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Michelle Kwan Marries Clay Pell In Rhode Island

Michelle Kwan Married To Clay Pell

Michelle Kwan was married to her fiance, Clay Pell, in a ceremony in Rhode Island on Saturday.

Kwan is an Olympic medalist figure skater and is the most decorated figure skater in American history. Her new husband, Pell, is the grandson of the late US Senator Claiborne Pell.

The pair were married at First Unitarian Church in Providence in front of about 250 guests, reports Fox Sports. Among the attendees were Governor Lincoln Chafee and his wife.

The Olympic bronze medalist and nine-time US national figure skating champion skated to “Fields of Gold” at the end of her bronze medal finish at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

PEOPLE notes that, on Saturday, Kwan incorporated that same song into her wedding program. Her husband, Pell, is the director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House. As a JAG and Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard, Pell dressed in full uniform for the ceremony.

Michelle Kwan’s wedding dress was ivory and designed by Vera Wang. The five-time figure skating world champion cried as her father led her down the aisle to be joined with Pell. The pair shared their self-written vows with each other. They also shared a spontaneous kiss before the officially scheduled time in the ceremony.

A guest recalled, “A few minutes later, the minister said, ‘And for their second first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Clay Pell,’ and everyone laughed.” Following the couple’s engagement, Michelle Kwan spoke with PEOPLE about her now-husband, saying:

“I never was one who believed in love at first sight, but I have to admit it happened for us. I felt there was a magnetic connection between us. I thought he was the one from the beginning.”

Now retired from figure skating, Kwan is a senior advisor for public diplomacy and public affairs. Are you happy to see Michelle Kwan married to Clay Pell?

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