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A few days after my birthday, I was asked the question every girl dreams of being asked. Colin, my parents, and I returned home from a celebratory dinner where mom’s homemade birthday cupcakes awaited. After overindulging at dinner, I tried to pass on dessert. Colin insisted I eat a cupcake, even bringing me one with a lit birthday candle. As I reached for it, he got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. Twinkling underneath the candle and propped up in the icing of the cupcake was the most gorgeous ring! I was completely caught off guard. To this day, Colin still thinks I forgot to say, “Yes!” The cupcake I almost passed up was the best cupcake I’ll ever have.

As cliché as it sounds, our wedding was a fairy tale. Our ceremony was at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, where I’ll never forget walking down the aisle with my dad, as the sun shone through the stained-glass windows. Locking eyes with my soon-to-be husband, who was smiling from ear-to-ear, I tried hard not to tear up! Although thunderstorms were predicted periodically that day, we lucked out with sunny and 80-degree weather, perfect for a trolley ride around La Crosse after the ceremony.

They always say you find “the one” when you least expect it. Rob and I met in 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa, at a karaoke bar. After I sang my heart out, Rob asked for my number and, as they say, the rest is history! Rob proposed on March 31, 2013, with a beautiful and sentimental ring. The diamonds in it came from the wedding rings of Rob’s grandmother and my great aunt. It is a beautiful symbol of bringing together two families.

I met Terry when a mutual friend introduced us.  Over 23 years, our paths crossed many times until we found ourselves alone but 325 miles apart. Finally, he called and wanted to take me to dinner when he was in town. Our first date was at Digger’s Sting in La Crosse. After, we stayed in touch, exchanging stories and memories of the past. One day, Terry told me to get dressed up and pick a great restaurant for our date. We went to Seasons on the Lake in Onalaska. After ordering dinner, Terry got down on his knee and asked me to marry him.

Cody and I attended the same high school where he was a year ahead of me. We never had any interest in each other; honestly, we never even had a conversation. So it was strange when I heard Cody speak in chapel, and I couldn’t get thoughts of him out of my head afterward. He had just finished six months at bible school in Panama, and I was a senior. At this point, I often joked around with his younger brother, telling him that I was going to marry Cody one day. Only I wasn’t really joking, I knew I’d marry him.

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.

When I think back to our wedding day, I still cannot believe how perfect it was. The venue was everything I had imagined; I felt absolutely beautiful; and the photographer took every single picture I wanted. Family and friends were so supportive and loving towards my husband and me. Not to mention, I married the man of my dreams!