Ann Arbor Engagement : Maureen & Dustin

Mary Dougherty

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It was sixth grade when I met Maureen, or Moe as I called her. We became friends quickly, playing clarinet together in band and sharing fruity lip gloss while talking about what boys we liked at our lockers. When it came time to start high school we both ran cross – country and track and spent many hours together on runs besides the time we spent watching snl, toilet papering houses and going shopping. It was a tight knit group, that high school team of runners and I’m happy to say we’ve kept in touch through the years following. So, when Moe let me know that she and Dustin were engaged I couldn’t have been happier for her. All of the nights we spent talking about boys had become worth it.

Dustin entered the picture once Moe graduated from Michigan State and was working at the U of M Children’s hospital as a nurse. They became friends quickly, enjoying nights out in Ann Arbor, getting away on a weekend trip, and growing closer. Soon they realized they were falling in love. When in came time to decide what they would be doing in future, they decided to approach it together. It was a gorgeous Michigan day when Dustin surprised Maureen on the beach with a song – written just for her – and then asked her to marry him. I’m not sure if it gets more romantic than that.

When I was in Michigan over Easter I met up with Maureen and Dustin in Ann Arbor to take their engagement photos. We started at the U of M arboretum and while it seemed like the weather drew everyone outside we found the perfect quiet spot to shoot in. After that we headed over to the law quad for a more formal and architectural setting. I love the mix of images captured and while I’ve been to the Michigan campus this is my first time shooting in the area. I would gladly go back but do I even want to try and top these photos? You tell me!
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so happy together. I really can’t wait for your wedding and am so excited to document it. I’d love to hear what you think of the session so leave a comment or head over to my facebook page to join the conversation there!

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