Sean and I met in Brewer’s Hill in April of 2011, where we both were living at the time. Soon enough, we moved in together, and from our bedroom window each night, we could see Mr. Boh winking at us from the Natty Boh tower.
Our relationship continued to grow and blossom around all things Baltimore–Orioles games, local farmer’s markets, trying new corner bars for Ravens games, and of course, drinking Natty Boh.
Fast forward two years. We are now living in the county but still go into the city often. Last Saturday evening, Sean took me to Tark’s Grill, then we decided to “have a few drinks” on the water. Well, instead of driving to Bo Brooks, he pulls into the parking lot of the National Bohemian tower. “I have a surprise for you”, he says. “I arranged a private tour.” Still not sure what to think, but very excited, I went with him inside, where we were greeted by the building manager Dave. Little did I know, Sean had arranged it all in advance with him. We had the entire building to ourselves. Dave took us up to the top floor in the elevator, where we saw the view from the offices there. Then he opened a door to the outside and pointed to a ladder on the side of the building. Sean told me to climb it and that it would be worth it to see the view of the city from the top.
When I climbed to the top of the ladder, which is literally right next to Natty Boh’s winking face, there was a blanket with champagne and glasses, plus 2 Natty Bohs and 2 Natty Boh hats. I was floored. It was then that I understood just what was happening. Sean got down on one knee and proposed, and then Dave (who left us alone when we climbed the ladder) let us have as much time as we needed on the roof. We sipped our drinks, took photos of the city and of us in front of Mr. Boh’s face, and just enjoyed our first moments of being engaged while overlooking the neighborhood where we first met.
Dave then returned and took photos for us, which was great. We were there for sunset and into the evening, which was incredible. The only “flaw” to the evening was that Sean had put a video camera in hiding to capture the engagement, and it ended up dying as he was getting down on one knee!
As if this wasn’t enough, there was more to the evening. Sean and I got in the car and decided to go to Fells Point to celebrate with drinks. When we walked into the upstairs of Kooper’s, 25 of our family and friends were there waiting for us! Sean had planned a private, open-bar, catered event weeks in advance, and the people we care most about were there. It was an incredible evening that we will both forever cherish. – Colleen Sidlovsky