Baby’s breath accented clusters of white tapers adorned the altar of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, where Madeline Elizabeth Horton and Marshall Kenneth John were married Saturday, Nov. 16, at six o’clock in the evening. The Very Rev. Michael Craig Scott, VF, officiated the Nuptial Mass.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Giles Horton. She is the granddaughter of Floyd Allen Horton Jr., the late Elizabeth Millspaugh Horton, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Harold Matthews. The groom is the son of Mrs. Margaret Marshall John and the late Kenneth Craig John of Shreveport. He is the grandson of the late LTC and Mrs. Russel Clarence John and the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sentell Marshall, all of Shreveport.
Escorted on the arm of her father, Miss Horton was attired in an Anne Barge imported bodice of multidirectional draped off-the-shoulder silk satin chiffon with a ballgown skirt of Italian Kalika. Her cathedral-length veil was made of imported Italian lace. She wore a silver six-pence in her shoe given to her at her birth by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cole Gahagan Jr. and the late Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey. The bride’s Biedermeier bouquet, which included white hydrangea, white roses and white ranunculus, was formed with remnants of her mother’s and her maternal and paternal grandmothers’ wedding dresses, all of whom were married in the Basilica. In the Ole Miss tradition, her bouquet included the couple’s sorority and fraternity badges and as well the groom’s late father’s fraternity badge.
The bride wore a blue lace garter made by her maternal great grandmother for her grandmother to wear at her wedding and later was worn by the bride’s mother for her wedding. Her outfit was complemented by solitaire diamond earrings given to her by the groom. They originally belonged to his great-great maternal grandmother and were given to her by her husband on the birth of the groom’s great grandfather in 1900.
Mrs. Horton witnessed the ceremony in a fuchsia Jovani asymmetrical ball gown, and Mrs. John wore a tea-length lace-overlay gown in lavender with silver sparkles.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Mary-Katherine Millspaugh Horton of St. Louis, Mo. Her bridesmaids included Catherine Jean Burke, Roxanne Noel Ramirez, and Laura Leigh Evans of Natchitoches; Kayla Elizabeth Roge’ of Austin, Texas; Brooklynn Paige Sanders of Houston, Texas; Mollie Mauldin Moore of Pascagoula, Miss; Lauren Teague Dodds of Saltillo, Miss, Sydney Brittain Dickson of Shreveport; and Ashley Christine Maiolatesi of Cambridge, Mass. They all wore Adrianna Papell cassis beaded gowns.
The groom was attended by Garrett Steven Chandler of Fort Worth, TX, as his best man; and his groomsmen included Scott Michael Maggio of Ruston; John Harold LeBlanc, Timothy Alan Vandenboom, and Dakota Scott Janes of Shreveport; Peyton Garrett Hynes of Bossier City; Mark Wesley Prevot of Baton Rouge; Hunter Lamar Anderson of San Marcos, TX, and Taylor Anderson Wiegand of Dallas.
Miss Ann-Marie Ryan Dunahoe attended the bride as her Flower Girl, and Master Jefferson Walker Dunahoe served as Usher.
Scripture readings were shared by Lindsay Adele Lee, and Mary Abigail Weinberger of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Gifts were brought to the altar by Mrs. John Harold LeBlanc of Shreveport and Mrs. Kenneth Karlton Methvin. Eucharistic ministers were Mrs. James Hershel Horton and Mrs. Edd Robert Lee.
Honor guests attending the double-ring ceremony included the bride’s paternal grandfather; Mrs. John Levy Frederick, the bride’s maternal great-aunt; and Ms. Susan Henington Jumonville, paternal cousin of the bride, of New Orleans.
Dr. Greg Handel served as organist and was accompanied by instrumentalists Galindo Rodriguez, Dr. Andrej Kurti, Leah Forsythe and soloists Lisa Herbert Benner, William Brent, Michael Rorex, and Terrie Sanders.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception at the Jefferson Street home of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Ryan Dunahoe. The buffet was catered by Chef Angela Lasyone and included a spread of Natchitoches favorites. The wedding cake, created by the bride’s elementary school teacher Mrs. Emelda Odom, included five tiers of buttercream icing with a topper of a silver Christening cup filled with white flowers that were given to the couple by Mr. and Mrs. William Lloyd Townsend III. The groom’s cake, created by Dee’s Desserts and Designs, was two-tiered red-velvet embellished with dipped strawberries and the Louisiana Tech logo featured in the center. The American Flyers of Atlanta, GA, provided music and dancing throughout the evening.
Floral décor for the church and reception was created by Mandy Cathey Weddings and Events, and Mrs. Joseph Payne Cunningham Jr. directed the wedding ceremony.
On the eve of the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Gahagan hosted a cocktail buffet for the wedding party and the couple’s families at their home, Tauzin, which is the ancestral home of the bride’s family.
Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple is at home in Shreveport.
The new Mrs. John is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches. She earned the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from The University of Mississippi in 2016, where she was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. She is Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Willis Knighton Medical Center’s Main Campus. Mr. John is a 2012 graduate of Captain Shreve High School and earned the Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 2016 from Louisiana Tech University, where he and his late father were members of Kappa Alpha Order. He is a commercial lender for Community Bank of Louisiana in Shreveport.