Downtown Milwaukee Engagement – Gabrielle and Daniel

How They Met

When Daniel first saw Gabrielle at a law school boat cruise, he thought she was into one of his friends. Meanwhile, she knew right away he was special. She described the moment as a deja-vu moment – like it was meant to be. When Daniel realized his initial thought was incorrect, he asked her to dance. That was the beginning of the “world’s longest date” around Chicago and the beginning of their love story. Gabrielle and Daniel quickly bonded over their studies and love for travel and have been inseparable ever since!

The Proposal

Their proposal story is straight out of a storybook! They were travelling to Paris and Daniel knew he wanted to propose at a restaurant with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The only day he was able to get a reservation was for lunch the day they arrived. They would have to go directly to the restaurant from the airport. On the day of the proposal – everything seemed to go wrong. Their plane was late and after a metrosystem mishap that involved them getting on the wrong train, they were going to be late. Daniel started to panic and Gabrielle sweetly reminded him that they could go to a different restaurant instead. Of course, he insisted they go to THIS restaurant so they ended up taking a cab.

Once they arrived at the restaurant, the hostess gave Daniel a knowing smile as she led them to their table with the perfect view. Daniel was SO nervous the entire meal! Eventually he gave Gabrielle a letter that he had written to her and that’s when he got down on one knee and proposed!

Their Engagement + Wedding

Their engagement session was so much fun! We had a perfect evening in downtown Milwaukee. I love that Gabrielle wanted to go a little out of the box with her outfit. Even though these two live in Chicago, they love Milwaukee and are so excited to showcase the city on their wedding day. I am SO excited for their wedding this summer – it is going to have touches of romance while also honoring the history of their two venues – St. James 1868 and the Grain Exchange.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their engagement session!


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