Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


February 12, 2013


Whether married 2 years or five decades, local Jacksonville residents have similar definitions of 'Love'



Not exactly old enough to balance a boyfriend with her everyday responsibilities.

"My parents weren't that fond of the idea," she said with a laugh.

Dava and Walker – who was out of pocket and could not be reached to comment Tuesday – remained really good friends for about six years. But they romantically reunited years later after they both had moved to Jacksonville.

"When I was 17, we decided we were a really good match," she said.

So Walker courted Dava for awhile. And in March 2010, popped the question while the two were at a sushi picnic at Lover's Lookout. The 30-mile view of East Texas' favorite high place proved to be the perfect backdrop.

Just as the couple were about to leave the area, Walker got down on his right knee, pulled out a ring, and proposed.

It was a very emotional moment for Dava, who quickly teared up.

"I don't think I even let him finished proposing before I said, 'Yes!'" she said with a smile.

Dava is not a fan of diamonds. ("They're overrated," she said.) So her engagement ring sported sapphires – five blue and four white. She still wears that ring.

Dava did have an idea a proposal was forthcoming before it actually happened. Weeks earlier Walker's best friend started asking her uncharacteristic questions about the size of her ring finger and the type of rings she liked. Dead giveaway.

Dava and Walker were married eight months after he proposed, on Oct. 15, 2011 at Jacksonville's Trinity Episcopal Church. Dava's sister Danielle Cooley, 24, was maid of honor.

The Ainsworths now have a beautiful little 2-year-old daughter, Layla. Dava works as a barista at Jacksonville's PhoenixSquare Deli & Coffee Shop and attends college in Tyler. Walker works as a local carpenter.

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