Ben and I met when he was visiting friends at the University of Nebraska to attend the 1994 matchup of Colorado @ Nebraska, a game the Lincoln Journal Star calls the 2nd biggest game EVER at Memorial Stadium. It was the last time the goalposts came down in Lincoln, and it was also perhaps the biggest party night of my life.
Ben and I have both grown up a lot since that meeting (I remember being introduced to this tall, goofy guy wearing a Fred Flintstone shirt). For Ben, a lot of that is reflected in the woman he chose to spend the rest of his life with, and in the fashion the two of them got married last month in Billings, Montana.
I really enjoyed getting to know Adrienne. The youngest of 10 children (the family photo of her siblings with children had more than 40 people in it!), she is an absolute class act. And the wedding she planned was almost as beautiful as her beaming, contagious smile.
Ben, welcome to the club of us men who married up, and congratulations!
It was also great to be able to spend some time with Ben’s sister, my dear friend Elizabeth. Not only was it fun hanging out and catching up, but you did an awesome job helping me light this first portrait here: