Our Polar Bear Plunge Wedding

We were amazed to see how a bit of social media strategy and a goal to make it into the local news turned into what some people are calling “the most talked-about non-celebrity wedding.”

Our wedding was a blast. Originally, we wanted to go for a hike alone in the woods on 11/11/11, but our friends beat us to that date. Then, our brother-in-law suggested we could still get a date full of ones by celebrating on 1/1/11. Some friends jokingly said, “…but you’ll miss the Polar Bear Plunge.” Well, we didn’t!

Just to set the record straight, in Pennsylvania, you can get a self-uniting marriage license with only two witnesses. Our moms were our official witnesses, and as planned, the last picture on this page shows the exact moment we tied the knot. Check out how happy I look!

Here’s a quick rundown of the media coverage we got…

We were honored to hear our names, pronounced CORRECTLY by Steve Inskeep on NPR.

Most publicized non-celebrity weddingMentioned during the SNL news segment (adult in nature)

KDKA (with video):

Live stream recording: (jump near minute 33)


YouTube Video from WTAE. They interviewed us which was nice. A little misinfo, those were not our bridesmaids – but we did have about 40 friends that jumped! The kilt at the end was for authentic!


Tribune Review:



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