Julie + Eric

Mary Dougherty

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I had such an adventure with Julie and Eric during their engagement shoot over the holidays. I was in Michigan and met them on Belle Isle, a interesting and somewhat mysterious island outside of Detroit. I’m going to start out backwards, because I love the image about and have to tell the story about it. This swing set was made into an island as the temperatures warmed up and the snow melted. I loved what the water added to the location and since they were up for the adventure they walked out in bare feet to get on the swings!! yikes! it was awesome- and totally worth it, don’t you think? It’s a great story, and I love the pics that came out of it.

Oh, and that fountain I posted about? It was right next to the swing set… I loved that there were lots of other people stopping their cars to go see the ice formation! Now back to the beginning…

We were in the tropical land of the conservatory, which was filled with lush greenery that was very inviting from the bleak outdoors. Julie + Eric totally warmed up to the camera, even though I know at first they felt a little out of place, you can’t tell at all. I love this one below… lean in.. closer…

Things heated up in the fernery…

and the cactus room!

The color of the poinsettias was fabulous and so festive. You don’t see that much red outside this time of year.

I wanted to include a progression of them jumping, even though it’s much better seen larger. My favorite is prob the third from the right- look at that height!

Julie + Eric were so good looking they acquired some paparazzi. A random fellow (but not the guy in the photo above) decided to snap some photos of them- on more than one occasion. haha nothing like some onlookers to make you feel a little awkward, or celebrity-ish – you choose.

Outside the Detroit skyline was moody, but I think it was a perfect backdrop for these romantic shots. I’ll leave you with that and hope you enjoyed the adventure to Belle Isle!

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