About Us

We believe every couple deserves a beautiful wedding. 

Photos by  Keith Czechanski Photography

Photos by Keith Czechanski Photography

Our Mission: To give every couple the wedding of their dreams. 

We founded Once Upon a Time because we wanted to help couples in Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City bring their wedding vision to life. Our business combines the services of a florist, wedding planner, rental company and lighting team all under one roof. 

Our Team

Corla Ladner - In 1977, Corla made her debut in the floral design world. More than 20 years later, she's still making beautiful flower arrangements. She loves glitz, glamor and bling and is not afraid to use it! As a mother of three daughters, Corla went into wedding design for one simple reason - all brides deserve a beautiful wedding.

Ali Ellis - As an experienced advertising professional and event planner, Ali brings a lot to the Once Upon A Time team. She knows all the tricks to saving money without sacrificing style. Her personal style is a little more vintage and muted, but truly unique.

Ivy Dibbern - A recent bride and service industry veteran, Ivy knows what it takes to make a dream wedding come together. Ivy likes anything funky and fun, so let her help you with your one of a kind celebration.

I would personally like to thank Ali, Ivy, and Corla from Once Upon a Time Wedding Design, for making my wedding day spectacular! ... I am still getting told weeks later about how beautiful my wedding was, and that the decorations were exceptional! Ali, Ivy, and Corla, were amazing at helping me have a beautiful and smooth flowing wedding day. These ladies seriously took care of everything so that I could just relax and know that everything would go well. There are no words to express how happy I am that I had them decorate and coordinate my wedding day. They truly want you to have the most breathtaking wedding day! I can’t thank them enough for being there for me and for making my “big” day a magnificent day that I will always cherish. Thanks for everything!
— Tessa - Review submitted via Wedding Wire