WHO DID WHAT
Caterer: Town Square
Gown: Ellis Bridals from Something White Bridal Boutique
Bride’s jewelry: The Jeweled Gypsy
Rings: Heirloom (Bride), Etsy’s Laser Craft Design (Groom)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair stylist: Bethany Axe
Makeup stylist: Clinique at Town Center Macy’s
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Town Square
Music: KC Mobile DJ
Flowers: Beth Lange, Town Square
Rentals: All Seasons and Ultrapom
Decor and linens: Town Square
Hannah Rogg was only 11 years old when she met her future husband, Coleman Taylor, at a theater company in Olathe. The two shared a love for performing arts, participating in camps and internship programs before the friendship evolved into romance during Hannah’s junior year of high school.
The pair continued to date over the course of six years, while she attended Southwest Baptist University and he pursued a career in stunt training, working in Los Angeles and Australia. Then, a few months before Hannah’s May 2016 graduation, Coleman popped the question at a park where the two shared one of their first dates.
“I don’t remember what I said,” Hannah says. “I tried to say yes, but the ring box was blinking and I was like, ‘Is that a light-up ring box?’ Apparently it was recording everything! I had no idea that was a thing.”
In the following months, the two organized plans for a fall celebration to be held inside Paola’s Town Square—a restored two-story event space that mixes exposed brick walls, tin-stamped ceilings and restored hardwood floors.
“It was the only venue I visited,” she admits. “I really liked the brick and the different floors with big, open staircases. I appreciated that it’s specifically a wedding venue and, because they do a lot of things in-house, you don’t have to worry about whether your vendors are on the same page.”
The venue’s on-staff wedding planner helped streamline the process, coordinating catering, flowers and décor, while Hannah’s grandfather, a retired judge in Kansas, helped officiate the ceremony.
“My dad passed away when I was 13, so having my dad’s father speak words of wisdom was so special,” she recounts. “He is someone who’s been a mentor to both of us, so it was really special.”
For the milestone, Hannah wowed in a lace Ellis Bridals gown with a fishtail train and keyhole back, while Coleman looked on in a timeless black tux. Hannah’s bridesmaids donned gowns from David’s Bridal in a wine hue that was perfect for the fall celebration.
Following the ceremony, guests ventured downstairs where candles and twinkle lights, along with roses and greenery, provided a romantic dinner scene. The evening’s menu consisted of strawberry blueberry spinach salad, creamy basil chicken and hearty brisket, among other dishes.
Town Square prepared the couple’s rose and vine-topped wedding cake, which was made of two vanilla and raspberry tiers, as well as two red-velvet layers, all covered in a decadent cream cheese frosting. The groom opted for a classic French silk pie.
KC Mobile DJ contributed to the evening’s soundtrack.
“Our DJ put a card on each table, encouraging everyone to text in requests,” she says. “It was really fun. People were so excited when their request would be played. It was a great way to get people involved.”
Near the end of the night, some of the younger guests who were involved in a recent production of The Lion King, which Coleman and Hannah co-directed, asked the DJ to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
“It was toward the end and it was really special to share that song with people who are so excited for us and for directing that together,” she says. “It was a sweet, fun time.”
Shortly after, the newlyweds made their escape beneath a magical sparkler exit.