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Documenting Love: Ishea & Mike'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!"

Ishea
My first memory of Mike is from the wedding of mutual friends, where we first met. I first remember seeing him on the dance floor at the reception and wondering “who in the world is this guy spinning on the floor”. What’s even funnier is that I have a video of him dancing like crazy from the wedding. The 2nd memory from that night was getting ready to leave the reception and head home, only to have this guy run up on me at the door asking for my number. My phone was already dead, but the funnier moment was when he reached for his phone and it was also dead! I remember laughing to myself and thinking, “Well, that’s that…” almost like it wasn’t meant to happen that night, in that way. I told him I’d connect with him through our mutual friend (the bride), but I ended up waiting about 3 months before I gave her my number to give to him. I was fresh out of a long-term relationship and had been told by my girlfriend how good of a guy he was. I knew I didn’t want to date him until I was in a mental/emotional space to be open to someone who was a catch. It’s really cool to look back on “the guy who didn’t stop dancing at the wedding” and know that he’s grown to be the love of my life.

Mike
My first memory of Ishea is the second I first saw her. I was standing at the alter of my best friend’s wedding as the best man and I see this beautiful silhouette out of the corner of my eye from the second story rafters. I couldn’t look away from the procession to get a good look at her, so later when I finally got a chance to see her I told myself “You will talk to her tonight, no excuses, you will forever regret it if you don’t." I think something or someone in my head knew a lot more than me.

Ishea
We met at the wedding our mutual friends. He was the best man in the wedding and childhood friends with the groom. I was a friend and co-worker of the bride. He claims we first spoke during the cocktail hour after the ceremony, but I barely remember having a conversation with him. I’m sure I can blame it on all the glasses of wine.

Mike
We first met that night at my best friend’s wedding. I was determined to talk to her all night, I eventually worked up the courage to speak to her when I saw her and her friend sitting at a table in the bar. I approached them with no plan and just introduced myself (I figured being the best man gave me leeway to introduce myself to strangers). We chatted about cooking and food prep and where we lived in the city [Seattle]. Wedding processions interrupted our conversations and later I saw her walking for the exit with her friend. I briskly walked from the dance floor to intercept her before she left and I caught her right as she was at the door and told her since we lived not far from each other we should hang out sometime. Her phone was dead so I asked for her number and when I reached into my pocket to get mine, MINE was dead too! She says she still remembers the look of horror on my face. She said she would give me her number through our mutual friend (the bride of the wedding), I said OK and kept my fingers crossed as I went back to the dance floor. I asked our mutual friend, the bride, several times about Ishea the following months but apparently she had just gotten out of a relationship and wasn’t ready to date. FINALLY months later I received a text from our mutual friend, it contained Ishea’s phone number and the green light to text her! I still remember, I was visiting my mother and sitting on the couch when I got the message, I think I turned upside down. I texted Ishea immediately and soon we had our first date arranged.

Ishea
I’m proud of the way Mike approaches each day with an open heart and positivity. He is an ICU RN at the VA Hospital and constantly surrounded by patients who are dealing with various medical emergencies, in addition to just existing in this country right now… yet his heart is so pure and big and it’s a HUGE feat to hold onto that type of love and optimism when everything in the world will work to defy that daily. He’s one of the best people I know.

Mike
I’m proud of Ishea for working so hard at connecting people and networking. She blogs and has taken us to many free events (I’m a sucker for free food) and outings. She did 100% of the work to get us onto this Seattle Refined special. She has been on TV, other people’s blogs, internet specials, and has taken me along for the ride.

Ishea
We’d been dating for a few months and I remember having a few personal moments happen where the idea of “love” popped into my head. It was something that I didn’t want to be impulsive about, so I forced myself to “sleep on it” for a bit and when the feeling didn’t leave, I knew I was in love with him. Inside I was screaming from the rooftops how much I loved him and was in love with him.

Mike
I fell in love with Ishea on the tennis courts at Cal Anderson park on Capitol Hill. We had gotten along so well for a couple months but hadn’t found a way to exercise with each other along with the fact that she is a self proclaimed city girl and I am a self proclaimed woodsmen. I worried that we wouldn’t be able to find enough things to do with each other that didn’t involve brunch or drinks on rooftops. When we worked up a sweat playing tennis and I could tell she was having a great time I thought to myself that this was my only reservation and we finally have a way to connect doing something active. Ever since then she has let me take her paddleboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, and even overnight backpacking!

Ishea
Everything about this relationship is different. The way we approached it… taking 6 months to date and get to know one another instead of just diving into a serious relationship head first. We have open communication and can discuss anything, no matter how serious or difficult a topic it may be. We choose to love one another and show up for each other each day… pushing one another to be the best version of ourselves, but also truly adoring who we are right now. Mike is the most loving, supportive, loyal partner I’ve ever had.

Mike
What sets our relationship apart is how much every day we choose to be with each other. Ishea and I give each other reasons every day why we should continue to choose each other. Sometimes Ishea gets emotional and asks me if I’ll get eyes for someone else and I tell her that no one woman can do what she does for me. She has accepted my hobbies and continues to shower me with love and affection.

Ishea
We aren’t engaged yet, but have often spoken about marriage. I have no doubt that Mike will be the man I marry and spend my life with. We’re getting ready to move-in together next month and I can’t wait to start building the foundation for forever.

Mike
I’ll describe the lead-up to us being in a committed relationship to each other. We went on a first date and ever since then we had gone on at least one date a week for months. We were both recently out of serious relationships and I was much more ready to be serious than her. I knew after a few dates that I wanted to be in a relationship with her, she kept insisting that she wasn’t ready and wanted to continue to date casually. I reasoned with myself that I was simply lucky enough to be dating a girl as cool as Ishea, So I tried to be happy with casual, but I wanted more, so I kept steering us towards more serious J . As we grew to know each other more and more she eventually fell in love withme, I was so happy when she finally started to get “clingy” towards me. We went on a few overnight trips to get out of the city and after spending a few weekends with each other we discovered that we could be around each other for so many days in a row and have a blast doing it, we decided it was time to become committed to each other and start building a life together.

Ishea
What I love most about Mike is his patience! Bless his heart because this is the most patient man I have ever met. Whether he his waiting for me to get ready (because let’s be honest, he’s ALWAYS ready before me) or being patient with a mood swing, or just the patience he showed when we first started dated and I had to slow down the pace… he has always approached our relationship with love, patience and affection.

Mike
What I love the most about Ishea is how well we connect. She loves talking to me, and I love the quality connection with her. We so often turn the TV off and chat on the couch while holding each other. She also wants what’s best for me. I tells me that she loves me just as I am, and I wholeheartedly believe her, but she also encourages to be my best self and sometimes drives me forward when I feel like being lazy.

Ishea
My favorite qualities about Mike are his patience, discipline, sense of humor, love/affection and constant support.

Mike
Ishea is fun loving, she loves to connect with people and strives for positive energy. She doesn’t like to put people down and loves to celebrate other’s successes.

Ishea
Mike is such an expressive person! When he looks at me it ignites something deep inside, allowing this feeling to spread over me where I feel so safe, loved, and desired! He makes me feel like his dream girl and that’s sexy. The way this man loves me, looks at me, and adores me on a daily basis is sexy. I also love the way his hair curls up a bit on his forehead when it’s grown out and he needs a haircut and the way he’ll instinctively reach for me when we’re sleeping.

Mike
My favorite tradition as a couple would be finding a way to get to the beach!! We are true beach bums and have had almost all of our vacations be at the beach. We have so many memories of beach bonfires, walks, and even backpacking and sleeping on the coast for 2 nights! We move-in together next month and found a great place in West Seattle on Alki! I can’t wait to live the beach lifestyle together full time.

Ishea
My favorite tradition as a couple would be finding a way to get to the beach!! We are true beach bums and have had almost all of our vacations be at the beach. We have so many memories of beach bonfires, walks, and even backpacking and sleeping on the coast for 2 nights! We move-in together next month and found a great place in West Seattle on Alki! I can’t wait to live the beach lifestyle together full time.

Mike
My favorite ritual for us as a couple is walking on the beach. We always find a beach. When we first started dating I would take us to Golden Garden’s and we would have little bonfires just the two of us. When we vacation together we rent AirBnB’s on the coast or in Puget Sound. Our first vacation together we rented a yurt on Pt. Roberts and spent the entire weekend exploring it’s beaches. We’ve spent many days during the summer at Madison Beach in Seattle, and now that we’re moving in together we’re renting our first place half a block from Alki Beach in West Seattle!









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