Shawna Flynn of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Devon Robinson of Springfield, Massachusetts, were engaged on November 26, 2010.
The bride-to-be has a BBA in finance, a BA in dance and is a solutions business analyst. She is the daughter of Kate and Tim Flynn.
The groom-to-be has a Master's education and a career as an analyst. He is the son of Christine and William Robinson.
The couple met in October 2005.
Shawna says, "We were both in school at the University of Massachusetts. Devon's friend happened to be dating my friend at the time. All the ladies went out to a dance bar on a Friday night and his group of friends met up with us. He was quiet and calm in his striped sweater. I noticed him right away and asked Lauren, my friend, to introduce us. His smile caught me from across the room. We chatted late into the night and definitely hit it off.
I graduated college that winter and we went our separate ways. It is amazing how we kept coming back to each other over the next year. We decided in November of 2006 that we would make an official "go" as a couple."
Shawna's engagement story: "It was a rocky couple of years, through several moves and job changes. Our relationship had it's highs and lows, but it drew us closer and proved that our love would withstand the test of time.
We were home in Massachusetts visiting our families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Devon had requested that we spend a night dining and drinking with his old high school friends. I was less than enthused since I had planned to visit with my family for the weekend. I reluctantly agreed (since he wasn't taking no for an answer). On our drive to the restaurant he took a call from his friend who had just hit a deer and was stranded on the side of the road. He told Devon he couldn't make it to dinner, but would try to make it out for drinks afterwards. Devon assured me the deer was okay and there was little damage to the car, but that they were going to wait for the police to arrive to assess the situation. This didn't seem out of the ordinary since deer were prevalent in the back roads of Western Massachusetts.
Devon decided that instead of meeting them in Northampton that we would just go to the Bertucci's in Amherst (which was the location of our first date back in 2005). It was fine with me since I was starving. I will admit that this place was not the romantic date I remembered at all. There were kids running around screaming and I was sitting under the coldest AC vent ever. We managed to laugh through it all and finish our dinner.
After dinner, Devon recommended that we take a walk to the ice cream shop down the street. I will remind you that this is November in Massachusetts—it was probably 20 degrees outside. He seemed very excited about it so I agreed. I was wearing a cute outfit, although a little inappropriate for the outside climate. I shivered all the way down the street.
Once we had our fill of ice cream, we headed back to the car. Devon then said, "Hey, why don't we sit down for a little bit on this park bench." It was under a quaint street lamp outside of the boutique stores in Amherst. The bench was wooden and wet so I exclaimed, "No, Devon, it's all wet and gross!" To which he replied, "just sit," while pulling my arm down.
Once seated, he looked at me and said "I have a confession to make. . . Bobby didn't hit a deer and we were never going to meet them for dinner." I laughed. "I brought you here because. . ." He got down on one knee. This instantly started the tears in my eyes and I was not sure if I should just scream YES!, or, if I was supposed to wait for him to finish his speech. After 25 seconds he composed himself and said, "I want to spend the rest of my life with you. . . will you marry me."
It may not have been the most romantic proposal ever, but it was quintessentially Devon. He couldn't have planned anything better."
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