The Couple

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The Bride

Keeley was born and raised in Lockport, New York. She attended Washington Hunt Elementary School, which she’s pretty sure is a gym now, if she remembers correctly. She graduated from Lockport High School in 2005, after four years of involvement in just about everything that didn’t involve sports. She spent a lot of that time putting on silly costumes and faking her way through simple dance moves in the high school auditorium, endeavors for which there is absolutely no lingering photographic evidence of any kind so don’t ask.

As a child, she dreamed of becoming an artist, a WNBA player, a National Geographic photographer and, after seeing The Princess Diaries, the ruler of a small European principality. She spent the first year of college pursuing the idea of becoming a high school English teacher.

After realizing she wasn’t that into interacting with 30 kids at a time all under the age of 18, she transferred to the University at Buffalo, where she majored in English and anthropology and wrote for several campus publications.

Sometime in there she met Ren, and after graduating from UB, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where Keeley got a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She worked at the Tampa Bay Times for about 2 and a half years, as an editorial assistant and later reporter. She now works in public relations.

Keeley likes snuggling with her dogs, reading books with happy endings, watching angsty TV shows, long meaningful conversations with friends that include semi-frequent celeb gossip breaks, and any excuse for dessert. She still hasn’t gotten around to buying frames for her college degrees.

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The Groom

Ren was born in Lockport, NY and lived thereabouts until he was nine or so, living it up on the old wooden playground at Newfane Elementary. His family briefly moved to a part of Florida now known for its methamphetamine production before moving back to Gasport and Middleport. He graduated from Royalton Hartland Jr./Sr. High School in 2005, where he played in classic rock and punk bands instead of participating in school sanctioned extracurriculars and, fun fact, never once ate a school lunch.

After taking a psychology class during his senior year in which students watched “Mean Girls” and ate green-dyed applesauce, Ren thought he would enjoy majoring in psychology in college. He did not. At all. He joined the school paper after five semesters of misery and found out he cared more about journalism than the thoracic ganglia’s role in the autonomic nervous system.

Ren managed two student publications at the University at Buffalo and, in the summer of 2010, followed Keeley to grad school in Florida. He wrote press releases for law firms for a year before he went back to graduate school at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and earned a master’s degree in journalism.

Shortly before graduating he began working at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the “world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for” journalists. He builds online journalism courses, teaches reporters from across the world and occasionally writes about digital journalism topics on Poynter.org.

Ren likes drinking craft beer and old man cocktails, reading every “A Song of Ice and Fire” tidbit he can find, spending way too much money on Apple products, eating foods he would have been repulsed by as a child and engaging in a new hobby every month.