A Columbus couple with ties to the East High School’s football team had planned to marry Saturday night — but those plans were moved up by 24 hours after the Olympians made it to the state finals.

Instead of a 5:30 p.m. wedding Saturday, Brandon Allen, an engineer, and Karen Weaver, a special education teacher at Richards Elementary School, are scheduled to exchange vows at 5:30 p.m. today in Nashville.

“We’ll be taking our honeymoon at Lucas Oil Stadium,” Weaver said while decorating for the wedding Wednesday at the Salt Creek Golf Retreat and Overlook Conference Center.

Allen’s daughter, Ashley, is an East varsity cheerleader and will be at the state finals cheering from the sidelines.

Weaver’s daughter Sarah, a college student, is dating former East football player Evan Elsbury, who was scheduled to officiate at the wedding. Evan Elsbury’s brother Ben is a senior offensive lineman on the East squad playing for the state championship.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.