Taylor Marie Allen and Kyle Lucas Merklein were married Nov. 25, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church, Manhattan, with Pastor Michael Ide and Father Don Zimmerman, officiating.
Parents of the couple are Gene and Joyce Allen, Atchison, and Paul and Kathy Merklein, Prairie View.
Grandparents of the couple are Oliva Pfannenstiel, Hays, the late Ernest and Ernestine Merklein, and Francis and Ada Gaines.
Honor attendant was Brin Miller, cousin of the bride. Attendants were Kay Allen, sister-in-law of the bride, Krista Wagner, Brooke Larson, Kelsey Willingham and Jill Berry, all friends of the bride. Candlelighters were Jessica Fiser and Kaitlin Chipman, both friends of the bride.
Best man was Tim Merklein, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Nick Fischer, Nam Nguyen, Colin Kirchhoff, Garrett Kennedy and Cole Malmberg, all friends of the groom. Ushers were Darin Allen, brother of the bride, Jordan Dettmer, cousin of the groom, and Andy Campbell, friend of the couple.
Hosts at the church were Tharran and Barb Gaines, aunt and uncle of the groom. Musicians included Laneah and Latisha Pettijean, violinists, and Mikaela Miller, cousin of the bride, pianist. Chelsey Cook, friend of the bride, read the Scripture readings. Attending the guestbook and gifts were Lydia Parish, Taylor's Little Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Manhattan chapter, and J'Donte Richardson, Kyle's Little Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Manhattan chapter.
A reception and dance followed at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Reception hosts were Judy Pfannenstiel and Dave Waxse, aunt and uncle of the bride. Serving at the cake table were Christine Albrecht, sister of the groom, Jayme Merklein, sister-in-law of the groom, JoAnn Rice, aunt of the groom, and Larissa Dettmer, cousin of the groom. Charlie and Jeanette Tauscher, aunt and uncle of the bride, led the Grand March.
The bride is a 2007 graduate of Atchison High School and a 2010 graduate of Kansas State University. She is a student at Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School.
The bridegroom is a 2007 graduate of Phillipsburg High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas. He is employed as a production engineer for Cargill's biodiesel plant.
Following a wedding trip to San Diego and Catalina Island, the newlyweds are at home in Kansas City, Mo.