September's Marrying Man of the Month trusted his wife to plan a wedding they would both enjoy. Before the Bears home opener, the bride and groom exchanged vows during a Sunday morning football themed wedding at the Chicago ESPN Zone. Read full Chicago Sun-Times article.
The groom, Shawn Kelley, could have selfishly set his own wedding agenda. Reluctantly, Kelly gave up on flowers, a tuxedo and some swanky groomsmen gifts to let his new bride, Lindsay Huetson, follow her heart. "We were spinning around ideas for a casual, fun wedding, and this just popped into my head," says Lindsay.
Since the groom is a Steelers fan after growing up in Pittsburg, the couple has divided loyalties to their NFL teams. After the Bears announced their first home game was against the Steelers, the couple figured it was serendipitous to hold their wedding before the game.
The newlyweds wore jerseys and caps of their favorite players (the Steelers' Troy Polamalu and the Bears' Devin Hester) while walking down the aisle to the "Monday Night Football" theme.
Even Officiate Michelle L. Oxman got into the football spirit with lines like "Will you give up your status as a free agent and make the welfare of this team your highest priority?"
After their reception at the ESPN Zone, the couple ventured down to Soldier Field with the hopes of finding two tickets to the big game. Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be a lucky omen, and by the look of how much it rained on Sunday, there was a good chance this couple was lucky enough to find some empty seats.
In case you were wondering, this was the first wedding reception at the Chicago ESPN Zone. The sales manager, Randy Hajduk, says he'd love to see the trend catch on, but admits most wives might not agree to a football themed wedding.