Aug 15, 2013 7:20 PM by Chris Welty

Newlyweds Making Big Splash for Bora Bora Tourism

A Lafayette couple is making a splash for tourism in Bora Bora after their wedding photos are used in advertisements for a resort.

One month ago, Jamie and Leryn Richaud were married during a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. Next thing they know, pictures from their ceremony were used in advertisements for the resort.

The newlyweds are still celebrating their marriage. Jamie and Leryn met in 2010. Their first date was a LSU football game and, by December 2011, they were engaged.

They knew they wanted an intimate beach wedding, so set their hearts on Bora Bora.

"It was amazing and something you'd see on the movies," said Leryn.

Before saying their vows, the couple was asked to sign a release giving the Four Seasons Resort permission to use video and pictures of their nuptials.

"I went ahead and signed it. I contacted her and told her they may feature some of our pictures, but never thought it would be on the level that they have," said Jaime.

Four Seasons is using their pictures and video as an international marketing tool promoting the resort and island as a "destination dream wedding for same-sex couples."

"After a few days of processing, it was like this is real and they actually did it," said Leryn.

The couple received an outpouring of support from family, friends and strangers since Four Seasons decided to highlight their wedding. They say they're grateful the resort isn't discriminating against those who love each other.

"It's unreal everything went so smoothly and was beautiful," said Jaime.

The couple remains hopeful Louisiana will one day recognize their marriage. They say they look forward to making more memories and starting a family.

Chris Welty



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