Taberie Halling


Eli Van Boening

Taberie Halling and Eli Van Boening

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Taberie and Eli met in November 2014 at Taberie’s sorority date party in Manhattan, KS. The two were set up by friends of the couple, Molly and Chris Heady. Chris is a member of Eli’s fraternity, Delta Upsilon, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Molly is a member of Taberie’s sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, at Kansas State University.

Molly and Chris paired three of Chris’ DU friends to be dates with Molly’s Kappa friends. When the two were set up on the date, they were under the impression that neither of them were looking to get a relationship out of the event (especially not a long distance one). However, the night was lots of fun with friends, and when it was over both of them were quite impressed with the other.

The next morning Taberie made what you might call “the first move” and texted Eli to say what a great time she had! The night before, Eli had already been convinced to text her the next morning by his friend Trevor Culbertson. Taberie just beat him to the punch that following morning! The two talked for a few weeks before getting together again in Lincoln after finals week in December, and then again in Caldwell (Taberie’s hometown) over winter break. At that point, they made it “official” and decided to make a go of it.

From there it was many days and nights of texts, phone calls, handwritten letters, and video chats. The two did long distance throughout their junior and senior years of college. Both were heavily involved on campus (presidents of their chapters) and busy with school work. This made spending actual time together challenging, and the 2.5 hour drive between Lincoln and Manhattan wasn’t always enjoyable either.

After 2.5 years of doing distance through college, they both graduated from their respective universities in December 2016. Eli had accepted a position as an engineer with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, and Taberie was accepted into Graduate School for Student Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Eli started full time in March 2017, and Taberie would follow shortly there after starting school in August of the same year. At long last, the distance between them had shrunk from 2.5 hours to about a 10 minute drive across town.

After a year of them both living in Cedar Falls, Eli thought they had been dating long enough, and in August 2018, Eli got down on one knee. After Taberie eventually managed to shake off the shock of the proposal, she said yes!

Taberie and Eli are thrilled to celebrate their wedding with their family and friends on June 15, 2019!
Genna Cowsert