O'BRIEN: Quincy couple's ballpark wedding takes Internet by storm

Posted: Apr. 8, 2014 9:47 am Updated: Jul. 1, 2014 10:15 am

By the time they boarded a plane in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Cody Anderson and Shannon Armitage were ready for a nap.

The newlyweds had quite a first day of marriage. They woke up Friday morning, went to Fenway Park for their nuptials and were treated like celebrities at the Boston Red Sox's home opener on Friday afternoon.

The couple's love story -- boy meets girl via Twitter because of their shared love for the Red Sox, girl falls for guy and moves close to him, and they get married where their favorite team plays -- was media gold.

First reported by Quincy media outlets early last week, media heavyweights like the USA Today and Yahoo wrote about their marriage on Friday. Major online outlets Mashable and Bleacher Report let their thousands of readers know about the couple's story-like romance, too.

"Everything was perfect," Shannon said. "The only problem was that it was a little cold."

They wanted a small, intimate wedding, but the couple made sure to share it with the world through social media. Cody tweeted out a photo of his "tuxedo" early on Friday -- a No. 8 Red Sox jersey. That jersey was made famous by Carl Yastrzemski, the favorite player of Cody's late father, Stan.

"When I walked into the stadium before the ceremony, I looked up into the sky, and I just had a moment when I could feel my Dad with me," Cody said. "It brought me to tears. It was nice to have him there. I could just feel that he was there with me and would be with us the whole time."

The couple continued to tweet photos from the ceremony in the upper deck in right field. They took an obligatory selfie in the stands before the game. Every one of their tweets was tagged with "#DoubleRingCeremony" to denote the wedding rings they received that day and the World Series rings the Red Sox got for winning the 2013 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Other Red Sox fans got in the fun by tweeting the couple well wishes by using their special hashtag. Even Shannon's parents got in on the Twitter fun, sending out a photo of the couple's wedding gifts -- matching Red Sox World Series jerseys with their names and favorite numbers on the back.

When they weren't mugging for their own camera phones, the couple was in high demand from the media assembled at Fenway. They did several televised interviews in the stands and at other places inside the park.

"When we were downstairs under the stadium getting interviewed, a bunch of people started cheering for us," Cody said. "That part was neat. The people with the Red Sox couldn't have been any nicer. They did everything for us. We are so thankful to Red Sox organization."

The couples' phones rang off the hook all day.

"Someone texted me and said we were on's home page," Cody said. "My life is complete. It might not have been as a player like I dreamed of, but being on there was great."

The couple spent part of Saturday walking around Boston and was back in Quincy Saturday night. Life got back to normal for the couple on Monday. Cody returned to his job as a physical education teacher at Baldwin School, and Shannon returned to her job with an insurance company.

There was only one problem with their wedding day/honeymoon. The Milwaukee Brewers handed the Red Sox a 6-2 loss.

"That's the best Red Sox loss I've ever been to," Cody said.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The location of the ceremony inside Fenway Park was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

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