When 41-year-old Jamie Putty isn’t working or with his children, he’s swinging his clubs at Western Hills Golf Course. However, the golfer had no idea that he’d be reciting his wedding vows there too.
Saturday, his bride, Rachel Rodgers, 36, Crofton, planned a wedding ceremony fit for any golf enthusiast.
“I don’t know if I was more excited about the wedding or surprising him,” she said.
The bride, dressed in a lace wedding gown, stunned her groom by setting up their vows at the ninth hole of Western Hills Golf Course — the first wedding of its kind to be held there, said Western Hills manager Drue Sensing.
“All the members are pretty close so it was sort of a struggle to keep it a secret,” he said. “We all were pretty excited about it. I’m just happy I could help.”
A silver arch festooned with broken golf clubs sat at the end of an aisle of white balloons. Putty walked through the arch with his son to a small crowd of family and friends and the minister.
Rodgers said they both wanted an intimate ceremony since each has been married before.
Rolling green plains and a small pond were a regal backdrop as the bride’s son escorted her to meet the groom. Rodgers’s daughter and two bridesmaids stood nearby holding bouquets of pink and white flowers.
Putty was gleaming as the flag at the ninth hole whipped behind him.
The couple recited traditional wedding vows and laughed as they exchanged rings. At the end of the ceremony, they joined hands with their children and said the Lord’s Prayer.
Rodgers was glowing, similar to the way she said she felt when she first met Putty years ago — ironically, he wasn’t golfing.
“I tell people that nobody looked at me the way he did,” she said. “I just knew.”
After the kiss, Putty embraced guests and exclaimed how surprised he was with the location.
“This is the best place in the world,” he said. “I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.”
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