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Documenting Love: Kelsey & David's Story

*Note from Seattle Refined: We could not be more excited that photographer/blogger/genius Alexandra Celia has joined our team here at Seattle Refined. She 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 Kelsey and David - living and loving life as an engaged couple in Seattle.

David
Kelsey and I both went to University of Washington together and ran into each other a few times through mutual friends, but we never really got acquainted until after we graduated - but I never forgot her beautiful face. We officially sparked our relationship in June of 2014, at one of our mutual friends teaching programs graduation. I knew that she was coming a little late, so I devised a plan to save a seat next to me and waited nervously to see how my plan would play out. I was elated and nervous when my plan worked and she sat down next to me a few minutes later. I remember being smitten by her contagious smile and beautiful blue eyes, and thinking in my head "play it cool, David." After the ceremony, we were taking pictures and the photographer asked for a silly photo. When we both did a similar smirk and weird thing with my our eyes, our sense of humor aligned and we were off to the races laughing for the rest of the evening. She swears she was the first one to make a move, but I know that seat didn't save itself on its own.

Kelsey
David and I (sort of) met in college; we always knew of each other and would occasionally end up hanging out with mutual friends. We were never really properly introduced, however, until we went to see one of our mutual friends graduate from a teaching program, and we ended up sitting next to each other in the audience and immediately hit it off. Though he will try to deny it, I ended up making the first move! The next day, he asked me out on a date, and the rest is history.

David
There are so many things that I am proud of Kelsey for, including how hard she works to get where she wants to be in life, achieving a challenging double major in mathematics and economics, launching a successful career in investments consulting and then finance - the list goes on. But one thing that I am continually proud of Kelsey for is her tenacity to overcome challenges in her personal and professional life. The strength, courage and emotional maturity she has shown her whole life when faced with adversity is something that I so proud of her for and continue to admire on a daily basis.

Kelsey
David is the most intelligent person I’ve ever met. He has already built a successful career for himself, he works so hard and I learn something new from him every day. At the same time, however, he is humble and cares so much about the people around him. He loves his family more than anything, and including his parents as a constant part of our lives has become a priority, which I love. Most importantly, he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever met (even after I’ve heard the same joke two or three times) and he always knows how to put a smile on my face.

David
Very early on, I knew I wanted to be with Kelsey because I couldn't get her off my mind when we weren't together. I even texted her within two hours after we parted ways from our first unofficial date - I'm glad she didn't think I was being clingy! We grew so close so quickly over the first few weeks of dating that I invited her to meet my family and grandma visiting from London at the end of the first month. Watching how she interacted with my family, winning them over with ease, confirmed how incredible of a person she is and that I really cared for her. It wasn't too shortly after that we declared ourselves in love and our relationship has continued to flourish ever since.

Kelsey
Everything was amazing and so easy from the start and has been ever since. I knew on our first date that I’d be an idiot to do anything to screw it up. I think that we both made the choice to be with each other three and a half years ago when we first started dating, and we haven’t had to make that choice again ever since. Everything is so easy with us: we laugh, we cry, we communicate, and when things get hard we are always there to support each other. Most importantly, David makes me a better person, and I constantly look up to him as not just a partner and friend, but also as a role model.

David
Kelsey is selfless, caring, supportive, kind, and is always putting our relationship first in life. Our relationship is built on trust, understanding, and compassion for one another and we constantly make decisions with the other in mind. We celebrate the victories in life, both big and small, and we take on challenges together knowing that neither will have to be done alone ever again.

Kelsey
I didn’t know it was possible for someone like David to even exist! He truly cares about me, is honest with me, challenges me to be better every day, respects me and builds me up. He makes me feel beautiful and he gives me the confidence to be who I truly am. He reminds me that I am smart and capable of doing anything I want. I try my best to be all of those things for him at the same time. I had never had any of that with any person I’d dated before him.

David
I catch myself staring at how gorgeous she is on a regular basis, whether it is her coming down the stairs after getting ready for the day or her curled up on the couch in sweats with no make-up on. I also find myself so deeply attracted to Kelsey's beautiful soul. She has an as incredible love and compassion for all living things, and exhibits a level of emotional intelligence that I have never experienced before. She is smart, driven, witty, funny, and even laughs at my terrible dad jokes. We are both the same kind of weird, and have fun dancing in the kitchen, singing in bed and sometimes just being out there and extraneous together.

Kelsey
I love how David can navigate a room full of strangers and make conversations with just about everyone. It’s also so attractive to me that he cares for his family and friends, works hard, and constantly treats me with kindness and respect. He is chivalrous, he is hilarious, he is so humble and he is also so intelligent. Not to mention he’s a total hottie in all other aspects!

David
Kelsey and I handle difficult situations by communicating early and often, and always trying to put ourselves in the other person's shoes. By being open, compassionate about the other person and trying to understand how difficult situations make the other person feel, we have been able to successfully conquer the hurdles that life has thrown us.

Kelsey
If there’s something that one of us has done to hurt the other person, we make sure to respectfully bring up a conversation about it and find a solution. We always give the benefit of the doubt, and we know that almost always it is unintentional. When we are facing a difficult situation outside of our relationship, we make sure to not take out any negative feelings on each other and we always support each other through the problem.

David
We have shared our own favorite hobbies with each other, including her teaching me how to golf (and me trying to keep up!), and me getting her into running and hiking (which she has become a pro at!). We have also developed a love for new activities together, including cooking and traveling, whether it is exploring in our own PNW backyard or on our first Europe trip this last summer.

Kelsey
David and I have grown to love running together. It has become a daily activity that we do - no matter how busy we are with work or life, we will find an hour to go out and run. We also love to cook, and will find something in the kitchen to cook up together most nights. When we want to have a date night, we will pour some wine and play card games (which he’s much better than me at!) and mostly just appreciate being in each other’s company. We typically don’t use our phones much when we are spending our time together, and I love that because it enables us to focus on each other and find out what’s going on in each other’s lives.

David
We make time in our busy lives to cook dinner together most days of the week, and are intentional about dedicating that time to each other and setting aside other distractions until afterwards. We will make each other breakfast and a cup of coffee while the other takes our dog in the morning, so that neither of us takes on an undue amount of the activities. When the Seattle weather is permitting, we will grab a blanket, a glass of wine and curl up on our deck together to watch the sun set behind the Olympics.

Kelsey
We always cook dinner together, and we try to go to bed at the same time every day. Doing those small things helps us find meaningful time together even when we have the craziest days.

David
Kelsey never lets me leave the house without a kiss and a "I love you", and the exact same thing when we step back in the door. She always lays out my toothbrush with toothpaste on it in the mornings and evenings. She sends me texts with a little note, or a much needed "Thinking about you" or "I love you", exactly when I need it the most during a stressful day.

Kelsey
David is constantly doing small things on a daily basis that make me feel so special and loved. He will sometimes leave notes around the house just because he wants to show he’s there for me. He will randomly bring home flowers for no reason. He walks our dog almost every morning in the winter because he doesn’t want me to get cold. We never leave the house without an “I love you” and a kiss goodbye. Other than that, just waking up to his face every day makes my day!

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