Real Wedding: Dani & April
Dani & April
October 1, 2011
By Denise Oliveira
On October 1, 2011, Dani and April married on the softball field in British Columbia, Canada, where they’d once played together. The choice of venue was fitting, of course, since they’d met in a softball league 10 years earlier. Initially on opposing teams, they eventually started playing together.
Their romance survived the ups and downs of Dani moving to Georgia for college, while April stayed in British Columbia. They had dated on and off from 2001 through 2004, split up until 2008, and finally got back together, for good.
Dani, who is 27, proposed in August 2010 when they were in Seattle to catch a Mariner’s game. Dani had bought a custom made jersey for herself, with “Marry Me” printed on the back. Just before they left for the game, Dani turned around so April, who is 28, could read the back of her jersey. “I did it before the game, because April would have killed me if I did it at the game,” Dani said.
At their baseball-themed wedding, the two women were married by April’s aunt, who is a minister. She reception was held in the community hall at the park, and the tables were labeled by numbers and photos corresponding to baseball legends. Their 120 guests were entertained by a DJ who is a friend of April’s. Fittingly, they served hamburgers and hot dogs, and their cake was designed by a former coach of theirs, who also happens to be a baker. On the cake, the coach/cake designer included inspiring phrases including a quote from “A League of their Own,” which is April’s favorite movie: “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Although they chose the theme together, it was Dani who did most of the planning. She chose grey and yellow as their colors, as a compromise: she had originally hoped for brown, while April had wanted blue. April knew from the outset she didn’t want to wear a dress, so the couple worked together to find a feminine looking suit. As for Dani’s dress, she and her mom picked it out at David’s Bridal, after three days of searching. Dani walked down the aisle with her dad, and April walked with her mom.
The ladies skipped the first dance, opting instead for a first shot. “And there was no
slow music,” Dani said. “It was a party atmosphere the entire time.
Her favorite memory? “How well the wedding represented the two of us,” Dani said. “Not only in the theme we chose, but because it was such a fun experience. ”There was no stress involved, Dani explained. “That’s the kind of life we have. We’re a fun-loving couple.”
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About The Writer
Denise Oliveira is a journalist in love with love stories. She is the co-founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and believes that sharing personal stories is a powerful way to create and deepen relationships. She blogs for Huffington Post Weddings and can be reached via email (email@example.com), Twitter or Facebook.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.