Jan. 9, 2013

Erin Elizabeth Kuffel and Ryan Charles White of La Crosse were married June 9, 2012, at St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Church in Elm Grove.

Parents of the bride are Kevin and Kathy Kuffel of Brookfield. The groom's parents are William and Mary White of Sterling Heights, Mich.

The Rev. Joe Krupp officiated the 1 p.m. ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Milwaukee County Zoo's Peck Center.

The bride wore a point d'esprit lace gown by Pronovias in a fit-and-flare style with a straight neckline and a ribbon empire waist. She carried a bouquet of purple hydrangeas.

Kelly Holland and Kathryn "Katie" Kuffel, sisters of the bride, were matron and maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Megan Hancock, childhood friend of the bride.

Bill White of Orion, Mich., brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Nate Laframboise and Ravi Srinivasan, friends of the groom, and Joseph Kuffel and Jason Kuffel, brothers of the bride.

Ella White, niece of the groom, was flower girl, and Gabriel Kuffel, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer.

The bride earned her doctorate in kinesiology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, her master's degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is an assistant professor in the health, exercise and rehabilitative sciences department at Winona State University in Minnesota.

The groom earned his doctorate in business administration and marketing and his bachelor's degree in general management, focusing on international business, and East Asian languages and culture. He is an assistant professor in marketing at UW-La Crosse.

The couple planned a 24-day honeymoon in South Africa, visiting national parks and animal reserves and cage-diving with sharks.

The two met at MSU when the groom took a cardio yoga class taught by the bride, and he proposed to her near Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Per campus lore, their proposal kiss by the tower means their love will last forever. They were married on the third anniversary of their first date, which was a trip to the Detroit Zoo.


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