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Canes fans say 'I do' on the ice

Posted January 16, 2011

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— For a couple of die-hard Carolina Hurricanes fans wishing to wed, a church wouldn't do.

The ice at the RBC Center, though, was just right.

Monica Ludlum, 38, and Alain Taylor, 39, tied the knot at the center of the rink Saturday afternoon, right before the Canes took on Tampa Bay.

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The couple loved the idea of getting married there, but at first, they thought it was too crazy to happen.

"When we approached the Hurricanes, we thought they would laugh at us," Ludlum said. Instead, "they embraced it and just ran with it and made it perfect."

Ron "the Ref" Biscotti became an ordained minister, so he could perform the ceremony. Stormy, the Canes mascot, was the ring bearer. 

The bride, groom, wedding party and most of their guests – sitting in the stadium seats – wore Hurricanes jerseys.

The bride's father escorted her to the tune of "Rock You Like a Hurricane," the team's anthem. Hurricanes fans say "I do" at RBC Center Hurricanes fans wed at RBC Center

The couple exchanged vows "to never go to a Canes event without you." As they kissed for the first time, crews sounded the goal horn and flashed lights.

The newlywed couple held their reception at the Champions Club in the RBC Center, where they found another surprise – Canes players had autographed a helmet that served as a cake topper.

The Hurricanes delivered another wedding gift before the night was over. They beat Tampa Bay, 6-4.

The groom said the Canes-themed wedding was the perfect kickoff to married life.

"Why not do something we really enjoy to do together and incorporate that with being together?" Taylor said.

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  • truckerz Jan 17, 2011

    Great story! It is very cool to see that Stormy attended his sister's wedding!

  • shortcake53 Jan 17, 2011

    I saw this on CNN this morning too.

  • scientistjo Jan 17, 2011

    So romantic.

  • 8675309-9 Jan 17, 2011

    most weddings cost a couple bucks...

  • dsalter Jan 17, 2011

    That is so cool. A wedding should be a happy event and it's great that the Hurricanes took it upon themselves to let this happen. It shows they are truly a part of the Carolinas now.

  • kittiboo Jan 17, 2011

    That is so cool!

  • fearna Jan 17, 2011

    That is wonderful!! Congratulations!

  • wdweveryyear Jan 17, 2011

    i'll bet that cost a couple dollars!!