This couple was so fun! I knew Anna in high but we were in different friend groups, she was always the sweetest person & still is! Although, we weren’t friends in high school we have been forming quite the friendship now & I am so grateful for all of the positivity she brings into my life! I love watching her & Shawn, they’re relationship is beautiful, full of love & positivity it is so awesome to watch other young couples just be happy & love each other unconditionally! You can definitely see the love they have for each other!
Shawn + Anna
How long have you been married?
Shawn – “less than a year”
Anna – 9 months, 4 days (to the date J)
History of your marriage; how you met? Became engaged?
Shawn – How we met is something I always enjoy thinking about because it takes me back to a time that I had no idea who she was. No idea of what she liked and didn’t like, just thinking about how I can get this girl to like me. We met through a group of our friends that just happened to start hanging out my senior year of high school. As soon as I saw her I thought, “I want this girl to like me”. Since that moment it was changed from “I want this girl to like me” to “I want this girl to fall in love with me”. I have taken that thought and repeat it to myself every morning.
Anna and I were both Penn Staters and it defined a huge part of our relationship. From distance apart to all the stresses of college, we were able to work through all of the college struggles and grow so much closer as a couple because of it. That is why I chose Penn State to ask Anna to be my wife. She knew it was coming at some point, which I feel all ladies do, but I was able to surprise her with something. Anna is the most family oriented person I know and I wanted to be able to show her that I respect and love that part of her. After I asked her to be my wife… a couple minutes later her parents, my parents, and my sister all came up behind her and she was instantly in tears. To have our families together for a moment as special as this was the perfect finish to a perfect moment.
Anna – Shawn and I met in high school through mutual friends. My junior year and his senior year we hit it off. After dancing the night away at prom, spending more time together, he ended up writing a love story on my parents driveway to ask me to be his girlfriend (me being the clueless one of the relationship…I didn’t even realize until my mom told me to go back out and re-read the story – oh the high school days!)
Fast forward to October 17, 2015 – I was in my second year of grad school at PSU and Shawn was working his first job in the Harrisburg area. He planned to come visit for the weekend to celebrate his “new job promotion” (total lie that ended up not being a lie). When we got to dinner that evening we were sat at a cute little table with a single red rose and two glasses of champagne. A red rose always-symbolized new beginnings in our relationship – remember the “will you be my girlfriend” story? Yep he got me a red rose then too! Right then I knew this was the moment. He grabbed my hands, told me we weren’t there to celebrate a job promotion and that he actually made that up (a week later he actually ended up getting one!), he then sweetly explained how he wanted to ask me the biggest question of his life, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To my surprise…the first thing out of my mouth was “you shithead!” (Oops not my brightest moment) followed by a big “YES”. Little did I know his sister was secretly snapping photos and our parents were all waiting to surprise me and enjoy the moment with us!
What is your favorite thing about him/her?
Shawn – Anna has so many qualities that I admire, but the number one thing is her care for others. She is the most selfless person I know, always willing to put others before herself.
Anna – I don’t have one favorite thing about Shawn, but if I had to prioritize I would say his big, selfless heart. He is always willing to go out of his way to make me smile. His positive and optimistic outlook on life is absolutely contagious!
What is your most memorable moment together?
Shawn – Most memorable moment? Hmmmmm how do I pick one, we have had 9 amazing years together its so hard to pick just one! I would say when we watched the first sunset in Jamaica on our honeymoon. It was at this moment that it actually set in that Annahas transitioned from my fiancé to my wife, and that there will be so many more moments just like this one with her and I. I can’t wait to watch sunsets together for the rest of our lives.
Anna – Over the past (almost) 9 years, there have been so many special memories we have shared. One of the most memorable for me truly is our wedding day. From the special moment we shared together at our “first look”, to the ceremony where I couldn’t keep the cheesy grin off my face, and the amazingly unforgettable time we had dancing the night away with all of our loved ones. What a special day it was. It will forever be one of the most memorable, special, and best memories I have shared with Shawn.
What is your favorite thing to do together?
Shawn – My favorite thing that we do together is we are both beer heads! We absolutely love trying out new breweries, and even though we know what types of beers we like, we are always willing to try new ones. There truly is no such thing as a bad brew.
Anna – We are a very active couple. We love to work out together whether it is long runs on Front Street in Harrisburg or our nightly gym visit; however, some quality time spent on the couch binge watching a new show is always good for the soul too!
What is your biggest piece of advice for a man going into his marriage?
Shawn – If you are not willing to go to the end of the earth for this girl stop now. Be okay with her doing things with her friends and family with and without you…Time apart makes time together that much more special.
Anna – Support her in everything she does. Whether it be trying a new hobby or getting through some challenging times. No matter what – show her you will always be there for her.
What is your biggest piece of advice for a woman going into her marriage?
Shawn – Listen to him when he needs help and always be willing to lend your ear. Even guys do have problems that need help figuring out (As much as we don’t like to admit it haha). Be okay with him doing things with his friends and family with and without you…Time apart makes time together that much more special.
Anna – Appreciation goes a long way. Show your man that you care and appreciate all he does for you. Yes, he may frustrate you from time to time like when he leaves his wet towel on the floor or doesn’t close the dresser drawers (thanks Shawn!), but respecting one another is the best way to have a loving relationship. Appreciate the little things – like when he buys you flowers “just because” or when he texts you “I love my wife” during the day.
What do you think makes a marriage work?
Shawn – Communication is everything for a marriage. Its so funny how the smallest miscommunication, that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, can cause a little issue that can grow into a very large one. So even if you have to say things 100 times, just always try to be on the same page! I’ve learned to always imagine myself from Anna’s perspective with everything. It is so easy to get caught up in our own emotions and feelings when we actually want to be worried about our husband/wives the most. Never forget each other’s feelings! In my first year I have learned that we don’t think the same way on everything and that is OKAY! Final thought… you can never say “I love you” enough.
Anna – Marriage is work; it’s a give and take thing. At times it can be hard. You are two different people who are going through life side by side; however, you may not always see eye to eye. Life throws curveballs – All. The. Time. But you have your best friend to help you get through those times, whether they are good or bad. Lean on one another, say I love you, and don’t let your frustrations go too long. Throughout my first year of marriage I have learned to be more patient, understanding, and honest with not only my husband but also myself. The best part of being married? Having a life long best friend.