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- July 24, 2000
- Vol. 54
- No. 4
Surrounded by Family and Fellow Ice Stars, Kristi Yamaguchi and Pro Hockey's Bret Hedican Say 'I Do' in the Land of Aloha
As they dined on peppered beef, Hawaiian snapper and strawberry-and-cream wedding cake at the reception, guests were entertained by San Francisco pop band Pride & Joy—and jokes from the wedding party about Kristi's passion for shopping and dining out. "If you ever get traded again," her sister and matron of honor, Lori Yamaguchi Costas, told Hedican, "make sure there's a Nordstrom close by. And don't expect home-cooked food."
Certainly not during the winter, when Hedican travels with his team and Yamaguchi hits the road with the Stars on Ice tour. Despite their busy schedules, they've been a couple ever since meeting at a 1995 gala to celebrate the opening of Vancouver's new ice hockey arena. "He was clean-cut and soft-spoken," Yamaguchi told PEOPLE after they became engaged on Christmas Eve, 1998. "Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players, and I thought, 'This guy's a little different.' "
Indeed: How many other professional tough guys would stand up before everyone and serenade his new bride with the Bob Dylan-penned song "Make You Feel My Love"? "They let us share an amazing moment of intimacy," says Hamilton. "Every single woman in the room was crying." As for the beaming Yamaguchi, she looked as if she rated her nuptials a perfect 6.0. Says Baden: "She was living out the wedding she always wanted."
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