Couple who met as Seahawks fans wed at 50-yard line

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

SEATTLE (AP) Alexis Russo and her father advanced from the 20-yard line to midfield at Qwest Field without anybody even thinking of a tackle.

About 260 guests attended the wedding of Russo and Chris Lundberg, two 21-year-old Seahawks fans, at the NFL team's stadium. Lundberg wore blue and green flowers in his lapel. Russo wore white, except for a garter of blue, green and silver.

''We met through the Seahawks and now we're getting married here at the stadium,'' Lundberg told The Seattle Times. ''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 June they moved to Woodinville, a Seattle suburb, to be closer to their families while Russo continues her studies at a Central Washington University branch campus in Lynnwood and Lundberg works for a home builder while seeking work as a firefighter.

In planning their wedding, they figured the stadium would be the best place 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.

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.

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