Tech Love Story: A Real-Life Prince Charming

According to Shelby Byrns, “Love always finds you when you aren’t looking for it.”

She transferred to Arkansas Tech from out of state with one goal in mind: completing her degree so she could begin her teaching career. But Tyler Byrns had other plans. He was immediately smitten with Shelby and began charming her skeptical heart, which wasn’t looking for love.

It wasn’t any one thing that made Shelby fall in love with Tyler; it was many things. The way he surprised her with cake and flowers for her birthday, the way he persevered through any obstacles he encountered, the way he showed her what kind of man he was during their conversations while hiking on Mt. Nebo.

By the time Tyler proposed after six months together, Shelby knew that he would be a great life partner and father someday. She agreed with her whole heart. Years later, Tyler told her that he began saving for her engagement ring when he had only known her for two weeks.

Now married for almost three years, Shelby says “It has been a wonderful journey filled with love and friendship, and we owe it all to ATU.”