When die-hard Denver Broncos fans Marni Vincent and Josh Armijo realized their team was headed to Super Bowl XLVIII, they were elated. You'd be hard up to find a couple more obsessed with their team.
They have an entire room in their house dedicated to Broncos gear, they're planning to get Broncos tattoos to celebrate the Super Bowl appearance, and -- here's the kicker -- they got engagedat a Broncos game in December.
Even though the Broncos lost that game, for them, the mid-game engagement was the best way to agree to spend forever together.
"I didn't hear anything -- just him," Marni said of the moment Josh proposed in the stadium. "It was awesome. I must have been the only happy Bronco fan leaving the stadium that day."
And now the Broncos are Super Bowl-bound, which seems perfect. Except it isn't.
Marni and Josh have always dreamed of seeing their team in the big game, but they're also getting married -- two big events that don't come cheap.
While Josh commented in a December post-engagement interview with HLN affiliate KDVR that if the Broncos won big, he "would rather go to the Super Bowl than have a big wedding,” the reality is a little more complicated.
"Even if we get tickets at face value, the minimum would be $10,000 to go. Then a wedding," Marni said. "We don’t have $20,000 in our back pocket. Even if we put it on a credit card ... I’m definitely crunching the numbers. I’m looking at the numbers and seeing what is doable."
Now they're left with the decision: Big dream wedding or big dream game?
"We always said if the Broncos go to the Super Bowl, we’d go," Josh said. "But now she’s engaged, and she’s torn between the two. Have a big, nice wedding that every girl wishes for or go to the Super Bowl?"
"Sometimes I wish we weren’t so crazy about the Broncos," Marni said, "because then it wouldn’t be such a big deal to us. If we weren’t about to get married, it would be totally different. They’re two things that we both want."
The couple even seriously considered doing a quickie wedding the Saturday before the game, then flying out and making the Super Bowl their honeymoon. But several friends and family members couldn't be there -- a no-go for the pair.
As you can imagine, Josh is leaning toward the game, but he loves his fiancée. He gets it, and he's letting her make the call.
"We’re passionate about what we love, and if it works out we’re going to the Super Bowl," he said. "But, at the end of the day, I don’t want her to stress over it."
For now, they're torn.
"It would be awesome for the journey that we’ve gone through," Marni said. [Going to the game] would be a little extra story to put on there. But, we don’t want to go into debt, and we don’t want to start a future with stress."
Whether they go to the game or not, the Broncos won't be absent from their nuptials. Marni's planning to use the team colors in the wedding -- but no logos. That's where she draws the line.
And in case you're wondering, Josh does in fact know he has the coolest fiancée ever.
"My best friend’s a woman and she loves football," he said. "It doesn’t get any better than that."