Soccer champions Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger were surrounded by family, friends, and teammates from the U.S. Women’s National Team when they were married at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Fla. on Saturday.
The women who were on the U.S. team that declared victory at the World Cup this summer revealed in May of this year that they were engaged. But their relationship dates back to when they were both on the USWNT in 2010, according to People.
Krieger, 35, and Harris, 34, have been outspoken about LGBTQ rights but their wedding presented even more of an opportunity to move the needle forward for representation, Harris said.
“This will be the first time in our relationship where all of our friends, all of our family are going to come together to be one and to celebrate us on a completely different level. I think so much of our support from our family and friends have been through soccer and this is just so much more meaningful, in my opinion, to be celebrated for love and acceptance and inclusion, that’s so major in the world we live in now,” Harris told People.
“I’m so excited to have this type of platform to have this type of visibility to be seen as a gay couple and it be accepted and it be important,” she said.
On hand to celebrate with the happy couple were soccer stars Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Heather O’Reilly, Marta, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, Christen Press and more.
The couple celebrated with a dinner the night before their nuptials.
Krieger and Harris took their time getting to the altar but they wanted to do it their way.
“I actually bought her ring three years ago,” Harris told Vogue.
“I knew I wanted to marry her, but I didn’t want it to be a traditional, conforming next step. I didn’t want to feel like I just had to do it because that’s what was next,” she said.
“It took me a while to come to terms with what marriage looked like for us. I think it should be unique to each couple, and Ali and I spent a lot of time discussing what principles we wanted to align with and guide our way through life because it’s so challenging, and we wanted to do it once, and we want to do right by each other.”