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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NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Finally, mad people on the interwebz is a good thing! World wide webby outrage has caused the village of Moreauville to reverse its plan to confiscate pit bulls and Rottweillers and euthanize them simply because of their breed, WAFB reports here. The plan? They're going to enforce the leash law. Well, that would have been a good place to start.
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
NOV 26 Unless you're in Virigina, you shouldn't count on seeing our Governor on Election Day. Mark Ballard writes in the Advocate's political blog that Bobby will be appearing at a GOP love fest of some kind there, instead of spending the day here.
NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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