The best man was also the 12th Man at the Friday morning wedding of Parkland residents Randy Kudijaroff and Amanda German.
The couple tied the knot at a Blue Friday tailgate party at Century Link Field in Seattle, before family, friends and hundreds of Seahawks fans who gathered in anticipation of Saturday’s game.
The bride wore white, but that was about the only traditional aspect of the ceremony. She carried a bouquet of Seahawks blue and green, while the bridegroom wore a Seahawks jersey beneath his tuxedo jacket. Team mascot Blitz gave the bride away.
Q13 Fox News captured the nuptials on camera, as wedding officiator Jack Jones pronounced them man and wife in the sight of God – and the 12th Man.
“I figure if I couldn’t have my dream wedding, why can’t he have his?” a nervous Amanda, 33, told TV interviewers just before the ceremony. “I think this will work.”
Just two weeks ago, the prospects for a big wedding weren’t looking good, Randy, 32, explained hours afterwards.
The couple, both students at Pierce College, met a few years ago at a Halloween dance. They got engaged more than a year ago and started planning for a traditional wedding. They got as far as buying the dress, then hit the budget wall.
“We just couldn’t afford it,” Randy said.
So two weeks ago, while he was watching another Blue Friday tailgate party on Fox TV, the idea hatched.
“I say we should run up there, crash their party and get married,” he told Amanda.
He got in touch with Jones, who was “all in for it.” So was Amanda.
Randy started contacting the folks at Fox, and finally got a response from the station’s’ Bill Wixey.
“That’s when it really took off,” Randy said. Albertson’s baked the couple a three-tiered Seahawks-themed cake, complete with a football on top. A Sharebuilder brokerage firm donated $2,500 in stocks.
But they won’t be cashing it in to pay for a honeymoon just yet. For now, it will be back to the books and work for Mr. and Mrs. Kudijaroff.
“We don’t get to take a break,” Randy said. “We have lives. And bills.”