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09.12.15 Clare (Kessler) & Kellen Clawson

Kellen and I were engaged in the same spot where we first met four and a half years earlier at our alma mater. And let me tell you, he knocked the proposal out of the park! He sent me around campus to our most cherished places with notes containing the sweetest words about our past, present, and future. He even strung up twinkle lights in the dead of winter. Kellen would tell you he forgot what to say when he get got down on one knee, but I couldn’t tell. My eyes were filled with happy tears, and I could barely get out the word, “Yes.” Nearly two years later, we married in my hometown of Onalaska.

Even though we were in the midst of many things—new jobs, moving to a new city, finishing school, and most importantly, getting a puppy—wedding planning felt like a breeze. I can’t remember being stressed about our plans because of our amazing mothers and incredible vendors. My favorite part of planning was meeting with our wedding designer to design our head table—it was important to me that everyone sit as a family to enjoy a meal together, because our bridal party was our family. We also used my late great-grandmother’s china, making our day more personal.

The ceremony took place on a sunny, fall day at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was followed with a reception at the La Crosse Country Club. After we committed our lives to each other, our wedding party rode around the countryside in a large RV celebrating, what else, love! We snapped pictures with our wedding party before taking some of just the two of us. One of my favorite moments of the day was walking to the top of one of the greens at the golf course, with our amazing photographer Stephanie Neprud. We felt so fulfilled!

The day was filmed by the amazing Chitwood Media, so we are able to relive the best moments. We are thankful for the hard work our families put into our wedding day and feel blessed to have our friends and family celebrate new beginnings with us!

BUSINESSES: BEAUTY Salon Elite CATERING/VENUE The La Crosse Country Club DESSERT DL Cakery FLORAL Alesa de Jager MUSIC Whistle Entertainment RENTALS Briggs Tent and Party Rental TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse VIDEOGRAPHY Chitwood Media WEDDING PLANNER Mary Kulas