Kate Lea McClelland and Daniel Stephen Rugg were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at 5 o’clock at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Scott McClelland. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Katherine Bowers and the late Mr. Andrew Peters, and the late Col. And Mrs. James McClelland.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rugg. He is the grandson of Mrs. Jackie Moore and the late Fred Moore, and Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Rugg.
Given in marriage by her father and mother, the bride wore a candlelight drop waist one shoulder gown. It was adorned with crystals. Her bouquet consisted of white flowers, ribbon from her mother’s wedding bouquet, crystals, and their puppies' ID tags. Kate’s veil was borrowed from Dr. Rachel Morgan Farr. Her wedding jewelry included a special diamond heart pendant given to her by the groom and made by his grandfather, Mr. Jasper Rugg. Her sapphire and diamond bracelet was given to her by her mother. A pearl bracelet worn, had belonged to her grandmother, Mrs. Martha McClelland.
Attending the bride was Brittany Burkett as maid of honor. Leah Reitzell as maid of honor, and bridesmaids Erica Hoag, Summer Holloway, and Alice Yates. Couple of honor was Daniel and Elizabeth Griffon. The bridesmaids wore biscotti floor length satin ball gowns and carried pearl and crystal bouquets.
Serving as best men were Brett McClelland and Daniel Stanley. The groomsmen were Ryan Campbell, Christopher Black, and Kyle McClelland. Couple of honor was Ben and Rachel Duty. The ushers were Paul Michael Moore and Jeffery Maxwell Jr. The groom and his attendants were attired in chocolate brown tuxedos.
The double ring ceremony was officiated by Dr. Tim Neustifter. The music was played on the church grand piano, which was given in memory of both of Kate’s great grandmothers, Mrs. Evanthia Fotiades and Mrs. Zelma McClelland. Mrs. Coralie White was pianist for the wedding occasion.
Following the wedding nuptials, a lovely reception was held at the Vantage Banquet Room. It was decorated with champagne cloths, white flowers, crystals, and candles. Favorite Louisiana foods were served. The bride’s cake was a four-layer delicacy. The groom’s cake featured New Orleans Saints decor, and in addition there were cheesecakes with multiple toppings. There was also a candy table of treats created by the groom’s mother and family for everyone to enjoy.
Music was provided by Josh Madden. The couple’s first dance was to “You Look Wonderful Tonight” (by Eric Clapton). The bride danced with her father to “Joy to the World” (by 3 Dog Night) after he had changed into his camo tuxedo jacket. The groom danced with his mother to “Simple Man” by (Lynryd Skynyrd).
The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia at the Sandals Resort. They have made their home in Monroe.
The wedding festivities began with a shower held a Leah Reitzell’s home, given by the bridesmaids. A church shower was given by good friends at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. A couple’s cocktail party was given for Kate and Daniel at Dr. and Mrs. Rick Willis’s home. There was also a shower at Bayou Oaks Baptist Church, given by friends of the Rugg family. Kate’s co-workers at Affinity Health Group surprised her with a miscellaneous shower at work.
Daniel’s bachelor party started off at Sam’s Town Casino in Shreveport and then a weekend retreat in the mountains of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Kate’s bachelorette party was given by Brittany Burkett at Genusa’s in Monroe. Fun was had by all!
A lovely dinner was hosted by Steve and Sara Rugg after the church rehearsal. It was held at the American Legion Hall. The room was decorated with antiqued birdcages, flanked with tulle, candles, and “D” and “K” initials. After a delicious meal, members of the wedding party toasted the couple with stories that were both funny and meaningful, which gave way to laughs and tears.
A breakfast for the bridal party and mothers was given on the morning of the wedding. Melanie Mason prepared a delicious feast for all.