A Fun, Baseball-Themed Wedding at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland

For Ashley Dupski (26 and a physical education teacher) and Josh Dick (25 and a cost estimator), baseball has always been an important part of their lives. They coach high school baseball and softball and play recreational coed softball together. They are also die-hard Baltimore Orioles fans, attending as many games as they can. After a romantic proposal in which Josh was on one knee with a baseball and a diamond ring in hand, Ashley knew her dream of marrying the man of her dreams on a baseball field was becoming a reality. “We chose this venue because we are both huge Orioles fans, and it has always been my dream to be married on a baseball field,” Ashley says of their nuptials Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. “And of course Josh had no reservations." "We wanted the main focus to be our love and what brought us together in the first place,” Josh says. Ashley and Josh had their first look on the pitcher's mound, and then the ceremony took place on home plate while guests sat in the stadium seats. Rows were decorated with mason jars filled with flowers, while family sat on the field. Ashley and Josh said “I do” under a nine-foot trellis decorated in red and white roses and carnations. “We got married on a baseball field, so of course the main theme focused around love and baseball,” Ashley says. “Every detail was centered on baseball.” Their DIY details gave their wedding a personal touch, including custom baseballs that read “Josh and Ashley’s Opening Day.” They also created a shelf that spells out “love,” along with “A & J” baseball decorations, home plate centerpieces and baseball bat decorations that held flowers and candles. “We worked so hard on so many DIY projects to give it a personal touch,” Ashley says. After their vow exchange on the Ripken Stadium field, the newlyweds enjoyed dinner and dancing in the stadium’s club. At the reception guests picked up escort cards at will call, which had their name and table number as well as an engagement pictures on each ticket. A full-on candy bar and photo booth gave their reception an authentic ballpark feel too. A grand entrance included the bridal party being announced like a starting lineup at a baseball game, all bridesmaids and groomsmen having their nicknames called out. When Ashley and Alex were announced, the newlyweds entered with Josh pretending to pitch to Ashley and Ashley swinging a bat that was engraved with their names and wedding date. During their reception, a game was being played on the field, which was fun for guests to watch as they danced and partied. At the end of the night, Ashley and Josh's coordinator surprised them by having their names displayed on the scoreboard after their sparkler send-off. “This night couldn’t have gone more perfect,” Josh says. “It was our dream wedding.” The icing on the cake? After the wedding, the couple met Cal Ripken Jr. at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, where they told him all about their wedding, and then he signed one of their custom wedding baseballs. “He even looked at a bunch of pictures form the wedding,” Ashley says. —Marissa Hermanson