Dani + Gabriel. Long Beach

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” - Maya

"So, how did you guys meet?"

"I fell into his lap," Dani said.

..... (me staring at the couple and confused)

"No, seriously. How?"

..... (Dani and Gabriel laughing and smiling)

As much as I want to believe that only happens in the movies, that's how Dani and Gabriel first met - at the indoor rock-climbing gym of Cal State University, Long Beach, 3 years ago. Gabriel took her to a "secluded" oil field overlooking city of Long Beach where they had their romantic first kiss. We had to revisit that moment with some beer while watching the sunset.

".... Gabriel gave me my life back. He brought hope and love back into my heart," Dani said.