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Welcome to our Documenting Love series where we capture peoples love stories through photos and the written word (Image courtesy of Karen Kirsch Photography).
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Documenting Love: Laurel & Jason'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.

Laurel

We met working for Broadcast Coffee. It was my first job back in Seattle after about two years of traveling. I had just found a place to live about a mile away. I don’t actually remember meeting him. From the beginning, I have always felt comfortable with Jason. He’s a pretty quiet guy, but I have always felt like the conversation just flows with us. We can talk about everything from politics to friends to serious stuff to really bad puns. He may not say the same number of words as me, but the ones he does say always count.

Jason
We met for the first time at Broadcast coffee in the Central District. It was a beautiful summer day. I was delivering coffee to the location and she was a relatively new employee. I remember thinking "she is cuuute!"

Laurel
After working together a couple times, I always checked the schedule to see when our days overlapped because I looked forward to those days the most. I think my first really distinct memory is a Saturday when I had some friends visiting from out of town while Jason and I were working together. My friends were sitting at the front of the store, looking out at the street. I remember that I texted one of them and said: “See the cute guy in the plaid and glasses, 10/10 would date him.” I knew when they had read my text because they spun around to check him out so fast I thought they were going to fall over, and he would definitely notice. He didn’t, and it took another week or so before we started going out.

Jason
I'm most proud of Laurel for the kindness she shows to the world. Her compassion reminds me to be more patient with the world.

Laurel
The first month that we were actually dating, Jason was in the middle of a challenge he’d set for himself: to meditate every day for a month. And he did it. He is true to his word when it comes to himself and to other people, and it has been really inspiring to see the way he stays true to the things he commits to, and I have definitely felt this in our relationship. I know he’s there for me 200%. It’s really hard for me to separate this question from the things I love most about him or my favorite qualities. I care about him greatly but also really respect him as a human being and all the things he’d accomplished in his life. He does the things he’s committed to 100% and cares deeply about the people in his life.

Jason
I knew I loved her pretty early on but a good amount of time passed before I said it, actually. I was worried saying it might scare her off, but in reality she felt the same way.

Laurel
It was probably about two months into our relationship. Things were going so well, we connected on so many levels, and I couldn’t get enough of talking to and spending time with him. I definitely remember realizing that I loved him, and spending the next few weeks being really nervous that it was just going to somehow slip out sometime when I didn’t expect it to. I was really nervous that it was way too early to tell him, so you can imagine I was so excited when he told me, just a few weeks later.

Jason
I think our willingness to consistently work at our communication feels different than any other relationship I've experienced. We realize that it won't always be perfect, but make it a point keep on trying.

Laurel
I think that together Jason and I balance each other out really well. We have a lot of fundamentals in common about the way we view the world and what’s important to us (like coffee, pets and puns… okay the puns may be me more than him), but we also have a lot of differences. We have both had varied experiences in our lives and I have learned so much from him in the time we have been dating. He has interesting and sometimes varied perspectives than I do. I think we both have learned or are learning how to support each other through all sorts of moods, from incredibly hyper to incredibly hangry. We definitely have varied interests and knowledge sets, but I think that our powers combine in a pretty epic way.

Jason
The things I love most about Laurel are her courage and sense of humor. She's a world traveler, a comedian, and knows just what to say to keep me hopeful and laughing my butt off.

Laurel
It’s really hard for me to pick just one thing I love most about him. He’s so engaged with the world around him. In so many ways. He reflects on himself and ways he can better himself, whether it’s through education or reflection. We both definitely like to think. And understand lots of different ‘whys.’ I love that he cares about giving back to the community, and it has been so much fun being able to attend volunteer events with him. We’ve done everything from wrap presents this Christmas for some families that were adopted over the holidays to take volunteer shifts at a couple of festivals we have been to together. He cares deeply about the people in his life and he works to meet and understand them at their level. He knows the value of listening. I love that he is always genuine and actively thinking. It leads to some really great conversations and I really respect him. Even when I tell him about dumb stuff or things I’m embarrassed about, he’s never judgmental. I feel that I can totally be me and that he sees me, not just a certain side.

Jason
The sexiest thing about Laurel is her attitude. Whenever I see her, the world feels brighter. She's feisty, tenacious, spunky, goofy, smart and caring and I realize I'm a lucky man every time I see her.

Laurel
He’s up for anything. After meeting a few of my friends and scoping out a couple of smaller events, he decided to jump right in and come to Burning Man with me, knowing full well that it could be a really hot dusty stressful time. We had a great time and I was so excited to get to share that with him. Almost any time that I have asked him if he wants to go do or try something, his answer is “Yeah! Why not.” And when I’m not the one suggesting things, he’s always got his own set of great ideas. Everything from suggesting the perfect restaurant when I’m too hangry to think to planning out a sweet hike on our off day together.

I love that he is constantly interested in new learning or growth. I think that this was part of what drew him to Burning Man. Throughout his life he’s definitely searched out new learning and opportunities to challenge himself, and while we may have had different opportunities, this is definitely something we have in common.

Jason
My favorite tradition is waking up and cuddling. It makes even the earliest mornings feel a little more tolerable. It can be funny, sexy, or just a simple show of affection, but I never leave the house without feeling appreciated and loved and that's a fantastic way to start your day. Highly recommended.

Laurel
I love his laugh. And his smile. He smiles a lot, but a real ‘HA HA’ belly laugh is less common. And when he does it, it’s one of my favorite things. I’m still figuring out all of the nuances of his sense of humor, so I especially love the surprise laughs I get when I didn’t even realize I was being that funny. And if you’re asking, he’s got a great butt.

Laurel
One of our best traditions is definitely coffee. It’s both of our first priority and I love when he jumps up to make it in the morning and lets me snooze in bed until its ready.

Photography by Karen Kirsch Photography




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