After having a crush on Britton Mouton for about a year, Alicia Abdalla was excited when he finally asked her out on a date. "On our first date, I knew I was going to marry him," she says. Her fairytale wedding at the Cathedral of St. John in late May was the perfect culmination of four years of dating.
The bride wore her mother, Catherine's, vintage lace wedding dress, with a few alterations and the addition of a sweetheart neckline. "It was very special," says Alicia. "When you're little, you always dream about your wedding. I couldn't find a dress and tried hers on for fun. I loved it." Alicia left the rest to the wedding planners ' Frank Gerami, Dave Domingue and florist Joel Theriot ' who transformed the Cajundome Convention Center Ballroom into a Victorian garden.
The 10 bridesmaids wore strapless Vera Wang champagne-colored dresses and carried stephanotis, as did the bride. "It all blended really nicely," says Alicia, but adds, "It went by too fast." Her mother remembers the details, from the cake wrapped in ribbon and monogrammed with the couple's initials, the music of the Tip Tops and guests P.J. and Karen Naomi, Jimmy and Melissa Bienvenue, Ralph and Sherrie Kraft, Ray and Barbara Authement and Tom and Connie Galloway. After an unforgettable evening, the couple headed to Hawaii for a fabulous honeymoon. That's honeymooning in style!
On a perfectly lovely afternoon in early May along the Mississippi River levee near White Castle, restaurateur Cynthia Breaux and artist Steve Schneider were married at the wedding and lawn party of a lifetime. It was just the right occasion for Southern gentlemen to don traditional seersucker or white linen suits. The groom chose the latter and has never looked so handsome. (Not surprising though, as Party Girl took note in his LaGrange High School yearbook that Steve was voted "Mr. Vogue" in his senior year.) Isn't Cynthia lucky! Both bride and groom looked picture-perfect as they celebrated their nuptials at the plantation-style home of Lori and Pat Campisi, the bride's sister and brother-in-law.
"I was a little nervous at first, but once the ceremony started, I could feel the love from family and friends, and that calmed me down," says Steve. "I was excited that there were people there that hadn't seen each other in years, not to mention getting to marry the woman of my dreams." Cynthia was a stunning bride in a floor-length slinky, flared ivory silk dress covered with pearls and crystals, which swooshed gracefully as she turned to the minister during the traditional vows to query, "Obey, Oh, I don't think I can say that one!" Typical Cynthia, it was a light moment in a lyrical afternoon.
Ripe with laughter, the reception was a full-blown party. The music of Marce Lacouture & the Nouveau String Band drifted off the veranda, while guests danced on the lawn. Guests participated in traditional rice throwing as the bride and groom drove off in a not-so-traditional golf cart. Sonny Landreth attended with Megan Barra, who wore a classic shirtwaist dress of aquamarine shaunting silk. Heidi Nehrbass and David Alpha, Sandy and Karen Kaplan, Pete and Andrea Stevens, Michelle Vallot, Marcelle Bienvenue and Rock Lassier, Orhan McMillan and Gary Newman also enjoyed the afternoon's repast. The cakes, made by Novisi Haizel, were absolutely to die for!
"Great friends, family, my true love, Cynthia, and God made it one of the best days of my life," says Steve. Hold on to this guy, Cynthia!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.