Richard - Atkins

Rinata Richard of Church Point and Logan Atkins of Crowville were married in a double ring ceremony at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, July 20, at Grand Coteau House Ballroom in Grand Coteau.

The bride is the daughter of Rosella Richard and the late Rickey Richard of Church Point. The groom is the son of Sheldon and Joanne Atkins of Crowville.

The Rev. Henry Blount officiated in the wedding. Music was provided by Rebecca Kitchell on viola who played selections which included "Butterfly Waltz," "Canon in D," and "All I Ask of You."

The bride was escorted by her nephew, Hunter Degraffenreid. She wore a strapless soft white gown with a ruche and applique-beaded bodice and a trumpet skirt of pleated organza ruffles. Her soft white tulle veil was adorned with a floral beaded applique and beaded edging. She carried a teardrop-shaped bouquet of pale pink roses, sangria dogwoods, pink cherry blossoms and lavender dianthus with sprays of pearls.

Sandra Harris served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Cummings, Jenniffer Venable and Georgia Gill. They wore sangria floor-length chiffon dresses with beaded necklines and carried round bouquets which, like the bouquet of the bride, were fashioned of pale pink roses, sangria dogwoods and lavender dianthus with sprays of pearls.

Shelby Gill served as flower girl. She wore a soft white dress which featured spaghetti straps and a ruches bodice, with a flare skirt of layered organza. She carried a birchwood basket carved with the initials "L & R" and adorned with a soft white silk ribbon handle and sangria hydrangea blossom edging. Pink and lilac rose petals were carried in the basket.

Eric Sephenson served as best man. Groomsmen were Breland Ward, Mike Kitchell and Hunter Degraffenreid.

Henry Kitchell and Ben Kitchell served as ringbearers.

Following the wedding, guests were invited to join the couple for a reception at the ballroom. A candelabra and swag of flowers matching the bridal party bouquets decorated the mantle. The floral theme was continued as decorations for the wedding cake, a three-tiered white buttercream confection which was topped with a Willow Tree "The Promise" figurine. Fresh pink rose petals were scattered on the table surrounding the cake.

The groom's cake was a two-tiered chocolate buttercream confection decorated with comic action figurines and a karate picture of the groom.

The wedding cake was served by Vanessa Payne who also served as wedding coordinator.

For travel the bride wore a deep purple cotton sundress with a beaded empire waist. The couple traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for their honeymoon. They are currently residing in Alexandria with plans to settle in Winnsboro next year.

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