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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 21, 2013 –

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night (photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night
(photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

“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.

And so:

“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.”

Newlyweds Jalena  Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field  (Photo by Ric Shaw)

Newlyweds Jalena
Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field
(Photo by Ric Shaw)

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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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke