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Documenting Love: Haley & Paul'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, gmwynkoop@sbgtv.com.

Haley
My first memory of Paul was when I interviewed at Fred Hutch. He was a part of my interview panel and I remember we connected over growing up in Bremerton.

Paul
We were doing interviews for a new research technician in my old lab and the person we were interviewing was Haley. On her resume I saw she was from Bremerton and went to the same high school I did so she stood out right away. We met in a professional setting, so things were very reserved, but I was definitely impressed with how she carried herself.

Haley
We sat next to each other and worked together in the lab. We didn’t talk a whole lot at first but started to become good friends about a year after I started. Shortly after that he announced he was moving on to another job. That’s when we realized we maybe liked each other more than just friends and we started dating shortly after he left the company.

Paul
I thought of her as the cute girl at work, but we were always just friendly with each other. It was awful because I tried to distance myself but of course she is smart and a bad ass and I always found myself talking to her.

Haley
I’m proud of Paul for working and going to school. He’s has to do a lot of traveling and juggling accounts while studying and taking exams. I'm so impressed he can get all of it done!

Paul
She’s recently become a manager at her current job and I’m impressed by the time and effort she puts into the role. She is always first to think of others and I’m amazed at how much she’s taught me.

Haley
I knew I loved Paul when we were camping with friends a couple months into dating. It was a low-key weekend hanging out and relaxing with friends but that’s when I realized it didn’t matter what we were doing if we were doing it together it was always going to be fun.

Paul
When I woke up one morning I was lonely and realized it was because she wasn’t there. I realized that she filled a vacancy that I only knew was there when she was gone.

Haley
We grew up in Bremerton, went to the same high school, played in the same soccer club, but didn’t meet until after college. I’ve always taken this to mean it was meant to be after years of missed connections!

Paul
We can sit around and do absolutely nothing and still have a great time. She’s one of the only people I can do this with and there’s never any pressure to have anything planned because were always going to have a good time no matter what we do.

Haley
Paul and I were on vacation in Copenhagen with our friends. He was very adamant about visiting this one park while we were there. While we were there Paul wanted to go to this area that overlooked a waterfall. Another couple was standing there at the overlook so we decided to move on. We found another overlook that looked over the entire park. Once there, Paul asked our friend to take a photo of us and that’s when he got down on one knee. He was so nervous and I was in utter shock. Once I realized what was happening I said yes!

Paul
Haley was already in the UK with her family and I was in Copenhagen where she was going to meet me later. In the three days before she showed up I scoped out places where I could ask the question. She arrived the same day our friends met us there. The park that I had scoped out ahead of time ended up being a hard sell to the rest of the group. It wasn’t until a week and half into the trip that I finally convinced them to go to this said park. The perfect spot that I had picked out had a couple making out in the background, so it was a no go. We found this other spot where I got up the nerve to ask Haley the question. I asked our friend to take a picture of us while I asked so that she could have the moment captured. Once she said yes, I didn’t know what else to say except let’s get tacos and those were the best tacos ever.

Haley
I love that I can have a good time with him doing absolutely anything. We're both up for anything and always find great food, drinks, and adventures wherever we are.

Paul
I love everything, but she’s taught be to be more accepting of myself. She puts me into check and helps me be a better person.

Haley
My favorite qualities are how laid back he is, his love of his family and friends, and how passionate he is about everything.

Paul
My favorite quality about Haley is how calculated and planned she is. I can be my laid-back self and she will always have a list of things to do. I am no good at making plans, so I feel like I can always rely on what she’s planned out and its going to be a great time.

Haley
The sexiest thing about Paul is his cooking skills. He cooks dinner for me all the time and it’s always delicious! Our go to is steak, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts.

Paul
Her ability to make me laugh about anything. Anytime we hangout I know she’ll be able to make me laugh about something.

Haley
One of my favorite traditions is when I get home from work we’ll go for a run, and make dinner together when we get back. After dinner we always end the night on the couch with our cat watching Netflix.

Paul
We come home from work and just unload about each of our days. It especially helps since we both work in biotech and we understand the details of both our jobs. We understand what may seem like insignificant problems to others and how those frustrations can add up through the day. It both helps us feel better that the other person truly knows what each other’s going through.


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