Soccer stars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger have married in a Miami, Florida ceremony with Orlando Pride player Harris calling it ‘the most magical day of my life’.
They exchanged rings by Great Heights, selected because they ‘share the same vision and support surrounding equality and LGBTQ marriage rights,’ Krieger told People and following their nuptials, the happy couple cut a layer cake to reveal a rainbow sponge with Harris joking to Instagram followers that she can now eat carbs.
Harris, 34, wore a custom Thom Browne black silk faille tuxedo with an organza and beaded overlay in an argyle pattern and Umbro socks pulled high to wed her teammate, 35, who said ‘I do’ at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens wearing a deep-V back white gown by Pronovias.
They said ‘I do’ at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida Saturday. The couple is pictured during their first dance
Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger exchanged rings by Great Heights a brand that supports LGBTQ marriage rights. Guests ate a rainbow sponge cake
‘Thom Browne dresses the Barcelona soccer team, and that’s kind of how I first started seeing his stuff,’ Ashlyn told Vogue. ‘I had purchased a few different items, and I researched his background and found out that he was an athlete. He was a swimmer and part of the LGBTQ community and an American-based designer—all of the things that I look for when wearing clothes.
‘Honestly, I loved that it was very gender neutral, very fluid, there were women in dresses and men in dresses, and men and women in skirts. I can really feel how he expresses himself through clothes, it’s just so non-conforming and so far out, and I’ve been wearing his stuff ever since.’
Harris said she had no idea what her wife’s gown would look like despite the mothers of the brides and bridesmaids wearing Pronovias too.
Singer Kina Grannis performed at the ceremony set inside formal gardens and surrounded by Italian Renaissance architecture.
The US National Team athletes selected the location as were determined to keep they day authentic.
Krieger, the mothers of the brides and bridesmaids wore Pronovias while Harris’ tux was from Thom Browne who is part of the LGBTQ community
Harris said she had no idea what her wife’s gown would look like despite the mothers of the brides and bridesmaids wearing Pronovias too
Harris kept her socks pulled up high for the best day of her life surrounded by loved ones
‘I think weddings can look super cheesy,’ Ashlyn told Vogue. ‘Sometimes I feel like stuff is just thrown everywhere to make it white and there’s things hanging, and flowers everywhere—it gives me a little anxiety.’
‘There’s not much you need to add to it. There’s so much beauty in and of itself, and it’s right on the water, so it was a fit for us.’
Krieger told People they fell in love with it instantly.
‘It was this kind of Mediterranean castle-like vibe right on the water, this European-type vibe that we were going for,’ she said. ‘Right when we walked in we were like, ‘Oh my God. We love this and everyone else was going to love this and this is just … This is it.’ ‘
Harris added: ‘I think the biggest thing for Ali and I was creating an environment where it was a very classic and clean and modern and just really sharp and almost in a magical way that’s kind of what our vision was from the very beginning.
‘So right off the bat, we excluded anything rustic, anything barn door, anything that had that kind of aesthetic. And I think that for me personally, the venue was the most important thing.’
Megan Rapinoe attended the ceremony (left) and was pictured with her teammate Harris
Harris thanked soccer sponsors Umbro for providing her comfortable footwear for the day
The couple has been together nine years and only announced their engagement nine months ago but Harris told Vogue: ‘I actually bought her ring three years ago.’
‘I knew I wanted to marry her, but I didn’t want it to be a traditional, conforming next step,’ she said while getting fitted for her tuxedo about a month ago. ‘I didn’t want to feel like I just had to do it because that’s what was next, so it took me a while to come to terms with what marriage looked like for us.
‘I think it should be unique to each couple, and Ali and I spent a lot of time discussing what principles we wanted to align with and guide our way through life because it’s so challenging, and we wanted to do it once, and we want to do right by each other.’
The couple are planning on going somewhere tropical for their honeymoon after the 2020 Olympics which ends August 9.
‘We’re going to plan to go on our dream honeymoon, which is hopefully going to be in the Maldives or Bora Bora on one of those little huts on the water,’ Krieger told People. ‘So that’s kind of what we envision.’
The couple went to Seaspaice for the wedding rehearsal dinner earlier in the week
Ali Krieger #11 with the WC Trophy and Ashlyn Harris #18 of the United States prior to their game versus Korea Republic at Bank of American Stadium, on October 3, 2019 in Charlotte