|Ashley Lecky’s surprise 40th birthday was announced by handmade invitation, a black miniature photo album studded with ruby rhinestones crafted by Gwen Aucoin. Set in the beautiful formal gardens of Ashley and her husband Rob’s North Sterling home, a winding path of copper torches guided guests from the front gate to the rear gardens where red satin lanterns in the trees lit the way to the reflecting pool. Guests were surrounded by tables draped dramatically in black and gold brocade to underscore the Argentinean theme. Event designer Beyond Flowers had red rose arrangements that graced each table. Iron candleholders cast a soft glow on a buffet of seafood paella and suckling pig prepared by Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Cocktails were served as guests enjoyed romantic salsa and tango tunes. A two-tiered birthday cake of chocolate and red velvet was created by Daisy Cakes of Rayne and sat at the center of the party on a rustic cypress table. Dancing under the tapestry-draped tent continued until the stars dimmed and the moon went to bed.
Who would have thought that a political fund-raiser could be so fun? At the home of Will Mills on Thursday, Aug. 14, the Lafayette Bayou Boys welcomed a very special guest. The newest Bayou Boy is actually a Bayou Gal. Inductee Laura Bush was recently in Lafayette, and she stopped off to jam at the private reception, Cajun style. (At this Republican Party event, Party Girl took a back seat and the first lady stole the show.)
Party On! — PG
Gloria Powers, Nick Mayor, Jessica Bride and Allison Upshaw
Kenneth de la Vergne and Darrin Stutes
Lisa Roy, Trisha Cope and Jill Dugas
Rick Chappuis, Kenneth de la Vergne, Shannon Chappuis and Jeff Gano
Lee Benoit on accordion, David Varisco on drums, first lady Laura Bush (center) with bass player Cal Arnold and fiddle player Beau Thomas
Lee Benoit, David Varisco, Matthew Foreman, Laura Bush, Cal Arnold and Beau Thomas
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Marijuana source of disputes for HOAs; experts say still safe to fly; Russian-supported attacks on Ukraine and more national and international news for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.