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12.14.13 Kayla (Brion) & Tyler Jones

I had always dreamt of having a winter wedding, so it didn’t take long to set a date once we were engaged. There is just something magical about Christmas, and a wedding during that time of year was perfect to us. We were lucky enough to have snow on our wedding day for our outdoor pictures, and even a fresh dusting that morning.

At 20 degrees, it was a little chilly for pictures, but our photographer, Adam Mueller, had planned everything perfectly. Donning hot hands and winter boots, we got beautiful shots outside without looking frozen. Looking back at the pictures, you can’t even tell we were cold because Adam, had us laughing the whole time. It made for a very memorable day.

Kate and the crew at The Waterfront made sure our day was exactly what we wanted—and no less. When I dropped my decorations off the day before, I knew they would put it all together perfectly—and they did. I didn’t have one worry about what the setup would look like.

One of the more memorable parts of the day was after we were done eating dinner. We snuck out of the reception for a walk over to the Rotary Lights display in Riverside Park. Adam was able to capture those moments beautifully, and they ended up being some of our favorite pictures from the day. It was great to be able to have a little private moment between us before we went back and celebrated with our family and friends.

We love the La Crosse area, and we wanted to show our out-of-town guests the beauty of the city in the winter. Having our reception downtown by the river and experiencing the Rotary Lights really helped set the tone for our wedding. In spite of the cold, there was warmth and holiday spirit in the air—and love all around. TWM

BUSINESSES: DESSERT Linda’s Bakery BEAUTY Metropolitan Salon BRIDAL GOWN/TUXEDOS The Wedding Tree BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE Jenni’s Bridal, Rochester, Minn. FLORAL Cottage Garden Floral MUSIC Music Mix VENUE The Cargill Room at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern TRANSPORTATION Lamers VIDEOGRAPHY Media Works, Winona, Minn.

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