An Iowa Wedding

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of wedding season. At a ceremony I attended in downtown Iowa City last Saturday, I thought of how often the University of Iowa plays a central role in local newlyweds’ stories.

At this particular wedding, the bride had previously worked for the UI and the groom was a graduate. Many pivotal moments in their relationship occurred on the Old Capitol steps, including the proposal. The Old Capitol served as a backdrop for both their engagement and wedding day photos, and the best man—an Iowa State grad—included some intrastate rivalry in his toast.

I’m positive my friends aren’t the only couple who have held a Hawkeye-style wedding. Whether you met your significant other in class at the Chemistry Building, proposed during a football game at Kinnick Stadium, or decorated the church in black and gold, I would love to hear your University of Iowa-related engagement and wedding stories. Please send them my way!

Shelbi Thomas
Associate Editor

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One Comment

  1. Kristin Schultz
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I were married in Danforth Chapel. We were living in Sioux City at the time, but my sister – who traveled extensively for work – lived in IC. There were so many reasons to love an Iowa City wedding that we booked the chapel and called my former professor, Jay Holstein, to see if he’d perform the ceremony. We had intended to have a small family ceremony, but when we arrived, the chapel had been double booked, and 50 gorgeous women from an African American sorority, dressed in formal black suits and dresses, joined our celebration as Holstein conducted the service.

    The next morning, as my husband checked out of our hotel, the guest attendant looked at him and said, “I was at your wedding!”

    It was delightful.

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