The couple was married on property that has been in the Savoy family for seven generations, at the home of Joel’s grandfather, Joel Savoy.
The setting was underneath a huge oak tree with open fields as a backdrop. Ed Littlefield, Jr, of Arlington, Wash. started the event with a ceremonial bagpipe solo.
There were eight bridal attendants and eight groom’s attendants. Two flower girls led the procession, Joel’s niece Anna Savoy-Gonzales and Josephine Pitre-Rodriguez, followed by a tiny ring bearer, Kelli’s little brother, Billy Bass.
Music for the procession was provided by renowned Cajun musicians David Greely and Sam Broussard. During the ceremony the bride’s father, Carl Jones, sang a song he had written specially for the couple.
The bride wore a cascading candlelight silk gown and a delicate pearl necklace, a gift of her grandmother. Her headpiece was handmade by Alex Miller, a delicate circle of pale cream and yellow feathers with netting, and her shoes were yellow.
The bride’s bouquet, as well as the corsages and boutonnieres, were all paper flowers made of sheet music dyed yellow, gray and cream.
The groom wore a pale gray three-piece suit and a yellow tie.
All of the bridal attendants wore gray dresses in various styles and yellow shoes.
The groomsmen wore dark pants, white shirts, and yellow ties.
The flower girls wore cream silk dresses with a yellow band at the bottom and carried little baskets filled with yellow rose petals, which they scattered before the bride.
The ring bearer wore a vest and long pants and carried a ring pillow made by Joel’s aunt, Juanita Ardoin.
Music at the reception was provided by the Red Stick Ramblers and Hungry Hungry, and the dancing continued until late in the evening. There were copious amounts of fresh meats provided by friends, and the cakes were made by Sarah Savoy-Gonzales and Rose Rozas.
The cake cutting took place lit by candlelabras as the wind blew across the open fields, and the champagne toast was from the same glasses Joel’s father and mother Marc and Ann Savoy toasted with at their wedding.