Christal Hannigan and Joshua Coufal were married at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2017, in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake at the Topeka Zoological Park. A candlelit dinner reception followed.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white lace strapless Pronovias wedding gown with detailed embroidery and an embroidered lace trimmed tulle jacket.
The bride’s sister, Kaitlin Hannigan of McLouth, was her maid of honor, and her best friend, Rebecca (Rosacker) Crowell of Michigan, was her matron of honor. They wore floor length silver satin dresses with pearl necklaces.
The flower girl was Kayleigh Crowell of Michigan, wearing a white lace dress with a jeweled belt. Flowers were shades of hot pink and white, and the lace hankie the groom’s great-grandmother carried in her wedding was placed on the altar.
The groom was attended by his brother Jacob Coufal of Topeka as his best man, and his best friend, Brady Hoskins of Robinson, as his groomsman.
Ushers were Julian Jenkins of Topeka, Marcy Gonzalez of Topeka and Garin Sloan of Pittsburg. The men wore navy suits with navy suspenders and hot pink vests and ties.
The guests enjoyed private after hours’ access to the zoo while the couple tossed a bouquet to the hippo, fed other animals and watched the elephants paint them a set of pictures.
Dinner was catered by Pacha’s and featured carved strip steak, praline chicken, a trio of whipped potatoes, fall harvest salad, fresh sautéed vegetables and homemade rolls.
The groom’s cake contained layers of carrot and red velvet cake and featured a hunting and fishing theme. The traditional wedding cake had four layers, sweet almond, chocolate, fresh strawberry and Chai spice. It was decorated with fresh flowers.
The groom is the son of David and Cynthia Coufal of Holton and Sherryl and Mark Ferretti of Topeka. He is the grandson of Kathryn and the late Lee Axelton of Topeka and Marcia and the late John Coufal of Holton.
The bride is the daughter of Bob and Robin Hannigan of Topeka and is the granddaughter of Bob and Jeanne Taggart of Topeka and Bob and Mary Hannigan of Hutchinson.
The bride graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University. She is a contract analyst with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The groom graduated from Hiawatha High School and Highland Community College. He is a disease management specialist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
The couple took a three-week honeymoon through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The highlight was time spent at an animal sanctuary where they rode free range elephants, fed giraffes and helped with daily care of the animals, including bottle-feeding lions, tigers and leopards. The couple resides in Topeka.