As Romantic As Halftime

NBA marriage
And you thought you were a basketball fan!

A couple in Troutdale, Ore., Renee Ahl and Scott Cramlet, decided to exchange their solemn vows of matrimony at halftime during Wednesday's Portland Trail Blazers basketball game, according to CBS affiliate KOIN in Portland.

It wasn't easy. They had to first win the Wedding in the Rose Garden contest. Then they had to perform their ceremony in front of 20,000 fans.

Entry forms for the contest were placed in Fred Meyer grocery stores, according to Kristi Wise, assistant director of public relations for the Blazers. More than 50 entries were sent in. Three finalists were interviewed over the phone, with Ahl and Cramlet named the winners.

Ahl wrote in her entry that both families are Blazers fans, adding, "Being able to get married at the Rose Garden at halftime and including our 'Blazer family' in our special day would be the most symbolic, sentimental and unforgettable wedding we could have."

To sweeten the occasion, the Blazers and a local department store provided rings, a cake and a San Francisco vacation.

Thirty-four-year-old Ahl serves as the service/billings manager for McKistry Company, a Portland contracter; Cramlet, 32, works as a salesman for Doall Industrial in Portland.

This is the fourth year the contest has been staged.