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The Atlanta Hawks Will Pay for the Wedding of a Couple Who Met During Its Tinder-Themed Night

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Swipe right to this. The Atlanta Hawks will pick up the tab for a couple’s wedding after they met at the team’s Tinder-themed night in 2015.

The couple, Ben McCleskey and Avery Armstrong, are getting married on March 3. The pair first met when the team hosted its “Swipe Right Night” three years ago.

The Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin made the generous offer the following year when the couple was still dating. At the time, Koonin offered to pick up the bill if they ultimately decided to marry. “Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen,” Koonin told ESPN on Wednesday.

“I always joked with my buddies that I would get married at the 50-yard line of the Georgia Dome,” future groom McCleskey, a longtime Hawks fan, told ESPN. “Now that that’s not in use any more, this is pretty much the equivalent.”

The pair got engaged in November. They will have a personalized wedding venue, opting to exchange vows at Philips Arena (center court of course). They will host about 200 guests and party at the venue’s new club.

David’s Bridal will be creating the dress for the bride, as well as her bridal party (there’s 11 bridesmaids), her flower girl and the mother of the bride.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.