A Classic Lincoln Memorial Engagement

Engagement, Letter From The BrideLauren

Letter From The Bride

Matt and I met while working together at a benefits consulting firm. When you first start, you’re assigned a peer mentor who basically was someone to go to for questions and/or guidance. Matt had already been with the company for about a year and he was assigned as my mentor. The mentorship also consisted of monthly mentor/mentee lunches. I remember going on my first lunch “date” with Matt and feeling extremely nervous as if I was going on a real date with him. Over the course of the next couple of months, during each mentor/mentee lunch we spoke less and less about work and more about ourselves. I was talking to him about how I was going home to upstate NY for the weekend and was bragging about all the great Italian food I was going to be eating and all the homemade food I had in my freezer. It was then that Matt invited himself over to my apartment for me to cook him dinner and he persuaded me by saying he’d bring the wine. Matt was in CA that following week for work and brought back a bottle of wine from Chimney Rock Winery in Napa Valley. He brought the wine so I had to fulfil my end of the deal so I cooked him chicken parmigiana and we drank some delicious wine from Napa for our first date.

A year later, in October, Matt was back in CA for work. I had never been to Napa Valley before so we decided after Matt’s meetings were over that I’d meet him out in CA for the weekend and we’d go to Napa. We rented a sweet little house for the weekend and planned on going to a couple different wineries for tastings. Chimney Rock was the first winery on our list since Matt had brought us a bottle back from there for our first date. We started off by doing a tour of the winery, seeing the vines, their barrel room, learned about how the wine was made etc. Then we went inside to do our tasting. Everyone was doing their tastings at the counter when you first walk in but we went to a private room in the back. As soon as we walked in the room I knew that Matt was going to propose. The room was so beautifully set up with flowers on the table, five wine glasses, cheese/crackers and a menu that said “Welcome Vallario party.” I was nervously sitting there and Matt could tell that I was catching on to what was about to happen so he tried throwing me off. He told me that he knew this weekend would have been that much more special if there was something else that was going to happen basically trying to tell me that he wasn’t going to propose. Once he said this I calmed down and pretty much called him out saying I thought he was about to propose! At this point, he couldn’t hide it any longer and told me how he had been lying to me and that he had something for me, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We continued the celebrations over the weekend drinking some of the best wine that we’ve ever had!


Caitlin and Matt’s classic Lincoln Memorial engagement will make your heart flutter with happiness. They are the sweetest! From the iconic setting, to Caitlin’s stately necklace, each detail of their engagement session is elegant and timeless. Perhaps the best part of their engagement is the pure love that radiates between Caitlin and Matt. Their joy is infectious and serves as the centerpiece of their engagement, reminding us of the single most important piece of being engaged; dedicating time to cultivate a fine marriage.

Your engagement is a time filled with many To-Dos and stressful wedding planning decisions. It is enough to make your head whirl! We encourage you to take time this spring to enjoy a little engagement spring-cleaning.

Set an afternoon aside to stroll through a local blooming garden, and talk through your 5 year and 10 year goals. Discuss how you envision your first year of marriage, and the new family traditions you hope to establish in your first year as husband and wife. Be intentional with your time, and make cultivating a fine marriage first in your engagement. For more on how to cultivate a fine marriage, click here!

Photography: Kir Tuben Photography