How cute are these two love birds? I photographed Chris and Daniella’s engagement session by Gilcrease Museum and it was so beautiful and sweet.
I’ve known Daniella for a long time and we even saw Pope Francis together in Poland for World Youth Day a few years ago!
Chris goes further way back though. He met Daniella at high school. Yes, these two are high school sweethearts and had been dating for six years when Chris popped the question. He was obviously wild for Daniella because he proposed at Tulsa Zoo!
Daniella said the proposal where the animal-lovers often went for a date was the perfect surprise.
“We got engaged by the black globe water feature. Chris loves the lions and I love the Aldabra tortoises.”
For the engagement photoshoot Daniella wore a long flattering green dress and Chris accessorized with a purple tie as green and purple were their wedding colors. The theme was also rustic so Stuart Park behind Gilcrease Museum was calling with the organic walkways, ornate fences, pretty gazebo, wooden walkways, pond and fields.
We had plenty of time roaming around the gorgeous grounds taking engagement photos. Daniella came with a lot of adorable signage and they also had an outfit change so we got a diverse collection of lovely images. I love the playfulness and fun vibes they brought to the photo shoot.
I was also blessed to photograph their beautiful intimate wedding which was published on Spoken Bride. The big event was scaled down to a small Catholic ceremony earlier this year with plans for a big vow renewal and reception for next year.
Daniella describes their love story as meaningful and romantic.
“We met in high school during our junior year math class and became friends. We would hang out before and after school. I had a falling out with some friends and I remember Chris looking at me and simply saying, “Don’t worry about them, I will be your friend.”
“I went to one of his baseball games in the spring and he asked me to go to dinner with him afterward. I thought he was finally going to tell me he liked me as more than a friend, but after dinner, he asked me to be his girlfriend instead.”
I’m wishing Chris and Dani all the best and can’t wait to see them in 2021 for their vow renewal and wedding reception!
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