Marlaina Philomena Gemma and James Vincent Moran of Cranston have announced their engagement.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Paul and Ann-Marie Gemma of East View Ave., Cranston. She is a graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence, and Rhode Island College.
The groom-to-be is the son of James Moran of Plainfield Pike, Johnston and Debra St.Jean of Harkney Hill Rd., Coventry. He is a graduate of Cranston High School West and Newbury College, Brookline, Mass. He is a banquet chef.
The couple met in January 2011 while working for the Newbury College athletics department for work study, becoming best friends. They became engaged in March 2012. James said he wanted to shop for a new chain or necklace at Kay Jewelers and asked Marlaina if the ring she liked was still there. After she said it was she browsed the store and turned back to find James on one knee with the ring in his hand.
They are planning a July 13, 2013 wedding with a honeymoon in Rivera Maya.