A few weeks ago we published a list of eligible tennis player bachelors and bachelorettes. Even if you haven’t managed to get Caroline Wozniacki’s phone number or found your perfect love match yet, you can still plan your tennis-themed wedding on Pinterest (yes, MyTennisLessons now has a tennis-themed wedding board). There’s actually quite a few couples out there who met on the courts or bonded over a shared love of tennis and many incorporated the sport into their wedding celebrations. Since we always enjoy hearing about people whose passion for tennis goes beyond playing the game, we couldn’t resist sharing these love stories. It seems that tennis not start only starts with love, but love starts with tennis.Thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings, James Davidson Photography, Wedding Ideas Magazine, The Broadmoor Weddings Blog, Linen and Silk, and Bridesmaids and Weddings for these couples’ stories.
Barritt and Lydia
As an undergraduate student at Southern Methodist University, Lydia St. Eve challenged classmate Barritt Peterson to a game of tennis. Barritt, who began telling friends he planned to marry Lydia after seeing her in class, had been too shy to make the first move, and was so excited about the tennis match he “showed up with, like, a dozen refreshments for her — water, Gatorade, energy drinks,” he told Martha Stewart Weddings. Lydia won the match and Barritt’s heart as he proposed five months later on the same tennis court where they had their first date. Martha Stewart Weddings covered the Wimbledon-themed soiree, which included a tournament bracket seating chart that told guest to “please be seeded,” cake fondant that mirrored a tennis net and Sugarpova party favors.
James and Helen
James and Helen took their Wimbledon-themed bash to another level by incorporating the tournament’s official colors, purple and green, and serving its traditional food and drink, strawberries and champagne. The couple also had a tennis court at the reception for guests to play.
David and Rebecca
Tennis fans David and Rebecca took their wedding theme back to the sport’s roots with a party on the lawn. The two met at a London pub, and when David told Rebecca how much he loved playing tennis she knew he was the one, she told Wedding Ideas Magazine. David, a native New Zealander, went to the Australian Open with his family growing up and said when he started dating Rebecca they enjoyed watching professional tennis together. The two added some tennis flair by naming the tables at the reception after pro players and serving Pimm’s, the staple cocktail of Wimbledon.
Damon and Christine
Damon and Christine met playing tennis and decided to get married on the court (with a beautiful view of course). They choose The Broadmoor, a Colorado Springs resort, as their venue. The bride wore tennis shoes and the aisle was lined with ball hoppers.
John and Angela
John and Angela met when they were paired as mixed doubles partners and so it was only fitting the couple add a touch of tennis to their ceremony. Decorative photos of them playing tennis, rackets tied to the back of chairs and a cake topper hand-painted by the groom were the finishing touches to this special day.
Andrea and Eli
Andrea and Eli were married at the Seattle Tennis Club, which served as the perfect venue for a tennis celebration. It seems they couldn’t be happier holding each other with a racket in their hand.