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Leslie Michele Pipkin weds Nicholas Paul Smith

Leslie Michele Pipkin of Lakeland, Fla., and Nicholas Paul Smith of LaPlace were married Saturday, Nov. 3 at the terminal at Messinas in New Orleans. Rev. Fernie Rivera of Baton Rouge officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Pipkin of Lakeland, Fla.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Smith of LaPlace.

The wedding was held in the grand atrium at the terminal at Messinas at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.

Music performed by the brass band, the Big Fun Brass Band of New Orleans.

Wallace Kresley of San Francisco was best man. Usher-groomsmen were Andrew Pipkin of Jacksonville, Fla., Jason Brockman of Ponchatoula and Logan Ramagos of Gonzales. They wore black tuxedos with black bow ties and boutonnieres of white roses.

The wedding was held at the terminal at Messinas at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

Sabrina Rodriguez of Claremont, Fla., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Brittany Pipkin of Jacksonville, Fla., Shannon Haltom of Baton Rouge, Carrie Selbigger of Atlanta and Amanda Sentz of Atlanta. They wore garnett floor-length dresses and carried bouquets of white roses, tulips and dendrobium orchids.

The bride was escorted by her father. She moved gracefully in her gown fashioned of white duchess satin with lace detail. She carried a bouquet of white roses and white dahlias. The stems were wrapped in a custom handkerchief fashioned from the shirt Nicholas was wearing on their first date.

The bride graduated from Louisiana State University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering specializing in Environmental Engineering. She also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s from Florida State University in Civil Engineering. She is an Environmental Engineer employed by Psi Intertek.

The bridegroom holds a Master’s in Kinesiology specializing in Sport Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and also holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Mr. Smith is employed by Florida International University as an instructor.

After a honeymoon in Aruba, the couple will reside in Miami.