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Documenting Love: Janelle & Beau'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.

Janelle
My first memory of Beau was first seeing his photo and then years later seeing him in the hallways of the dorms. I introduced myself to him and told him I had worked with his mom at a local diner a couple summers prior and saw the newspaper clipping of him in his football uniform that she had taped on the wall. He seemed a little embarrassed and shy.

Beau
It was in my first year of living in the dorms. I walked out of my room one night because I could hear this voice in the hall that got my attention. When I walked out into the hallway, my eyes saw her for the first time. It was like this inexplainable feeling that came over me and I had to find out who this girl was.

Janelle
We met in the dorms at Northern Michigan University.

Beau
We met in Magers hall (our dorm) Marquette, Mi

Janelle
I'm proud of Beau for being a hard worker and putting in the extra work to go above and beyond in his career.

Beau
I'm proud of everything Janelle is and does. She is independent, inspiring and authentic. I am so proud of being able to pick up her business in Michigan and start all over in the PNW!

Janelle
Ironically, I knew I loved him just a few weeks after telling him I wasn't interested in dating him. We had spent every possible minute together and he told me he loved me. I said it back, but it was after I had spoken the words out loud that I realized that I meant it.

Beau
About two weeks into dating. I debated telling her right away, but knew it was to soon. It was only about a week later before I told her and before I could say another word, she said it right back!

Janelle
We both are spontaneous travelers. We make snap decisions and just deal with things as we go. We aren't planners and so our vacations are typically last minute, random and carefree. Sometimes it bites us in the ass though, like when we traveled 8 hours out of the way on a road trip to see Glacier National Park only to find out the entrance we chose was closed at that time of year. We still had fun.

Beau
We are able to make the best of any situation and adapt to change.

Janelle
We had been dating for a few years before I moved to Florida for the winter. We survived six months of long distance before he flew out to surprise (propose) to me. I was expecting him a week later to fly out and help me move back to Michigan for the summer. I had been working in Orlando at the time and was planning to go to my sister's a couple hours south for the weekend after work. My sister called me and asked if I could make it back that night to go out for a goodbye dinner with her and my friends. It was late and I was tired; I told her I may stay the night in Orlando and drive down the next morning. Then one of Beau's friends I worked with asked me my plans for the weekend and told me I should hit the road early. I was confused as he'd never said anything before when I'd left. I told him I'd rather stay and leave the next day, but he seemed adamant that I needed to get going.

I was a little suspicious at this point that maybe Beau was going to fly in early to surprise me so just in case, I decided to head back. I came in the door to my sister's house excited, only to see he definitely wasn't there. Neither was my sister. Disappointed and even more tired, I called her to see if maybe she was with him and she told me no and to come out with the girls who I could hear in the background. I got ready and left for the restaurant. Arriving there, none of the girls were anywhere to be found and a text revealed that they actually had went to the beach across the street and told me to come find them. At this point, I was exhausted and hungry and told them I'd go inside hold us a table instead. They were persistent, calling and begging me to come join them at the beach. As I started walking to my car, I heard my name. I turned around in the dark to see a shape walking towards me. I recognized the voice; BEAU! I ran to him and without wasting time (or explaining why his shirt was wet) he told me to follow him. His shaky hand held mine and led me to the beach where he had tiki torches in the shape of a heart lighting the way. Immediately I knew what was happening. There were rose petals scattered all over the ground. He got down on one knee in the middle of the heart and proposed. I said yes and the rest was a happy blur.

Beau
I surprised her by flying to Florida and propose to her on the beach. She was suppose to meet her sister (me) at the beach for dinner. After one hour, then two, and finally 3 1/2 hours of me waiting on the beach (tiki torches caught fire, the wind blew most of the flower pedals away, I got rained on and almost being arrested for my tiki torches being on fire), she showed up. I walked her down the beach and got down on one knee.

Janelle
The thing I love most about Beau is his generous heart.

Beau
I love her willingness to up and go anywhere with me at the drop of a hat.

Janelle
My favorite qualities in Beau are his kind and generous heart, courage, quick wit and ability to connect and bring people together.

Beau
My favorite thing about Janelle is that she is independent, driven, lovable, and strong.

Janelle
The sexiest thing about him is his smile. I love those dimples.

Beau
The sexiest thing about Janelle is her passion.

Janelle
My favorite ritauls with Beau are Sunday morning coffee when he brings me french press in bed and taking our dog on hikes.

Beau
My favorite rituals with Janelle are our weekend hikes with a cheese board and a bottle of wine!

Photos by Karen Kirsch, visit her website here!


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