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Seattle Couple Weds in NFL Stadium

By Associated Press

August 17, 2004, 10:33 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- Alexis Russo and Chris Lundberg found the perfect place to tie the knot: in a field. A football field.

About 260 guests attended the wedding of Russo and Lundberg -- two 21-year-old Seattle Seahawks fans -- on Sunday at Qwest Field, the NFL team's stadium.

"We met through the Seahawks and now we're getting married here at the stadium," Lundberg said. "I can't think of a more perfect spot to have it."

Each has been attending Seahawks games since childhood.

Mutual friends introduced them at a sports bar before a game last year after Russo began studying communications at Arizona State University. Lundberg had recently moved to Phoenix to work as a firefighter.

In planning their wedding, they figured the stadium would be the best place for the wedding and got no interference from the Seahawks.

The team's helmet car carried the bride and her father from the sidelines to the head of the aisle at the 20-yard line. The couple were married at the 50-yeard line.

Lundberg wore blue and green flowers in his lapel. Russo wore white, except for a garter of blue, green and silver.

Their dog, Fumbles, ambled down the aisle in a blue No. 37 Seahawks jersey, carrying the wedding rings on a heart-shaped pillow on his back. At the end of the ceremony, the couple walked down the aisle to the strains of the "Monday Night Football" theme song.

"Oh, it would have been easier to get married in a church, but this creates a memory unlike no one else's for them," said Diane McHaugh, the groom's aunt.

Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press

newsday.com

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