February 13, 2018 - From the Blog
When Carol Robles agreed to pose as a model she had no idea it would change her life.
Robles was asked to be part of a new ad campaign by a Live Baltimore staffer who was her neighbor. The ad, which was shot in June 2016, highlighted Robles as a Patterson Park homeowner.
"When Kim (Wiggins) asked me to be part of the ad campaign, I gladly accepted," she said. "I was happy to be part of something that would encourage other people to move into this wonderful city."
One month after the campaign was photographed, Robles attended Live Baltimore's annual Birthday Bash event where she bumped into some of her friends including Wiggins and Shaheen Mohajer.
Sean Fanning, who is a former coworker of both of Robles' friends, also attended the annual fundraiser. Mohajer introduced the couple to one another noting that Sean had just bought a house in the city.
Carol recalls the conversation and remembers inquiring about his choice to live in Baltimore City. His answer was simple: the home was close to work. His reply gave the couple common ground to continue talking since they both worked in the city and had never crossed paths.
Sean remembers the encounter as if it happened yesterday.
"She was wearing white pants and a black top," he said. "She was easy to talk to. I tried to play it cool, but it didn't really work."
He remembers walking away after conversing for a while and spending a large portion of the night trying to find her again. After losing her in the crowd, he ended up asking Mohajer for Carol's phone number.
"It took me a while to get my courage up to call her," he said. "We met in late July and started dating in August."
Three weeks after Baltimore's Birthday Bash, they had their first date. It was at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Pier 5.
"When we met there was chemistry," Sean said.
Sean noted he fell in love with Carol's humility, beauty and intelligence.
They dated for five months and in that time, discovered they had similar views on many topics including city living, family and relationships.
Sean soon offered Carol a space in the closet of his Federal Hill home and hinted toward a more permanent space for her in his life.
"We got engaged in his house," Carol said. "We were essentially planning our future. He stepped away for a minute and came back with a ring. It was a very romantic setting."
Sean was sure he had found the right person to spend the rest of his life with and Carol agreed.
"I loved everything he was made of," she said. "All these beautiful qualities that I was looking for in a partner."
Sean and Carol were married in February of 2017. Later that year, they welcomed a baby boy into their Baltimore home.
"We're going to raise a family in this city," Carol said. "I think I'm living the best love story. Nothing else compares."