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Kimmie & Andrew

February 25, 2014

Over the course of the last six months, Kimmie has grown to be so much more than an assistant or intern to me. We have built a friendship that I cherish so much. I had heard so many wonderful things about her boyfriend, Andrew. On New Year’s Eve, they came to countdown and celebrate 2014 with us and I was able to really experience their relationship firsthand for the first time. As they walked through the threshold of our front door, Andrew carried Kimmie’s bags for her, came in bearing a gift for my husband and I, and immediately asked if he could help me in the kitchen as we prepared for the arrival of our guests. He was thoughtful, genuine, and completely captivated by Kimmie. That first interaction was a testament to Andrew & Kimmie’s entire relationship. They are both such thoughtful souls, ever striving to serve and love other people.

As I hid from site behind curtains of ivy Sunday, my heart was racing in anticipation for their footsteps. After a few false alarms, I finally heard the familiar sound of Kimmie’s nervous giggles. Andrew was leading her, arm in arm, down the gravel path. Kim was blindfolded, and I could hear her whisper, ” I’m ready, can I look now?” Andrew would reply, “Not yet, just a few more steps.”

Finally, when they reached the picnic scene we created, Andrew removed the cover from Kimmie’s eyes. I heard her gasp and repeat, “ohhh my gosh!” over and over again. He led her to the blanket where they shared peanut butter and jelly sandwiched, green apples, and Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs, just as they had on a similar picnic years ago when Andrew asked Kim to be his girlfriend.

Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0003 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0004What happened next was amazing. Andrew led Kimmie over to a bench where he gently washed her feet as she read a letter he wrote to her. He promised to love her as Christ loved the church, and vowed to spend the rest of his life loving her and serving her. Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0005 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0006 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0008The emotion in this image is so real…my favorite moment from the day. He asked, and she of course said yes! Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0009Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0010 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0011 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0012 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0013 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0014 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0015“Okay, Nikki! You can come out now!” Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0016 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0017Her ring is BEAUTIFUL! Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0018It was precious to see them revel in the joyous news as they called to tell their parents! Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0019 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0020Andrew MADE Kim’s ring box! Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0021 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0022They were elated (and I was grateful) to have some time for portraits!Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0023 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0024 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0025 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0026 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0027 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0028 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0029 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0030 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0031 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0032 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0033 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0034 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0035You’re so stunning, Kim! I can’t wait to see you as a bride! Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0036 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0037 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0038The dapper groom-to-be!Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0039 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0040 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0041 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0042 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0043 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0044 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0045 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0046Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0062 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0047 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0048 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0049 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0050 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0051 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0052 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0053 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0054 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0055 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0056Love. Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0057 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0058 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0059 Nikki Santerre Photography_Kimmie and Andrew_Fredericksburg Engagement Photography_Chatham Proposal_0061Congratulations, Kimmie & Andrew! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to be a part of this priceless moment!

  1. Caitlin says:

    Love the photos- amazing job! Congrats Kimmie!

  2. Erica says:

    LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!! Congrats to these two beautiful people!!!!

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