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April 3, 2013

Formal or casual, ballpark weddings a hit

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Ashley and Cody Crank welcomed 200 guests to their reception at Kauffman Stadium on Oct. 20, 2012, some eight years after they took in a Kansas City Royals game on their first date.

The couple, who married in a church ceremony, immediately went down to the field to take photos before retreating to a dinner inside. Many friends, used to going to the stadium in a baseball cap, didn’t realize how elegant a wedding could be there, Ashley Crank said.

“We shocked a lot of people,” said Crank, 37, of Independence, Mo.

“It was so magical,” she said. “I wanted it to be kind of guyish for him, but then I still wanted an elegant wedding reception. So it was perfect for him and perfect for me.”

Trisha and Nick Benzine of Atlanta are huge sports fans, but the only team they share a passion for is the Braves. Not wanting to marry in a church, they tied the knot at Turner Field on Nov. 3, 2012, and held their formal reception there, too.

“Having the entire field to ourselves, it was amazing,” said Trisha Benzine, 33. “The view was breathtaking. You were there at night. There wasn’t anybody on the field. It’s not something you get to do every day.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers mean a lot to Holly and Jeff Lowzik, who grew up going to games and went together weekly for about a year while they were dating.

“It’s a very happy place for us,” said Jeff Lowzik, 35, of Canyon Country, Calif. For their wedding, “We were looking for a place that represented us as best as we could.”

They didn’t want to break the bank on a $5,000 home-plate ceremony. Instead, for about the same cost, they had 50 people to the stadium’s Loge Terrace on July 4, 2011, for a casual pregame ceremony and reception featuring Dodger Dogs, steak and potatoes and wedding cake.

By the third inning, the group sat down in regular seats amid 55,000 other fans to watch the Dodgers fall to the Mets. For the Lowziks, being there during a game was the point of a stadium wedding.

“Doing it the way we did it, we’re at a game, this is the Dodgers playing, and we’re all there experiencing it and uniting ourselves,” Lowzik said. “It was a wonderful experience.”

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