Tricia Freeman’s wedding day started out conventional enough.
She sat through hair and makeup, put her $2,200, fitted mermaid gown on and posed for pictures with her bridesmaids.
Then, about 1 p.m. Saturday, Freeman walked down the aisle of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 52nd Street and Troost Avenue toward her soon-to-be husband, Kyle Kovach.
The two said “I do” in a traditional Catholic ceremony, surrounded by friends and family.
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Three hours later, the newlyweds walked down the steps of a party bus and through Gate D of Kauffman Stadium for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
And while their wedding party washed down Burger King meals with Boulevard beer in the parking lot, the Kovachs enjoyed the view from their seats on the first base line, tall Bud Lights in hand.
“I’m on Cloud 9,” Kyle said. “I couldn’t ask for a better experience.”
The experience, however, wasn’t what Kyle had envisioned for his wedding day.
A St. Louis-born Cardinals fan, Kyle was skeptical when Tricia told him she won tickets to Saturday’s game, and that they would be going.
“At first, I was like ‘We can’t go, because we have a wedding to go to, and that’s ours,’ ” Kyle said.
But with a little finagling, the couple was able to squeeze in a few innings before their 6:30 reception in downtown Kansas City.
“I grew up watching the Royals,” Tricia said. “My family, we all love the Royals and we just cannot imagine anything better than this.”
But the Royals game wasn’t the only exciting part of the Kovach’s wedding day. During the couple’s ceremony, Tricia’s sister, 9 months pregnant, started feeling contractions.
Then, shortly after the ceremony, her water broke.
“Could we pack anything more into this day?” Kelley Freeman, a bridesmaid and another of Tricia’s sisters, said. “We’re fitting it all in one weekend.”
One thing the Kovachs didn't fit in: the Royals' rally from a 3-0 deficit to a 5-3 win. The pair exited the stadium just after the sixth inning, in time to go back and greet their guests, but not in time to witness a comeback.