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Johnson dazzled by fireworks engagement

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Nearly 14 months later, Haeli Johnson and Clay Anderson will marry August 30, 2014 in Rushford, Minn. The couple was engaged July 4, 2013. Photo by Amber Torgerud

Haeli Johnson’s life changed the day she graduated from Lanesboro High School in 2008. It was not only the fact that she had graduated, but it was also because of who she met at her graduation party.

Haeli’s cousin, Jordan Johnson, stopped by the graduation party with some friends on four-wheelers. One of those friends was a man by the name of Clay Anderson. As Clay and Haeli got to know each other, they became closer and eventually became a couple and have been together five years as of January 11, 2014.

Clay proposed to Haeli on July 4, 2013 in La Crosse, Wis. while spending a weekend with Haeli’s family. They watched fireworks on the patio of the Marriott by the river and afterwards Clay asked Haeli to go for a walk by the water where the fireworks continued for the couple. As they stood watching the boats in the river, Clay pulled out “the most beautiful ring” Haeli said, and then he asked “So Hael, do you want this?”

Haeli said, “I had instant butterflies” and then asked Clay “Are you kidding or serious?” She then said “YES, yes I do!” Haeli said “The best part was I had no idea that it was coming” and described the proposal as a huge surprise that she will always remember.

Following the proposal Haeli and her fiancé went back to the hotel to tell her parents. Haeli looked at both her parents and said, “Clay and I have something to tell you.” As she held her left hand out and exclaimed, “We’re engaged!” her parents were given quite a surprise.

Haeli said, “My mom was in shock…all she kept saying was ‘WHAT WHAT oh my goodness’ and my dad got a little choked up and said ‘congratulations’ to us.” Haeli then called Clay’s parents and Clay’s mom asked Haeli, “Do you have something to tell me?” giving Haeli the hint that she knew what was coming. Haeli stated Clay’s parents were both very happy for them.

Clay and Haeli love being outside on the farm, going out on the pontoon in the summer, fishing, and vacationing. Clay enjoys demoing cars in the summer as well and Haeli likes to help him with that and Haeli enjoys showing her horses at the SEMSCA shows. During winter the couple enjoy snowmobiling together.

Haeli Jo Johnson, 23, and Clay Steven Anderson, 26, will be united in marriage on August 30, 2014 at the Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford, Minn. with a reception and dance to follow at the Omni Center in Onalaska, Wis.

Parents of the bride are Todd and Terri Johnson of Lanesboro, Minn. Parents of the groom are Steve and Lisa Anderson of Rushford, Minn.

Terri Johnson said that “Haeli and Clay are a perfect match” and said while they were surprised by their engagement only because they hadn’t suspected anything. She and Todd are very happy for them. Terri stated, “They’re good people; they both work hard, set goals and know where they want their future to take them.” Todd and Terri said they look forward to Clay officially joining our family in August even though he is already considered family.

The wedding will include six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, two flower girls, four ushers, and four personal attendants.

Maid of Honor - Sydney Johnson (Haeli’s sister)

Bridesmaids - Dana Anderson (Clay’s sister), Stephanie Anderson (close friend), Alesha Sveen (Haeli’s cousin), Kristin Bunge (close friend), and Nikki Johnson (Haeli’s cousin).

Best Man - Drew Anderson (Clay’s brother)

Groomsmen - Brady Johnson (Haeli’s brother), Royal Anderson (Clay’s cousin), Kyle Anderson (Clay’s cousin), Luke Anderson (Clay’s cousin), and Wade Colbenson (close friend).

Flower girls - Bryndle Faulhaber-Sveen (Haeli’s cousin) and Maycie Anderson (Clay’s niece).

Ushers - Jordon Johnson (Haeli’s cousin and Clay’s friend), Adam Sveen (Haeli’s cousin), Dan Boyum (Clay’s close friend), and Wade Anderson (Clay’s cousin).

Personal Attendants - Brittany Benson (friend of couple), Lakyn Lind (friend of couple), Kaleigh Erickson (close friend), and Serena Daley (friend of couple).

The colors chosen for the wedding are aqua blue and purple. Haeli is very excited for their big day and “to spend the rest of my life with him!” she said.

Congratulations Haeli and Clay!

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