A Purple Wedding

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John Talkington and Juli Piper-Talkington share a toast with each other during their wedding reception Oct. 5, 2012 at The Manhattan Country Club.

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Steve’s Floral created more than 30 floral arrangements including this table center piece at the reception.

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The Manhattan Country Club food and beverage manager Tracy Jackson, and 2011 alum, removes the top of the wedding cake and returns it to the kitchen.

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Juli Piper-Talkington dances with her father Mark Piper during the reception Oct. 5, 2012, at The Manhattan Country Club.

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Jenny Anderes, designer at Steve’s Floral and 2002 alum, adds flowers to a candelabra for the wedding of Juli Piper and John Talkington on Oct. 4, 2012. Seven staff members worked on the flowers during the week to get them prepared and installed at the church and reception. Photo by Steven Dearinger

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Jenny Anderes lifts an arrangement onto a vase in the reception tent at The Manhattan Country Club on Oct. 5, 2012. Photo by Steven Dearinger

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Andy Liebsch, Studio 32 Productions and 2004 alum, films Juli Piper as she arrives at First Lutheran Church Oct. 5, 2012, for her wedding.

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Andy Liebsch films as Juli Piper gets help from her wedding party unwrapping her dress. Piper wore two dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

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Jan Miller, Steve’s Floral owner, lights a candle as her staff makes the final touches on the flowers before the wedding started.

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Dr. Mary Ellen Sutton, organist and retired K-State professor, plays during the wedding Oct. 5, 2012, at First Lutheran Church.

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Letitia Petitjean, sister of the bride and 1985 alum, Juli Piper and her father Mark Piper,1960 alum, share a moment before the start of the wedding Oct. 5, 2012, at First Lutheran Church.

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Wedding guest release purple ballons as the bride and groom exit the church after the wedding Oct. 5, 2012, at First Lutheran Church.

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Jenny Anderes attaches a flower to a branch in a center piece arrangement in the reception tent at The Manhttan Country club.

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Shawn Gigstad, designer and 1996 alum, carriers a vase out the back door of Steve’s Floral on Oct. 5, 2012, as she helps load the vans. Photo by Steven Dearinger

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Jenny Anderes adds flowers to the candelabras as she prepares First Lutheran Church for the wedding Oct. 5, 2012. The staff at Steve’s Floral spent 10 hours the day of the wedding setting up the church and reception. Photo by Steven Dearinger

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Juli Piper and John Talkington share a kiss as they are presented as husband and wife Oct. 5, 2012 at First Lutheran Church.

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