Pikesville High alumni Hope Blumenthal (nee Gumnitzky) met her husband, Toby, through mutual friends the summer before her junior year of college at the University of Maryland. A Northern Virginia native, he was a student at Towson University. After dating for four years, Toby and Hope were married at Temple Oheb Shalom in May 2004. They held their wedding reception at Gramercy Mansion, where they make a point to visit at least once a year, usually around the time of their anniversary. Today, the couple has two young girls, ages 7 and 4. Toby is the manager of facility sales and booking at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Hope is a reading resource teacher at the elementary school level.
JT:What first attracted you to Toby?
Blumenthal: He was just really friendly, outgoing, just a really fun guy. Everybody knew him, everybody loved him.
How did he propose?
His parents had moved to Charleston, S.C., so we went to visit them during spring break — I’m a teacher so it was my spring break — and we actually went to the beach one morning to watch the sun rise, and he did it then. We had talked about it six months prior; we talked about the next step. And he said six months to a year, that’s when he’d be ready to do it, but I didn’t know exactly then that it was going to happen.
What was your wedding day like?
Our wedding day was absolutely wonderful. It was beautiful, they said it was going to rain, but the rain held off until 10 o’clock at night. All the flowers were just blooming and it was like, it’s so cheesy, but you could feel the love between everyone who was there, all of our best friends and family, it was just a magical day. It sounds cliché, but it really was. It was a lot of fun.
What did you do to celebrate your recent 10-year anniversary?
We took a trip to New Orleans to go to the Jazz Fest.
What are some of your favorite date-night activities?
He’s such a foodie, so we love going to all the different new restaurants. Every time we’ve been together we’ve gone to see live music. He works in the music business, and it keeps it really fun. So that’s definitely at the top of our list: food and music.