La Habra couple wed at Dodger Stadium

first_imgShears said they first kissed overlooking Los Angeles from the top deck at the stadium. “They share similarities,” said Alice Gaitan, the bride’s mother. “They just clicked, and he fits in great with our family. He’s a great guy.” Guests had an impressive view of the ceremony while seated in exclusive stadium seats behind home plate. The wedding procession entered the field through the dugout. As an added touch, the ring bearers carried the rings in baseball gloves. Padilla served as maid-of-honor. The groom’s face lit up with joy as the bride entered the field and proceeded to take her place by his side where they became husband and wife. “She’s the perfect one. We do all kinds of things together. Get excited about the same things,” he said. She’s a bigger sports fan than he is at times, he admitted. Shears grew up in Whittier, where she developed a love of sports. It all began with playing catch with her father, said Gaitan, who’s lived in Whittier most of her life. The family signed up for Whittier Softball League, where she made All-Stars every year, said Gaitan. The thought of seeing her daughter wed at Dodger Stadium never crossed Gaitan’s mind. “They are die-hard fans,” she said of the couple. “But I never thought she would marry someone affiliated with Dodger Stadium.” Securing the stadium was easier than one might think. Hunhoff said he just met with a few stadium officials and asked. Even those die-hard sports fans in attendance were impressed. “I’m impressed with the stadium. Very much so. As compared to where I’ve been: Baltimore, Cleveland and Seattle,” said Marilyn Walsh, mother of Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse manager Ted Walsh and aunt of former Dodger Tom Candiotti. Tio Apondaca, a longtime Whittier resident and godfather to the bride’s mother, agreed. “Tremendous. It’s hard to believe the wedding’s at Dodger Stadium,” he said. “This is the closest to home plate I’ve ever been.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3911160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Dodger Stadium wedding A La Habra couple hit a grand slam at Dodger Stadium on Saturday when they wed at home plate. Josh Hunhoff, 29, and Belinda “Lindy” Shears, 21, were married at 3:30 p.m. with 180 family members and friends watching. Officiating was the Rev. Christopher Strutt. It was Shears’ idea to have the wedding at Dodger Stadium, Hunhoff said, because that’s where the sparks first flew between the couple. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHunhoff, an account executive for season sales at Dodger Stadium, said he never thought he would find the perfect girl. Many guys look for a girl they can share their passion for sports with but seldom find one, he said. In 2005, Hunhoff had given Dodger tickets to a friend, Brittany Ann Padilla, who took her friend, Shears, a high school girl’s basketball coach, to the game. Taking a break from work during the game, Hunhoff, who had met Shears before through their mutual friend, went with Shears to buy a Dodger T-shirt, and that’s when he decided to ask her out. So it seemed right for the couple to hold the wedding where it all began. “This is where we connected,” said Hunhoff. last_img

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