The Wedding Party

Stephanie Sheehan

Stephanie Sheehan

Maid of Honor

One Christmas Stephanie received one of the Harry Potter books on tape. She and Keeley put on their PJs, curled up in blankets and sleeping bags under the dining room table all afternoon into the night, and listened to most of it in one day.

Corey LaForme

Corey LaForme

Best Man

Corey first drove a car when he was 15. After a shopping trip, Ren took him on the backroads of Gasport, New York, and let Corey take the wheel. It was terrifying. Let’s all hope he’s improved since then.

 

Drew Brigham

Drew Brigham

From: Lockport, NY
Where we met: Quality Markets
When we met: August 2005
Fun fact: Drew and Ren became friends in earnest when Ren insulted Drew by assuming he had never heard of Death Cab for Cutie. But make no mistake; Ren would follow Drew into the dark.

Jared Burdick

Jared Burdick

From: Middleport, NY
Where we met: Roy-Hart Jr./Sr. High School
When we met: September 2000
Fun fact: Jared and Ren were in a rock band named Live on Impact in high school, and were once chased for hours by a fire department chief after some late-night shenanigans.

Manny Carrasco

Manny Carrasco

From: West Islip, NY
Where we met: Amanda and Andrew’s apartment
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: Manny holds the distinction of being the only person who ever “broke” Ren after an afternoon of disc golf and drinking dragged on all night. Ren didn’t touch a drop of liquor for two years.

Taylor Gaudens

Taylor Gaudens

From: Lutz, FL
Where we met: The Crow’s Nest
When we met: Fall 2010
Fun fact: Taylor got Keeley tickets to Kelly Pickler’s show at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City as a Secret Santa gift one year. They sat in the bleachers, then rushed the stage during the very last song.

Daniel Goonin

Daniel Goonin

From: Minneapolis, MN
Where we met: Amanda and Andrew’s apartment
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: Anything Ren has done in the past five years that can be considered “active” — namely doing P90X and joining a beach volleyball league — are Dan’s influence. But don’t worry; there’s plenty of bad with the good.

Andrew Hayslip

Andrew Hayslip

From: Macon, GA
Where we met: Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park
When we met: October 2010
Fun fact: Has Ren recommended any new bands or songs to you in the past five years? He probably got it from Andy. He also owes Andy for the idea for (and some of the work on) his final master’s project. Thanks, Andy!

Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston

From: Crown Point, IN
Where we met: Tampa Bay Times
When we met: January 2013
Fun fact: Caitlin and Keeley bonded while working together in a tiny office in Brandon, FL. They spent most of their break time wandering around Publix, looking for snacks.

Abby Killion

Abby Killion

From: Lockport, NY
Where we met: Emmet Belknap Middle School
When we met: September 1998
Fun fact: Back in high school, Abby, Keeley and a big group of friends went to the local mall/movie theater to see Monsters, Inc. The two of them ended up skipping the movie and reading goofy horoscopes in the astrology section instead.

Lauren Klinger

Lauren Klinger

From: New Port Richey, FL
Where we met: The Poynter Institute
When we met: January 2013
Fun fact: Lauren and Ren are consistently referred to as “work brother and sister” at Poynter; a relationship Ren has defined with constant brotherly antagonism. Don’t tell anyone, but he thinks Lauren is pretty alright.

Nati Lima

Natalia Lima

From: Säo Paulo, Brazil
Where we met: USF St. Petersburg
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: Nati and Keeley went to a Ke$ha/Pitbull concert in Tampa once. They felt a little weird because they didn’t wear fringe and severely high-waisted shorts like the other girls in the audience did, but they did take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Pitbull.

Tara McCarty

Tara McCarty

From: Provo, UT
Where we met: The Crow’s Nest
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: Tara and Keeley once went on a student journalism conference trip with a small group to Kentucky. They weren’t really friends yet, but they really cemented things when they decided to roll down the hill outside their hotel in the dark just because it was there.

Andrew Palumbo

Andrew Palumbo

From: Yorktown Heights, NY
Where we met: Amanda and Andrew’s Apartment
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: If you’ve heard Ren rifle off deep knowledge about some obscure beer thing recently, he’s probably just repeating something he learned from Andrew, who is the most generous person when it comes to hops and barley.

Garrett Sheehan

Garrett Sheehan

From: Lockport, NY
Where we met: Lockport Memorial Hospital
When we met: September 1993
Fun fact: When he was little, if you asked Garrett what time it was, he’d look at his watch-less wrist and say “eight o’clock.” He was right at least twice a day.

Dara Taylor

Dara Taylor

From: Lockport, NY
Where we met: Emmet Belknap Middle School
When we met: September 1998
Fun fact: Dara used to quote Friends a lot, which Keeley never understood until they spent a summer making their way through Dara’s entire 10-season collection. Best. Summer. Ever.

Hannah Ulm

Hannah Ulm

From: Palm Harbor, FL
Where we met: The Crow’s Nest
When we met: August 2010
Fun fact: Hannah and Keeley have long-standing plans to get Internet famous by making videos about a small puppet Keeley bought from a boardwalk stand that delivers bad news. Hannah once dressed up like this puppet for Halloween and she basically won Best Halloween Costume for life.

Kevin Whalen

Kevin Whalen

From: Lockport, NY
Where we met: Quality Markets
When we met: August 2005
Fun fact: We’re pretty sure everyone in Kevin’s entire family is a teacher. But all you really need to know about Kevin is the he’s the best storyteller you’ll ever hear. Also he’ll never EVER get into another hot tub with Ren.