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If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end (those damn, Mayans). Which is a good thing, because I love this engagement session from Lisa Dolan.


From the Bride-to-Be:
All through college, I worked at a little restaurant in St. Louis. It was a great place to work, but pretty much the same scene everyday. Then one day, in the summer of 2006, everything changed. Sam moved into an apartment above the place, and had come down to the bar to hang out one day. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him – I literally did a double take and (very loudly) said to myself, “Wow, he is really cute!” and proceeded to stare at him until the bartender finished making my drinks. Every time I worked I hoped he would come in to hang out, and would point him out to my coworkers and we’d talk about how cute he was. Turns out, he had been watching me as well, and had even pointed me out to his mom and brother while they were there visiting him. Finally, after a few weeks, we talked. And it was all over from there. We have been together for over 6 years now, and have never been happier. I have since finished my degree in Interior Design, and Sam received his Paramedic Certification and then went through the Fire Academy. Since then we have been busy establishing our careers and working extra jobs – we like to stay busy! In addition to my interior design position, I am a contributor for the blog, Design for Mankind, where I author the column Artistic Apparel. Last January, Sam and I took a spontaneous weekend trip to Chicago to get a way for a few days. Sam proposed, and it was one of the sweetest moments I have ever experienced. Our wedding is in March of 2013, and we have been having a blast planning all of the details for the day. We are also planning on taking a month-long honeymoon traveling around Asia. Although I hate to wish these next few months away, 2013 just can’t get here fast enough.


  1. Katie
    7:56 am on December 21st, 2012

    Gorgeous pics of an absolutely wonderful couple! I especially love the fourth row down…the expressions on your faces are just hilarious. Can’t wait for the big day!

  2. so amazing! great job Lisa! Maggie – you and Sam look so awesome and sooo in love!

  3. constance
    8:48 am on December 21st, 2012

    U guys are awesome… Reading this makes me teary eyed!.. such a sweet couple… Can’t wait for the wedding! XOXO

  4. sarah
    9:16 am on December 21st, 2012

    Absolutely perfect! Love you guys <3

  5. elyssa
    2:20 pm on December 21st, 2012

    <3 <3 <3! Too cute!!

  6. Rachel Weible
    2:26 pm on December 21st, 2012

    The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! What a great looking couple- and I love the background info provided by the bride!

  7. Such sweet photos. I love the lighting.

  8. Carol DuBois
    1:56 pm on January 1st, 2013

    Maggie and Sam – the pics are adorable !!!!
    Where were they taken? I love the banjo pics of you two 🙂
    Cannot wait for the Big Day ~
    Awesome story from Bride-to-Be
    Love yous, Aunt Tickle ~~~

  9. What a cute shoot, you can see they are totally in love! Adore!