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More than a strike

Bowlers marry on lanes where they met

March 1, 2008
By JEFFREY SAULTON, jsaulton@newsandsentinel.com
PARKERSBURG — It was more than the usual strikes and spares at Emerson Lanes Friday as the wedding of two bowlers took place in a nighttime ceremony on the lanes where they met.

Robin Brookover and Bob DeVan were united in matrimony in a ceremony attended by about 30 friends and family. Also included in the ceremony were the bride’s 18-year-old son Gary Britton Jr., and her brother Larry Brookover, and the groom’s three sons.

DeVan said after discussing where to get married, they decided it would be fitting to get married where they met.

“Robin and I met here six years ago,” he said. “She was looking for a partner in a scotch doubles no tap tournament and I was available.”

DeVan said they finished fourth that night. They won a free entry to come in the next week to bowl.

“The following week we took first place and we’ve been together ever since,” he said. “We agreed to get married here because it was where we met and where we fell in love.”

Brookover said a mutual friend put them together for the tournament.

“We bowled together that night and we’ve been together ever since,” she said.

At first she said they planned on having their wedding at a more traditional location, but as fate would have nothing else was available.

“We were going to try someplace like the City Park Pavilion, but it was booked and everything else was booked,” she said. “We started taking about places and decided why not have it at the bowling alley since that was where we met. The more we talked about it we liked it and it all came together.”

DeVan said all of their friends and family thought the idea was great since they were getting married in an unusual place on an unusual date, Feb. 29, leap day.

“I’ve been joking around that by getting married on leap day I only have to buy a gift every four years,” he said. “She tells me that gift had better be a big one.

“She thinks this way I will remember our anniversary.”

DeVan said his three sons Damin, 14; Zachary, 12, and Dallas, 11, were ready to be groomsmen for the wedding and his best friend Rodney Bonnell was set to be best man. For the wedding DeVan and his groomsmen were dressed in black jeans and white shirts, with him wearing a black leather vest.

Brookover said friends and family were enthusiastic about the location.

“They said, ‘Oh wow, the bowling alley, that’s so neat,’” she said. “They thought it was a good idea since it was different, since it was where we met and having it on the 29th was different in itself and it all just came together.”

Friday night’s wedding was performed by Ed Long, a minister at the Fresh Fire Church in south Parkersburg.

Article Photos

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Mr. and Mrs. Bob DeVan after they were pronounced man and wife in a ceremony at Emerson Lanes.

 
 
 

 

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