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How we met: Stefani Rudd and Bryan Concannon

Stefani Rudd and Bryan Concannon in wedding attire at Illinois State

Stefani Rudd and Bryan Concannon

It was because of siblings that Bryan Concannon ’14 and Stefani Rudd ’13 met in 2010.

Stefani’s sister, Staci Rudd ’10, M.S. ’17, and her roommate were having a party. The roommate’s brother decided to invite a few friends. One of those was Bryan, who was in his last semester at Heartland Community College. His plan was to transfer to Illinois State, where Stefani was a sophomore.

“We met at a ‘stoplight party,’” Stefani recalled, explaining how it works. “You wear red if taken, yellow if unsure, and green if single. We were both in green!” The two became friends after that initial meeting, staying in touch for the next two years. It took that long until they finally went on their first date, which was a competitive round of miniature golf.

Four years later, while vacationing in California, Bryan proposed at the San Diego Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. They married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington on Nov. 11, 2017. The wedding party traveled to campus for photos on the Quad—including at the love bench—with a reception following in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center.

The two still enjoy time on campus, as they chose to stay in Bloomington following graduation.

Stefani completed a degree in graphic communications and works at State Farm Insurance Company as an IT analyst. Bryan earned his bachelor’s in criminal justice sciences and works as a bank operations specialist for State Farm Bank.

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