Couple weds at North Auburn Home Depot

Wedding comes a year after “first date” over store’s popcorn
By: By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Cupid may not be working at North Auburn’s Home Depot, but for one couple, the arrows went straight to their hearts while shopping in the tile section.

Jennifer Scalzi of Grass Valley said that she and Mario Pesola of Auburn had been traveling to the hardware store for about a year to pick up supplies for work she had hired him to do on her rural home.

The two noticed popcorn was being offered at the front of the store for patrons and the two went over to get some and then proceeded to the tile aisle, she said.

Pesola picks up the story from there.

“We were both fighting the dating thing,” Pesola said. “She said “We’re dating,” I said “It’s a cheap date.”

On Tuesday, about a year after the two bonded over popcorn, they returned to be married at Home Depot.

Judy Dibbern had walked into Home Depot to buy some plumbing supplies for a sink and ended up staying a bit longer to catch a wedding.

“I think it makes it special,” Dibbern said. “It’s all about getting married, not the location.”

With friend John Burks officiating, Scalzi and Pesola exchanged nuptials in the same tile aisle where love first struck. With Home Depot regional headquarters approval, employees had helped decorate a portion of the Highway 49 store with flowers and a red carpet.

Guests were handed bags of popcorn as they arrived and the newlyweds were given matching “Home Depot orange” aprons autographed by employees and guests.

Garrett Hodges, a sales associate, helped with some of the added touches to make the bulk tiles area super special.

“You know the saying, ‘We never say no to a customer,’” Hodges said.

The Home Depot wedding isn’t a first. A Web search showed that a Southern California couple – employees of a Lake Forest Home Depot – wed in mid-2010. They were reportedly the second couple in the U.S. and the first in California. An Alaskan couple had been the first Home Depot.

“I can’t believe all the extra things they did for us,” Scalzi said. “It’s an amazing, wonderful thing that they did.”

Neither Pesola nor Scalzi work at Home Depot. Work continues – and more Home Depot visits are planned – for a newlywed couple refurbishing what has been a riverfront resort between Colfax and Grass Valley.