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Documenting Love: Amanda & Danny'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 Amanda & Danny - living and loving life as an engaged couple in Portland.

Amanda
We met in the dorms, freshman year in college of September 2010. I honestly can't remember the very first time that I met Danny because it was such a long time ago. I do know that Danny's twin brother, Neil was living on my floor in our co-ed dorm and he introduced us when Danny came over one day. Danny was living in the building right across the way from us and he hated his floor. I am pretty sure I was hanging out in Neil's room playing fifa and Danny comes into the room and Neil introduces us. I remember thinking, "man this guy is tall, I like it."

Danny
Before we get into how we met let’s take it back a step further to the first time I saw Amanda. I was standing in my twin brothers dorm room freshman year of college and this tiny tan Asian girl walks out of the girls bathroom in a white towel. Her tan skin was almost glowing with the accent of the white towel. After I saw her walk by I knew I had to meet her. I was later introduced to Amanda by my brother and some of his dorm floor friends.

Amanda
Danny always looks to the future to make sure that we are prepared for what is to come. He invests his money in things that will be beneficial to us in the long run. I really do appreciate this because sometimes I can get caught up in the "now" rather than what is to come. He proves to me that he is committed to this relationship and that he cares for our future. I am proud of Danny for making sure that we can live a memorable and comfortable life now and in the future.

Danny
I am super proud of how much Amanda cares about others. Coming from Hawaii she is family oriented, which is a huge part of her. Family first is definitely a Hawaiian tradition and Amanda has brought that tradition with her away from Hawaii. She is keeping that tradition alive.

Amanda
I knew that I cared for Danny towards the end of freshman year in college. Danny and I became really close friends and was a new addition to our dorm floor friend group. Four of my friends from my floor, including Danny, came to visit me in Hawaii the summer of my sophomore year. We all had a blast and was a very memorable moment for all of us. That was when Danny and I bonded the most. I’ve cared for him ever since.

Danny
It was the end of freshman year and the summer going into Sophomore year of college. We were really good friends and kept in touch through the whole summer even though we were 2500 miles away from each other. Once sophomore year started we picked up where we left off. From there, our relationship continued to grow and I knew I really cared for Amanda.

Amanda
The thing that sets our relationship apart from past relationships is that we are a multi racial couple. I have never dated anyone with a different culture than me until Danny. He grew up on the mainland in an Irish family. I was raised in Hawaii, in an Asian family. Two completely different upbringings and customs. It was definitely a challenge adapting to his lifestyle, but we were able to compromise and accept the other's way of living while also incorporating both of our customs to fit both of us. Opposites attract. It's true.

Danny
What really sets Amanda and I’s relationship apart from ones in the past is it’s the first relationship where I care just as much, if not more, about my significant other. I make sure everything is okay with Amanda multiple times throughout the day. I will make sure she is good over myself. Even when I am super busy with work and have to put extra hours in at night I make sure I help Amanda do everything she needs so she can get to bed at a reasonable time.

Amanda
The things that attract me to Danny is that he is tall and handsome. I absolutely LOVE and envy his personality and attitude towards life. He is such a genuinely nice guy and is such a practical person. He also has shown that he has such a laid back personality, goes with the flow, and is always down for anything, but also knows how to have a great time. He is just my type.

Danny
At first glance I am really attracted to Amanda’s sun kissed skin. Coming from Hawaii and growing up near the beach she is much tanner than I am and that is what attracts me to Amanda at first glance. I am Irish and wish my skin would tan and stay tan. I think that’s why I am attracted to tan women. Second, beneath Amanda’s tan skin she has an amazing personality that I love.

Amanda
Danny and I handle difficult situations depending on the type of situation. If the situation is between our relationship, I typically force Danny to talk out loud about our conflict and we try to reach a compromise. If the situation is involving something in Danny's life or my life, one vents while the other one listens and then responds with solutions or a reaction. We support each other's decisions, but we are not afraid to speak about how we truly feel, which may or may not make an impact on the other person’s decision. The main thing is that we communicate well and are always completely honest with each other.

Danny
During difficult situations we try and get through them the best we can just like most people. I am the problem solver. Amanda hold on to things longer than me. I am more of a, worry about things you can control and are worth worrying about kind of guy rather that worry about the stupid little things.

Amanda
A few small things that Danny does on a daily basis that makes my day easier/less stressful/more enjoyable is that he reads my mind. He knows that I need water accessible to me always, so he is always making sure that I have a water with me. Another thing he does is helps me forget about my problems by sending me funny/cute animal IG videos/photos or telling me about a funny story that happened at work to get my mind off of my worries. He also knows that I get cold very easily and sometimes I can be indecisive about my outfits. He helps me make sure that I dress warm enough or makes sure that I bring a jacket. If he knows that if I get too cold, I will be attached at his hip the entire night because he will keep me warm with his body heat.

Danny
We both love to eat and love good healthy food. Each week we try meal prep breakfast and lunch to make the weeks work easier. We both will help the other when needed. If I have a busy Sunday and Amanda will take charge and start the meal prep or sometimes do all of the meal prep when I am not able to help and vice versa. Anywhere we can, we help each other to make the days work a little easier.

Amanda
Some small rituals that Danny and I share together is practicing hot yoga, going to the gym together, running errands together, and cooking together. We like similar foods and therefore we spend a lot of time and money making delicious meals. We find that exercise and eating healthy (most of the time) are a priority in life. We love when we are able to show off our cooking skills to our friends. We don't gloat about it, but it makes us feel good when other people like our cooking.

Danny
Our daily ritual is a nightly shower. I am a guy who needs to shower in the morning to wake myself up. Amanda has always showered in the evening coming for Hawaii where it is hot, she showers before dinner and at the end of her day. She continued to do so when she went to college and moved to Vancouver with me. Our daily ritual is showering after work and before dinner. This is where Amanda can can talk about her day and share anything that went on. Amanda needs to do this so I will take a shower with her and let her share. Sometimes I will share things but most of the time she is the one sharing.

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