Karla and Gabriel

How We Met

Gabriel and I met on the first day of orientation at the University of Central Florida. We took a few classes together and developed a friendship but he wanted more. He made it clear that he wanted to build an empire with me. It took a lot of perseverance but eventually I bought into his plan. We began dating right before I graduated. I was moving to Miami for a job so we did long distance for 9 months while he graduated the following semester and got ready to move his life to Miami. We are both leaders at a top hotel company and we have plenty of stories waiting for each other every day.

How He Asked

In our industry, vacations are rare so we love to make the most of them! Gabriel planned a vacation for us in California. We had a daily itinerary and we accomplished almost everything we hoped to. I was really looking forward to visiting Disneyland for the first time. I have worked at Walt Disney World for 4 years and couldn’t wait to see the original park. During the firework show Gabriel asked me if I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Then, he got down on one knee and said “will you marry me”? Yes!! I replied with tear bursting down my eyes. Easiest question ever. It was our moment. No pictures of it, no video.

Special Thanks

Joe Ott
Photographer