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Penn State Love Stories: As Told By The Maid Of Honor

There’s no denying the necessity of Girls’ Night Out. Downtown State College is a fantastic place to roam around with the gals at the end of a week filled with endless schoolwork, harsh deadlines, and undeniable stress. But as the saying goes, love often appears in the most unexpected circumstances. According to her maid of honor, for Lori Weber, a simple Girls’ Night Out would change her life forever.

It was a typical spring evening in 2008 when Weber and her roommates decided to take a trip to Lulu’s Nightspot, which was one of the group’s favorite hangout places. A band called Velveeta (one of Penn State’s own) had taken the stage for its usual Thursday night gig — Weber and her gang knew this was always the best night to come to Lulu’s.

Yet there was an almost immediate shift in the air when Weber suddenly laid eyes on a familiar face from across the venue. Scott Brennan had captured her attention before, but the undergrad had yet to ever approach her. Despite this, Weber seized the opportunity to make a move.

“Hey, I’ve seen you here before,” Weber said as she tapped the young man on the shoulder. “Do you want to dance?”

And from that moment on, the chemistry was undeniable.

“They hit the dance floor for hours and really hit it off,” said Alicia Andaloro, Weber’s maid of honor. “She was impressed that he could actually keep up with her!”

Brennan later decided that it was his turn to take the reigns and asked Weber to accompany him on a dinner date. Yet despite their fateful meeting, the invitation didn’t quite go as planned; Weber opted for a more casual setting.

“She was freaked out by having dinner,”  Andaloro said. “So instead, she proposed going to the G-Man to get appetizers and beers.”

Though the two students got along extremely well and enjoyed each other’s company, a relationship simply didn’t appear to be on the horizon. When Brennan confessed his growing feelings for Weber that fall, she didn’t reciprocate — in fact, Weber did what many would call the opposite.

“She ran away from him,” Andaloro said.

However, things are not always what they appear to be. Weber had simply been in the midst of dealing with an all-too-common dilemma; since their time spent together on the dance floor earlier that year, she always had feelings for Brennan. She simply had no idea how to handle the situation.

Lori Webber and Scott Brennan during their perfect wedding - a celebration that, of course, took place at their own alma mater (Photo: Alicia Andaloro).
Lori Weber and Scott Brennan during their perfect wedding – a celebration that, of course, took place at their own alma mater (Photo: Alicia Andaloro).

Luckily, a twist of fate ensured that a friend’s wedding would spark a leap in the relationship that Weber and Brennan needed.

The two had moved to separate cities after their graduation from Penn State – Weber resided in California while Brennan was living in Washington, D.C. Despite the distance, their connection never fully dissipated. They kept in constant contact, sometimes even conversing for the entire day. Thus, Brennan rekindled a once dormant spark when he asked Weber to accompany him to his best friend’s wedding on May 26, 2011, and asked her to be his girlfriend soon after.

“She had a feeling he was going to ask that weekend when he came to visit and they went to the wedding,” Andaloro said. “And he did!”

The two were officially together, and the wait was worth it. The couple spent an incredibly happy first year together before deciding to move in together in New Jersey. Brennan took the next step in 2014 when he took Weber on a surprise birthday vacation to Turks and Caicos. He proposed on September 24 during their time in paradise together.

The couple shared a perfect wedding at Penn State’s Pasquerilla Spiritual Center this year on September 10, followed by a reception at the Nittany Lion Inn. The celebration ended with a tour around campus for photos — a beautiful beginning to the rest of their lives together.

“…the wedding went beautifully,” Andaloro said. “There was plenty of dancing and lots of laughs!”

About the Author

Claire Fountas

Claire Fountas is the student life editor for Onward State, as well as a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and psychology. She lives in a suburb of Chicago and strongly disagrees with anyone who hates the Cubs or the Blackhawks (so, pretty much anyone at Penn State). You can follow her @ClaireFountas or email her at [email protected]

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