FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 21, 2013 —
By Steve Marschke
“Dinger” gave away the bride.
That was just one unique thing about the marriage of West Sacramento natives Jalena Rusaw and Alan Slape, who made their vows during a 60-second ceremony between innings at Saturday’s River Cats game.
“Alan and I were engaged in June, 2013,” the bride told the News-Ledger. “I told him we could get married sometime next year as I was too busy working a full-time job, attending grad school, and completing my practicum as a marriage family therapist-trainee.”
The couple are season ticket holders to the minor league River Cats, who play at Raley Field in their hometown.
“Later that week we attended a ‘Cats game and he had the thought of having our wedding during a game,” added Rusaw. “I gave him only three requests – I wanted to wear a dress, my girls and mom needed to attend, and more importantly, it had to be memorable. The rest was in his hands.”
“Needless to say, we had a beautiful wedding,” she said. “The River Cats’ ‘groove crew’ dressed up in tuxes and red dresses for the occasion.”
Wedding-related events popped up between innings, as the ‘Cats dealt with the visiting Tucson Padres.
“We had a cupcake give-away as we cut our cake, tossed the bouquet from the (balcony) suite, rode in the hot dog cart with a ‘just married’ sign, and danced our first dance on the field after the game.”
The wedding party wore red tennis-style shoes – a nice contrast with the lush green turf at Raley Field.
“It was a very memorable evening,” summed up the bride with some understatement.
As for the River Cats? They beat Tucson, 11-5.
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