Joy and Michael’s Engagement Session – Museum District

Joy and Michael live in New York but are having their wedding here in Houston. They were in town for a visit so we were able to meet up and shoot their engagement photos in the museum district. These guys are a great couple! Make sure to read their love story at the end of the post and check out their videos too! I especially love the one of Joy as a little girl singing her heart out!

Q. Where did you meet?
A. In Miami while vacationing over spring break. Little did we know that we each went to Emory University!

Q. What was your first impression of him?
A. Sweet and funny. He held my hand as we crossed the street!

Q. What was your first impression of her?
A. There’s no chance this girl is single… but if she is I’m going to get her and never let her go.

Q. What did you do for your first date?
A. Went for tapas at Eclipse d’Luna in Atlanta and shared a pitcher of sangria.

Q. When did you know he was the one?
A. After we spent my entire sorority formal weekend together, he dropped me off but didn’t want to let me go. Before I even grabbed my bags, he asked me what my plans for the night were and asked me out for dinner. I knew he enjoyed hanging out with me as much as I did with him, and from there, we each booked flights to visit each other in our hometowns that summer – just weeks later. He came to meet my family in Houston – his first trip to Texas – and I went to NY, where his mother claimed she knew I was “the one” during that visit.

Q. When did you know she was the one?
A. Joy has this cute/perky side to her that I can’t resist. It was evident even in her early years…..

Q. How did he pop the question?
A. At a beautiful vineyard in the Hamptons. As we walked from the gazebo to the tasting room, he told me he hadn’t yet told my parents and that I could now call to tell them the good news. As I was dialing their number, my whole family – parents and brother from Houston and sister, brother-in-law and niece from San Francisco – and his parents and siblings surprised me!  We then had a full weekend in the Hamptons, followed by a pool party with our best friends the next day. It was perfect!

Q. What do you love the most about him?
A. His sincerity, generosity, and passion for the things he loves. I could sit with him all day in our apartment and be perfectly happy!

Q. What do you love the most about her?
A. She is the most loyal, trustworthy person I have ever met in my entire life.

Q. Does he have any funny quirks?
A. Yes, I think we each definitely have our silly moments!

Q. Does she have any funny quirks?
A. First off, she has the caffeine tolerance of a 3 year old after 1 skittle. When she becomes a bit “excited” she performs dances that are funny and unique to who Joy is. Her brother knows what I mean.

Q. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced together?
A. Probably our two year long distance relationship while Joy was still at college and Michael had graduated and moved to NYC – 5 months of which Joy was abroad in Spain.

Q. What’s the secret to your happy relationship?
A. Our understanding of one another. We love to travel together and go to romantic dinners!

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share? 🙂
A. This video shows how emotional Joy was when her family surprised her right after we got engaged!


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  1. Alex Levite on May 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    What an amazing story!! I wish you both many more magical moments together!

  2. Leah Estreicher on May 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Gorgeous Pictures!! Congrats!

  3. Adam Stein on May 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Amazing photos of a great couple!

  4. Tony Stark on May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Incredible pictures of an incredible couple. Can’t wait to celebrate with you on Labor Day!

  5. David M on May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Yahtzee! Great photos.

  6. jeff markelson on May 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What a beautiful couple and story. When’s the movie coming out?

  7. Edward Vasta on May 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Great Pictures and a great story. You guys are an amazing couple. I am looking forward to your visit.

  8. The Sitch on May 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Breathtaking image quality and lighting, nicely done! Congratulations!

  9. Andy on May 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Cute as a button. I particularly love the back to back pics. Those are my favorites.

  10. Jenna Cohen on May 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Can’t wait to celebrate!!

  11. maddie cohen on May 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Pix are great; loved the video; What a fantastic couple!!!!!! We wish you both much mazel together as husband & wife. Can’t wait for the BIG DAY!

  12. Bobby Weinstein on May 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful Photos. Whose idea was it to run into the fountain? I love it!

  13. Ari on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Amazing pics. Great stories.

  14. Melissa Cohen on May 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    wow! these pics are amazing! they show what a beautiful and fun couple you are. joy, i think you look like taylor in these pics. 🙂 seriously. and by the way, i just learned something because i did not know the answer to question number 1.

  15. David Held on May 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Wow! These are amazing pictures. Joy, I had no idea you were such an amazing singer

  16. Jon K on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 am

    OMG! Beautiful couple

  17. Justin on May 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Great Pics. Congratulations.

  18. Sarah Ashtari on May 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Great photos!! The last ones my fav!!

  19. Jamal Williams on May 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Great story, spring break is a wild time.

  20. Dan on May 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm


  21. Aaron Wolk on May 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Such a great couple!

  22. Abby on May 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    You two are so cute!! I love the pictures in the fountain. Knowing you both, I don’t doubt that you were honestly enjoying every single minute of this photo shoot together!!

    So excited for you both!!


  23. ALANAH COLEMAN on May 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! Joy and Michael should be the default pictures in the picture frames you buy at the store.

    I love the Q&A session below. Who knew Joy could channel Billy Joel!?!

    I can’t wait for the Doustan-Houston-Wedding!!!

  24. ALANAH COLEMAN on May 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I just called 911!! Not enough dispatchers for this HOT post.

  25. Gail Sager on May 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

    We loved the pics…totally loved them!!! You can tell that your love and friendship is the kind that will get more fun as the years go on. With much love, Gail Sager

  26. Michelle Reingold on May 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    My favorite couple! You two look perfect together and these picture truly capture your happiness! I cannot wait to celebrate your JOY together at your wedding! Congrats my luvers <3

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