Joseph, Hensgens wed in Grand Coteau

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Mrs. Michael Charles Hensgens

Newlywed couple to reside in Crowley after honeymoon trip to the Bahamas


Olivia Jane Joseph and Michael Charles Hensgens were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau. Rev. Msgr. Keith Joseph DeRouen officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Richard Joseph of Lafayette. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Verdie Lahaye Frugé and the late Mr. Clifton Joseph Frugé, and Mrs. Noemy Fernandez Joseph and the late Mr. Isaac Habib Joseph.

Olivia is a graduate of Saint Thomas More High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Joseph Hensgens Sr. of Crowley. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. B. I. Moody III and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicholas Hensgens Sr.

Michael is a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and Louisiana State University.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory Leon Carlo French Alençon lace trumpet gown, featuring a scalloped V-neckline with delicate cap-sleeves. Her back silhouette was accented with satin bridal buttons and a deep-V sheer back detail. 

Olivia carried a bouquet of mixed white flowers, including anemones, Queen Anne’s lace and star of Bethlehem, accented with blue privet berries and draped with her maternal grandmother’s rosary.

Matrons of honor were Mallory Joseph Gauthier and Elyse Joseph Tatford, sisters of the bride.  Bridesmaids included the groom’s sisters, Mary Gayle and Christina Hensgens; sister-in-law, Heidi Bourgeois Hensgens; and godchild, Eleanor Hensgens. The bride’s cousin, Sadie David Fontenot, and friends of the bride, Ellen Gautreaux, Mamie Briley, Jessica Boudreaux, Lauren Breaux, Anna Hensgens and Sarah Prejean also served. 

Flower girls were Mary Ellen Trahan and Valerie Lyons, nieces of the groom.

Best man was the late William Moody Hensgens, brother of the groom. Groomsmen included his brothers, Dennis Joseph Hensgens Jr., Johann Christian Hensgens and David Braxton Hensgens; his brothers-in-law, Matthew Lyons and Jeffery Trahan; and his godchild, Dennis Joseph Hensgens III. The groom’s cousin, Nicholas Leonards, and friends of the groom, Trent Broussard, John Stefanski, Wesley Simon, Brandon Murrell and Cody Fortier, also served.

Ushers included Ross Thibodeaux, Reggie Zaunbrecher Jr., and Kenneth Habetz Jr.

The groom’s nephew, Charlie Hensgens, served as ring bearer.

Readings were presented by Sarah Breaux and Mallory Gauthier, friends of the bride, and Charlotte Moody Leonards, godmother of the groom.

Gift bearers included Valerie Hensgens Lyons, sister of the groom, and Gracie Leonards and Ian David, cousins of the groom and bride, respectively.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.

Upon return from a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple will reside in Crowley.