Derek and Melissa

Angela Hill put it well recently. "Derek is one of my very favorite people."

A co-worker of mine at Channel 4 for nearly four years now, Derek has been that bright, bubbly figure you need in every office. He announced a week ago that he's heading back to hometown Detroit, and while that definitely sucks for us here in New Orleans, it really makes me smile to know his fiancée Melissa is every bit as kind and warm of a person as Derek is. Felt even better to get the chance to snap these engagement photos as a little send-off to the balmy Detroit tundra up north.

If you've got a few tissues handy, head to WWL Radio to listen to Derek re-tell the story of his proposal. It's the cutest thing since that little talking dog in "Up".

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