It seems that the second time’s the charm for Major League Baseball’s favorite star-crossed lovers, Nats slugger Bryce Harper and fiancee Kayla Varner, who finally tied the knot this weekend.
According to the Nats fan site TalkNats.com, Harper and Varner got married this weekend (it’s still unclear whether the wedding took place Friday or Saturday) at the Mormon temple in San Diego. Non-Mormons cannot attend an official temple wedding, so the ceremony was probably much smaller than the postnuptial celebration, which reportedly included Harper’s teammates Jayson Werth and Trea Turner. Nats GM Mike Rizzo also was in attendance.
Since mysteriously nixing their original plans to get hitched in 2015, high school sweethearts Varner and Harper had been flying under the radar. A period of social-media freezeout followed the postponement, but then this summer, Varner announced their engagement (for the second time) on Instagram with a photo of the lovebirds at the 2016 Espy Awards.
Details surrounding “the sequel” (as Varner has taken to calling this second go round) were scant online or through official channels. But Varner did post a photo of her dress, though safely hidden from prying eyes in an opaque garment bag, three weeks ago. And when one Nats beat reporter tweeted that Harper was unable to attend a fan appreciation event in Washington last week because of a “long scheduled prior commitment,” Varner responded in a now-deleted tweet “Yeah a wedding . . .”