LARAMIE — Nina Swamidoss McConigley and Michael Allen Johnson were married on September 3, 2017, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with the Rev. Stephen Askew and the Rev. Patricia Tanzer Askew officiating. The Rev. Thomas George from Our Lady of Fatima in Casper said a special blessing in Tamil, the bride’s mother’s native language.
The bride is the daughter of Patrick and Nimi McConigley of Casper and was given in marriage by her parents. The bride wore her mother’s wedding sari from India, which her mother wore at her wedding in 1971.
The groom is the son of Susan Johnson of Eugene, Oregon, and Allen Johnson of Bend, Oregon.
Matron of honor was Lila McConigley Martin of London, England, sister of the bride.
Junior bridesmaid was Zita Boutin-Johnson of Tallahassee, Florida, niece of the groom.
Flower girl was niece of the bride, Aoife Martin, of London, England.
Ring bearer was nephew of the bride, Finnian Martin, of London, England.
Best man was Sam Seljan of Portland, Oregon, cousin of the groom.
Ushers were Jane Carlson and Don Youngberg, aunt and uncle of the groom.
Music for the ceremony provided by Paul and Lila Martin, professional musicians in London, who sang opera arias. A Swedish folksong was sung by Ingela Haaland in a nod to the groom’s Scandinavian heritage.
Readers at the ceremony were the bride’s aunt, Vijaya Winters; Dr. Peter Parolin, a professor at UW, and Dana Stone Harris, longtime friend of the groom.
A reception was held at Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center at the University of Wyoming. The highlight of the reception was a flash dance mob, where the sister of the groom led guests in a Bollywood dance number to the Hindi song, “Jai Ho.”
The bride earned a BA in English from Saint Olaf College; an MA from the University of Wyoming, and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is assistant professor in the Honors College at the University of Wyoming.
The groom earned a BA in physics from Colorado College, an M.S. in science education from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in environmental health, science, and policy from the University of California, Irvine. He is senior scientist for Berkeley Air Monitoring in Berkeley, California.
After a honeymoon in Hawaii, they are at home in Laramie.