Winning couple feel like they are in a dream
April 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEATTLE, WA--Ben Bridge Jeweler announced today that Raul Gonzalez and Andrea Delocht of Escondido, CA are the winners of the Ben Bridge $100,000 Wedding of the Century. Fifth-generation family members Marc and Lisa Bridge surprised the couple with a 2 carat Signature Forevermark diamond ring, a giant check, and an inflatable palm tree representing a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic in the Ben Bridge store at Westfield North County on Thursday night.
The couple was stunned and visibly emotional. Gonzalez said, "I feel like I'm in a dream. Now I know why people say that in the movies."
Thousands of couples across the country submitted pictures and love stories online for the chance to win their dream wedding and thousands of other prizes, including Ben Bridge gift cards, TAG Heuer watches, Mikimoto pearls, and ArtCarved wedding bands. Gonzalez entered the sweepstakes without telling Delocht, and only let her know on Monday when he learned they won an ArtCarved wedding band. Delocht added, "We were happy with the wedding band!" They were even happier after discovering they won the $100,000 grand prize.
Gonzalez and Delocht have been together six years and have two children, Gabriela, 3, and Austin, 1 month. The Ben Bridge $100,000 wedding of the century prize will help the couple plan a wedding this fall in San Diego.
"The best part of the jewelry business is sharing happy moments with our customers. I couldn't imagine a happier moment than presenting this prize to Raul and Andrea. They are a wonderful couple and we are so pleased to be able to play a small role in their love story," said Marc Bridge, Vice President of Marketing. "We wish them and their beautiful family a lifetime of love and happiness."
View of the surprise presentation:
About Ben Bridge Jeweler
Ben Bridge Jeweler (www.benbridge.com) was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1912 on a simple promise: to offer the finest jewelry, best selection, and friendly, knowledgeable service. Family-run for five generations, Ben Bridge operates more than 75 retail stores in 11 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In 2012, the American Gem Society awarded the Bridge family with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of their significant contributions to the jewelry industry.