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Check out Draymond Green and Hazel Renee’s stunning engagement shoot

Hazel Renee and Draymond Green go back a long way. When the actress first met the NBA star, it was long before he was a four-time champion, even before he set foot on a professional basketball court. They met as students at Michigan State University, where she ran the track and he took the Spartans to two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship.

“We were in the same acting class and both athletes,” she told ESSENCE. “Naturally, we got closer for group projects because we already knew each other.”

However, the two did not end up establishing a romantic relationship at that time. He would enter the NBA in 2012 and she would focus on a burgeoning acting career that would later include a recurring role on Fox’s Empire. But the two would eventually reunite years later, meeting in Los Angeles for a first date. It was memorable for being simple and sweet.

“We went to a rooftop pool and hung out at the cabana all day, which is still one of our favorite things to do together,” she says. “We hadn’t seen each other in a very long time, so we hung out all day, talked and caught up. It was really relaxed but also a reflection of our relationship. We really are best friends.

Now, the two best friends in life and love are married and say “I do” to each other on August 14. To celebrate their next chapter before walking down the aisle, they posed for a stunning engagement shoot, shot by famed wedding photographer Stanley Babb of Stanlo Photography. and put together by planner Diann Valentine. They were pictured in two royal looks, Renee in dresses by Phylicia Ellis and Green in suits by Eaden Myles.

“We had an overarching vision to reflect where we are now in our lives. We feel very elevated compared to where we were years ago. We’re more connected and in tune with each other and we wanted our shoot to reflect our style and the natural energy of our boss,” Renee says with a laugh.

They have also created quite a life together since they got together. They have a daughter together named Cash and two children, Olive and Draymond Jr., both from their respective previous relationships. They are also constant traveling companions, which they prefer to do together.

“We’ve been to so many different countries and really experienced a lot together,” she says. “We are both adventurous and have so much fun. I love being able to explore the world with him.

She looks forward to doing so much more as husband and wife. When asked ahead of Sunday’s ceremony what she was looking forward to most from the big day, it was about creating lasting memories with the people who have supported them since day one.

“I can’t wait to celebrate our love and this new chapter in our lives with the people who have been with us since the very beginning,” says Renee. “Having the support of family and friends is priceless.”

Check out the beautiful images captured during their engagement photo shoot below and congratulations to the happy couple!

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Photographer/Creative Director: Stanlo Photography (Stanley Babb)

Organizer: Diane Valentin

Video: Brick Group Media

Makeup: Tia Codrington (YS Beauty)

Hair: Esther Tutu (Hair by Estylez)

Dresses: Phylicia Ellis

Costumes: Eden Myles

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