Love Stories: Kellen + Katy

They say that opposites attract. For bubbly HR rep Katy McClenahan, 25, and quiet electrical engineer Kellen Kinard, 25, their seemingly different personalities are what first drew these two together. Yet, as their relationship evolved, these self-proclaimed goofballs realized just how much they had in common, especially when it comes to making each other laugh. Here is their love story.

 Photography by Joel Valencia


How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of each other?

Kellen: We met online. My first impression of Katy was that I liked her and I wanted to talk to her more.

Katy: My first impression of Kellen in person was that he was intelligent and a Southern gentleman.


What makes your relationship unique?

Katy: At first glance, Kellen and I seem to be total opposites. We are actually more alike than people think.

Kellen: On the outside, we seem normal. We really like being goofy and making each other laugh.


Describe your partner in three words.

Katy: Intelligent. Sweet. Listener.

Kellen: Attractive. Intelligent. Funny.


Tell us about the proposal.

Kellen: We work a couple blocks from each other, so I picked her up at work and took her to the Botanical Gardens. We walked around for a little bit, and then we sat down on a swing. Then, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.

Katy: While we walked around, I was so nervous that I didn’t talk much—very out of character for me! When he proposed, I was surprised and incredibly happy. It took some time for it to sink in!


What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct?

Katy: When Kellen and I talked about getting engaged, I told him that he had to see my friend Rachel at Diamonds Direct. I visited her one day, and she explained to me all about diamonds and the way they are graded. I chose the Marquis solitaire with a cathedral setting because it is different, and I love the look of the single stone.


Katy Kellen 5Tell us a little about your upcoming wedding.

Katy: Our wedding will be at the church where I grew up in my hometown in Mississippi. I am the most excited about marrying the love of my life; I am also excited about dancing at our reception and our signature drink.

Kellen: My cake is going to be awesome—it is a double doozie chocolate chip cookie cake. I am so excited about marrying my best friend.


What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

Katy: I am looking forward to traveling and having new, fun experiences together.

Kellen: Being goofy with my best friend.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given about love/relationships?

Katy: Say “I love you” as much as you can. Never let them forget how you feel about them.

Kellen: Pray together every night. It’s hard to stay mad at each other.

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