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!
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.