In 1998, Chad Keller met Kelly Cozzens in a bar where she worked while attending the University of New Orleans. After a few years of dating, they began talking about getting married, and one evening Chad made Kelly a ring from a soda-can top and a twist tie. The official engagement a few months later, in June 2001, was just as spontaneous. The bride-to-be came across a sweepstakes entry form in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings for a wedding in Puerto Rico planned by the editors. And, as luck would have it, they won.
Kelly chose an embroidered and beaded Reem Acra satin gown with sheer sleeves; Martha designed the bride's bouquet using white cattleya orchids, and affixed a four-leaf-clover charm to the chiffon ribbon for good luck.