The Style Ref's Wedding Series: A Major League Celebration


The Style Ref's Wedding Series

In the words of Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt in the film "Moneyball," "How can you not get romantic about baseball?" That's exactly how newlyweds Ashley Macaluso and Matt Hoff feel about the sport that brought their families together years before they ever met.

Matt's dad has worked with the Tampa Bay Rays for 13 years managing the minor league teams, but back in the 1970s, he crossed paths with Ashley's grandfather, an announcer for the Tampa Tarpons. Matt's dad was the minor league team's manager at the time. Ashley's grandparents were also present the day her now-husband's parents met at the ball field. There's no doubt that baseball brought this couple together, so they decided to incorporate it into their wedding when they married on June 29, 2013.

Matt and his family hosted the rehearsal dinner at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Guests were treated to a great view while enjoying the game and pre-wedding festivities. The happy couple also showed off their team spirit in matching, personalized baseball jerseys.


Rays-themed rehearsal dinner


Rays-themed rehearsal dinner


Rays-themed rehearsal dinner


Rays-themed rehearsal dinner


Rays-themed rehearsal dinner


As a wedding day surprise for her husband-to-be, Ashley recruited two talented friends to create a Rays-themed groom's table to match his groom's cake. They added a few surprises, including peanuts, cracker jacks, sunflower seeds, gum balls, cookies, Coke and other sweet treats, all adorned with a special version of the Rays team logo featuring the couple's last name for an extra personal touch.


Rays-themed groom's table and wedding decorations




Rays-themed groom's table and wedding decorations


Rays-themed groom's table and wedding decorations


Rays-themed groom's table and wedding decorations


Congratulations, Ashley and Matt! May you enjoy many years of happiness and Rays games together. What's your favorite part about their major league wedding celebration?

XO,

The Style Ref

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