Downtown Knoxville — Before the Vols took the field against Kentucky, Neyland Stadium was surrounded by cheers.

Nikki Smith and Nate Stachey said 'I do' in front of the stadium after winning a $10,000 tailgate wedding in a Tailgate Tennessee contest in September.

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The local couple celebrated with 100 guests, and the wedding was officiated by Erik Ainge, former UT Vols and New York Jets quarterback.

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Photo by Louis Fernandez

Terry Turner, owner of Tailgate Tennessee and All Occasions Party Rentals, says the giveaway was all in the spirit of fun and romance -- Big Orange style.

"Nobody's fans are more passionate about football than Vol fans, and what better way to celebrate two loyal fans' love than with a tailgate in their honor?" Turner said.