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The Best Of Your Penn State Weddings…Again: Part Three

These past two weeks have been filled with love and Lion Pride-themed matrimony. We welcome you back for our third edition of Penn State’s most memorable wedding submissions.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Alyssa & Michael Dusak

Wedding Location: The Penn Stater Hotel in State College, Pa.

Wedding Date: September 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic put many weddings on hold this year, but this Happy Valley couple was able to overcome their worries safely and romantically.

“Our original plan for the wedding didn’t happen because of coronavirus. We decided on an intimate wedding at Penn State, where it all began, with our parents and siblings,” Alyssa Dusak said. “We did have a few social distance surprises from the Nittany Lion and Coach Franklin! Even though it was not what we planned, we have memories that will last a lifetime!”

I spy with my little eye…

A wedding surprise from our very own James Franklin? Yes, please! Congratulations to Alyssa and Michael.

Julia & Josef Becker

Wedding Location: Reading, Pa.

Wedding Date: October 15, 2016

“We met at Nicholas Towers in 2008. We started officially dating in 2011. The rest is history!”

Julia surprised Josef with a special guest. The Nittany Lion was easily the star of the wedding. Next to the bride and groom, right?

Shannon & Kyle Ferenchick

Wedding Location: Ocean City, Md.

Wedding Date: June 27, 2020

“We met in high school, but didn’t start dating until Kyle was a freshman at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and as I was still a junior in high school,” Shannon Ferenchick said. “We both went to main campus at the same time, he was a junior and I was a freshman.”

“We got engaged at the Alumni Pond in August 2015 while my cousin hid in the bushes taking pictures. We got married this year in Ocean City, Maryland and just had to include Penn State! We continue to visit campus constantly for walks always visiting our engagement spot.”

“All members of the wedding party are proud Penn State alumni! Since it was a coronavirus wedding, we had professional pictures taken with matching Penn State masks!”

The blue and white pom-poms complement the ocean blue water quite nicely!

Christine Mitchell & Erik Boose

Wedding Location: The Arboretum

Wedding Date: June 26, 2015

“We started dating in middle school and went to Penn State together,” Christine Mitchell said. “He proposed at the Lion Shrine on our nine year anniversary. We got married at the Arboretum on our 12 year anniversary, and had the reception at The Penn Stater.”

You can never go wrong with a classic Lion Shrine photograph!

Crystal & Luis Muñoz

Wedding Location: Mount Joy, Pa.

Wedding Date: September 22, 2018

This Penn State wedding submission is heartwarming and inspiring.

“Luis was a THON Captain in 1998 and I was a childhood cancer survivor paired with organizations in which we shared mutual connections with. Years later, Luis and I reconnected over a Facebook post of my 15 year cancer free anniversary in which I had tagged some of those mutual friends,” Crystal Muñoz said. “At different stages of our adulthood and parenthood, we eventually started to talk, date and are now happily married with five children! Penn State will forever hold a special place in our hearts and is the home for many of our most cherished memories shared together and with our family.”

Yes, Penn State jerseys overrule any wedding dress or suit!

“We chose to get married in September because it is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our entire wedding was filled with details of gold for the kids, the angels & the warriors and paired with Penn State Blue.”

To show even more love, we added their family photo. Penn State brought this family of seven together after years apart. Their fate is everything we wanted for our Penn State alumni.

We also wanted to add the start of Crystal and Luis’ relationship in 1998, which led to a happily ever after!

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Larkin is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. The only words that leave her mouth are "yinz" and "dippy eggs." Luckily, her writing has much more substance than that. As a Steelers and Pirates fan, sports can become a hot debate. Share your thoughts on dogs (specifically Boston Terriers) with her at: [email protected]

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