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Maymont Park Engagement | Rachel & Mike

1/03/2019

Engagements

Puppy Rescue Leads to Maymont Park Engagement

Rachel and Mike met as volunteers with Western Albemarle Rescue Squad (WARS) in Crozet, Virginia. They were both students at UVA. Rachel studied chemistry and Spanish. Michael studied history. But they first crossed paths at WARS when Rachel was assigned to the Monday night rescue crew. Michael was the crew captain. There was chemistry. And the rest is history.

Pippa and Posy

However, it took the couple a while to figure it out. Rachel was dating someone else. She and Mike became close friends over their shared love of her foster puppies. She’d bring Pippa and Posy two foster sisters to squad. When Rachel told Mike that she was going to adopt Pippa, he started to pay more attention to Posy. Mike “ended up adopting Posy – 50% because he liked her and 50% to spend more time with me,” Rachel said.

Got rid of the ex

Of course the couple had to take their puppy siblings to the dog park together. Rachel was still dating her ex. And then it dawned on her. How much she liked Mike. She ended things with the ex, and they immediately began dating. And moved in together 4 months later. About time!

Taking the plunge

In October 2016 Mike bought tickets for them to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds in Mexico. They’ve gone every year since. Mike already had his diving certification, so Rachel got hers before the first trip so they could take the plunge together. They love diving and traveling together. And they love watching tv with their dogs. No watching shows without each other, especially not Jeopardy. They also love sports. Go Hoos!

 The proposal

Four dogs, each in a dog shirt, spelled out the words WILL YOU MARRY ME?  She said yes!

Maymont Park Engagement Session

Rachel and Mike’s joy and exuberance, love and exuberance shone through at their engagement session at Maymont Park. It may have taken them a while to figure out they had chemistry, but their love story will go down in history.

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