Daniella and Dan

Newport Beach, California



Photographer | Chrissy Gilmartin Photography | @chrissygilmartinphotography

Location | Crystal Cove Beach

I am so excited to share this OFF THE CHARTS most beautiful and first ever – Family/Engagement session of my Super GORG Daniella Faubion and her new hubby to be Dan!! I met Daniella last year when she inquired about her June wedding and let’s just say I knew I loved her from the start! From blended families, to firefighter hubbies – it’s safe to say we had a ton to talk about and I just knew she was my kind of girl! And now after meeting her “bonus babies” and her man, as well as the prince of the family, Bronx their FAB French BullDog – I am soooo excited for their San Clemente wedding!!!

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We met on Match.com


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

The first thing that makes our relationship unique is my husband and his two kids. Most step kids aren’t too keen on their step parents. But I feel so lucky that the four of us get along and have a blast together. Since my husband is a fireman, that mean he’s gone for sometimes 4 days at a time, sleeping at the fire station. That means I’m completely alone with the kids and basically being a part time single mom. But I love them as if they were my own, so it’s actually quite nice. Dan and I are huge adventurers and love traveling the world together. We have a passion for food, beautiful places and learning about the country’s history when we visit.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

For both of us, it was love at first sight. I told my friends from the beginning that I was going to marry him.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Dan really thought it was important to include the kids in our proposal. So we first went to our favorite restaurant called Tabu Shabu. We then took our new french bulldog puppy, Bronx, to go run on the beach. Brynn, my step daughter comes and runs up to me and hands me this beautiful shell, inside the shell was the ring. When I looked up, Dan was asking me to marry him.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

I’m obsessed with my platinum, asher cut diamond with pave and a split shank down the sides. I gave him a picture and he made it happen.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

My wedding day has come and gone, however it was the best day of my entire life.