We had a wonderful time at Elizabeth & Gregor’s winter engagement session Old City Philadelphia. Elizabeth shares a bit about what brought them to this moment.
We chose Old City for our engagement photos because we love the history of Philadelphia and the quaint areas of Old City. Philadelphia is our new hometown! Before we moved in together, Gregor lived in old city so we have a lot of fun memories of going on walks and checking out different restaurants in the area. The cobblestone streets and brick walls are iconic and beautiful. Some day we hope to live in a house that has similar character.
Elizabeth and Gregor met while attending the University of Virginia in 2010, when Elizabeth was a 1st year and Gregor was a 2nd year. Elizabeth played on the field hockey team at UVA and Gregor played on the golf team. They quickly became friends after meeting through other athletes, and they had several classes together. Eventually, Elizabeth invited Gregor to her sorority’s parents formal, and Gregor immediately hit it off with Elizabeth’s friends and parents. Shortly after, they went on their first date on the historic downtown mall, and officially became a couple.
After Gregor graduated in 2013 and Elizabeth in 2014, they both found jobs in Philadelphia. For three years, Gregor and Elizabeth have enjoyed exploring a new city, with many more dates including a new and extensive restaurant scene, golf lessons (for Elizabeth) at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and even a few formal events – lucky they had practice with those parents formals at UVA! Between two cities and five years of dating, Elizabeth and Gregor are ready for the next chapter.
In April 2017, Gregor told Elizabeth he was planning a surprise trip for them over Easter weekend. Elizabeth, typically a detailed planner, held in the urge to ask where they were going and went along with Gregor’s plan. He picked her up from work around 1pm on April 14th, 2017 and they began driving south. About an hour into the trip, Gregor revealed they were going to Charlottesville!
They arrived in Charlottesville and started walking toward The Corner, Gregor holding Elizabeth’s shaking hand. Hoping for a private and romantic setting, Gregor led them toward the Rotunda and was anxious when he saw hundreds of students hanging out on the lawn – he laughed and sighed “oh boy.” As the sun was setting, they walked right onto the lawn in front of the Rotunda and after a few words, Gregor was on his knee asking Elizabeth, “Will you marry me?” And in the college town where they first met, on the most beautiful evening, Elizabeth said YES! More excited than ever, she almost grabbed the beautiful ring in front of her before realizing “wait, he’s supposed to put that on me.” After the ring was on and they had a few moments of celebration, they remembered they had an audience. Two female students ran up, excited to have witnessed the love story, and volunteered to take a picture.
Once the moment was documented, Elizabeth wanted to call their families immediately. Gregor said, “Wait, I have another surprise.” They ended up at their favorite restaurant, Aberdeen Barn, the site of many dates during college. Gregor checked in with the host for the “Orlando reservation” and the host confirmed party of two. Once they turned the corner toward their table, Elizabeth was so surprised to see their parents and Gregor’s grandfather sitting in the restaurant. She was choked up hugging her mom and dad, still shaking with excitement. Gregor accepted congratulations from all – what a wonderful plan!
Together, the families had a blast during the weekend celebration, which included champagne, wine tasting, more favorite restaurants, and a beautiful Easter Sunday. After Mass, the weekend ended with brunch at the Boar’s Head Inn, the location of the couple’s reception in 2018!
…and we’re gonna get married! Charlottesville (c-ville): It’s where we met and where we got engaged, so it only makes sense to tie the knot in our favorite place in the world. Thank you to all of our family and friends for celebrating with us during our engagement and on our special day in 2018!