When Jaime Richaud and Leryn Leblanc Richaud left their home in Lafayette, LA for Bora Bora, their only thought was to have the private wedding ceremony they had dreamed of. Little did they know they would become the faces of "destination dream weddings" for same sex couples looking to wed in the tiny island country. The couples' gorgeous beach ceremony, overlooking the crystal blue water of the famous lagoon that surround the French Polynesian island, provided a picturesque backdrop for the two as they said "I do" in an emotional ceremony. The video of the ceremony was so powerful, The Four Seasons in Bora Bora asked the couple if they could use it on their website for the world to see.
"All we wanted was to go and have the wedding of our dreams. Our dream ceremony was so special for us, but it took on a whole new meaning when the Four Seasons asked us if we would be willing to share it with the world. We hope that witnessing two people vowing to love one another for the rest of our lives helps others realize that no matter who and no matter where - love is love," said Jaime.
Jaime Richaud is a former elite flight paramedic, who spent years aiding in relief work, including the World Trade Center following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, NASA's Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in Texas in 2003 and the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka in 2004. Richaud started her own medical contracting company in 2005, GlobalMed USA. In 2005, Richaud and Leblanc, a dental hygienist, met through mutual friends in 2010 and were engaged in December 2011.
After researching same sex ceremonies the world over, the two came across Bora Bora and began working with the Four Seasons to plan an intimate ceremony on one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. The two signed their marriage license in
California on the way to the French Polynesian island and were married on July 11, 2013.
"I am proud to call Jaime my wife and more proud to share the love we have found with the world. When the Four Seasons asked us to be a part of their efforts to show same sex couples what could be possible in Bora Bora, we didn't hesitate. Its an honor to represent them, our marriage and the beauty and simplicity of two people that just want to spend their lives making each other happy," said Leryn.
The two returned home to Louisiana on July 18 and celebrated with family and friends in their native Louisiana at a reception on July 27th. The two plan on starting a family and raising their children together. To view the video that will be used by The Four
Seasons, click here.
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