The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Charles Anderson of Lafayette. She is the granddaughter of Beryl Badeaux Anderson and the late Harry Gordy Anderson Sr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Provost, all of Lafayette. Michelle is a graduate of St. Thomas More High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is employed as a kindergarten teacher by the Lafayette Parish School Board.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hensgens of Mowata. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas L. Hensgens of Crowley, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baham of Eunice. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and McNeese State University. He is self employed.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an elegant strapless Alençon lace A-line gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. The double tiered, scalloped lace hemline was created with corded lace on point d’esprit. The dress was accented with three-dimensional handmade flowers on a detachable pleated satin belt fastened at the waist. Michelle wore a cathedral length veil edged with matching lace to complement the gown.
The bride carried a clutch bouquet of ivory flowers consisting of Sahara roses, vendella roses, lisianthus, mini callas, Majolica roses and hydrangea. The bouquet was wrapped in a lace handkerchief that was carried by her paternal grandmother on her wedding day along with her rosary. Following tradition, the items in her bouquet served as something old and borrowed, while her wedding dress was something new. Her garter was something blue. A sixpence, a gift from Mrs. Joy Guillory, a family friend and war bride from England, was provided for luck.
At the reception, Michelle carried a drawstring bag of linen with crocheted edging and cut thread work hand made by the groom’s paternal great grandmother.
The mother of the bride, Vicki Anderson, was attired in a knee length dress of taupe lace embellished with subtle sequins. The matching collarless jacket was bordered with satin piping and fastened with a rhinestone brooch. She was escorted by Chad Centorbi, her godchild.
The mother of the groom, Christina “Tina” Hensgens wore a dress of platinum peau de soie featuring a ruched waist centered with a medallion of clear stones. The dress was topped with a portrait collared jacket of silver crinkle tissue with rhinestone buttons.
The bride’s paternal grandmother, Beryl Anderson, was elegant in a black palazzo pant ensemble with a faintly patterned jacket.
All three ladies wore corsages of cream dendrobium orchids.
Bridesmaids were Abby Angers Nicolosi, Tiffany Garber LeBlanc, Aimee Meaux and Gina Gondron, all friends of the bride.
They wore long flowing one shouldered gowns of eggplant and carried purple satin-wrapped bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, callas, tulips, Alstroemeria and berries in autumn tones.
Olivia Hensgens and Gillian Hensgens, cousins of the groom, served as flower girls. The girls were attired in tea length dresses of ivory featuring tied waists and full skirts. They also wore flowers in their hair.
Best man was Jake Hensgens, brother of the groom. Groomsmen included Gregory Hensgens, cousin of the groom, and Cody Gielen and Nick Vidrine, both friends of the groom. Ryder LeBlanc, served as ring bearer. Ushers were Christian Hensgens and Erik Hargrave, both cousins of the groom.
The groomsmen wore navy blue tuxedos with boutonnieres of mini callas.
Guests to the wedding were greeted with luminaries along the walkways and beside the church steps. The pews were marked with Mason jars containing fresh fall flower arrangements in tones of burnt orange, purple, and pale green. The altar was flanked by tall standing pedestal arrangements in the same tones.
As the service began a memorial reading was given by Melissa White, friend of the bride’s family. During the ceremony Kyle and Michelle also carried portrait medallions with them in honor of their deceased grandparents. Jean Jaccuzzo, godmother of the bride, and Brenda Manuel, godmother of the groom provided readings of Scripture. Classical music enhancing the ceremony was performed by the Pan String Trio.
Guests departing from the chapel were greeted with musical selections by a fiddler as they entered the reception at the Vermilionville Performance Center. The sign-in table featured a vintage window frame with wedding pictures of the bride’s and groom’s parents and grandparents in each pane. The bound guest registry was compiled by the bride’s mother and featured snapshots of the couple on each page for signing.
Louisiana delicacies of “Zydeco” green beans and meat pies in the Natchitoches style were served to guests on trays as they entered. Tables for dining were laid with crocheted table runners topped with softly lit candles and centered with casual but elegant arrangements of beautiful fall flowers in Mason jars. Guests were served specialties of the area, including gumbo, jambalaya, fried catfish, duck empanadas and “martinis” of grits and grillades.
The bride’s cake was a four-tiered confection of white buttercream with fillings of butter pecan, ambrosia and strawberry. The cake was presented on a silver cake plateau circled by the bridesmaids’ bouquets highlighting the bride’s selected colors. The skirted table was covered with an ivory crocheted table topper.
The groom’s cake was made of chocolate chip cookie layered and covered with chocolate fudge. It was edged with fresh greenery and sprays of rice and topped with the letter “H.” A carved red fish and duck decoy on the table echoed the groom’s hobbies, as did the framed photographs on the rustic wooden back drop.
During the reception guests were entertained by the music of the Andy Smith Band. As they departed they were given wedding favors of Cajun cracklins and boudin to take home.
Prior to the wedding the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal supper at Bailey’s Seafood and Grill in Lafayette.
After returning from their honeymoon on the island of Antigua, Michelle and Kyle will reside in Lafayette.