Double ring ceremony unites couple

Wedding vows uniting Kelli Brooke Hargrave and Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz were exchanged on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas. The Revered Father John Bok performed the double-ring ceremony with scriptures read by Alyson Christine Hensgens and Liesl Clare Hensgens, cousins of the bride.

After the couple exchanged vows, Nicholas Hensgens, the bride’s grandfather, and Buck Leonards sang “Maria Zu Lieben” in German. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Hotel Galvez.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin James Hargrave of Longview, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Hensgens, and Mr. and Mrs. Vernice Hargrave, all of Crowley.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Joseph Smolarz of Texarkana, Texas. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Casey Nix, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smolarz.

Noelle Smith Jahncke of Houston, Texas served at matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Alycia Neuman Harper and Mary Melissa Mobley both of Dallas, Texas; Pamela Boyd Bryan, Chelsea Marie Sones and Lindsey Smith Witte all of Houston, Texas; and Catherine Blum Kenjura of Brenham, Texas.

Honor attendants included Lisa Michelle Flinn of Fort Worth, Texas; Meggan Michelle Goodwin of Houston, Texas; and Claire Morgan Maestri and Elizabeth Simpson Woodard both of Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Casey Michael Smolarz, brother of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Cory James Hargrave and Erik John Hargrave, brothers of the bride, both of Dallas, Texas; John Patrick Landreaux of Austin, Texas; Dr. Wesley Thomas Myers of Galveston, Texas; Gregory Joseph Smolarz, Jr., brother of the groom, of Texarkana, Texas; Jonathan Randle Smolarz, brother of the groom, of Miami, Florida; and Travis Derell Welch, of Morrilton, Arkansas.

Ushers included Dr. Chad Joseph Carlton of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Dr. John Jason Harris and Dr. George Beattie Sutherland, Jr. both of Shreveport; Steven Brockman Thompson of Arlington, Texas; and Daniel Alexander Whitt of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The couple honeymooned in Bora Bora, Tahiti and will reside in Houston, Texas. Kelli is a physician assistant in the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ryan is completing his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the UT Health Science Center at Houston.

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