How We Met
Mutual friends introduced Tyler and Jenn to each other in Fall 2003 at the University of Southern California. The couple became fast friends over (unmentionable) Don Hertzfeldt shorts, pancakes at 4:00 a.m., underground games of pool, and half-baked physics hastily scribbled out on the nearest available surface. They started dating March 13, 2004 after an impromptu kiss at the start of spring break.
On June 30th, 2007, Tyler proposed at the Smythe Brothers Amphitheater in Latern Bay Park, Dana Point, California. The engagement ring was a sapphire with a reverse cradle ring setting from de Signet International in New York.
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Tyler and the McHenry-Allison Families
Stephen Tyler McHenry was born to Stephen Michael McHenry and Marjorie (Allison) McHenry on August 16, 1984. Stephen is a retired insurance adjuster and avid amateur pool player, and Marjorie is an elementary school substitute teacher. Tyler has one younger sister Rachel, who will be starting her second year majoring in French Language and Literature at Boston University in Fall 2008.
The McHenry family has lived primarily in the Philadelphia area since the 19th century after emigrating from Ireland. Owing to Roman Catholic hertitage, the extended McHenry family is quite large. Tyler's paternal grandparents have 32 desecendants and counting, and there are many other relatives of various degrees living mostly throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The Allison family is from Lackawana county in northeastern Pennsylvania, with Welsh, German, and Irish roots.
Jenn and the Mishina-Adams Families
Born October 13, 1984, Jennifer Lynne Mishina is the daughter of Reynold Mitsuo Mishina and Faith Noel (Adams) Mishina. Faith is an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and she is currently finishing a Doctorate of Modern Languages (DML) at Middlebury Language Schools. Rey is an agent at Clark Realty. He has two additional children by the late Patricia Louise Newman: James Michael Mishina and Holly Suzanne Hinh, who teaches and lives in Bakersfield, California.
During the nineteenth century, wealthy agricultural plantations brought a large contingent of foreign labor to the islands of Hawaii. The Mishina-Kimitsuka family immigrated from Japan as a part of this movement, and they have since lived in Hawaii for several generations. When Jennifer's great-grandparents passed away, grandma Mariane Hatsue (Kimitsuka) Mishina set up a retail clothing business with her husband and supported nine brothers and sisters, as well as three children. Mariane, now 93 years old, is currently the oldest living member of the Mishina family and is retired on the Big Island.
The Adams family and its ancestors have a colorful history, never setting roots down in any one particular place for more than one or two generations. They are primarily of Welsh and Irish descent. However, a cursory investigation indicates they have moved to or from Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, China, Japan, England, and Germany. Jennifer's mother, one of three siblings, grew up in Hokkaidō, Japan and speaks better Japanese than her Japanese husband--a fact which continues to confuse Japanese everywhere.
A Brief Picture Gallery
Since they first met, Tyler and Jenn have shared many adventures together. click on the picture tiles below to load larger images