Nevada County businesses make bride’s dream wedding come true
Raven Malone used to think she would never have an actual wedding ceremony.
But everything changed when the 23-year-old Penn Valley resident won a free wedding and reception package at the Destination Wedding show held in downtown Grass Valley last February, a bridal event organized by B&B Events and Entertainment.
Malone, who described herself as a former foster child who has experienced financial difficulty, officially tied the knot with fiancé Nathanial Schisler Thursday at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City. The wedding was put together by a group of local merchants who provided free services and gifts — including flowers, cake, linens, hair and makeup, photography, and even the honeymoon suite — to make Malone’s dream day a reality.
The wedding and reception package was valued at $20,000.
“We are all thrilled to be doing this for her; every girl deserves an amazing wedding,” said Katy Baker, the owner of Adagio Weddings & Events. Baker was one of the show vendors and later became Malone’s wedding coordinator.
Show organizer Bob Caudle, who co-owns B&B Events and Entertainment, a Grass Valley-based entertainment and promotions company, said the objective of Destination Wedding was to attract families to host their weddings in Nevada County, which he said used to be one of the biggest markets for nuptial ceremonies.
The show hosted vendors at four different locations around downtown Grass Valley — Kane’s Family Restaurant, the Holbrooke Hotel, the Holiday Inn-Miners Inn and the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.
Every bride who attended received a passport. In order to qualify to win the big dream-wedding package, the brides needed to get their passports stamped by all participating vendors. The lucky winner was then picked through a raffle.
“It’s amazing to be a part of somebody’s special day, we are always thankful to be involved,” said Emily Scott-Arbaugh, owner of Emily’s Catering & Cakes, who crafted a free three-tier wedding cake for the lucky bride.
Malone described her wedding as a dream come true, but one that didn’t come easy.
She and her fiancé believed they would never get married in a formal ceremony due to the cost, so she went to the Destination Wedding show to try to win the package.
A heavy downpour almost drowned Grass Valley that day, which forced Malone, who attended with her 2-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law, Sandy Kistle, to slog through puddles to reach various vendors.
“It was raining severely, we were running through the rain, when we went to turn in the signatures, only my mom-in-law’s signatures were counted, one of mine was missing,” Malone recalled.
When the announcement came that she had won the prize, her eyes welled up instantly, a moment recorded on tape by a local video producer, Malone said.
But the excitement didn’t end with the show.
“We were surprised with the news of expecting a baby 7 months before our wedding,” Malone said.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 530-477-4236.
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