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DOTD: Blue Band Alumni Had An Extremely State Wedding

There’s nothing in the world quite like a Blue Band wedding. Alumni Mark Poblete and Carol Nelson got married at the Penn Stater over the weekend, and there was no shortage of pride for the Blue-and-White.

Even the Nittany Lion made an appearance:

Of course, he stole a dance:

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On top of the Nittany Lion and blue band appearances, Mark and Carol had dozens of Penn Staters at the wedding. Six trumpets played Carol’s bridal processional before their ceremony and also played during photo ops throughout College Ave.

When your brother’s wedding is State AF #WeAre #PobleteEverAfter

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Look at the cake!

#pobleteeverafter @map408psu

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Mark and Carol’s romance has always been State as heck. They met back in their undergrad days when Mark, a  2007 IST graduate, played the piccolo and Carol, a 2008 music education graduate, played the trumpet, although they didn’t start dating until 2011. The couple’s loyalty to Penn State runs as deep as their love — Carol is the current president of the College of Arts and Architecture School of Music affiliate program’s alumni society and Mark has been the past president of the IST Alumni Society, the past president of the Alumni Blue band, and is a current appointed member on the Alumni Council.

If you were planning the perfect Penn State wedding and could only pick one place to get engaged, what would it be? Surrounded by ducks at the Hintz-Alumni Center, of course, and that’s exactly what the Pobletes did on April 11, 2015. From then on they were quite busy with a wedding to plan and an Alumni Blue Band Homecoming Committee to co-chair. Clearly they pulled it off, and they’re reprising their roles as co-chairs this year.

Oh, and this one photo has singlehandedly cancelled out every morning of shame the Waffle Shop has ever seen:

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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