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Documenting Love: Sarah & Alex's Story

Photographer/blogger/genius Alexandra Celia has devoted her career to documenting love in its purest and most original form - which you'll see in her photos. Every now and then she will share her work with couples: their love story, their commitment, their passion....and of course, their photos. Think of her as our Love Guru. She loves love, and is here to share it with the rest of us. Next up, the story of Sarah & Alex - living and loving life as an engaged couple in Seattle.

Alex
Sarah and I met at an Adventure Club concert. Admittedly, I did not remember the moment as well as Sarah does! The moment I remember the best was meeting her at my house through a mutual friend of ours. She had gone out to another show the night before and was with a friend who left her car at my house. I was watching TV as she was walking through the house, and she caught my eye! I invited her to hang out with me and right away I knew I met someone special. We clicked immediately; I realized I had so much in common with Sarah, from music, food, sports, & humor, being myself was so easy around her.

Sarah
Alex and I first met in the fall of 2012. I remember briefly meeting him out one night, but he doesn’t remember it so I would say we officially met about a month later. I had been out with a friend and her car was parked at the house Alex shared with his roommates. We went to pick up the car in the morning and Alex was there. We were introduced, chatted briefly, and that was that. It was late November and Alex was participating in No Shave November so he had a thick mustache, and initially I was just feeling friend vibes. But he was persistent with inviting me to hangout, and the next time I came over the stache was gone and the sparks flew!

Alex
Sarah’s commitment to the things she cares about are what I’m most proud of. She’s been a nanny for the same family for longer than I’ve known her. Her commitment to the family and those kids is unmatched, and she’s so good with children, I know she’s going to the most amazing mother to our children just by watching her around the family she nannies. Secondly, her commitment to our relationship is something I will always be grateful for. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure I’m happy. I feel so lucky to have met her!

Sarah
I am proud of who Alex is for many reasons. He is compassionate, open-minded, and always puts others first. Our friends and family, as well as myself know we can always count on Alex! I am also proud of how much he has grown as a partner throughout our relationship. He has shown a willingness to keep learning and making himself better for the benefit of us.

Alex
I realized I really cared for Sarah very quickly after meeting her. I wanted to spend all my time with Sarah, and by spending more time together and learning about her on a more personal level, I felt like I really cared about her without even realizing it! I felt so special by the fact that Sarah opened up to me like she did, and that allowed me to open up to her as well.

Sarah
I knew Alex was the one pretty early on. Before him I had never met someone that I wanted to spend all my time with, and when I was away from him I missed him. I remember going on vacation, and while I had fun, I couldn’t wait to get back home to see him. We officially started dating about a week after I got back.

Alex
What makes my relationship with Sarah different than other ones I’ve had is that I truly feel like I can be myself around Sarah. She allows me to be myself, and loves me for it. I’ve also never met someone that shares my interests like she does. I definitely feel like we’re a perfect match!

Sarah
Alex has always been willing to do whatever it takes to make our relationship work. That level of commitment is something I had never experienced before.

Alex
So many things attract me to Sarah! But Sarah’s confidence and will are what attracts me to her the most. I would describe myself as a naturally shy person, and she helps me get out of my comfort zone all of the time.

Sarah
One thing that really attracts me to Alex is how kind he is. Everyone loves him. I constantly hear how lucky I am to be with him, and it is so true! I also love how close he is with his family. I know he would do anything for them, and will do the same for our future family.

Alex
We handle difficult situations by talking through them. Sarah and I handle most situations differently than the other person would, so it’s up to us to talk out each situation to come up with a solution that works best. I consider myself lucky to be with someone that listens to my concerns carefully and always tries to compromise.

Sarah
We have found that getting through difficult times is all about communication. Regardless of what we’re going through, it’s important for us to really talk things through and try to see things from the other person’s perspective.

Alex
Sarah likes to do a lot of the chores around the house. Random cleanings and laundry without asking are so appreciated! In fact, Sarah doesn’t hesitate when I ask for her help with anything. It’s so awesome to be with someone that enjoys making my day easier!

Sarah
Alex does so many things on a daily basis that make me happy. When we first met, he was not a cook, but because of our schedule, it makes more sense for him to cook dinner. He took it upon himself to learn, and now he’s an awesome cook who makes dinner almost every night! Another thing is when we order takeout or make appointments, he’ll always call because he knows I don’t like to talk on the phone. (Apparently all things that make me happy involve food lol!)

Alex
Sarah and I love going to restaurants together! One of our favorites is Korean BBQ, which was one of our first dates together! We also love going to concerts and shows, as music was one thing that we bonded over very quickly. We go to concerts in the Seattle-area quite frequently, and have also traveled to places such as Vegas, San Francisco and Minneapolis for concerts! Over the last few years, we’ve started going to musicals often as well! We have season tickets to the Paramount, so every month or so we’re able to experience a new show together. Our favorite musicals have been Aladdin, Lion King and Hamilton!

Sarah
We have developed many rituals over the years. We always make sure to tell each other “I love you” and give each other a kiss when we leave. Walking our dog and playing Pokemon Go. Making sure we Facetime every night when Alex is traveling for work. And don’t ask us to do anything on a Sunday during the football season - Sundays are for lounging and watching the Seahawks!

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