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November 1, 2007

Derry couple's wedding will be a Patriots extravaganza

DERRY -- When Robin Kemp and her fiance walk down the aisle, it will look more like a football game than a wedding.

That's because Kemp and James Peebles have planned a wedding dedicated to their favorite sports team, the New England Patriots.

Instead of flowers, Kemp's flower girl will be throwing out penalty flags. Instead of an altar, the newlyweds will say their vows on a Patriots rug. And instead of the usual black-and-white vestments, their justice of the peace is waiting until the big day to surprise them with his attire. He has said he will either don a cut-off sweatshirt like Bill Belichick or the black-and-white zebra stripes of a referee.

"We want people to celebrate and hopefully by then we'll be 9-0," Kemp said of the Patriots' winning record.

The whole idea started as a joke when the Derry couple met last March, but since then, it has taken on a life of its own. Both have gone through previous marriages and decided they wanted a more casual wedding for their guests. "Weddings are stuffy, predictable and run-of-the-mill," Kemp said. Their wedding that will be held on Nov. 10 at the Elks Lodge in Haverhill, Mass.

Although they will be wearing the typical wedding dress and suit for the actual nuptials, once that is over they will be changing into Patriots jerseys, each with their favorite players' names on the back.

"I think it's a guy's dream to have a woman who likes football," said Kemp, who will be wearing uniform No. 54 in support of linebacker Tedy Bruschi. Peebles will be wearing former Pats' tight end Daniel Graham's No. 82.

The two are such diehard fans that they scheduled their wedding for the Patriots bye week so they wouldn't miss the game.

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