This unique Dia De Los Muertos engagement session in Texas is both a celebration of love and a touching tribute to loved ones.
Aaron & Angela’s love for their family is everything. When it came to their engagement session, it only made sense to dedicate their entire shoot to the people they love most. Their photographer, Yajaira Adamo (aka YaYa), shared the same sentiment. She was actually the first one to propose a Dia De Los Muertos theme. She shares, “Being family-oriented myself and having the same connection of keeping the memories of our loved ones alive, I shared… my idea of celebrating their love and their loved ones by doing a tribute session as the inspiration.”
They loved the idea! Captured at their soon-to-be wedding venue, the Bella Woods Wedding and Event Center in Midlothian, Texas, they dressed in dark, moody attire accented with teal-blue details. They also wore traditional Day of the Dead Calaveras (skull) face paint. As per Mexican tradition, the skulls are brightly colored and appear to be smiling. According to DOTD, a website committed to spreading wisdom about this often misunderstood holiday, the skulls are a “friendly nod to death, even mocking death” rather than mourning it, as death itself is seen as more celebratory than sad in Mexican culture.
Ultimately, their Dia De Los Muertos engagement session was the perfect way to announce their eternal love for each other and also honor those no longer with them. As an added element for their wedding (which is actually happening this week on October 4th!) they will have a dedicated table honoring loved ones and a slideshow of their engagement session. We can’t wait to see their wedding photos!
More sweet details on their love story below!
- Couple: Angela Gallego & Aaron Trujillo
- Occupations: Clerk Denton County & safety coordinator JL Specialty welders
- Wedding date: October 4, 2022
- Wedding location: Bella Woods
- Location of Engagement shoot: Stone Creek Park
- Photographer: YaYa Photography LLC
How they met…
We met in college. We kept in contact throughout years and we didn’t start dating until we were 24.
Their first date…
We went out and had drinks at the deep Ellen brewery during the day. We sat there listened to some live music and laughed about how it took us so long to finally get together.
When they knew they found “the one”…
Aaron: I knew Angie was the one the moment I saw her. I had been helping her roommate move in to their dorm at TAMUCC when I was struck stupid. So stupid in fact, that when I introduced myself to her I told her that one day I’d get her pregnant. That is a blessing we are still waiting for, but as we have learned through our relationship, amazing things come to those who wait. It took close to 6 years of just us being friends till we finally started dating, then finally got engaged.
Angie: It wasn’t an exact moment I would say. In my life I had a tendency to self sabotage in my dating history. But the one thing I didn’t self sabotage was wanting to have Aaron I’m my life. Once we started dating I knew that I didn’t want to live this life without him no matter what obstacles were in our way.
It was March 9, 2018. We had just arrived at our apartment when I asked Angie to go for a walk with me. Angie was worn out from the party we just arrived from, but agreed to walk with me anyway. As we walked the path around our apartment complex I began listing all the ways she has made my life better and how she made me happy.
We got to the covered parking in front of our apartment and I told her to look at the window. Our cats had waited up for us. She turned in disbelief because they never wait up for us. When she turned back to me, I had pulled out a ring box. I was on one knee and yet still she asked me if I was proposing, so I asked her the “question”. She started jumping up and down and said, “of course!” with a big smile on her face.
Engagement session & theme…
Our engagement session didn’t have any specific theme. It was our first shoot as a couple and we had no idea what to do or expect. YaYa made us so comfortable and just told us to have fun. So I did what I do best and just started having off-the-wall conversations with Angie to keep her laughing in smiling in all the pictures
Favorite thing to do as a couple…
Being tucked away in a cabin away from the noise of the city.
Wedding planning & what they’re looking forward to most…
Being able to look into each other’s eyes knowing we have the rest of our lives together. For him it’s the chicken fried steak.
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