Andrew Devereux and Christina Schoppert (handout art from couple )
Wedding Date: June 23, 2012
Her story: Christina Schoppert, 30, grew up in Homeland and now lives in Hampden. She is a lawyer with Community Law Center, Inc., which represents organizations working on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Her father, Gary Schoppert, is a retired general dentist. Her mother, Joan Schoppert, is a recently retired assistant professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland University, although she is still teaching there part-time.
His story: Andrew Devereux, 38, grew up in Charlottesville, Va., and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is finishing a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA. He begins a job there this fall, teaching Mediterranean history at Loyola Marymount University. His father, Daniel Devereux, is a professor of philosophy at University of Virginia. His mother, Helena Devereux, is a recently retired adult educator of English as a Second Language. His stepmother, Danielle Devereux, is a retired real estate agent and freelance French/English interpreter.
Their story: They first met at the 2009 birthday party of a mutual friend, Craig Hollander, at Hampden's 13.5% Wine Bar.
"I noticed her as soon as I walked into the bar, but wasn't sure she was part of Craig's birthday," says Andrew. "I was hoping she was there for Craig's birthday party and then — within 30 seconds — he introduced us. We talked immediately for at least 45 minutes or so.
"We did talk for a long time," says Christina. "But, both of us were dating other people at the time. So, we didn't see each other after that for an entire year."
That is, until the same birthday party — at the same place — a year later.
"We talked again, and I was so impressed because Andrew remembered all these details of things we discussed the year before," says Christina. "So we had another great conversation. But, we were both still dating other people.
"As we were leaving, I gave him a hug and said, 'I hope it's not another year until we see each other again.' A few weeks after that, I had broken up with my boyfriend and I was out with Craig. I didn't know if Andrew was dating anyone, but I said, 'Why don't you see if that guy Andrew Devereux would like to go out on a date with me?' "
Although she says she was speaking wistfully, and somewhat in the abstract, she was surprised when Craig immediately texted Andrew.
"I was thrilled," says Andrew..
He emailed her first thing the next day and set up a date.
"So, we were going to go out Saturday, Feb 12, [Valentine's Day weekend]," says Andrew. "I didn't know if she was thinking this was a Valentine's date or not...A first date being Valentine's Day puts a lot of pressure on."
So, he thought maybe starting out going to a museum wouldn't be as date-like.
"It would be more like a chance to hang out and just talk — more the vibe of a coffee date," he says.
They'd go to dinner from there, and it wouldn't be so Valentine-y.
However, Christina was unaware of the Valentine's aspect, and suggested that just doing dinner was fine. The evening turned out to be even better than fine. They went to One-Eyed Mike for drinks, dinner at Mezze, and then up to 13.5% — where they'd first met.
"While we there, I started telling him about this house I was looking into buying in Hampden," says Christina. "So, he wanted to drive by to see it,"
"When we drove by the house I thought this is very personal, and that she wanted to show it to me meant a lot," says Andrew.
"We started seeing each other right away, he says. "We went out again 3 nights later, and the following Friday. We had three dates within the first week."
"Three months later, we ended up buying the house together," she says.
"In the course of the first conversation, we really hit it off intellectually, emotionally and culturally," says Andrew. "I felt like we had a lot of similar interests and we could talk a lot of the same stuff. And some of it was unusual off-the-beaten-path sort of stuff. She was interested in talking about her job and urban issues. But she can also talk about French literature. I was just struck how wide her range of interests was — how smart she was and how passionate she was about everything...I loved her values. On our first date, we started talking about our families. What her family means to her is so important and that was so apparent to me that really struck a chord with me."
That opinion hasn't changed.
"She is a really original and unique thinker," he says. "She has a world view that is different from anyone else I know."
"I've never been so much on the same page about everything with anyone as I am with him," says Christina. "We just kept discovering that. He's also a very independent thinker. He's brilliant, but he's also very down-to-earth. He can enjoy a conversation with anybody, from any walk of life."