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Married to Missouri

Couple married with a cheer for old Mizzou.

Lauren and Rhett Brengarth

The Mule Club provided the Brengarths’ getaway carriage on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of the Brengarths.

Rhett Brengarth met Lauren Bacon as a freshman. Six years worth of Homecomings, tailgates and Mizzou Alumni Association events later, he finally asked her out.

Soon after their first date, he sweated through dinner at the University Club. “It was a beautiful night in November,” Rhett recalls. He coyly suggested a walk and knelt down on one knee in front of the Columns to pop the question.

The couple married May 24, 2008, in Columbia. Lauren, who had previously worked in development at the College of Veterinary Medicine, requested a Mule Club team for their getaway carriage to the reception at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Their wedding party danced into the ballroom to the Mizzou fight song.

When their son was born Oct. 12, 2010, they named him Brady Steven and dressed him in a Mizzou onesie for the ride home.

Despite their allegiance to MU, the couple swears they didn’t name their firstborn after Thomas A. Brady, the eponym of Brady Commons, or Chancellor Brady J. Deaton. “We never realized the Mizzou connection until friends and family asked,” Lauren says. “Maybe it was subliminal.”

When the Brengarths moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., they joined the Rocky Mountain Tigers alumni chapter where Rhett, BS ’03, is treasurer, and Lauren, BJ ’03, MA ’04, PhD ’11, is membership chair.

“Our hearts are always in Missouri,” Lauren says, “but we’ve made some roots here.”