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Bridal 2011 The

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Sunday, January 30, 2011


Sunday, January 30, 2011 The Eunice News Bridal Supplement

What’s Inside?

Hayley Alaina Smith and Charles Andre LeDoux were married at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Eunice on May 21, 2010. The bride is the daughter of Arvin and Sandra Smith of Eunice and the groom is the son of Joseph LeDoux of Richard and Karen LeDoux of Eunice.

Featured inside this Bridal Edition are pictures of ran-­ domly selected brides and married couples of 2010. These bridal pictures were featured in The Eunice News editions in 2010. Also inside are Eunice couples who tell their story, how they met each other, and their wedding day. Getting married soon? The Eunice News offers special Engagement and Wedding packages: *Engagement and wedding package for $85. Lamination available for extra $10 and three months’ free subscrip-­ tion. * Engagement photo sizes are 2 cols x 4 inches; wedding pictures are 2 cols x 6 inches. Guaranteed color location is available for an extra fee of $35. * Engagement only $35, with one-­month free subscrip-­ tion

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yourself element, such as favors or escort cards. * “Can You Feel the Love To-­ night� and “Lady in Red� are the two most popular first dance songs (even though 87 percent of brides wear white). * Only 19 percent of couples rely on a wedding planner. * Ancient Romans broke a cake over the bride’s head to symbol-­ ize fertility.

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Blue eyed man and prettiest woman in the world married 35 years

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joubert, Nov. 22, 1975 An LSUE fall dance brought Charles (Charlie) Joubert and Mary Chachere together as an “item.� They were married three years later on the anni-­ versary of their first date. Charlie and Mary Joubert were introduced during a blind date. They were introduced by Joubert’s first cousin who was

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Joubert Continued from Page 3 and I thought Charlie has the most beautiful blue eyes in the world! As we continued to date we knew sharing our strong Catholic faith and being a part of a big, close family was very important to both of us.” Charlie, a former deputy sher-­ iff, is employed with the St. Landry Parish School Board as a bus driver. He is also a hunting and obedience dog trainer. Mary retired after 33 years as a teacher at Highland Elementary and is presently teaching second grade at St. Edmund Elementary. The couple enjoy spending quality time with their children and grandchildren, “They give us so much pleasure. We also enjoy cooking a big meal and inviting friends and family to join us. We both love watching a good football game, whether it’s the Bobcats, Blue Jays, LSU Tigers or New Orleans Saints.”

Christina N. Gobert and Kevin J. Johnwell, Sr. was united in Holy Matrimony at The Golden Star Baptist Church in Eunice on April 10, 2010. Gobert is the daughter of Nancy Gobert and the late Daniel Gobert of Swords; and Johnwell is the son of Elouise and James Johnwell, Sr. of Eunice.

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Principal John Wendell Prudhomme of Central Middle School met his wife Yvonne G. Trevino while serving in a mutual friend’s wedding. He said, “We had the oppor-­ tunity to meet each other by serving at a wedding of some mutual friends of ours 18 years ago. Ironically, we managed to meet each other a second time at another wedding several years later.” The couple continued to date for three years, which was a long distance relation-­ ship between Houston where Yvonne is from and Eunice. Their first date included din-­ ner at a Chili’s Restaurant in Lake Charles. The Prudhommes are sec-­ ond time marriages and both are happy for a second chance at love. Wendell said, “I was attracted to Yvonne, not only for her outward beauty but for her inward beauty and person-­ ality.” Wendell proposed to his future bride by singing. He said, “It was nothing tradi-­ tional. I proposed to my wife by the tunes of R.Kelly “Forever”. I lip-­synced the song to her and at the end pulled out her ring.” The couple have been married for four years, and together have four children, Chassadie LeMelle, 26, Chelsie LeMelle, 23, Philip LeMelle, 18, and Brianna Carter, 14. They con-­ sider themselves grandparents also. Wendell explained, “We

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His outgoing personality, her bouncy ponytail, tied the knot 48 years ago Donald and Barbara Mayeux were definitely attracted to each other from day one. They first in the front of the LSU Library, introduced by a mutu-­ al friend in June of 1959. They were both 17; Don was from Mamou and Barbara Richard Mayeux was from Baton Rouge. Barbara said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We met again the same evening at the Catholic Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newman Club dance. The next day we were surprised to find out

that we were both in the same Books and Library class.â&#x20AC;? The couple dated for the next three years. Barbara was attracted by his outgoing per-­ sonality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a nice man and a great dancer,â&#x20AC;? Barbara said. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new girlfriend Barbara was a cute young lady, he claimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She also had a boun-­ cy ponytail and possessed a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cute little figure,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and most of all she was easy to just talk to.â&#x20AC;? The Mayeuxs first date was

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Rouge campus. Barbara recalls how hard it was to maintain their dating relationship. “He had already planned his fresh-­ man year at Notre Dame, but returned to LSU. Long-­ distance relationship letter writing was the only way we communicated. We never talk-­ ed on the phone that year. Long-­distance calls were not allowed by our parents; they were too expensive.” Don’s marriage proposal was a traditional one. The couple was picnicking at City Park in Baton Rouge. Don said, “This was a great place because Barbara loved nature. We ate fried chicken. She still remem-­ bers her sparkling diamond on her greasy fried chicken fin-­ gers!” Don redeemed himself later that evening as he took his future bride to an expen-­ sive Italian restaurant, “The Village.” The couple enjoyed a

romantic dinner. The couple was married at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 1962 at Christ The King Catholic Church on the LSU campus. Barbara’s cousin the Rev. Kenneth Richard officiated. Maid of honor was her sis-­ ter Suzanne Richard; atten-­ dants were Judy Vicknair and Margaret Mayeux. Best man was Donald A. Mayeux, the groom’s father. Groomsmen were David Tate and Dale Richard. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Panama City, Fla. After college, Don joined the Air Force as an officer. The couple spent three years at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. Upon completion of his tour, and by then proud parents of two daughters, Don entered LSU Law School while Barbara taught school. The Mayeuxs have five daughters, Michelle Lejeune of Eunice, Denise Sauviac of Baton Rouge, Monique Lake of Alabama, Yvette Marionneaux of Baton Rouge and Nicole

Akyuz of Georgia. They are grandparents of 11 and one on the way, due in March. The couple enjoyed many trips with their daughters, snow skiing in Colorado and swimming at beaches in Florida. Donald is an attorney, prac-­ ticing law for the past 42 and half years, and Barbara a housewife. The Mayeuxs treasure their marriage and life to the full-­ est. Barbara said, “Our great-­ est interests we share together are our faith and family. We love visiting with our children and grandchildren, babysit-­ ting, attending their special events. In the last 20 years we have traveled many places overseas on cruises and pil-­ grimages. A very special trip was to the Holy Land with the Rev. Jules Arceneaux. We also visited Marian Shrines in Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal, Guadaloupe, Mexico and another memorable trip was to Rome for the cannon-­ ization of Padre Pio in 2002.

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Victoria and Miller eloped to Montego Bay, Jamaica for their wedding

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East Laurel is today. Lakesha and Patrick Miller, both of Eunice, dated for four months. The couple were instantly attracted to each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became attracted to her beauty, and after getting to know her, I became attracted to her beauty and intelligence,â&#x20AC;? said Patrick. Lakesha thought her beau was handsome. The couple got acquainted with each other over the next few months. Their first date was bowling at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette. Patrick proposed to his girl-­ friend on one knee, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had stopped by Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house after coming home on a college break. I was at the kitchen sink fix-­ ing a glass of water, when I turned and I saw him down on a bended knee with a ring in hand asking for me to marry him,â&#x20AC;? said Lakesha. The couple married on Aug. 27, 1994 after eloping. Lakesha said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where we married at Sandals Resort in a gazebo near the ocean. There was a best man and a maid of honor who served in our wedding; however, we

did not know them personally. We were married by a Baptist minister who was a native of Montego Bay,â&#x20AC;? said Lakesha. The couple has three children, the late Genesis, Patrick Miller, Jr. and Matthew. Patrick has been employed as general manager of Giles, Volvo-­ Subaru in Lafayette for the past seven years, and Lakesha has been principal at Eunice Jr. High School for the past four

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After 36 years of marriage, the Richards laugh, travel and enjoy life

Mr. and Mrs. Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuckâ&#x20AC;? Richard, Jr., June 15, 1974 Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuckâ&#x20AC;? A. Richard, Jr. and Lise DeJean Richard have been married for 36-­and-­ half-­years and never had a dull moment. Lise and Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personalities and humourous natures clicked from the very beginning of their courtship.

Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cousin Kenny Reed introduced the couple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were invited to a barbeque for a birthday celebration in Opelousas. Immediately we were attracted to each other and I thought of how friendly Chuck was in nature,â&#x20AC;? said Lise. Lise and Chuck Richard are

both from Opelousas, and con-­ tinued to date for the next seven months. Their first date took place at a post-­wedding party for one of Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousins and they dou-­ ble-­dated with Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand-­ parents as they needed a ride to the function. The couple married on June 15, 1974 in St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Fr. Gene Lafleur officiated over the ceremony. Maid of honor was Nadine Hayes Carlson, and other attendants included Deborah Culbertson, Juanita Guerin, Gail DeJean, Stacey DeJean as junior bridesmaid. Flower girls were Melanie DeJean and Audris Steinkampf; best man was Ronnie Richard, and groomsmen included Robert Walsh, Keith Miller, Al Richard, Steve Richard as junior grooms-­ man. Ring bearer was Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DeJean, and ushers were Kenny Reed and Garrigues DeJean. The couple honeymooned in New Orleans and Panama City. The Richards are parents of four children, Brian Richard, Rachel Richard Martel, Rebecca Richard Dupre, and Brad Richard. They have eight grand-­ children, Caroline Martel, Tyler Martel, Gracie Martel, Emma-­ Claire Martel, Jack Dupre,

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