The Hartford Whalers are no longer a NHL team, but it didn't stop one couple from celebrating their wedding in Whaler fashion.
Kate Murphy and Sean Dwyer married in the Gardner Veterans Arena on March 30, adorned in Whaler colors with a referee officiating the wedding.
Murphy knew her husband was a "hardcore" Whaler fan when she met him eight years ago.
"I always joked with him, 'if you buy me a ring it will be your dream wedding,'" said Murphy. "This is my second wedding and his first, so I told him I had my dream wedding, this is all you."
Dwyer got his dream wedding all right.
The preparations and organization to pull off the Whaler wedding took the couple three years. They needed to determine what the bride, groom and wedding party were wearing, as well as decorations.
"We needed to figure out where we could have the reception that would decorate to our liking and would allow all of our memorabilia," said Murphy.
The couple even tried to have the actual Whalers mascot "Pucky" attend, but, "scheduling and time restraints didn't permit," said Murphy. This problem did not cause the couple a setback - they actually had their own mascot, Bundy the Whale, made for them.
The preparations paid off.
The bridesmaids, who wore Whaler blue dresses and the groomsmen, who wore Whaler jerseys, danced to the team benches on the edge of the rink.
Murphy, dressed in a Maggie Soterro gown decorated with the Whalers logo, was escorted to the ice by Bundy the Whale to her soon-to-be husband, Dwyer, dressed in a green suit with the Whaler logo on the back.
Once the couple said "I do," they skated around the rink, while Bundy the Whale trailed behind throwing T-shirts to the guests in the stands.
The video of the wedding, which is on YouTube, has accumulated more than 12,000 views.
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