Longtime friendship turns into commitment for life
Jessie White and Matt McNally to marry May 19
Bowling. Mud racing. Hanging out at the homes of friends and more.
In the beginning, which was about five years ago, Jessie White and Matt McNally weren’t really attracted to each other—at least not in a romantic way.
“There were 10 of us who ran around together,” Jessie said. “We did all kinds of different things.”Their paths didn’t cross until after Jessie graduated from Gothenburg High School in 2005 and Matt from Eustis High School in 2003.
After high school, Jessie went to work at I-80 Pit Stop before she was hired as a bookkeeper at Gothenburg State Bank.
Matt is operations manager at Horizon Ag.
Over time, they started talking more.
And their feelings for each other began to grow.
They decided to start dating the weekend of Gothenburg’s Harvest Festival in 2009.
More than a year later, the day after Thanksgiving, the couple visited the mall in Kearney.
Jessie said they looked at rings in a jewelry store but she didn’t think much about it at the time.
At one point, she said Matt told her he needed to use the rest room and to meet at the car.
He then disappeared.
About four weeks later, on Christmas Eve, Jessie received a surprise.
“He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Jessie said.
In hand was a ring she had admired from the mall jewelry store.
“I said ‘yes,’ “ she said.
Jessie said she wanted to marry on 11/11/11 but the couple decided to wait until the following May.
“We liked that time of year,” she said.
Jessie and Matt will be married in Eustis at St. John’s Lutheran Church on May 19. A reception will follow at the Eustis fairgrounds.
Today, the wedding invitations are almost finished, a guest list nearly done and a dress bought for their special day.
“It was the first one I tried on even though we shopped all day,” she said about an all-girl trip to Kearney in January.
In forging a life together with Matt, Jessie said trust, honesty and communication are the most important ingredients.
“And we have to love one another,” she said.
For Matt, qualities of a successful marriage include honesty, faithfulness and being able to communicate with each other.
When asked what attracted each one to the other, Jessie smiled and replied:
“There’s just something about that guy. I can call him and he makes my day because he turns my attitude around completely,” she said. “He’s funny, kind, has a good sense of humor and he’s responsible.
“I like that. It makes a difference.”
Matt said he was drawn to Jessie by her smile, her outgoing personality, her sense of humor and her love of the outdoors.
He also likes how she relates to their children.
Matt has a daughter, Maryn, 7; and Jessie has 6-year-old daughter, Harlie. Together, they have a 1-year-old daughter named Madilyn.