When it came time to find out the sex of their unborn baby, parents-to-be Monique Tello and Steven Statter channeled their love of baseball into a big gender reveal.
The couple wanted to be surprised along with their friends and family, so Tello's sister Marissa was the only person to learn the baby's sex after their ultrasound. Marissa filled a clear plastic Christmas ornament with powdered chalk -- choosing between pink powder for a girl or blue for a boy. She then painted it to look like a baseball.
On a sunny afternoon in November, friends and family gathered at a baseball diamond. Tello pitched the ornament baseball to Statter, who hit it with his bat and released a storm of pink powder.
As these action-packed photos by David Swayze show, the California couple really knocked one out of the park with their epic announcement method.
"I’ve photographed several gender reveals in the past, but nothing has compared to this," Swayze told The Huffington Post.
"The energy at the field was amazing," he added. "Both families were extremely excited for the reveal. As soon as that ball broke, and powder went everywhere, the energy just intensified and went insane."
The friends and family gathered at a baseball diamond wore pink or blue based on their predictions for the gender reveal, and the two "teams" stood in opposite dugouts. But, Swayze said, "as soon as that powder hit the air it didn’t matter what color they were wearing and both teams cheered with excitement."
Best wishes to this creative couple!
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