Swan Manor was the backdrop for a recent fantasy photo shoot for wedding website Charlotte Brides. Life joyously imitated art at the fairytale-inspired session when the pictorial “groom” proposed to his pictorial “wife” for real.

The models are true-life couple Eric Robaina and Julia Staley. Eric used his perfect opportunity — surrounded by Swan Manor’s beautiful grounds, both dressed to the nines, a photographer on hand to document it all — to surprise his girlfriend with an engagement ring and an offer she couldn’t resist. Photographer Abbie Blair of Southernly Studios captured the dream-come-true moment beautifully, as seen in the featured photo above.

Here’s a portion of what the pictorial essay, dubbed “Into the Secret Garden,” had to say about Swan Manor:

As you peruse the grounds of Swan Manor, it is impossible not to find respite in the abounding nooks, perfectly suited for stealing quiet moments with one another. Whether a vintage chaise lounge in the parlor or in the stillness of the wooded property, you will find space to relish your new titles as Mr. and Mrs. You will find just as many options for your first photographs as a married couple. The front porch, reminiscent of days gone by, is the backdrop that southern wedding dreams are made of. The allure of the manor is not lost on couples seeking serenity for their ceremony and reception. See more at Charlotte Brides

Between our stately manor house, carriage house ballroom and manicured grounds, the wedding and reception of your dreams is possible at Swan Manor. Contact us today to schedule a meeting and tour. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. Information about our wedding packages can also be found on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.