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In a November 22, 2014 ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Catherine Michelle Kirby, of Ruston, and Richard Faures Rathbone Jr., of Clinton, joined in holy matrimony on the lawn of Squire Creek Country Club.

Catherine is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dean Lee Kirby, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Joseph Berry Sr. of Ruston, and the late Dr. and Mrs. L. Ben Kirby, of Baton Rouge.

Richard is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Faures Rathbone Sr., of Baton Rouge. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Charles Moreau Sr., of Baton Rouge, and the late Dr. and Mrs. Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV, of Baton Rouge.

The wedding ceremony was officiated by Pastor Len Woods.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

She wore a gown of ivory taffeta in a ball gown style. The strapless dress had a fitted bodice with a sweetheart neckline and crisscross pleating that plunged into a thick waist accentuating pleat accented with a half-inch wide crystal belt in silver. The back featured a slight plunge drawing the eye to the court train. The dress also had hidden side pockets at the waist where the bride carried her great grandmother’s handkerchief.

The bride wore a knee length leaf cut veil with quarter inch ivory satin trim, which accompanied the blusher worn until the pronouncement of marriage and kiss.

Catherine carried a hand tied bouquet in shades of white and cream, including hydrangea, garden roses, freesia and babies breath accented with greenery. The bouquet was loosely arranged and tied into a 10-inch handle and wrapped with an ivory satin ribbon. The ribbon was made into a soft bow with three 14-inch tails.

Bridesmaids wore floor length navy blue sheath style fitted gowns by Adrianna Papell with three-quarter sleeves and a high neckline, V-shaped back and navy lace overlay.

Each bridesmaid carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet tied with ivory satin ribbon and a soft satin bow with twelve inch tails.

Floral designs were made by Caren Craft and the staff of Nora’s Flowers in Ruston.
The maid of honor for the wedding was Arden Leraris, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the matron of honor was Stacy Kirby, of Arlington, Texas.

Serving as bridesmaids were Hannah Witzig, of St. Louis, Missouri, Aja Jenkins, of Memphis, Tennessee, Meredith Cupp, of Shreveport, Lauren McFerren, of Dallas, Texas, sisters of the groom Rebecca Rathbone Harrod, of Baton Rouge, Sarah Rathbone Corbin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary Jackson Rathbone Barham, of Sydney, Australia, Anna Rathbone Miller, of Baton Rouge, and Elizabeth Faures Rathbone, of New York City, New York, and cousin of the groom, Brittney Rathbone, of Midland, Texas.

Best man for the wedding was Graves Kelly, of Ethel, Louisiana.

Groomsmen for the wedding were the bride’s brothers Ben Kirby, of Ruston, and Matthew Kirby, of Ruston, and brothers in law, Chambliss Harrod, of Baton Rouge, Brent Corbin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Henry Barham Sr., of Sydney, Australia, Andrew Miller, of Baton Rouge, and friends Nathan Maranto, of Plaquemine, Devan Moody, of Clinton, Peter Dumaine, of Baton Rouge, Patrick Alexander, of Baton Rouge, Michael Zoghbi, of Baton Rouge, and Hunter Schoen, of Baton Rouge.

Flower girls were all nieces of the groom — Nora Kline Corbin, Jane Barham, Katherine Corbin, Anna Charles Harrod, Mary Dreher Corbin and Rose Faures Miller. Each flower girl wore a dress handmade by the groom’s mother and baby’s breath flower halos.

Ring bearers were all nephews of the groom — George Harrod, Wait Harrod and Henry Barham Jr.

Music for the ceremony was provided by the Louisiana Tech String Trio and Dee Alexander was the vocalist and pianist.

A reception was held at Squire Creek Country Club and directed by Lane Titus. Later into the reception mini-beignets and peach ice cream were served to the guests. Personalized decorations at the reception were designed by family friend, Kim Love of Ruston.

The bridal cake was a four-tier, vanilla cake iced with rich buttercream frosting in light spackle texture. Fresh flowers that coordinated with the bride’s bouquet accented various locations on the cake, including the base of the handmade topper, a jeweled “R” made by the bride using gold, silver and crystal brooches.

The groom’s cake was a two-tier, square cake of the groom’s favorite funfetti flavored cake, frosted in buttercream frosting and sprinkled with primary colored confetti around the edges. The cake was topped with a golf ball shaped round cake sitting atop green grass and wooden golf tees scattered about the cake’s edges. The groom’s love of golf was beautifully displayed.

Accompanying the groom’s sweet cake was a multi-tiered presentation of crab cakes and boxes of cigars for guests to enjoy.

Both cakes were lovingly made for the bride and groom by family friend, Nancy Whittenburg.

The Windstorm Band created the atmosphere for the reception with their music.
Prior to the wedding a rehearsal dinner was held at the Bayou DeSiard Country Club. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents.

Prior to their nuptials the couple were honored with several showers.

A Bachelorette and Lingerie Shower was held Aug. 9 at the home of the bride. The shower was hosted by Arden and Lenelle Lararis, of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

A Bridesmaid’s Tea was held the same day at The Manor Tea Room in Arcadia. The tea was hosted by Arden and Lenelle Lararis, of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

On Oct. 4 a Family Dinner for the families of the bride and groom was held at the home of John and Beth Berry, in Mandeville. The dinner was hosted by Brenda Magee, John and Beth Berry, Joe and Jody Berry, and Joey and Alison Berry.

A Bachelor Party was held Oct. 10 in New Orleans and was hosted by the best man, Graves Kelly.

A Bridal Shower was held Oct. 11 at the home of Linda Dwyer, in Ruston. The shower was hosted by Joanna Blackwelder, Britt Boersma, Yvette Broocks, Jeanne Burns, Gwen Dingler, Linda Dwyer, Judy Hild, Dell Jones, Leigh McGehee, Melinda Moore, Stacy Prescott, Helene Shaw, Debbie Waltz and Janet Wilson.

A Honey Do Shower was held Oct. 12 at the home of Kathleen and Trace Pourciau, in Baton Rouge. The shower was hosted by Kathleen and Trace Pourciau, Melba and Robert Barham, Tonsie Beach, Hoppy and Gary Black, Jeanne and Steve Caldarera, Beverly and Charlie Clary, Becky and Chet Harrod, Judith and Joe Kelly, Colette and Allen Lottinger, Margo and Mac McCarthy, Shawnee and Steve McCord, Andre’ Moreau, Elaine and Doug Moreau, Margarette and Al Moreau, Christie and Bill Myers, Becky and Ned Newsham, Randee and Jack Rathbone, Debbie and John Shirley, Beth and Clay Stewart, Jodie and Mart Stott and Kay and Steve Wallace.

A Bridesmaid’s Luncheon was held Nov. 21 at the home of Tisdale McDonald, in Ruston. The luncheon was hosted by Tisdale McDonald, Kim Love, Melinda McIntire and Suzanne Rome.

After a honeymoon in St. Lucia, the couple has made their home in Baton Rouge.

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