Kelly Clarkson Dishes on Her Dream Wedding

The singer opens up about falling in love for the first time, the proposal and planning her big day


She had never been in love before. Then, a few years ago, Kelly Clarkson finally figured out why, she says.

“I was dating skinny jeans and I needed Wranglers,” the singer, 30, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

So when she fell hard for music manager Brandon Blackstock a year ago, she knew it was something special.

Relaxing at their Nashville home together in December, Clarkson recalls, “Out of nowhere I just said, ‘Thanks for being an awesome guy.’ I’ve never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, ‘I thank you so much for that.’ ”

What she didn’t realize was that Blackstock, 36, was about to propose. “Not a damn clue!” she says. “If I did I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra.”

Now the couple is busy planning an “earthy” outdoor fall wedding at home – think yellow roses for Texas – while Clarkson also works on two new albums and preps for the Grammys on Feb. 10.

“I didn’t know life could be this happy,” she says.

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