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Olivia Louise Rooker - Cole Allen Welhoff

July 26, 2020 at 1:44 a.m.
Olivia Louise Welhoff (KES Weddings)

Wedding vows were exchanged by Olivia Louise Rooker and Cole Allen Welhoff at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Officiating was the Rev. Tim Reed, who also officiated at the wedding of the bride's parents. Assisting was the Rev. Derek Coyle.

Parents of the bride are Janet Louise and Jeffery Bruce Rooker of Little Rock. She is the granddaughter of Peggy and Howard Rooker of McLoud, Okla., and Barbara and the late Charles Smith of Malvern.

The groom is the son of Paige Alayne and Scott Allen Welhoff of Harrisonville, Mo. His grandparents are Jo Anne and Ronald Welhoff of Peculiar, Mo., and Edwin and the late Barbara Peeples of Harrisonville.

The chancel held two large pedestal arrangements of hybrid delphinium, snapdragons, tuberoses, hydrangeas, lisianthus and roses in shades of periwinkle, lilac, white and pale green. Music was by pianist Mike Walsh, cellist Michael Stiritz and vocalist Hope Dabney.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a long-sleeve tulle ball gown with an off-the-shoulder bodice embellished with crystal beaded lace embroidery. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of roses, hydrangeas, ranunculas, freesia, and delphinium in soft pastel shades of white, green, periwinkle and lavender.

Julia Bush of Little Rock was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Shelby Fox of Dallas; Audrey Welhoff of Harrisonville, sister of the groom; Anna Norman of Lawrence, Kan.; Hope Dabney of Florence, S.C.; Lauren Phelps of Conway. They wore steel blue chiffon gowns and carried bouquets similar to the bride's. Flower girl was Ellie Coyle of Little Rock.

Best man was Zachary Freistedt of Oklahoma City. Serving as groomsmen were Ronald Baker and Matthew Welhoff, cousin of the groom, both of Harrisonville; Justin Moore and Kelly Howell, both of Tulsa; and Douglas Croy of Kansas City, Mo. Guests were seated Gregory Lambeth and Matthew Lambeth, both of Lebanon and cousins of the bride; John Kusmec of Harrisonville and Mitchell Wilkins of Madison, Wis.

A reception at Chenal Country Club was held after the wedding. Round guest tables were centered with candles in silver and mercury glass holders and arrangements of roses, freesia, tuberoses and hydrangeas in clear and crystal cylinders.

Assisting were Jennifer Cook, Katie Nelson, Bethany Long and Erin Wilkins.

The bride graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tulsa with a master's degree in speech language pathology. She is a speech language pathologist at Key Rehab of Kansas City.

The groom has a bachelor's degree in environmental policy from the university and is an investment representative with American Century Investments in Kansas City.

The couple will live in Overland Park, Kan., after a honeymoon in Seaside, Fla.


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