When it comes to love, sometimes fate needs a little encouragement. Alex Shupert, then a junior at Parkview High School, would intentionally bump her backpack into Sean Harrell, then a sophomore, to vie for his attention. When she finally found the opportunity to talk to her crush, Alex admits the first encounter was awkward. “I think he knew I had a crush on him,” she says. But all love stories have to start somewhere, and for Alex and Sean, awkward conversations blossomed into young love. By the end of the school year, Sean and Alex had a date nailed down. They were headed to see a movie at Hollywood Theaters.
From there, the two were inseparable and dated for another six years before getting engaged during a family vacation to Old Quebec City. To take in the views, Sean and Alex headed out on a trek about a mile away to a hilltop overlooking the river and city below. But while on the hike, the couple found themselves caught in a downpour. The sudden change in weather did little to dampen Sean’s plan. “We didn’t have an umbrella or anything,” Alex says. “By the time we got to the top of the hill, we were drenched. He started telling me sweet things, and at that point I was freaking out.” Soaked to the bone, Alex was surprised as Sean dropped to one knee.
Immediately afterward, the two started planning a wedding that fit their simple and intimate tastes and kept their hometown in mind. The couple now lives in Oklahoma City, where they are both back in school. Alex is a speech-language pathologist and is working on a master’s degree. Sean is also working toward a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.