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An Effortlessly Editorial Baltimore Engagement in Mt. Vernon: Sara and Brendan's Love Story at the Washington Monument

Mt Vernon Baltimore Engagement Photos at the Washington Monument

Love Story Unfolded: Sara and Brendan's Enchanting Engagement Session in Mt. Vernon, Baltimore

Every love story has its own unique chapter, and for Sara and Brendan, the historic streets of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore, became the backdrop for theirs. From the moment we stepped into this iconic Maryland neighborhood, I knew that this engagement session would be something truly special.

Capturing Love Amidst The Raindrops

Maryland weather has been particularly finicky this spring and rain was forecasted for Sara and Brendan's engagement session. I watched the radar like it was my full time job (I suppose it is!) and found a window of time where the raindrops were to subside. Sara, Brendan, and I looped around the city and just as we managed to make it to our cars, the sky opened up in a complete downpour. I'm so grateful we managed to have that small window of opportunity to explore the city with them!

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A Friendship Blossoms into Something More

Sara and I first crossed paths years ago during her time at my bank, and what began as a friendly encounter blossomed into a cherished friendship. So, when she reached out after her engagement and asked me to capture the magic of this chapter in her life, I couldn't have been more honored.

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A Proposal Steeped in History: The Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon holds a special place in Sara and Brendan's hearts, as it was the site of their unforgettable proposal. Brendan chose to pop the question at the iconic Washington Monument, surrounded by the timeless beauty and rich history of this charming neighborhood. With his brother discreetly capturing the moment on a camera he rented the night before, it was a proposal that Sara stated "everyone was crying at".

I Had Goosebumps After I Heard the Story of the Ring

Sara held her hand in front of me and shared how on vacation a few summers ago she came across a ring while window shopping. She immediately texted Brendan with, "I think I found my engagement ring!" Entering the shop, she slid the ring onto her finger and to her surprise and delight, it fit like a glove. The story of Sara's breathtaking engagement ring reminded me of the string theory. How somehow amidst time and space, we are all connected to the things & the people we are meant to be with and that nothing can separate us. Brendan made sure to secure the ring soon after!

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A Moment for the Attire

Brendan & Sara chose outfits that resembled their styles and personality. Sara remarked that Brendan just purchased his dapper brown & black spotted suede shoes the day before and was adamant to style his outfit around said shoes. Sara's white dress was given to her by a friend who was spring cleaning her closet & Sara had been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear it out. The style fit her like a glove & she paired the white ruffled dress with a pair of something blue heels.

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Personality Pics

Sara's fun personality shone through the entire evening. From her spontaneous foot pops to unexpectedly chest bumping Brendan in an impromptu moment, their engagement album is peppered with what I lovingly call "Sara's personality pics". I think every session should have a solid set of photographs that encapsulate the personality and charm of the subject.

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Paris or Baltimore?

I love the diversity that Mt. Vernon offered in backdrops. One moment we were walking across cobblestones & the next we found ourselves in an alley next to a Parisian style cafe. I love the opportunity to weave different textures & backgrounds into a love story and Baltimore certainly did not disappoint.

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The Dashing Yellow Car

As we scurried back to our vehicles before the onset rain drenched us, Brendan suddenly grabbed Sara's hand and exclaimed, "look at that yellow car! Come on, let's take a picture with it!" Sara laughed, this was the first time all evening Brendan felt so passionate about a backdrop. Later that evening when I sent Sara a few sneak peeks, I included the yellow car portrait to which Sara replied, "Brendan is obsessed with the car one."

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Thus concludes the most perfect Baltimore engagement session until July when they say I do.

Ready to document your own love story? Hailey is a Baltimore Maryland and DC based wedding, engagement, and portrait photographer who is available for travels and adventures worldwide.


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