The engagement of Gabrielle Marie Rowlands to Brandon Daniel Shimp, both of Coopersburg, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Elizabeth Rowlands of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2005 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. She graduated in 2009 from East Stroudsburg University with a bachelor of science in EC/EL education. She went on to the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained a master's degree in library and information science.

She is currently employed at Bushkill Elementary as the school librarian.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Daniel and Amy Shimp of Quakertown. He is a 2004 graduate of Quakertown High School. He graduated in 2008 from Penn State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

He is currently employed at Allan A. Myers as a project engineer.

Brandon proposed in August when the couple was vacationing in Atlantic City with close friends.

A wedding is planned for Sept. 10, 2011 at the Meadows in Hellertown.