"My dad took me to my first ever Whaler game, I was 6 years old." Dwyer said. "Blaine Stoughton scored on a penalty shot with nine seconds left and the Whalers beat the Sabers three to two and I was hooked. I was a Whaler fan from that day forward."
And though she didn't share his feelings about hockey -- "I never really watched hockey until I met him," Kate said – Sean and Kate found a unique way to blend his passions.
Kate went from never watching a game to planning a hockey-themed wedding. Sean and Kate got married on the ice of the Gardner Veterans Arena March 30 in a Hartford Whalers extravaganza for the books. It was her idea.
"This is my second marriage, I've already had my dream wedding. This is your dream wedding. I'll let you have the Whaler wedding." is what she told him when they got engaged in 2010.
He thought she was kidding at first, but then he ran with it.
"My family and friends thought I was crazy," Kate joked. "His just said 'yea, that figures.'"
Sean is not shy about showing his passion for the Whalers. In the the office at their home in Gardner, Mass. the walls are covered with posters of glory moments from the Whalers' past.
At the wedding, Sean wore a Whaler-green tuxedo, his groomsmen all wore jerseys. Kate's dress was embellished with a Whaler's logo on the train and her bridesmaids had matching royal blue dresses.
"We never wanted anything traditional," Kate said.
Foam fingers, a beer vendor for ceremony guests in the stands, even rally towels. All the way to their Stanley Cup wedding cake, they left no puck unturned.
"We wanted to give it the feel of things you would see at a hockey stadium," Kate said.
The guest of honor, a green whale they named "Bundy," walked Kate down the aisle and hung out with guests at the reception.
Despite the fact that 90 percent of their wedding party and guests are Bruins fans --Kate and Sean are both Massachusetts natives and still live there today-- "they were all good sports," Sean says.
Sean knows not everyone will have good things to say about their unconventional nuptials.
"Some people may not understand why, it wasn't traditional. Don't do it that way then. This was our way, we enjoyed it, we had a great time."