Real Engagements {California}: Emily & Devin! –

Emily and Devin definitely proved that their love could withstand "The Test of Time," which also happened to be the theme of their Great Gatsby, vintage themed wedding at Castle Green, in Pasadena, CA.  Emily and Devin met in the 11th grade, outside of the school lockers, at Forrest City High School in Arkansas.  The two dated briefly before Emily returned home to Los Angeles her senior year. They began dating, long distance, again in college and spent most of their time communicating through letters and going long periods without seeing each other.  Eventually the distance proved to be too much for the young couple and they decided to end their relationship. However, the two remained close friends and stayed in touch often. Almost 13 years later, the two friends reconnected and decided to give love another try. Check out their love letter and travel themed engagement session, captured by London Light Photography!

Bride: Emily DuBoise, 34, Systems Analyst

Groom: Devin McKnight, 35, Information Technology Contractor

Place of residence: Los Angeles, California

Wedding date: 7/27/14

Engagement story {Her Story}:

A year after reconnecting, Devin moved from Arkansas to Irvine, CA.  He dedicated his first paycheck to our love by treating me and my two daughters to a shopping spree.  He called it “Family Appreciation Day”.  After a full day of shopping and dining (a girl’s dream at any age), he called all three of us into the room, and said “There was just one thing that was missing from today, and that’s the fact that I was not “officially” part of the family!”.  That’s when he got on one knee and proposed.  The three of us were all crying and jumping up and down yelling “we are getting married, we are getting married”.  It was perfect.

The Engagement {His Story}:

I was sneaking to look at and purchase rings in LA trying not to let Emily know what was going on, but she is nosy (sorry babe), so it was really hard, plus I was new to the area and didn’t have the slightest idea of where I was going. Emily (now we) has two wonderful daughters, and it was important to me that they were part of the big day. I arrived Saturday to pick the family up and I deemed that day “Family Appreciation Day”. I took the family out for shopping and dining, and I explained to them that I was doing this because I was so grateful for them allowing me to be a part of their lives and they had been so patient with me and my move.

We got back home later than I expected. Everyone was tired, but I wasn’t done. While the kids were in the living room resting, I went to the back-house and woke Em’s father and asked him if I could have his daughter’s hand in marriage, and he said “oh yeah.” Now it was time to ask the most important question of my life.

I had mentioned to Em that we needed to debrief about the day trying to make it sound like we needed to further discuss some things that happened that day or something. I had Emily to stand with me as I addressed the family. I told them how much I appreciated everyone, but I had one more problem… that even though it was “Family Appreciation Day” that I wasn’t officially a part of the family. They looked like what?!? I then dropped to one knee and asked not just Emily but the girls as well, if they would marry me. I needed the girls to be a part of this proposal to personally see how it should be done and to experience the beginning of God’s plan for us…..considering she said yes!

What makes your love special?

We feel that the time that it took for us to get back together is what makes our love special. After dating in college, our lives went down entirely two different paths. However, God was working on us the entire time, until we were ready to become one. Thus the title of our wedding day “The Test of Time”


What are you most looking forward to about your wedding?

Seeing all of the out of town guests, spending our special day with the people that are closest to us. And of course – the honeymoon


Congrats to newlyweds Emily and Devin! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss!


Photographer: London Light Photography!

Curated by our Wedding Features Editor, C.K. Alexander. C.K. is the owner and founder of  Love Ink and Brownstone Bridal. Keep up with C.K. on Twitter here: @Love_Ink

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