The Mt. Vernon neighborhood has everything a big city could offer in the couple blocks that make it up. Cobblestone streets, brownstones with old historic bricks still attached. Grassy areas between streets with fountains and statues, and enough room to have a picnic on or play frisbee. There were quaint little bistro tables where you could play chess or just enjoy each other’s company. It made for the perfect backdrop for today’s Baltimore engagement session.
We are loving everything about this engagement session. From the spectacular backdrop described above to the intense love you can feel between these two; these photos are everything engagement pictures should be and more! Keep reading to hear more about Laura and Tom’s proposal story and the ring! Thank you to Amanda Manupella Photography for sharing this Baltimore engagement session with us.
Tell us about the proposal. The proposal was not a surprise but it was still romantic and perfect. We had been talking about getting engaged for a while so I knew exactly what was up when Tom told me that we had reservations at a nice restaurant on a chilly Monday last November. Tom had kept the restaurant a secret so when we pulled up, I was excited to see that we were going to dining at Charleston, one of the hardest reservations to get in Baltimore. The head chef is a seven-time James Beard Award Finalist and the restaurant has received many awards and accolades.
It was such a magical evening! The restaurant has beautiful drapes and furnishings. A gorgeous arrangement of red and yellow roses grace every table. We dined by candlelight on five delicious courses paired with wines from all over the world. After the dessert course, the server poured two glasses of champagne for us. That’s when Tom got on one knee. He told me how much he loved me and asked me to marry him. And, of course, I said “Yes!”
Tell us about the ring. The ring is a family heirloom. It was purchased in New York City in 1914, no one in the family remembers the name of the jeweler. Laura’s great-grandfather proposed to her great-grandmother with the ring, which she wore throughout their marriage. It is an Edwardian Era engagement ring. The prong set Old European Cut is diamond flanked by six smaller Old European Cut diamonds in a “fish tail” setting.