Maria and John chose a modern wine bar called Cafe Lurcat for their autumn engagement session with Erin Johnson Photography!
We started dating immediately after we first met, which was at a work event in Dinkytown. My coworkers and I had a similar group of friends, through which I met John. After I found out that we lived 3 blocks from each other, I asked him to share a cab home with me. He asked me on a date the next day and we were inseparable.
Our first actual date was at the Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown during College. I remember that I had the Seafood Spaghetti. It was the first of many more dates at the Loring.
I had been planning a post-graduation vacation for both of us in May of 2012. We wanted to celebrate the 4 long years of John's Vet school. I was expecting to get engaged on the vacation, which was in Napa Valley – typical place for that sort of thing. John ended up surprising me at his graduation party that we held in our backyard with our friends and family. He had me walk to the front yard to show me something and then got down on one knee. Just as he was finishing his mom walked around the corner – she was also in shock. It also happened to be Mother's Day, so it was a great gift for her (a mother of 3 boys). His graduation party quickly turned into an engagement party and it was a perfect sunny day. – Maria