Bills Fans Get Married in First NFL Halftime Ceremony
Football Sunday came full-circle for one Rochester couple as they marked yet another milestone in their relationship with the Buffalo Bills.
Mackenzie Park and Jordan Binggeli got married this weekend on the 50-yard line of New Era Field, in what was the first NFL halftime wedding ceremony. But this is far from the only big life moment the couple has shared with their favorite team over the years.
In an interview on buffalobills.com, Park said her dad took her to her first Bills game in the late 90s, when she was six or seven years old. They used to play catch and run routes at training camps.
"I think when he died…that’s one part of me, that I was like, ‘Nope that’s what he would want [me to continue doing],' Park told the Bills.
Now, Park and Binggeli carry on the tradition and play catch before Bills games, where their story began. They met in a college gym class in 2008 and went to a Bills game on their first date. They even got engaged at New Era Field in 2017 when Binggeli passed Park a football with this written on it: "You intercepted my heart. Let's tackle the world together. Will you marry me?"
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For two fans who have made the Bills such a big part of their story, a Bills-themed wedding seems like a no-brainer. But until a few months ago, Park and Binggeli didn't know their dream wedding would become a reality. According to the Bills, they were one of nearly 1,400 couples that applied for the team's "Halftime Wedding Experience of a Lifetime."
"It’s the icing on the cake. It’s the touchdown. It’s a hail Mary and we scored with no seconds left. We won," Park told the Bills after she found out they would be getting married at Sunday's game.
The wedding experience was sponsored by Reeds Jens and nothing short of extravagant. The couples received custom wedding bands, along with a signed football from the entire Bills team and two tickets to the Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Former Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams officiated the wedding, and on her way off the field, Park hopped off the golf cart to throw her bouquet to the crowd.
"I couldn't be more excited to stand here with you two today as your family begins," Williams said during the ceremony. "Bills fans, these are two of our very own, and we know, Bills fans are family forever, and we're all excited to be here with you today."
In case you missed the adorable ceremony, the video is up and you can watch the Binggeli's say 'I do' as much as you'd like.
Congrats to the happy couple! While the Bills may not have come out on top on Sunday, the day at least marked the start of something special for two of the Bills' biggest fans.
"It’s really, really nice. I miss my dad terribly and I know this is probably his dream," Park told the Bills. "His baby girl is getting married at the Bills game."