandeville and Jessica Rau of Metairie, La., were maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Rau, Erica Rau and Madison Rau, all of Metairie, Fallon Rhodes of Lafayette, La., and Paige Brink of Friendswood, Texas. They wore royal blue strapless gowns with a rusched bodice embellished with a silver sash and Swarovski crystal fleur-de-lis pins.
Junior bridesmaids were Berkeley Jordan Mardis of Pea Ridge, Ark., and Natalya Dargis of Metairie. They wore royal blue gowns with silver sashes and Swarovski crystal fleur-de-lis pins.
Katelyn Elizabeth Mardis of Atlanta and McKinley Claire Mardis of Pea Ridge, Ark., were flower girls. Ring bearers were Hunter Michael Mardis of Atlanta and Bennett William Mardis, of Pea Ridge.
Charles Mardis Jr., father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Robert William “Bill” Mardis of Pea Ridge, Charles Michael “Mikey” Mardis of Atlanta, Phillip Mardis of Monroe, La., Gene Tuccio of Natchez, Jason Favalora and Paul Wegener, both of Ponchatoula.
Junior groomsmen were Dylan Dargis of Slidell, La., and Patrick Rau of Metairie.
Immediately after the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in the courtyard area of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel with music provided by a New Orleans jazz pianist.
The wedding reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel was transformed into a New Orleans wintery scene complete with fleur-de-lis ice sculptures and crystal accented centerpieces. The Top Cats, a local New Orleans band, provided the music.
After the wedding, the couple honeymooned at Sandals Negril in Jamaica. The couple will live in Ponchatoula.