Miss Rachel Tovrea now Mrs. Samuel Capaci
By Bryan McMahon
February 06, 2009, 1:32PM

Vintage Court in Covington was the setting for the December 26 wedding of Miss Rachel Elizabeth Tovrea and Mr. Samuel Louis Capaci. Vintage Court, the former St. Gertrude's Convent, was decorated with a festive holiday flare.

Rachel Capaci

The bride is the daughter and stepdaughter of Retired Navy Capt. and Mrs. Garnett Franklin Bedenbaugh, Jr. of Hammond and Mr. Stanley Martin Tovrea of Mesquite, N.V.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel John Capaci of Madisonville.

Judge James E. Kuhn officiated at the 7:30 p.m. double ring ceremony.

The bride, whose mother is the former Miss Kathryn Elizabeth Coffin, was graduated form Chappelle High School and is a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where she is majoring in Health Studies. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Byron Boyd Coffin and the late Mr. & Mrs. Rex Binning Tovrea.

Mr. Capaci was graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and Loyola University with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice.

He is the grandson of the late Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Victor Capaci and the late Mr. & Mrs. Louis Sylvester O'Neil.

The bride was given in marriage by her stepfather Captain Garnett Franklin Bedenbaugh, CEC USNR. She wore an ivory royal satin classic off-shoulder neckline with an A-line skirt accented with a lace insert. The bodice was accented with a Spanish lace overlay and scalloped trim on the neckline and length sleeves and a rouched pleating waistline with covered button detailing at the back accented with a chapel length train. She wore a chapel length veil that was trimmed in pearls and bugle beads. She carried a semi-cascading bouquet of lime green cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, green and white calla lilies, fressia and coffee berries.

Attending the bride as Matron of Honor was the brides' sister, Kathleen Michelle Canamar. Bridesmaids were Christina Marie Capaci and Jessica Claire Scheuermann, sisters of the groom and LeeAnne Liquor, cousin of the bride. Meghan LeCour Tovrea, niece of the bride, served as Junior bridesmaid and Sophia Isabella Canamar, niece of the bride, and Shelby Claire Scheuermann, niece of the groom, served as flower girls.

The bridesmaids wore garnet full length strapless dresses of silk crepe with matching shawl and they carried bouquets of lime green cymbidium orchids, green and white calla lilies and coffee berries and accented with garnet ribbon. The flower girls wore tea length matching dresses accented with floral stitching and pearls with a matching sash. They carried white baskets of rose petals. Each bridesmaid wore a triple strand of fresh water pearls and the junior bridesmaid and flower girls wore single strands of pearls, all gifts from the bride.

Close friend of the groom, John Paul Pacassio, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Martin Leonard Tovrea, brother of the bride, Randy Louis Scheuermann, brother-in-law of the groom, Patrick Bradley, friend of the groom and Jordan Alejandro Canamar, nephew of the bride. Jake Michael Scheuermann, nephew of the groom, served as the ring bearer.

The groom wore a set of black full dress tails and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos. Each wore a single calla lily as a boutonniere. Shane Michael Tovrea, nephew of the bride, served as usher.

The bride's mother wore a navy blue silk chiffon and crepe off shoulder dress with a V-line neck and slightly moderate train. The groom's mother wore a navy blue silk chiffon dress with a sequined and bugle bead bodice. Both mothers wore corsages of cymbidium and dendrobium orchids accented with navy ribbon. In addition to the mothers, honored members of the family, including the bride's aunt, Carolyn Tovrea Dunlap, the groom's aunt, Kathleen O'Neil Hull, and close friend, Antoinette Marie Talluto, were ushered in.

The bride's cake was a 4-tier ivory cream traditional wedding cake accented with orchids, calla lilies and cedar. The groom's cake was a dark chocolate single layer cake that featured a blue and silver "ball and chain".

After a honeymoon to Disney World, the couple will reside in Hammond. The groom is a Trooper with the Louisiana State Police and the bride is the Safety Manager for the Winn Dixie Distribution Center in Hammond.