Bride and sponsor tie the knot

The eBay auction to be a bridesmaid in Kelly Gray's wedding is officially over, but the surprises keep coming.

The winning bid of $5,700 was that of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which thought it would be fun to sponsor Gray's wedding.

“We heard about the contest and thought it was an amazing thing she came up with,” said Nick Rangone, a spokesman for the beverage company.

Initially shocked that a company had won the right to march down the aisle with her, Gray received another surprise when the company decided to give her $10,000, rather than the $5,700 it had bid.

“I'm very shocked,” she said. “I'm very grateful. It's way more than I could have asked for or imagined.”

There is one hitch, though: Gray still does not know who is going to be in her wedding.

Rangone said the company is thinking about having a contest to determine the bridesmaid, or perhaps asking a celebrity.

Gray might have a few more guests than she bargained for.

“I absolutely want to go to the wedding,” said Rangone, who put in the best of dozens of bids just before the auction ended.

Gray said her wedding to Karl Gau in April 2009 will still be a simple affair.

“I don't want it to be extravagant, but now I can get that wonderful DJ who has the lights; I can do that,” she said. “Now I'm thinking of a honeymoon.”