Canes fans say 'I do' on the ice
Posted January 16, 2011 12:23 p.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2011 12:24 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.
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.