Linda Short, of Fort Smith, AR, announces the engagement of her granddaughter Brittany Nicole Short and her fiancÚ Derek Lyle Allen.
The mother of the bride is Leacia Hiseley of Cleveland, OK. The parents of the groom are Charlie & Theresa Allen of Springdale, AR.
The grandmothers of the bride are Linda Short of Fort Smith, AR and Beverly Cook of Cleveland, OK. The deceased grandfather of the bride is Donald Cook of Cleveland, OK. The grandmother of the groom is Inez Paschall of Goshen, AR. The deceased grandparents of the groom are Gerald Paschall of Goshen, AR, Raymond Allen of Cherokee, OK and Mildred Allen of Van Buren, AR.
Our big day plans
The couple chose June 7, 2014 because it gives them plenty of time to plan their dream wedding. They want an outside wedding and wanted to pick a time of year that the weather would be perfect and could be confident that their friends and family would attend the celebration.
The groom went to Springdale High School in Springdale, AR and graduated in 2001. He then attended the University of Arkansas where he received a bachelor's of science in 2006 and a master's of science in 2008. The bride went to Southside High School in Fort Smith, AR and graduated in 2007. She then attended the University of Arkansas where she received a bachelor's of science in 2011. She is currently attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA and is working towards receiving a master's of fine arts with an anticipated graduation date of August 2013.
Here's how we got engaged
"I was extremely shocked whenever Derek asked me to marry him. We had been talking about our future together for some time, but I didn't know it would happen when it did. I told him about my dream engagement ring and he made it happen. It's so beautiful, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect ring to reflect the love we have for each other. We were on a Disney cruise with my family, and the night he proposed was formal night on the ship so we were all very dressed up. The cruise director chose a few children to interview on the red carpet for the big show (in front of EVERYONE on the ship) and my cousin happened to be one of them. Derek and I joined Madison on the red carpet, and as the cruise director asked Madison some questions about Cinderella and Prince Charming, Derek got on one knee and asked me to marry him on camera. It was really neat because it was on the second day of the cruise, it was broadcasted around the ship and everyone congratulated us for the remainder of the cruise! It was perfect!"
Here's how we met
"Derek and I met on February 10, 2010 in Fayetteville while I was still in school. We both attended a birthday party at a pizza restaurant and were both instantly attracted to each other. It wasn't until Valentine's that he asked me out on our first date."
Our best date
"I think we realized that we were meant for each other on our first date. It was on February 16, 2010, and he took me to Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville. We instantly hit it off and it wasn't long after that I knew I was in love with this man."