July 2, 2014

Chelsea Spencer becomes the bride of Dylan Evans

— In the beautiful sunshine of a clear summer afternoon, friends and family gathered for the wedding of two of their favorite people, Chelsea Talla Spencer and Dylan Wight Evans both of Manhattan, Kansas. The bride is the daughter of Mr. David Spencer and the late Dr. Margaret Clark of Chickasha, Oklahoma. The groom is the son of Mrs. and Mrs. John R. Evans, Lebo, Kansas.

Wedding vows were exchanged on August 3, 2013 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Manhattan, Kansas which was beautifully decorated for the nuptial mass. Moss green carpeting led guests from the street and up the steps of the historic church. Overflowing garden urns of flowers were positioned at the foot of the steps and the blooms were used in the garland scalloped on the banisters. Floral pave door wreathes featured the couple’s initials done in apricot roses. An aisle runner of creme damask centered the aisle that was embellished with topiaries of coral roses, lilies and dendrobian orchids on each of the pews.

The stained glass window sills were lined with mantle style arrangements of the same flowers. The altar wall was draped in ivory silk panels and surmounted with a hedge of orchids, roses and lilies. Tendrils of orchids and ivy spilled from the hedge. Multiple candelabra of tall tapers were enhanced with floral arrangements and added a magical ambiance to the sanctuary. The parish gym held the overflow guests watching the telecast as the families were seated to the strains of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” A vocal rendition of “Hallelujah” created the processional for the attendants who preceded the bride.

The bride wore a custom Michael Nolte designer gown of ivory Duchess satin styled with a tank bodice of Swarovski crystals, platinum-filled glass beads and cultured pearls. The skirt featured a pyramid of the same beading on the front and back panels. A detachable court length train was filled with a waterfall design of crystals and pearls. The bride’s waltz length veil was scattered with crystals. The bride carried a bouquet of gardenias, stephanotis and roses.

The bridesmaids were attired in toast iridescent taffeta Watters designer ball gowns styled with strapless sweetheart necklines and ruched bodices. A wide jeweled belt sashed the waists and the ladies carried bouquets of blush pink and soft lavender roses. The bride’s attendants included Rosslyn Biggs, Blayne Arthur, Megan Evans, Kate Evans, Sarah Barbour, Shelby Aranda, Camra Fischer and Kendal Turpin.

Candlelighters were Betsy Poland and Robyn Amthauer. Flower girls were Maguire Biggs, Kennedy Arthur and Stella Amthauer.

The groomsmen included Adam Crouch, Jerrod Arthur, John Mrozinski, Brigham Stewart, Ryan Dawson, Garrett Lampe, Zach Conine and Tyler Atwood.

Ushering duties were performed by Scott Biggs, Shane Werk, Brad Amthauer, Quint Davies, Cory Cronk, Andrew Hodges and Blake Holmes.

The Ring Bearers were Kelton Arthur and John Poland.. Ceremony Participants included: Tawyna Roenbaugh and Mallory Jacobs, Guest Book; Elizabeth Hodges and Shelby Homes, Programs, Kristin Hodges and John Koons, Readers, Jeff Hodges, Jennifer Hodges and Kaitlyn Murphy, Gift Bearers; Jacob and Gabriel Hodges, Altar Servers; Beth Ponnath, Reginald Pittman, Amy Rosine, Patricia Thompson, Vocalists; Dorothy Brandwein, Organist, Brookside Strings, Chamber Music. The wedding coordinator was Michael J. Nolte.

Music chosen for the ceremony included: “Let us Go Rejoicing,” “Panis Angelicus,” “The Prayer,” “Ave Maria,” and “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church, crossed the street and recessed through the cheers of the guests congregated in the gym. They made their departure amid showers of thousands of apricot rose petals riding on the back of a vintage Cadillac convertible.

Immediately following, a cocktail reception took place at the Alumni Center. Serving stations were draped in citron satin and banded with fuschia bows and over sized crystal buckles. Arrangements of orchids sprayed from each table.

Reception greeters were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Winchester, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Love, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Holmes and Lee Denney.

A fanfare of trumpets heralded the transition for dinner which was staged in both the ballroom and a tented pavilion outdoors. The guests were seated at tables of taupe satin overlaid with silver metallic beaded lace. The interior ballroom was created with draped white chiffon walls and a ceiling of swooped panels of chiffon and streamers of clear lights. Behind the cake dais was an arbor created of mantel style arrangements of flowers and strands of large crystals.

Welcome toasts were offered from this location as well and broadcast to the guests in the tented ballroom as well. The pavilion was illuminated with crystal chandeliers and over the dance floor was a mobile creation of orbs of green orchids and pink roses. The white gloss dance floor featured baroque hand painting along the edges. The couple’s monogram initials were etched into the frosted glass doors leading into the various rooms. This same monogram created the back drop for the band stage where “Atlantic Express” played all evening.

The centerpieces on all the tables were done in three styles: an obelisk of orchids, an overflowing gold urn or a topiary of peach and coral roses. Passageways of floor-to-ceiling screens of falling water connected all the rooms of the Alumni Center and the tents together.

An After Party continued the celebration on a clear tented terrace. A black and white dance floor was surrounded by white leather lounges on white shag area rugs. Sliders, pizza, flaming desserts and ice cream sundaes were served.

The following morning, a Farewell Brunch was hosted in the transformed Ballroom. Tables were draped in parfait colors of peach, lemon and lime. Centerpieces were of coordinating shades of flowers. Guests enjoyed visiting with the newlyweds as they leisurely took their leave.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Manhatten,, New York before they returned to Manhattan, Kansas where they make their home. The evening prior the groom’s parents entertained with a Kansas agriculture-themed Rehearsal Dinner at Manhattan Country Club.


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