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Alumni Couple of Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication Will Host First Wedding at New Hotel

Posted Jul. 26, 2013
By Meghan Caprez, public relations student
Nate Sargent and Sadie Kelly are the first couple to host a wedding at the new Kent State Hotel and Conference Center. A Kent State University student media "power couple" will make local history as the first to be married in the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center on July 26.

Nate Sargent, '09, and Sadie Kelly, '10, met on the second floor of Franklin Hall in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The pair could be found in the business office of the Daily Kent Stater late in the afternoon, after all of their peers had abandoned the room for the evening. She was working on the Classified section of the paper as the Classified Account Executive, and he was manning the phones as the Sales Manager.

For Halloween one year, Sargent and his lifelong friend, college roommate and best man Tim Magaw, '09, decided to get in the spirit by dressing up as women. They met up with Kelly and her friend and bridesmaid Kelly Pickerel, '09, to celebrate.

"They both had beards, too," Kelly said, laughing. "They were the ugliest women I'd ever seen. It's usually pretty hard to get guys into Halloween; they usually half-ass a costume. It was kind of refreshing to see a guy get into it."

After "hanging out" a few times after Halloween, Sargent and Kelly began dating, but decided to keep it quiet in the Stater office. When the couple finally announced they had been dating just before Sargent graduated, students and faculty were excited by the news. Both Student Media Manager Lori Cantor and Student Media Advertising Manager Tami Bongiorni expressed their surprise at the couple's announcement.

"I was definitely shocked, but pleasantly surprised," Cantor said. "This isn't the first couple to come out of the Stater office."

After she graduated, Kelly moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, and the couple commuted to see each other. Two years later, she moved back to the Kent area, and Sargent proposed.

"Sadie is the boldest bride," said Samantha Lingenfelter, '10, a college friend and Stater coworker of the couple. "They weren't going to get married until 2014, but she called about the new Kent Hotel, and they said they had an opening in July. She did all this before the hotel building even opened."

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center opened June 14, and Sargent and Kelly's will be the first wedding to take place there. When Kelly booked the date of the wedding, the hotel hadn't even selected an opening date yet.

"Everyone sort of thought I was crazy," Kelly said. "But the hotel is just absolutely beautiful. It couldn't have turned out any better."

Friends and family are excited for the bride and groom and can't wait to be part of Kent State history.

"We've all graduated from Kent State, so it's great to be part of the hotel's history," Pickerel said.

"We were all excited when we heard they were engaged, but when we heard they were going to be the first couple to be married at the hotel, we were even more excited," Cantor said.

Like the couple, the wedding is unique and will incorporate many local vendors and traditions. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake for dessert at the reception, the couple will serve pie.

"Nate loves pie," Lingenfelter explained. "Neither of them is very fond of cake, so they're bringing in like 30 [Gardner Pie Company] pies.

"Pie is a special dessert for the couple. Kelly was in Ireland one Thanksgiving while the couple was dating, so Sargent promised to make her a whole Thanksgiving meal when she returned.

"I think he realized that was a really big commitment, making a whole Thanksgiving dinner, so he made me a homemade pumpkin pie instead. I love pumpkin pie, and it was delicious. That's a sign of a good future husband right there," Kelly joked.

Sargent's mother is also baking cookies for a cookie table, a tradition for weddings in Kelly's hometown area. According to Kelly, she's been baking for months in preparation for the big event.

The wedding will also feature 50 bags of popcorn from Popped! as well as photography from Carman & Pugh, both located in Acorn Alley II in downtown Kent.

More than the wedding, friends and family are looking forward to Sargent and Kelly spending the rest of their lives together.

"There's a whole group of us who have known each other since kindergarten, so we have a more brotherly relationship than friendship," Magaw said. "None of the rest of us are married yet, so we're excited to be adding a sister to the group."

"They're both so feisty and fun," Bongiorni said. "They're a good fit."

For more information about the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, visit www.kentstatehotel.com. For sales and event inquiries, email info@kentstatehotel.com.

For more information about the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit www.kent.edu/jmc.

Media contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR, 330-672-1960, jlkramer@kent.edu