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Tailgate wedding? Fans tie knot before Saints game

Charlie Vanderpool and Gloria Paige kiss after exchanging vows Thursday outside the Superdome prior to the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans.
Charlie Vanderpool and Gloria Paige kiss after exchanging vows Thursday outside the Superdome prior to the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans.Gerald Herbert / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tailgating crowds all but drowned out the pre-game wedding vows. But newlywed Gloria Darlene Paige looked resplendent in white pantsuit, sporting a black-and-gold beaded headpiece in the Saints' colors.

She and groom Charlie Vanderpool, whose black rose boutonniere featured a tiny Saints helmet, kicked off wedded life Thursday on a packed parking lot near the Louisiana Superdome before New Orleans opened against Minnesota.

And not just for better or for worse — but for another Saints' Superbowl victory.

"I want us to two-dat," Vanderpool said, New Orleans-speak for a championship repeat.

Paige suggested a September wedding. Vanderpool, a lifelong Saints fan, chose the date. He sees many in the crowd only during football season but says, "They're family."