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Documenting Love: Alan & Allison's Story

Note from Seattle Refined: We could not be more excited that photographer/blogger/genius Alexandra Celia has joined our team here at Seattle Refined. She 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 Alan & Allison - living and loving life as an engaged couple in New York City.

Alan
Allison and I first met at a New York bar on 32nd St in Manhattan after a Rangers game. I tagged along with one of my best friends Ed and his wife Hannah (Allison’s bestie). We, at the time, were both in other relationships, and all I knew about her was that she dated this guy that worked for the Rangers, which hence, was why we were at this bar. Since we had mutual best friends, it was normal to see each other at rooftop parties, events, and we were even in the bridal party for Ed and Hannah’s wedding in St. Thomas. My first impression of Allison was that she was very classy, attractive, and stylish, but also very grounded and easy to talk to. She didn’t seem to pass any judgment on me when she was clearly out of my league.

Allison
Alan and I had known each other for quite sometime, maybe 10 years because our best friends were a couple. We were at parties, dinners, bars, in that same couple's wedding party but we were always in other relationships so the timing was never right. I like to say we truly met in Fire Island, NY at our friend’s beach house in August 2014. The summer of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” and that challenge was our first piece of “social content” together.

Alan
Allison is a girl boss. She is powerful NYC business woman that I’m proud to call my wife. When we first started dating, we were on our way to one of her friends weddings in the Jersey Shore and she took a conference call from the car with her sales team. I, eavesdropping in, was very impressed as to how she ran the meeting, crunched numbers and tasked her team…it was super attractive. She is so good at what she does and is not afraid to take risks in business and in life. She can build a company from the bottom up and everything she touches turns to success. I love her go with the flow attitude, her spirit for traveling the world and experiencing new things with me.

Allison
Alan has a generous spirit, he is always thinking about others before himself. He also is all about having FUN and going on adventures.

Alan
Allison and I unfortunately dealt with the tragic death and severe injury to close friends early on in our relationship. These were friends that we hung out with on a consistent basis...dinners, ski trips, house parties, you name it. During times like these you really get to see the true colors of people and how they handle an impossible situation like this. Allison and I both were there for each other along with our friends’ families. Nothing else mattered at that time and we threw everything else in our lives to the side. After that, we really became a lot closer and she decided to temporarily move out to LA with me for a couple months so we could be together.

Allison
I knew I really cared for Alan and saw him as my forever partner early on in our relationship. When you see how someone responds in tragedy and how they support you, you get to see an entirely different side of someone. When there is long distance between you or when you have an amazing business opportunity and that person is willing to change up their plans to a take the leap with you — all these things really accelerate your confidence in the relationship. These scenarios played out for Alan and I in our first year together, so things moved pretty quickly after that!

Alan
I said it in my proposal and my vows to her. She just gets me. She’s not only my best friend, but I truly believe we are soulmates. From our family values, upbringing, and beliefs, there are so many coincidences that point to the fact that we were meant to be together. Most of my friends know me for the life of the party, the jokester, and the last man standing, but not often do they see the real side of me. I also admit I have a serious case of FOMO. Allison knows this very well and has figured out how to properly manage this spirit inside of me. She also can see the caring and loving side, as well as the business and talented side of me. She can see through the sarcasm and get serious when we need to be.

Allison
Alan is like no one I ever dated before, we couldn’t be more opposite in certain areas, but our core belief systems are the same and we respect each other’s differences. He is my first true partner and my best friend — did I mention we own a company together!?

Alan
Other than being beautiful, Allison has a glow to her that is infectious. Her easy going attitude, mixed with her power house business operating skills are a force to be reckoned with. She’s aware of her surroundings and social situations and is also very rational. As a sales person, she is a great listener, gives good advice and on the flip side, likes to be sold herself. So if you have a point to make, she wants to hear you out and compromise.

Allison
Alan is that guy that BRINGS the party wherever he is, and who isn’t drawn to that energy? He will literally have the drinks flowing and his DJ system set up before you even blink an eye. I love his eyes, his heart and his spirit.

Alan
I always say, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Our rule is no grudges. If we get in a fight or a disagreement, we work it out and compromise then and there. We don’t let it sit, because it just will boil and turn into a bigger issue down the line. We also are business partners, so we have to constantly make big decisions that affect both of us and our business - most of the time we are in agreement on those.

Allison
We handle difficult situations together by talking it out. Since we work together we try and never let anything build up, rather try and address it and move on quickly. It helps both of us because we don’t like confrontation and feel even worse when we hold a grudge.

Alan
Our business is in the fast pace world of production and involves a lot of travel. Each day is different, so we both try not to sweat the small stuff. You’re going to be hit with many challenges, so we could either 1) Freak Out! or 2) Come up with proactive solutions to a problem. Allison does a great job keeping me cool, level headed and focused. Though it can be stressful at times, we both try to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to us and find the calm in the storm.

Allison
Alan always reminds me to slow down and he loves to cuddle. Sometimes it is hard for me to slow down and do nothing but he reminds me of how important that is.

Alan
We find shared meaning in our relationship by traveling, road trips, long dinners, golfing and our business planning.

Allison
We value experiences over anything else, whether that is a trip, a bike ride, or a conversation over a glass of wine or dessert. We are both deeply passionate about building our business, and every win is so much sweeter when shared.

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