Engagement Session

white rock engagement: andrea&kris

andrea & kris, both twelve years old, met for the first time when their families moved onto the same street. these two went to the same high school, but you know how it goes, different friends, different hangout places: they didn’t end up in the same group often. it wasn’t until the may long weekend, seven years ago now, that both andrea & kris were hanging out at the cloverdale rodeo with friends that they met again. kris saw andrea as she entered, and although the stories differ slightly between the two, kris briefly suggested they should grab “coffee” sometime. they parted ways, only to run into each other later that evening — and hang out until they both went home. a week later, they coffee-dated. seven years later, they’re gettin’ married!

i need to tell you some more about these two… because i love them. one, kris was a groomsmen in kim & shawn’s wedding two summers ago. time flies. two, kris & i share the same last name, spelled the same way. andrea is about to join the peterson clan. three, they love music. kris proposed to andrea during a dave matthews band concert at the gorge. that’s pretty perfect, if you ask me. when i asked what their favourite music was as a couple, andrea responded: ahh! we are SO about music, it was the first thing we bonded over on our first date. — mmmhmm. that’s rad.

andrea loves kris’ genuine kindness. she says kris is truly one of the most sincerely thoughtful and sweet people she has ever met. when they started dating, andrea told her sister: he is just so NICE! it’s almost weird! ;) — another thing i loved that andrea wrote was that, if i have an epiphany that includes some crazy idea, he never shuts me down, and is always willing to hear me out and jump on my bandwagon. this has also translated to some amazing support throughout the years that i worked fulltime and went to school fulltime: he cooked meals while i wrote paper after paper. let’s talk about kris’ side of their love. he loves andrea’s creativity, drive and approach. kris wrote: be it painting a random canvas, decorating the house or even coming up with her outfits she definitely has a good eye for it. secondly, there is no half-assing it with her and what ever she sets out to do she always gives it her all. when she was still in university she not only took a full course load but also worked full time and volunteered with the vancouver board of trade and the kwantlen presidents ambassador team.

i have to include one more little funny thing because it made me laugh. when andrea & kris first started dating, kris stayed home sick from work one day. he remembers that andrea randomly appeared with a variety of rented movies, chicken noodle soup and a big hug for me. while i kind of wondered “who is this girl?” i think i also started to realize she was a keeper. side note… now if i’m sick, she’ll call me a baby and shake her head at me so i guess her original act was just a ploy to win me over. — oh the dynamics of a dating couple! ;)

andrea & kris live close to the beach where we had their session and often go for brisk walks together, for the fresh air and the quality time. the light we had was perfect: it was raining all morning up where i live, but by the beach? clear! we started with some photos over wine at the washington avenue grill in white rock, changed outfits and finished with photos by the water. thanks for a great evening, you two. i know michele waite is going to create some amazing images for you at your semiahmoo resort wedding.

to see more of andrea & kris’ white rock engagement session click here for a slideshow. :)

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  1. Great job! Also, I need her boots!

  2. Nina says:

    Love these! And her sweater really brings out her eyes. Amazing!

  3. Such a cute couple!! She has gorgeous hair and that second outfit just says WOW!! Love them :) Great job Jamie!

  4. Amanda says:

    Jamie you are so talented! I love how you captured this couple!
    Andrea and Kris you are awesome! These photos capture a beautiful romance! Congrats!!

  5. Gail says:

    These are so great Jamie! Andrea looks absolutely gorgeous!

    I had to laugh at the whole “being sick” story ’cause it’s so true! Praise the Lord my hubby is never sick much, but when he is, I like to tease him that he just has a case of the “man flu” – haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbmbMSrsZVQ

  6. Cecilia says:

    Love any photos at the beach! (This is really close to my home!)
    Love the aqua sweater and her boots!

  7. s h e r r y says:

    LOVE these :) :) They look so so happy!

  8. Jessica McLeod says:

    Congratulations on your engagement and engagement photo shoot Andrea and Kris! Your photos are stunning an you both look so happy. My favorite is the black and white shoot third from last, and I love your aqua cardigan too, Andrea.

    And to the extraordinarily talented Miss Jamie Delaine…BRAVO! Your photos are so captivating and I know Andrea and Kris will treasure them for years to come.

  9. Beautiful! Love the chemistry and sweet nature of the shots :)

  10. Holly says:

    her boots are killer!!!! love them ANNNNNND this session! fab job as always, my friend! :D

  11. Oh my goodness, these are stunning! All the locations and moments you captured . . . perfection!!!

  12. jamie Moniz says:

    LOVE THESE.. you have truly captured there love… I went to High School with both of them and LOVE to see them so Happy!

  13. Kris & Andrea says:

    Love them Jamie!! And thank you for all the kind comments from everyone else… I’ll just visit this whenever I need an ago boost ;)

  14. Courtney says:

    These photos are gorgeous. Lovely job, Jamie.

    Congratulations to Andrea and Kris! I can’t wait to see the photos from your special day.

  15. Kris & Andrea says:

    Ooops… *ego!

  16. Linnea says:

    Jamie, what beautiful pictures, and such a sweet story to accompany! I love your writing and your photographs! You are an inspiration to me!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    fabulous job!!! love these!

  18. Emmalina says:

    Beautiful. I especially love the beach photos. Such a cute couple!

  19. Mikaela says:

    so glad the rain held off for you guys! such lovely lighting, and I love her pop of turquoise against the grey beach…perfect!

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I’m Jamie! I capture joyful wedding and portrait photos that feel like you—through easy, natural posing. Since 2008,  I've photographed over 270 weddings and nearly 300 family sessions and it’s a joy to spend my career capturing natural, joyful images!

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