CINCINNATI - The Wednesday morning wind blew with uncertainty for Reds fans. After a tough loss to the Giants Tuesday night, there was a hint of doubt in the air for many Reds fans, but not for a young Kettering couple who decided to tie the knot in front of Great American Ball Park.
"We are gathered here to celebrate the most important moment of your lives," said the Rev. Judy Burroughs, as she stood in front of Greg Barhorst and Wendy Riddell.
Barhorst stood wearing a Reds style T-shirt with "groom" printed on the back, while Riddell had her "bride" T-shirt covered by a thick jacket to protect her from the cool October wind.
"Do you promise to love, honor and cherish Wendy for as long as you both shall live?" asked the Rev. Burroughs.
"I do," said Barhorst.
"And do you promise to love, honor and cherish Greg for as long as you both shall live?" Rev. Burroughs asked Riddell.
"I do," said Riddell.
Standing next to the statue of 1930s Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi, the couple exchanged their vows and then exchanged rings.
"By the power vested in me by the great state of Ohio, I now pronounce that you are indeed husband and wife. You may kiss your bride," Rev. Burroughs said, before a handful of people who noticed what was happening and walked over.
"We are both huge Reds fans and that's what kind of brought us together," said the new Wendy Barhorst.
The couple described themselves as "very casual people" and suggested that a wedding in front of Great American Ball Park had more significance than any other venue would have for them.
"We figured it would be a perfect way to do it," continued Wendy. "It was mostly her idea," chimed in her new husband, Greg.
The Rev. Burroughs, who specializes in weddings at creative locations, says she's married couples on a moving roller coaster and at two Super Bowls.
"I definitely have the best job in the world. I always say that. I help people start off on the most important day of their lives," the Rev. Burroughs said.
The couple confessed they planned to get married in front of the ball park even if the Reds had won Game 3, but didn't mind the chance to get married and then go to Wednesday night's game.
With the second loss to the Giants, the Reds playoff future is uncertain. For the Barhorsts, however, their love of the Reds and love for each other is anything but.
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