Friends and family gathered at Abacus to celebrate the marriage of Jaime Richaud and Leryn LeBlanc shortly after the couple’s return from a beautiful destination wedding in Bora Bora (where they headed after a brief stop in Beverly Hills to sign their marriage license). The table arrangements by Carole’s Florist and Kim Veillon — orchids suspended in water — and Sweet Southern Ladies’ five-layered cake were the reception standouts for this Party Girl. The cake was as delicious as it was beautiful.
Krossfyre, as always, got the party started (and even stayed an hour late to keep it going), but there was a brief interruption for toasts to the newlyweds, among them a touching tribute from Annette Henderson to Jaime and the fearless work she has done as a medic turned successful businesswoman. When she was only 25 years old, two days after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Jaime drove to New York City with a small group of MedExpress medics to assist in the recovery. Two years later, she was the only woman serving on the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster recovery mission, where she was appointed crew leader on a medical search team. She then went to Iraq to work as a medic for employees of civilian contractors and ended up starting her own contracting company there. In recent years she founded the locally based Richaud Real Estate.
Now Mrs. Leryn LeBlanc Richaud, Leryn is a registered dental hygienist who divides her professional career among two local dentists. The couple plans to have children — at least two, Jaime says — and has settled into their new married life in Lafayette with their cat and two dogs. The women met in September 2010 through mutual friends and started dating two months later. In December 2011, Jaime proposed at the couple’s lake house with a gorgeous — and Party Girl means gorgeous — custom-designed ring from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. View the video of Jaime and Leryn’s wedding ceremony in Bora Bora at theind.com.
1. Jaime and Leryn LeBlanc Richaud (Photo by Catherine Guidry) 2. Leryn LeBlanc Richaud and Branan Bernis, and Eddie Richaud IIII and Jaime Richaud (Photos by Catherine Guidry) 3. Austin LeBlanc and Leryn LeBlanc Richaud 4. Richaud family 5. Lynne Richaud, Bonnie Doucet and Olga Badeaux Thibodeaux 6. (top row) Jennifer Chahardy, Tarah Landry Raxsdale and Wendy Deal Burke; (bottom row) Dawn Necaise Conroy, Jaime Richaud and Lori Poiencot Bijeaux 7. Jaime Richaud, Eddie Richaud III and Leryn LeBlanc Richaud 8. Kory Latiolais, Monique Theriot, Tessa Rabeaux and Dale Babin 9. Lisa Latiolais, Allison Stroderd, Kristi Babin and Karson Kirk 10. Jaime Richaud and Leryn LeBlanc Richaud Reception photos by Robin May
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OCT 24 You gotta love it when they start eating their young, right? In this post in Politico, BP mouthpiece Geoff Morrell denies that his company's oil spill "ruined the Gulf." Instead, he says, it was Bobby Jindal's decision to divert fresh water into the salt water environment that caused massive losses to shrimp and oyster industries. The evidence doesn't back up any claims that the spill caused that harm, he says. Nothing to see here, move along.
OCT 24 The former mayor of Sorrento was arrested on dozens of child pornography charges, a post on The Creole reports here. Wilson Longanecker Jr. was arrested in his Ascension Parish mansion, the blog reports.
OCT 24 As Bobby Jindal's tenure as governor winds down, blogger Tom Aswell tells us to expect to see more and more of his appointees jumping ship. Some might get shown the door (or the federal indictment, as the case may be) and others are just going to want to avoid standing in "the inevitable unemployment line," he says.
OCT 24 Jim Brown is blogging about elections in this post. There's no one more recognizable when it comes to elections than he is, and yet he still had to show his ID, you know. He gives some easy-to-remember advice on the Amendments: vote against them all. This stuff needs to be handled by legislators, not added to the Constitution, he says.
OCT 24 Bobby Jindal's recent "magical" budget touch - you know, the one that turned a $140 million deficit into a $170 million surplus - is just imaginary, columnist James Gill tells us in this post. It's about as real as that story he tells about the "gold standard" of ethics, Gill says.
OCT 24 George Carter III, a teenage member of the group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, died this week, the Picayune reports here. Educators who knew him called him a "visionary." He certainly had some highly-developed ideas for his age, but despite his ability to provide positive ideas for helping kids in the city, in the end he wasn't able to escape NOLA's problems, either.
OCT 24 John Dickerson posts this slice-of-campaign-life look at Mary Landrieu on the trail in Louisiana. Republicans are playing to a runoff, he opines, meaning our state will become "a zoo" if it turns out this race will decide control of the Senate.
OCT 24 Bike lanes have been quite the topic of convo over in NOLA recently, what with streetspace, already at a premium downtown, being sacrified for them. In this post on the Uptown Messenger blog, Owen Courreges opines that the lanes are not really being constructed for people who ride bikes, but instead because developers seeking to make money downtown feel they are needed. He's also predicting that they will increase already nightmarish levels of traffic to new heights. Nah -- that couldn't happen!
OCT 23 Blogger Tom Aswell posts the photo that started making the rounds of the Facebook this week; it shows our governor and his lovely bride, all bright and smiley and holding big guns. The Jindals look a little posed, down to their carefully and properly placed index fingers. They're both grinning wide, displaying how comfortable they are with weaponry. Whee!
OCT 23 This fascinating post on The Lens opens the discussion of New Orleans as subject. C. W. Cannon talks about the concept of dual consciousness and how New Orleanians, especially, have experienced this condition post-Katrina. Cannon attended a recent conference about the issue at Tulane, where the discussion focused on how the romanticization of the city by outsiders masks real social problems.
OCT 23 Bayou Buzz is taking Gov. Bobby Jindal and the GOP to task here for the Ebola shrieking. The so-called "travel ban" makes no sense, and these politicians should have done their homework before coming up with this stunt, Stephen Sabludowsky writes.
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