Casey Puleo and Ed Triggs were certainly ready for some football, but they didn’t expect to find love. The couple, who both work for the New York Giants organization, first met in an unlikely spot: the team’s weight room. “I will take full responsibility for this relationship,” Triggs, the Giants’ Football Operations Project Coordinator, tells The Knot. “It all started after I noticed her in the office and I awkwardly approached Casey in the weight room.” The topic of choice? “I asked her about the weather,” he says. “Both of us will openly admit it was love at first sight.”
Puleo, an accountant for the Giants, echoes her husband’s sentiments. “I went home that night and told my mom I met the man I was going to marry.”
Their first encounter in the facility helped narrow down the venue options. “Everyone in our family knew there were only two options here: the Giants’ weight room or MetLife Stadium,” Puleo says as she gets sentimental. “To so many people, MetLife is the place where they watch their team play on Sunday or where they attended their favorite concert. But to us, MetLife is where our whole lives began. It’s where we first locked eyes.”
The couple was fortunate enough to have easy access to a wedding planner—the bride’s sister Kimberly Pomroy runs her very own event planning and design company, Kimberly Paige Events. “I come from a very creative family so most of our projects were DIY—from spray painting footballs to personalized signs,” Puleo says. “Kim is the one who made it all come to life.”
They didn’t need to look far for an officiant too. The groom’s mentor, former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, agreed to marry the couple on the field. “MetLife, the Giants, football, it’s what brought us together,” the bride says. “And the best part is during football season, we get to walk into that stadium every Sunday and relive the day. Over and over.”
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The couple exchanged vows on an empty field of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a quick drive away from New York City. “We wanted people to leave our wedding knowing more about who we are,” the bride says. “We had guests enter through the front gate of the stadium, where they were greeted with a table offering beer or champagne.” The lucky witnesses were seated in Section 130 rows 1 to 20, right across from the 30-yard line.
The bride and groom, their maid of honor and best man, along with Coach Coughlin—now the executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars down in Jacksonville—stood on a stage on the field for the ceremony. “First off, Coach Coughlin is one of the most religious people we know and that was important to us,” the couple says. “We also wrote the entire script from start to finish and incorporated the Catholic Statement of Intentions and the Exchange of Consent.”
The music, however, was nontraditional. The groom and his groomsmen made their entrance to a Beastie Boys song, and it wasn’t a normal walk down the aisle. “They tossed a football around, stopped in the middle of the field to take a selfie, and then made their way to the stage,” says the bride. The parents of the bride and groom along with Coach Coughlin walked in to Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
The bride’s sister Kimberly Pomroy of Kimberly Paige Events [below in navy] helped design everything. The day of the wedding, she stepped into the role of maid of honor. “In the beginning of our planning process I had a pretty difficult time figuring out the style I wanted for my wedding,” Puleo says. “Only the best of the best [Kimberly Paige Events] made the theme come to life for us—the only words I could find to describe it is ‘modern, vintage, rustic and football.’”
Pomroy and the pair also worked with MetLife’s in-house event company, ESP Productions. “They know the ins and outs of that building, so they were super helpful in staging our ceremony and the floor layout and design for both cocktail hour and our reception.”
Football was the obvious concept, but the question was how to pull it off in the right style. The pair decided on a navy and gold color scheme for their spring ceremony. “We thought the navy would be a nice accent to the Giants colors, without being too matchy,” the bride notes. “We had the groomsmen in navy and the bridesmaids in gold, with the maid of honor accented in a navy gown.”
When it came to the execution of the details, the couple had a basic guideline of questions: “Will our guests be wowed? Is this a reflection of us?” the couple says. “Using those questions as our guide helped us develop our wedding into a one-of-a-kind experience that was completely personalized to our love story. We sat down and talked about each individual wedding tradition and found a way to make it our own, and if you walked into our wedding and experienced any detail big or small, you have no question as to who you were there to celebrate.”
The couple worked with Pomroy and LetterBoxInk, a vendor on Etsy, to come up with an incredibly sweet stationery idea. “When I say that every single piece of the guest experience was made to be a reflection of us, I mean right from the very start,” says the bride. “Our invitations were ticket stubs with a perforated response card that guests tore off and mailed back to us.”
Kimberly Paige Events printed everything else from the programs to the menus.
The football wedding was without flowers. “There wasn’t a single flower at our wedding,” they tell The Knot. “The only thing that came close were the giant ivory foam flowers the bridesmaids carried down the aisle. We needed something that had enough character to make a statement from the field.”
The bride chose Hayley Paige, and it was a choice she made even before her engagement. “My dress had a form-fitting silhouette throughout the waist, which led to an overabundance of bouncy ruffles,” she says. The look was topped by a bolero that included crystals, beading and stone embellishments.
The Groom’s Suit
Triggs wore a custom suit by Point Click Tailor, which designed the look from head to toe. “Ed always says that suits never fit him exactly right, so I think that wearing a perfectly fitted suit made him feel extra special and confident that day,” she says.
The Reception Style
The party didn’t take place on the field, but it still happened in MetLife Stadium. “The challenge was to create an atmosphere that felt like a classic reception room while highlighting football-related elements,” Puleo says. “We very quickly came up with the idea of incorporating recurring X’s and O’s, the two characters that design a football play… And love.”
The bride says one of her favorite design elements were the X and O decals that were scattered throughout the all-white dance floor. “It looked like a real-life play-board,” she notes. Guests, upon entrance to cocktail hour, were greeted by a giant wall display that included photos of the couple and a seating chart directing them to their respective tables. The names of the tables were plays off the organizational structure of a traditional NFL team. “My family sat at the ‘Front Office’ table,” the bride proudly notes.
The couple, meanwhile, sat at long table in front of the dance floor with their siblings. “There was no one else I’d rather be next to during that whole night then that crew,” she says.
Long Branch-based bakery The Sweet Diaries designed a two-tiered, red velvet cake that included navy fondant and gold floral appliqués. “It was made by our dear friend,” she says. “We didn’t serve cake to our guests… It was more for the picture and to have on our one year anniversary.”
Now that they’ve been married for over a year, the couple has advice for readers. “It isn’t only about the wedding. It’s also about the process of getting there,” the bride says. “Ed and I had so much fun with Kim and my parents designing every element of our wedding… Our wedding didn’t just feel like one day, it felt like the length of our engagement.”
Marriage has been even better. “Ed is grateful for every thing, every moment, and every experience he has in his life,” Puleo concludes. “I try so hard to be more like him.”
Her husband, meanwhile, says he admires his wife’s dedication. “She is dedicated to her parents, who are her heroes. She is dedicated to her sister, who is her role model. She is dedicated to her niece and nephew, who are her inspiration,” he says. “And lucky for me, she is dedicated to her husband.”
The Giants will play the Dallas Cowboys in their first game of the 2017-18 season on Sunday, September 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.