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Brynn Gallo and Chris Nesbitt were married by Richard Griesel at Gillette Stadium yesterday before the game.
Brynn Gallo and Chris Nesbitt were married by Richard Griesel at Gillette Stadium yesterday before the game. (Jim Davis/ Globe Staff)

A kickoff in Foxborough

Patriots, Lions fans tie knot before game

Brynn Gallo admits she is not much of a romantic.

On her wedding day, she donned a navy Patriots cap instead of a veil, and spurned a silk wedding dress for a bulky Tedy Bruschi jersey.

But when she and Chris Nesbitt exchanged vows at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough yesterday morning, the 36-year-old dental hygienist nearly swooned. "The scoreboard was right behind us. The goal posts," Gallo exclaimed after the ceremony. "It was beautiful."

Two hours before the Patriots faced the Detroit Lions, Gallo, a Plymouth native who dresses her three-year-old daughter in Patriots cheerleading outfits, and Nesbitt, a Lions fan, who wore the jersey of legendary running back Barry Sanders , became what Gillette officials say may be the first couple to marry inside the stadium.

Nesbitt arranged the ceremony and bought the tickets after Gallo, an ardent sports fan, agreed to marry him at a Patriots-Lions game.

After the wedding, the newlyweds, who live in Arizona, their 15 guests, and the Justice of the Peace, who wore a black and white referee shirt under his suit jacket, watched the game from clubseats near the 40-yard line.

After the Patriots beat the Lions, 28-21, Nesbitt said the outcome would not mar the day.

"I'm a lifelong Lions fan," he said. "I'm used to suffering."

Said Gallo: "The marriage is still intact."

MARIA CRAMER

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