Love Collision: Dan & Christa


Dec 3rd 2010, Multnomah University hosted their annual Talent show, the Taylor siblings were participating and Christa was along for the ride. Little did she know what she was in for…

Native Montana-in, Dan Gutschenritter moved to Portland a year prior after he felt God calling him to seminary. His completed degree in Criminal Justice tucked in his back pocket he left all behind and headed to Oregon.

Along comes the fateful day in December and Dan watches as a camera-lugging female in heels enters the room. He had to know her. A bit of detective skills later (insert facebook stalking) uncovered her identity…Bring on the FB communique.

When she first read his rather generic “I think you and your family are cool” facebook message, she was very skeptical. “Um, yea…thanks?”  a month later same dude writes again- and confused female is now asking beloved sister “WHO IS THIS GUY? Do you know him? Should I be concerned?”

Well Facebook became very popular that month- He didn’t have her phone number, nor was she going to give it easily. It was a cat and mouse game from the start. You never saw two such accomplished flirts in your life.

Shortly thereafter, the relationship went face to face on a group hiking trip to Multnomah Falls. In typical Taylor style, willful girl that she is, she plunged to the front of the line, leaving the poor man in the rear. “If he wants to talk to me, he can come up here”. Boy. Talk about stuck-up. It’s a miracle he stuck around.

Easter Sunday was next with a sunrise service and traditional feast. He joined in the fray, rubber band wars at the dinner table and ultimate frisbee in the back yard. At this point she’s convinced he must be a confirmed lunatic to be sticking around this long. Apparently he wasn’t of the same opinion considering he asked her out, 2 days later.

“I’ll never forget him sitting across from me, elbows on the table, having donned a button-up shirt “special for the occasion”, pouring out his life story. WOW.” Whether it was his genuine humility, or passion for the Lord, she knew in her heart, “I’m going to marry this man”. In fact, she was so sure, she journaled it down and promptly told the beloved sister.

Months of phone calls, text messages and “getting to know you questions” go by. Studly man comes back from working in Montana over the summer and in September they’re offically dating.

Low and behold they find themselves- falling in love. Christmas comes and goes, with the couple drawing ever closer, and happiness is blossoming like popcorn at the theatre.

Unbeknowst to girlfriend, boyfriend is waiting on the ok from Daddio to pop the question. Tranquilly waiting on pins and needles, Christa is determined to stick it out. Needing a day off, she calls up the boyfriend and invites him for a day-trip to the beach. “I just need a bit of a break” she explains. They opted for a few days out and packed up their picnic lunch, beach blanket and handy-dandy water bottles.

While enjoying the 2 hour drive to the coast Dan and Christa spent some time in prayer, thanking God for His specific gifts and for continued guidance and direction. Dan kept dropping phrases like “if this relationship ever goes further…” and “if we ever get to marriage” sending strong signals that it wasn’t anytime soon. Good thing Christa wasn’t expecting an engagement today. Right? Wrongo.

 

The weather was overcast but pleasant as they finished lunch and settled into their book on marriage. Reading aloud together on the deserted beach was pure heaven. Christa is in mid-sentance when Dan pulls out the ring and slips it onto the page.

“Will you marry me Christa?”

Shocked, she managed to respond

“Dan…Nothing would make me happier than to be your wife”

Boom. The sun erupts through the clouds, the choir starts singing and happy couple is no longer paying attention to anything else except their beloved.

Yes, we’re getting married.

I’ll love you Dan till the day I die.

Photo Credit: Bianca Jade

Uncategorized
February 16, 2012
  1. Miss Raquel says:

    This is so beautiful…i can’t think of anything else to say…
    I got all teary-eyed. I couldn’t quite read the last sentence…but finally managed to…

    I am SO happy for both of you!!! You two are adorable…actually, beyond adorable. 🙂

    I pray that God continues to bless you BOTH as you begin this new chapter in your life.

    <3

  2. Naomi says:

    YAY YAY YAY!!! Thanks for sharing your own beautiful love story!!! I’m so happy for the both of you. Isn’t it fun to be in love???? 😉

  3. Lydia says:

    Such a fun story! Congratulations! So happy for you two!

  4. Ashley says:

    Yay! Congratulations!

  5. Teresa Straub says:

    I’m so excited for you two!!! It was incredible to read the story – thanks for vocalizing what God has done.Blessings!

  6. Jodi says:

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story!

  7. Rachel C says:

    Wow, just by looking at that third photo, I can TELL how much in love you two are. And I don’t even know you! 😉 Congrats!

  8. Karrie Kozik says:

    I’m so excited for you.. When are you getting married. Well you look so amazing happy, graduation on your engaged.

  9. Clare says:

    So happy for you Christa, been following your blog ET for past two years or more, and it’s so exciting to see God’s provision of a great guy!

  10. Natalie says:

    Congrats and best wishes Christa!

  11. The Thrifty Life for Me says:

    Loved reading your story!! 🙂

  12. Kayla says:

    AHHHHHH!!! It’s almost 1am here and I’m at the table squealing!!! Hahaha, that’s AWESOME congrats!!!!!! Where’s the ring?!

  13. Elyse says:

    I am so happy for both of you! It’s wonderful to see God’s hand working in your relationship. A thousand congratulations!

  14. Cornelia Becker Seigneur says:

    Christa- what a fun story! . . .and I especially appreciate the Multnomah connection! So glad to know you and thrilled you were able to photograph my daughter’s special wedding day!! You were so fun Saturday and I cannot wait to see all the photos! blessings, Cornelia

  15. Tasha says:

    So happy for you Christa!Can I recommend a makeup-hairstylist for wedding day? Her name is Lana Mazun–you can goole her -she has a website and she is located in Portland OR. She is amazing. She did my sister-in-laws hair and makeup—she is awsome.

  16. Tasha says:

    I know some very good photographers—I know one is booked for 2012—but you never know— Google Dina Chmut photography and Maxm photography. They are local. Hope this helps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE AT RITZ PARIS - FRANCE

MOST STYLISH SHOES FOR THE MODERN BRIDE

auras biggest dreams for the year to come

FAVOURITES

EXPLORE READERS

CATEGORIES

BROWSE THROUGH MY

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. 

WE ARE SOULMATES

WHY we're the perfect match

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

EMMA & LIZ

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

MADELEINE & MAX

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

CLAUDET & CARLOS

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

OSCAR & ODETTE

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

OSCAR & ODETTE