Recalling a newspaper-themed wedding

I’d been trying to come up with a good media-related Valentine’s Day post all morning and not having much luck.

NPR reminded me about their annual Feb. 14 promotion, and I considered that:

We designed 13 cards this year with sayings like ‘Your love is like the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation… It supports me.’ and ‘I’m gonna court you so supremely, Nina Totenberg will report on our love story’?

Just a fun way for news hounds and NPR fans to celebrate holiday. They can be found online at [her] or shared on Facebook.

Nice, but I’ve seen the cards all over the place.

Then it hit me: why not remind readers of the most romantic item I’ve posted in my 14 or so years of blogging — a couple’s newspaper-themed wedding — and get an update on it. So here it is:

MarylandReporter.com journalist Megan Poinski wrote me last June:

When we started planning our wedding a year ago, we knew that it had to pay homage to newspapers as much as possible. We:

* Wrote a press release to give information about the wedding venue, dinner, etc in our invitation. The invitation itself was in typewriter font.

* Made gift bags for our out-of-town guests out of newspapers we had saved.

* Made an eight-page newspaper as our programs.

* Had my cousins — 10-year-old twin boys — dress up as old-fashioned newspaper boys to hand out the programs to wedding guests as they came in. (From what I hear, they really got into the whole, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” thing.)

* Designed the place cards for guests as press passes, complete with neck lanyards. I think about half of the guests actually wore them. Centerpieces were made out of old typewriters.

* Made centerpieces out of old typewriters. We put table numbers on card stock and put that inside the typewriter, and then the typewriters were covered with flowers.

* Designed my bouquet with “LOVE” in typewriter keys on ribbons going down the stems.

* Had guests put cards for us in an old paperboy bag.

* Gave out notebooks and pens for our favors.

This morning I asked Megan if she’d give Romenesko readers an update. Here’s her email:

Some brides hope that their wedding is featured in bridal magazines or society pages. As for me, I’m thrilled that my wedding was featured on your site, in E&P, and in The Atlantic.

We got quite a bit of attention for our unique wedding, and I hope that we were able to inspire anyone else wanting to do things at their wedding that were a bit different. I definitely got a lot of emails from people asking questions about what we did. [I asked if she had become a newspaper-themed wedding consultant, of sorts.]

Tim [Fields] and I are both still at the same full-time jobs. I am still the associate editor at MarylandReporter.com, a nonprofit website covering Maryland state government and politics. (Incidentally, this means I am spending my Valentine’s Day in the Maryland State House press room.) Tim is still a support specialist at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. We’ve taken on some other things on the side since last May. I’m currently also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University (my alma mater), teaching an introduction to newswriting and reporting class. Tim is working on his paralegal certification (putting his investigative reporting skills to good use) at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

We bought our first home together in Maryland a few weeks ago. (We’re not looking forward to physically moving all of the typewriters; we were only able to get rid of just 2 or 3 after the wedding.) Today, it finally felt like home: It was the first day we walked out to find the newspaper on our front doorstep.

* Tying the knot with newsprint: The ultimate newsie wedding

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