Monika and Jonathon McMahon – 11/13/12

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We got married!

We know some (most) of you are shocked and maybe a bit concerned. We are sorry if this is the first you are learning about this as well. We tried to tell everyone that was close to us personally, but we just couldn’t keep the news to ourselves anymore!

Please know that it’s not that we did not want you involved, the opposite is true. However, in such a short timeframe we could not have organized an event that would have included all of you in a meaningful way. Please do not take not knowing personally. We love you.

We also know that you are bound to have a million questions for us, and while we are happy to answer them, we will be turning off our phones for the weekend and heading out of the state.

In the meantime, here’s a simple timeline of how this marriage came to be. We hope to celebrate with you all in the coming weeks and months!


Monday, 10/22 -
Denver Start-Up Lunch – First connection via Tanner, Gary V., and Astronautalis
Monika spills her lunch all over the table. Jon laughs and thinks it’s cute.
Jon asks for Monika’s business card, one left. Lucky.

Monday, 10/22-
Jon sends follow-up email – Monika gets excited, but waits a day to respond (he did have an android phone after all)

Tuesday, 10/23 -
Monika replies Jon’s email

Wednesday, 10/24 -
Ignite Denver – Tanner informs Jon that Monika will be there. Jon gets excited.
Monika skips seeing the Wallflowers, for free, because she wants to hang out with Jon
Ignite after party – Tanner “ping-pong’ing” down the street. First snow. First kiss.
Emails exchanged, plans made for Tech Cocktail

Thursday, 10/25 -
Tech Cocktail & The Delta Saints concert
More kissing

Friday, 10/26 -
Cold ride to drop Monika off at car. Jon is slightly hungover.
Monika is at RATK’s show, doesn’t invite Jon

Saturday, 10/27 -
Halloween weekend – Jon in Fort Collins with friends, Mon refuses to come out

Sunday, 10/28 -
Brunch @ Snooze – Jon starts to realize this is real

Monday, 10/29 -
Dinner in Boulder @ The Kitchen

Tuesday, 10/30 –
Post Paradise @ Moe’s in Denver
Monika skips other concert she was supposed to go to (who *is* this guy)

Thursday, 11/01 -
Monika shares unreleased music with Jon
Threatens to kill Jon for the first time (won’t be the last)

Friday, 11/02 -
Drinks with Monika’s co-workers in Boulder @ The Sundowner
Jon, at Mon’s urging, downloads Instagram and “wins” contest
Street Food – Monika finally pays for something (Jon had no cash and had to let Mon pay)

Saturday, 11/03 -
Flowbots, MBSE, & Astronautalis concert @ Gothic Theater – Monika starts to realize this is real

Sunday, 11/04 -
Monika in Disney
#DisneyMon29 #BirthdayWeek

Monday, 11/05 -
Monika still in Disney…
#DisneyMon29 #BirthdayWeek

Tuesday, 11/06 -
Election Night – Jon loses (but loses like a winner and honors bet terms)
Jon cooks dinner
Joke about getting married and divorced by Christmas
No longer joking about getting married

Wednesday, 11/07 –
They become Facebook official – Chaos ensues

Thursday, 11/08 -
Monika’s Birthday – Jon sends flowers, Mon’s office freaks out
Monika goes out with co-workers, invites Jon to join and meet all of the ladies

Friday, 11/09 -
Drinks in LoHi with Mon’s friends
Best birthday cards ever via Williams and Graham
Drinks in LoDo with Jon’s friends
Some of Jon’s friends find out we are getting married. Think it is a joke.

Saturday, 11/10 -
Monika has brunch with Christina. Forgets charger at Jon’s, makes him deliver it to her
Christina later says she went home and told Dan that Monika had found ‘the one’
Fierce Bad Rabbit concert in Fort Collins – Jon meets Monika’s parents and brother

Sunday, 11/11 -
It’s 11/11, make a wish
Coffee with Monika’s parents

Monday, 11/12 -
Scramble to buy (temporary) rings

Tuesday, 11/13 -

Let the interesting begin.

  • Brandon
    November 16, 2012

    !!!!!!!! CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey
    November 16, 2012

    Sincerely disappointed that a key point is left off this timeline: MUPPET NIGHT!

    Congrats friends.. we wish you the best!

  • Jeremy Tanner
    November 16, 2012

    Congratulations! Here’s to many happy years together.

    And you’re welcome. ;)

    Also, shotgun godfather to firstborn!


  • meghann @ midgetinvasion
    November 16, 2012

    I don’t know y’all, was linked here through Greeblemonkey.

    I wanted to say congratulations, and I wish you the best. My husband and I secretly eloped after dating for less than two months. He proposed 10 days after the first date. People thought we were crazy, that we wouldn’t last 6 months. That was 13 1/2 years ago. :)

  • Terry
    November 16, 2012

    THIS IS SUCH A DELIGHTFUL STORY! Seriously. I was giggling through it like a Hugh Grant film. (Shutup. I LOVE Hugh Grant films.)

    I suppose I should add: Best of luck with the haters, naysayers, jealous asshats, and whoever else tries to spoil your joy for whatever reason. Rest assured that everyone has to deal with that crap, though. I mean, it’s where all the ridiculous wedding customs (cake, white dress, etc) come from anyhow. Haters be hatin’. Psh.

    I’m beyond elated for you both and can’t wait to see this joyful story continue to unfold!

  • Jenn @therebelchick
    November 16, 2012

    ZOMG. I saw your FB update and thought, “I had no idea Monika was engaged!” I waited 7 weeks before letting my now-husband talk me into marrying him and that was 11 years ago. Sometimes you just KNOW it’s right.

    I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy (and really good live concerts)! :)

  • @jennyjenjen
    November 16, 2012

    Wow, congratulations and much love to you both. Totally surprised but SO happy for you! Hope to meet him when I come back for a visit!

  • Stepan
    November 18, 2012

    Congratulations, Mon.

  • Anne (@notasupermom)
    November 28, 2012

    I think it’s great–congratulations!

    I knew an old lady who went out on a first date during WWII. The eloped that night!

    She had a different date for the next night and had to call him and tell him she couldn’t make it because she was married.

    That couple stayed married 50 years, til death did they part.

    Mozel tov!

  • Elaine
    November 29, 2012

    So happy and excited for you! I wish you and your husband only the best. I also want to say I admire the fearlessness and the spirit of love your story exudes. You rock! Congratulations!!!

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