Ultimate Wedding Giveaway
Congratulations to Courntey & Nic!!!!
They are the lucky winners of Winona Radio's Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.

Courtney Ariss and Nic Carlson
Wedding Date: September 9, 2015
"We were high school sweethearts! During college distance kept us apart and now we are finally living in the same city again! We cannot wait for this next step in our relationship and we are enjoying every second leading up to it!"

Courntey and Nick will receive prizes from these participating sponsors:
  • Sunset Gardens in Galesville WI
  • Captured By Maggie
  • Wedding Planners in Winona
  • Danzinger Vineyard - Alma WI
  • Lia Sophia - Cindy Revere
  • Mary Kay - Joan Schmidt
  • Big Boar Smokers - West Salem
  • Pampered Chef - Marti Stutesman
  • Eagles Club in Winona
  • Plexus Slim
  • Jennis' Bridal in Rochester
  • Finnottes Gourmet Chocolate & Nut Shop in La Crosse WI
  • Mt. Frontenac Golf
  • Rose Jewelers
  • Pogreba Restaurant
  • It Works - Carmen Denzer
  • Signatures Restaurant
  • Sky High Entertainment
  • Luxury Limo of La Crosse
  • Music Mix of Winona
  • Hilton Garden Inn MOA - Eagan MN
  • go2wed.com
  • Elk's Lodge #327
Jamie Hettenbach and Mike Hengel
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
"They were friends 1st, then shortly afterwards came to realize they were soul mates. Even though she is a Packer fan, Mike still loved her despite her defect in team choice. They have a beautiful 11 month old baby boy and an amazing doggie, that along with all their friends and family cannot wait to celebrate the day she takes his last name. Might as well seeing she already stole his heart :)"
Kally Potter and Jesse Whalen
Wedding Date: Fall 2015
"Jesse and I had only been dating for 10 months when he told me to "stop talking because you're always the one with questions, but I have just one question for you"! He said there was no reason to wait any longer because he knew exactly what he wanted. Our relationship isn't always perfect (who's is?) but we are our true selves every time we are together. We both grew up in the area, went to high school together and even had some college classes together but it wasn't until after all that we realized there might be something there. Even though it's been a quick 10 months it's felt like we've been together for years. I couldn't be happier that I found my cowboy and I'm trying my best to be his angel."
Sherry Dahlen and Jonas Schneider
Wedding Date: August 2015
"Jonas and I met for the first time when I began working with him as an assistant in a Special Education classroom for students with developmental disabilities. He welcomed me to the classroom and his calming presence made me feel so comfortable in my new job environment. Jonas had a way of lighting up an entire room with his warm smile and great sense of humor. Even after years of working together, he never ceased to amaze me with his positive attitude and compassion towards others. I knew that I liked this man the first time that I met him! Although we do not work together in the same classroom anymore, I am excited that we will get to spend the rest of our lives together. He asked me to marry him in December 2013 and I happily accepted! Apparently Jonas likes me too : )"
Megan Hurlburt and Jacob Kafer
Wedding Date: October 4, 2014
"Jacob was on crutches for their freshman homecoming dance and Megan didn't like to dance so they decided to go together just for the pictures. They continued to date throughout high school and what started as a friendship grew into true love. Life has not been easy for them the last few years, they have faced situations that no one should ever have to face. Their strong faith and love for each other got them through these difficulties. This couple definitely has that always and forever kind of love!"
Betty Farnoltz and Gerald Sabby
Wedding Date: June 2015
"we lost our of over 45 years now we are both in our 70's we found each other in Texas at a dance we met about 1 1/2 years ago"
Cory and Jen
Wedding Date: May 2015
"Jen met cory while she tended bar ,7 years ago. They have 2 beautiful boys, 10 years old and 5 years old. They enjoy doing anything outdoors. Fishing, hiking, camping, boating. They enjoy going out to the family camoground with kids where many memories are made."
Stefanie Cox and Austin Eggert
Wedding Date: January 10, 2015
"Austin and Stefanie met in high school, and it took Austin a few years to ask up the courage to ask Stefanie on a date. They've been together since their senior year of high school through college and now into "the real world." Even though they're in their 20s, life has thrown a lot their way, but they have become even closer to each other and more thankful for one another as a result. After living in different states for nearly four years, they're happy to be close to each other again and are excited to start their new lives together! "
Angie Birk and Joel Jacobson
Wedding Date: July 26, 2015
"Angie and Joel's journey began 17 years ago in college. After dating for a few years, life took them in different directions, but eight years ago they reconnected as friends. Four years ago, after Joel visited the part of Germany where Angie had studied for a year, they got together to share stories and experiences. This was the beginning of a rekindling of a romance, and they decided they wanted to be together once again! Joel surprised Angie the night before her 20th high school reunion with a proposal! They are very excited to celebrate their love with their marriage next summer!"
Justin and Ashley Paar
Wedding Date: July 25, 2015
"Justin and Ashley met when they both worked at Best Buy in 2010/2011. Justin worked in Geek Squad and Ashley was on the sales floor. Justin talked to Ashley a couple times in the break room over the span of a few months, and then he finally worked up the courage to ask Ashley out on a date February 2011. This consisted of dinner at Pickerman's and a movie at the Rivoli Theatre. Now every year for their anniversary they eat at Pickerman's and see a movie at the Rivoli!"
Hannah Krzmarzick and Kirby Hendry
Wedding Date: July 11, 2015
"They grew up together in St.George, Utah and started dating their junior year of high school. Hannah decided to go to college at Winona State to compete on the gymnastics team. After her sophomore year her high school sweetheart Kirby moved across the country to be with her and on a vacation to visit with kirbys family still living in Utah, kirby decided to propose on a hike at the Monument in Colorado where a romantic waterfall was at the end of the trail."
Sarah Weber and Travis Ecklund
Wedding Date: August 1, 2015
"Travis and Sarah met at Winona State University about two and a half years ago. They started dating in June of 2012 after doing missions work in London together. The last two years have been a whirlwind of Joy, Love, and Hard work. There is nothing but excitement for the following year to prepare for this wedding! "
Courtney Ariss and Nic Carlson
Wedding Date: September 9, 2015
"We were high school sweethearts! During college distance kept us apart and now we are finally living in the same city again! We cannot wait for this next step in our relationship and we are enjoying every second leading up to it!"
Jessica Ecker and Simon DeGabriele
Wedding Date: June 20, 2015
"Simon and I met in Split, Croatia while I was traveling in the spring of 2013. He is Australian, and was living and working in Croatia, tending bar and earning his sailing certification. I was traveling alone and was thrilled to find a pub where people were speaking English! I was smitten, and spent two nights hanging out with him. I caught a ride to Dubrovnik, Croatia but returned to Split 2 days later just to see Simon again. When I got in I learned he'd taken a ferry to one of the small islands off of Split to attend a friend's birthday party that night. I tried to play it cool and act like I wasn't disappointed. Little did I know, the bartender and a few of his other friends had started texting Simon, telling him I'd come back. One at a time, they suggested I change my flight and stay just one more night. After all, the following night was St. Patrick's Day, Simon would be back and we could all go out! I chided myself, "you are so silly, stick to the plan, you already have a flight." But then I thought, "but this is what traveling is all about, change your flight, see him again, do something crazy." So I changed my flight! Simon returned and we all had a wonderful evening. The following day I left for Germany, then Belgium, and then I came back home. Simon and I started sending each other facebook messages, slowly at first until my entire day revolved around the sound of the fb messenger 'ding' on my phone. We started calling and video chatting and soon I knew I had feelings for him. Then one day last June, I got an email from him, a flight itinerary, he was coming to see me October 8th. We began an agonizing 4 month countdown to October, all the while slowly but surely getting to know one another and falling in love, and we have 20,000 facebook messages to prove it! I live on an apple orchard and I was nervous about taking Simon away from his sailing to work on the farm, but he has truly found his niche here. My dad passed away 4 years ago, and Simon has taken over his workshop. My dad's machines were frozen in time where he left off, a pretty sad reminder for us, but Simon has them all up and running again, it's incredible to walk by and hear those tools and machines working, like my dad is back in a way. Simon is incredible, he is part of our family now, and continues to amaze me everyday. Due to a push from immigration, we got married on May 3rd this year. It was just a quick justice-of-the-peace wedding, and unfortunately there wasn't enough time for any on Simon's family to make the trip from Australia. If we hadn't married, Simon would have been forced to leave on May 23rd. It was a nice, little wedding but hardly the wedding of my dreams. We're getting married "for real" next June, a proper international wedding with Simon's friends and family from Australia and Croatia, and my friends from Mexico and Switzerland. I want to show this area off to our guests from abroad, what an amazing place we have here, our amazing life together, two people who fell in love, worlds away are now together forever. Thank you so much, Jess Ecker"
Brooke Beech and John Berg
Wedding Date: May 7, 2016
"They met 4 years ago when neither one of them were looking for a partner but the world decided otherwise. From the day they met they were inseparable and meant to be."
Jenni Duellmann and Chris Carothers
Wedding Date: November 10, 2015
"Chris and I met more than 7 years ago at my best friends party in Winona. It was love at first sight. Finally on Christmas eve we got engaged, and we couldn't be happier."
Amanda Elfering and Dustin Pozanc
Wedding Date: October 11, 2014
"We met at a local business here in Winona MN 3 years ago Love at first sight We starting dating with in 2 months I asked Amanda to marry me in my 14ft flat bottom boat out fishing sep 11th 2012 at Goodview Lake."
Samantha Todd and Kyle Grimes
Wedding Date: September 19, 2015
"Kyle and Samantha met while at chiropractic school in Davenport, IA. As Kyle was about to graduate, Sam was just starting. As fate would have it, Kyle and Sam met each other at a chiropractic clinic 2 weeks before Kyle was moving back home to Illinois. After sharing ½ price burgers and beers at a local brewery they were hooked. Kyle quickly changed his plans and decided to stay in Davenport until Sam was ready to graduate. He currently works as a Chiropractor at the same clinic where Sam is an intern, which coincidentally is the same clinic they met at! A few short months ago, Kyle delivered the most perfect proposal there as well! Kyle and Sam will be opening a practice of their own in the Winona community very soon and can't wait to start their lives together in the place Sam calls home!"
Kateri Schafer and Ben Johnson
Wedding Date: October 4, 2014
"The story of how we met isn't exciting or romantic, but I love telling about when Ben first met my grandparents. Ben and I share a common dislike for pickles (one of the few foods he doesn't eat!) The first time Ben met my grandpa, we were sitting at the table talking and my grandpa offered pickles. We both politely declined. After a while, my grandpa offered again saying they were delicious. I, again, declined but Ben grabbed one and choked it down. At the end of our trip, my grandpa told me I could look all over and not find a better man than Ben. I agreed. From that moment on, I knew he was a keeper!"
Krista and Nick
Wedding Date: October 10, 2015
"Krista and I(Nick) have simply shared the same passions for years, from enjoying the outdoors to identical taste in music. Even though we went to the same tiny town school, it wasn't until after college in 2012 we shared our adventures together. It started out with a bang, literally, when I gained the courage to invite her out on the boat for the 4th of July fireworks under the Cass Street Bridge. Fast forward exactly 2 years and we are now newly engaged when I took her by complete surprise on a casual hike up the bluff. The scenic view is right above my parents' farm where we have spent countless hours hiking, hunting, farming, camping, and star-gazing I know I'm being cheesy, but it's true. I'll never find anyone quite like you!"
Taylor Johnson and Jason Meyer
Wedding Date: November 29, 2014
"We met at a Winona Senior High homecoming football game when we were sixteen. On May 28th Jason proposed on that same football field. It has been almost four years together, but it hasn't been easy with an eleven hour long distance relationship that will finally end on November 29th when we say, "I do". We cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together!"
April Glasspoole and Travis Loeffler
Wedding Date: October 3, 2015
"We met at a mutual friends parents surprise anniversary party at Schneider Bar in Winona. April was going to Winona State and I was working for Sprint. Things progressed well after that."
Jonelle Harren and Joe Glende
Wedding Date: September 6, 2014
"We became friends during the summer of 2010. After weeks of flirting, two of our friends decided things were moving along too slowly for their enjoyment and lectured Jonelle "Intervention"-style about the importance of making the first move. Moments later, unconvinced their speech had the intended outcome, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Literally. Apparently those clowns were on to something when they physically tossed her into the same room as their best friend, Joe, and locked the door. Nearly four years later, we couldn't be happier or more excited to embark on this adventure called "marriage"!"
Lisa Miller and Scott Martinson
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
"Scott and Lisa met in Leonard, Minnesota at the wedding of his boss and her cousin. Many people were encouraging them to dance together at the wedding dance and they finally danced just to make everyone happy. It was a 6 hour road trip for them just to see each other, but they took turns and it led to love. They are having a country themed wedding on August 30th."
Mollee Brown and Brad Bjerke
Wedding Date: August 9, 2014
"Brad and Mollee met in Winona, MN where they both went to college. Brad was a bouncer at Gabby's Bar and Mollee was a bartender at Market Street Tap. While they knew each and had many mutual friends, their paths never crossed. Once they were both out of college, but still living in Winona, their paths finally crossed and they decided to give it a shot. The rest is history!"
Olivia and Jon
Wedding Date: June 13, 2015
"While some might say we were high school sweethearts, the real story is a little different. I (Olivia) actually broke his heart back in high school, though we stayed good friends over the years. Eventually, after some growth and maturing, and a few failed relationships, we both came to realize that we were meant to be together - though I had to do some chasing to assure him I was in it for the long haul this time! One short year after we started dating a second time, Jon popped the question using one of my favorite foods: peanut butter. Written inside a new jar of my favorite brand was "Will You Marry Me" along with the most gorgeous ring he had made using a stone from his mothers ring."
Ashley Meaney and Tyrone Lingenfelter
Wedding Date: March 20, 2016
"Tyrone and I actually went to high school together in Arcadia, WI, but didn't start dating until 2 years later after reconnecting at a mutual friend's party. We have been together ever since and have a beautiful curly blonde, blue eyes daughter who is now 2. Tyrone actually proposed after he had surprised me with our daughter wearing a shirt saying "will you marry my dad?" And he came over and went down on one knee proposing."
Amanda Zimmerman and David Ranzenberger
Wedding Date: June 6, 2015
"David and I met while working at Petsmart in Onalaska, WI. We were soon inseparable. He had lived in Winona while attending WSU before but didn't graduate. We moved back and are both enrolled at WSU starting this fall for Environmental Science, my option being biology, his being geology...we plan to be the best husband and wife scientist team ever! Our wedding is Game of Thrones style from the clothes to his Jon Snow sword to the food his father is making!"
Kayla Anderson and John Scheevel
Wedding Date: June 27, 2015
"John and Kayla met in second grade and started dating in 8th grade on a church confirmation retreat. Both attended Winona Senior High School and Winona State University and dated throughout. John proposed to Kayla last August at Gustavus college where they started dating on the confirmation retreat. "