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Bailey and Bjorn were married on August 12th, 2017.  Florals done by Alison Wiebe. (Image courtesy of Cody Stacy / Cody Stacy Photography)

Documenting Love: Bailey & Bjorn's Story

Welcome to our Documenting Love series where we capture people's love stories through photos and the written word. This may be one of our favorite weekly series! Check out the gallery and read the couples love story below. Keep in mind that we ask the couples to answer the questions separately so we can draw parallels between their experiences and, you know, say a collective, "Ahhhhhhh!" If you or someone you know wants to be featured in this series, please get in touch with us, hello@seattlerefined.com.

Bailey
We were working as interns up at Young Life's Malibu Club, a group of us took out a ski boat out after work to go wake surfing, Bjorn was the last to go and certainly the best. He had a confidence out there I never noticed in him before. He would twist and turn in the wake, let the rope out and hang parallel over the water, dipping his head in the water and flipping his hair up like he owned the Inlet. I swooned and never stopped noticing him from that point on. His quiet, humble confidence was so intriguing to me. He went out there alluding to no such a show, Bjorn just loved being on the water and you could tell that was the only reason he was out there, not to show off at all but to be in the midst of something he loved.

Bjorn
I remember sitting in the large adirondack chairs looking over the Jervis Inlet with her. We were just chatting about mutual friends and school and all the connections that we could make. It was an easy connection between us and conversation flowed naturally. We were quick friends.

Bailey
We met up on the Sunshine Coast at a Young Life camp called the Malibu Club.

Bjorn
We met at my favorite place on this planet: Young Life's Malibu Club in beautiful British Columbia. We were interns together for the summer, living in close quarters and getting to see each other at our best and worst almost everyday. It was the ultimate place to get to know someone for who they really are. It was clear she was an amazing woman right away.

Bailey
Bjorn has a way about him where he is so attentive to what others need. It's the little things like finding a jacket for someone or making sure you have food, a break, or maybe a gift that you didn't even know you wanted until he gave it. He gives gifts like nobodies business and it makes people feel thought of and known. We need more of that and it makes me proud to be his wife.

Bjorn
Bailey was able to graduate college debt free. Today that is no easy feat. She worked extremely hard to earn scholarships and work long days in the summer in order to have the necessary money to pay for rent, tuition and other expenses. She did and always does and always will work so hard. She is incredible.

Bailey
After a year and a half of dating, I left to go back up to Malibu for a week and he left the one after me to do the same. There's no service up there so we didn't get to talk or check in for those two weeks. In the week that I was back home without him I realized how much of a better person he made me. I am more relaxed, more thoughtful, more patient when he is around. I can be those things without him but he pushes me and challenges me to do them better. I realized then that I didn't want to be without him. I realized how much we could do together as a couple, working to love each other better so that we could love others even better.

Bjorn
I loved her like a best friend at camp. We were so close and got to work a lot side by side. It wasn't until we both were home that we started to date and really see how a romantic relationship would look. It was love right away for me, I was smitten.

Bailey
We don't trust and put all of our strength in each other, we ultimately fall back on our faith and trusting God before pointing the finger at the other. Marriage calls us to give 100% for each other and those around us. It's never 50/50 because finding that tension can turn quickly into keeping a score board of rights and wrongs against each other. That's where I think we are different. I know Bjorn can't be where I find everything. That is too much pressure for one person, he will fail and I will too and we know that. So we choose to live in forgiveness and faith that will push us towards being better people everyday no matter what we are faced with.

Bjorn
I think what makes us stand out is the way our relationship is rooted. We both work to serve Jesus first in our lives and by doing so it gives us a stronger relationship with each other and an overall better marriage. We cannot do anything on our own and full reliance on Jesus sets us apart but also makes our relationship and life in general so much better and more fulfilling.

Bailey
I did not see the proposal coming. I was going to his soccer game thinking it was just another Saturday. But I should have known it was a different day when it was October in Seattle and it was warm enought to wear a tank top. Next thing I know one of my friends from San Diego surprises me and takes me to Elliot Bay, where I find Bjorn parents in their boat waiting for Jen and I. We hop aboard where I am directed to get dressed up (three dresses were there for my choosing and Jen had everything else I needed) we cruised to Gig Harbor where Bjorn was waiting to pick me up on another boat. He took me out into the middle of the bay and proposed with Rainer gleaming in the back. Everything was dreamy and better than I could have ever even hoped for.

Bjorn
The asking of the parents was stressful, but almost everything else was more exciting than anything. I was so excited to gift her this incredible ring I had just for her. The weeks couldn't go by fast enough and when the day finally came I think I was so confident and excited that she had no idea that it was happening.

Bailey
From the proposal you can see that he is an extravagantly thoughtful man. This is the same in the little things, like almost always bringing me coffee in bed, sending me random gifts, caring for my friends and family.

Bjorn
I love how she cares for others in all situations and puts them first. She will look for ways to serve those around her. The way she cares so lovingly for all her friends and family members is evident. She loves so deeply and is so engaging to all.

Bailey
I love that Bjorn loves to play. Whether it's on the water or in the mountains he is always looking for fun and ways to include others in on it even if that means finding all right gear for everyone.

Bjorn
Her caring spirit, her love of adventure and fun, her love for Jesus are what I love most about her. Those are the qualities that initially attracted me to her and haven't faltered in her since. We continue to love others together, have fun together, and serve Jesus together. She is quite the amazing woman of Christ.

Bailey
The sexiest thing about Bjorn is, in two words - Water sports. Amiright? Hubba hubba.

Bjorn
Bailey grew up as a dancer which means that she has strong and flexible legs. I love them and they are sure sexy as can be.

Bailey
Before going to bed every night we talk about things we are worried about or excited about and then we pray about them. I love letting go of the good and the bad every single and knowing that Bjorn is in it with me.

Bjorn
I love going to church with Bailey. Getting to sing and listen together just feels like being back at malibu where we met. We just get filled up and it just encourages us to love others and each other so much better.






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