Wedding Photos: Vol. 1

Despite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I’m still clicking through (and clicking through) our 400-plus wedding photos by the ever talented (and Omaha-based) Janine McClintock Studios. What a treasure trove of memories!

While the majority of our Friday and Saturday wedding photos are posted to Facebook (both here and here), I wanted to share the first post of some of my favorites.


Merry Christmas!

It’s our first official Christmas as newlyweds, and we truly feel blessed following an exciting and eventful 2012.

A big part of the past year was, of course, our wedding on September 21. We thank you all again for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and well wishes as we celebrated this important milestone.

Matt has continued in his role as imaging director for the Clear Channel cluster of radio stations in Omaha. A number of video and audio projects for clients and friends alike (under Matt’s new side business, Two Brothers Creative) have kept his creative brain (and personality!) buzzing throughout the year.

Matt and his brother, Ben, host “The Matt and Ben Show” at 1 p.m. Saturdays on 1110 KFAB. On some Saturdays, I even join them on the air! The topics focus on current events blended with their signature sense of humor.

This past fall I celebrated my one-year anniversary as a campaign manager with the Steier Group. My work has kept me largely in Kansas each week: from Salina to Olathe to Lansing. In my role with the Steier Group, I manage feasibility studies and capital campaigns for our nonprofit clients. And although I’ve spent countless hours in Kansas (Wildcat and Jayhawk territory), I forever remain a UNO Maverick.

Speaking of UNO, I continue to teach part-time for the School of Communication. Each semester, in Media Storytelling I, I work to transform about sixteen undergraduate students into budding backpack journalists. Teaching has turned into a wonderful side “project” that keeps my hunger for journalism alive. The students are eager and motivated. What could be better than returning to my alma mater each and every week?

Matt and I will wrap up 2012 with a trip to sun-soaked Cancun for a friend’s destination wedding. Our tropical getaway just happens to coincide with my 34th (gasp!) birthday.

We wish you continued health, happiness, and plenty of laughter in 2013.

Photo Booth Fun

More than 280 photos from the MAK Images photo booth at our wedding reception are now on Facebook!

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you still can click through these hilarious images.

What fun! Our guests sure know how to have a good time; and thankfully, the camera was there to catch every single moment.

From left: Katie Townley, Shannon Smith, and Adam Rydell.

Make ‘Em Laugh

At our Whiskey Roadhouse wedding reception, Matt’s spot-on Frank Sinatra serenade was a complete surprise to me. What a gift!

But Matt wasn’t done yet. To wrap up his set Saturday night, he offered up a few wedding jokes – which I have shared with you below.


For those who don’t know, Wendy used to be a polygamist. But it was reverse polygamy where she had seven husbands. She found out pretty quick that putting up with just one of me is more of a headache than seven men combined.

Wendy and I were happy for six years; then, we met.

But I’m excited to welcome a new family into my new life. Well, I should say three new families. I’ve been trying to get to know them better. In fact, I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months – only because I didn’t want to interrupt her.

They say that communication is the key to a successful marriage. Or something like that. I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention.

Last night a bearded man who claimed to be my father gave me some advice. He said that in the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year of marriage, the woman speaks and the man listens. In the third year, they both speak and no one listens – except for the neighbors.

Marriages are different all over the world. In Ass-Krusty-Stan you can trade a goat for a new wife. (And, ironically, they both have beards.) In China, a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries. And in the United States, a man doesn’t really know his wife until he marries.

Earlier this week I sent our marriage license off to Mitt Romney. I wanted to see if he could find any loopholes. And to be fair, I sent the marriage certificate off to President Obama, as well; but, he said it was a fake.

For the first time this morning I woke up in bed with a beautiful woman with whom I’m going to have lunch and the rest of my life.

So let’s raise our glass for a toast. As some of you may know, I’m a little weird. But the truth is that we are all a little weird and life is very weird. So when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and we call it love. So what I’m trying to say is this: let’s get weird!