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WVU fans tie the knot pre-game on the Gold Lot

Daily Athenaeum photo by Nick Jarvis Shalee Nash and Scott Shumiloff stand before a minister as they take their wedding vows at a football tailgate. The two are now husband and wife.
Daily Athenaeum photo by Nick Jarvis
Shalee Nash and Scott Shumiloff stand before a minister as they take their wedding vows at a football tailgate. The two are now husband and wife.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Most wedding parties don’t proceed down the aisle to John Denver’s “Country Roads,” and most newlyweds don’t exit their ceremony to a recording of “Hail, West Virgina” performed by The Pride of West Virginia Marching Band.

Shalee Nash and Scott Shumiloff are not most newlyweds.

This past Saturday, approximately 100 guests witnessed the tailgate wedding of Nash and Shumiloff at 9 a.m. in the Gold Lot adjacent to University Avenue. They spent the rest of the day celebrating their marriage and WVU football.

The couple planned to wait until next summer to be married. However, Nash had the idea of having their wedding at a tailgate on game day, which also happened to be her birthday.

“It’s perfect, it’s simple,” Shumiloff said about their unconventional venue choice. “The marriage is what matters.”

Nash donned a white WVU football jersey while her groom sported a gold one. Nash’s two sons, Benjamin, 7, and Sean, 5, walked her down the aisle to give her away. Nash and Shumiloff’s mothers created the altar, comprised of blue and gold flowers and ribbons on two classy pillars.

The wedding party included maid of honor Misty Renolds and bridesmaids Amy Schulte, Karsten Davery and Rachel Burack. Each of them wore their own WVU spirit wear and carried a bouquet of blue and gold flowers…

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