RENTON, Wash. - The Super Bowl really complicates things for Shawna Cook of Renton. When she realized the conflict it created, she told her fiance via email.
"I couldn't handle the look I was expecting on his face, and he was pretty deflated," recalled Cook.
Cook is a fourth generation Washingtonian. She loves the Seahawks, but her husband-to-be, Brian Mascarelli, is a 49ers fan. Their rival teams have not created any rifts for the couple. In fact, Brian proposed on Memorial Day weekend. This Summer, they worked out the details of their waterfront wedding.
"How about Feb. 2? I thought 2-2, that's easy enough for my fiance to remember," said Cook.
When she booked the venue, Cook forgot about football. More than a month went by before she realized.
"Kickoff is 3:30. Our ceremony starts at four o'clock," said Cook. "I immediately went online and I said, Oh, that moment that you realize you just planned your wedding on Super Bowl Sunday."
She said her friends were shocked. Her cousins told her there better be a big TV at the wedding. Cook said they plan to have a 60-inch screen TV at their reception.
The couple wants to make the most of the mistake. They are embracing the idea of a Super Bowl wedding day.
"We are commemorating the most awesome event in our life with the most awesome event in Seattle life," said Cook. "As soon as the ceremony is over, it is going to be Seahawks central for the next hour and a half."
70 family members and friends are invited to the couple's wedding. When the Super Bowl conflict was realized only one guest canceled.
(Copyright Gannett 2014)