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Welcome to our Documenting Love series where we capture people's love stories through photos and the written word (Image: Karen Kirsch Photography).

Documenting Love: Margarete and Charles' 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.

Margarete
My first memory of Charles is actually the day we met. He was walking around talking to various people at the Greenlake basketball court on a sunny May day, and as I was walking by he turned while laughing and we met eyes. I was instantly filled with a warmth that he exuded without even knowing him.

Charles
My first memory of Margarete is from our missed connections from riding the 73 everyday. I would see her and sit a little bit closer each day. But I was too shy and wasn't confident enough to ask her out.

Margarete
Charles and I met at the Greenlake basketball courts. I had just gone for a 9 mile run and was dying, and he was hanging out at the courts visiting old acquaintances while watching basketball. An old timer named Grizz stopped me and asked me what my SVC shirt stood for and invited me to sit and watch basketball with him. Long story short, he ended up throwing a ball at me to catch and I wasn't prepared so it hit me in the head. Charles came over to make sure I was okay, and we ended up talking for hours.

Charles
We met at Greenlake! I had just finished track practice and she had just finished running 9 miles. I was so worried that I stunk that I was constantly doing smell-fies throughout the entire time. We talked for hours at the basketball court. It was getting late and we found out we lived close so she offered me a ride home. The car ride was where I found out so much about Margarete. We listen to Kendrick Lamar & Pusha T's song Nostalgia. She dropped me off and I asked for her number.

Margarete
Charles has overcome so much in his life, yet he always remains positive and puts others first. Even though it was extremely hard for us, Charles has followed his dream to be a basketball coach. He moved back to Seattle to take a position coaching. It's hard not having him in North Carolina, but it takes so much to follow your dreams, and I couldn't be more proud of him.

Charles
Margarete is the hardest working woman I know. She will do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams and it definitely motivates me every day.

Margarete
I knew when I met him it was something different. My stomach still hasn't stopped fluttering when I see him. I think one of the moments I knew I loved him was when he went out for a friend's birthday party on Capitol Hill. He texted after only being there for 45 mins saying he was heading back to my house. When I asked him why he said "I prefer quiet nights in with you instead of being out with friends." I realized how much I loved and cared about him.

Charles
I knew I loved Margarete while watching Dexter on Netflix. We were watching an episode and I randomly blurted out "that is why I love you." I was completely terrified and panicked so I tried to ignore her. She stared at me shocked and pressed paused. I pressed play again. We went back and forth for awhile until I looked her in her eyes and told her that I loved her.

Margarete
I think our love is different than others. We have an old school, simple love. If I could spend every minute of every day with Charles I would. He's my favorite human on Earth, and he makes me feel like I'm the only person for him. As one of my bridesmaids Kelcy once said, "I don't think anyone on earth loves someone as much as Charles loves Margarete." I want to be around that love always. I don't know how to describe it, but we were incomplete without each other, and together we are complete.

Charles
I think what sets our relationship apart is our love for each other. Our relationship started organically and I believe I have found my soulmate. Everything has been so effortless. I don't think I could ever get tired of loving Margarete, she is my best friend.

Margarete
He planned an incredible day. Paid for my nails to get done, put together an outfit and planned a whole date day. I was leaving the next week to move to North Carolina to start my new job with Teach for America. He prefaced it as a last date day before I left. We went to our friend's graduation from dental school, then went out to eat at our favorite restaurant. He was replaying our first date, which I thought was so cute. Once he stuffed me with Pad Thai, he then took me to a local grocery store to change into a fancier outfit. I was kinda grumpy about getting into a little dress so full but he insisted. We then went down to the Olympic Sculpture Park, another part of our first date. He had a blanket and a cute picnic basket. We walked down to the edge of the water (me begrudgingly because I was in heels on gravel) and we set up a picnic. He opened a small bottle of champagne and poured me a glass. We sat looking at the water. He then asked me to stand up, held my hands and told me that our last two years together had been the best of his life. That he was so proud of me for taking this next step to teach. He then got down on one knee and I honestly I have no idea what he said because I burst into happy tears. He showed me the ring and I grabbed his head cause I just wanted to kiss him so bad. I heard a cheer and he had a bunch of our friends there hiding and watching, and had hired a photographer to capture the moment. It was happy, beautiful, and full of so much love.

Charles
I had spoken with our group of five friends and we called it: Operation Lockdown. They were all sworn to secrecy. I decided to reenact our first date for our proposal. We went to our favorite Thai restaurant and then we went to Olympic Sculpture Park. We had nine of our best friends hiding out and our friend, Jonathan Gipaya, took the pictures. It was nerve racking but an unbelievable experience and I couldn't have done it without our friends and family.

Margarete
I love his kindness and tenderness. He treats everyone with respect and dignity. He always strives for the best for those he loves.

Charles
I LOVE Margarete's cooking! Her cooking style is so different from mine. She taught me all about rainbow chard and probably added 20 years to my life. On our first unofficial date she made me Sausage Alfredo. She knew the way to my heart is through my stomach.

Margarete
He's ambitious, motivating, caring, sensitive, sincere, and funny. He makes me laugh constantly, and knows when I need forehead kisses and a big hug.

Charles
My favorite qualities in Margarete are her compassion and her goofy side. She always puts others first and has the best intentions. I think what makes her great is how she can let loose and she knows how to have a good time. We crack jokes and talk smack to each other daily.

Margarete
I can't choose one thing that is the sexiest about Charles. His smile. His confidence. His touch. His arms! He is the sexiest man alive. I love every inch of him!

Charles
Margarete's nerdy side is hands down the sexiest thing about her. She is a biology major and when talks passionately about infectious diseases, it is extremely sexy.

Margarete
My favorite ritual with Charles is eating. It sounds weird, but we both love to eat. We love going out to eat or cooking together or for each other. When we are together eating, the whole world melts away. Food is the key to both our hearts.

Charles
My favorite ritual is weekend breakfast! We usually have weekends off and cook together. We even take turns picking new recipes and trying new restaurants. 90 percent of our relationship is designed in and around food.

Images by Karen Kirsch Photography

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