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Documenting Love: Paige & Jesse's Story

Photographer/blogger/genius Alexandra Celia 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 Paige & Jesse - living and loving life as an engaged couple in Seattle.

Jesse
We met in the early summer of 2012. She was living in a house with friends while going to school at the University of Washington; I was over hanging out and I thought she was really pretty. I kept trying to initiate conversation but never could get a minute alone with her. Over the next few months of seeing her, I was persistent and present whenever her and her friends had an event. I think I bugged her enough until she agreed to go on a date with me.

Paige
We met at one of my college roommates birthdays. I thought he was great but he is right, I didn't pay much attention. I had just gotten a puppy and I remember that he wouldn't put him down. He started to come over to my house disguised by wanting to hang out with Clyde and we got to know each other. We eventually went on a date about four months after we first met to watch the Sounders (seven years ago this September!) and I haven't looked back since.

Jesse
Paige has nothing but 100% determination and commitment to do the best she can at whatever she's doing. Whether it's getting a project done for work, making time to go to the gym every day or setting aside time for us to relax together, she makes it feel like there is more than 24 hours a day with how much she is able to accomplish. I continuously watch her in awe.

Paige
Jesse is always in an upbeat mood and lights up a room. He relates to everyone and I love watching the joy he brings. I could be standing 50 feet away and when I hear his deep belly laugh, I feel peace. He is the best part of everyday. Oktoberfest, three years ago, he walked into the room with the most elaborate and ridiculous outfit I have ever seen and he was beaming with pride. I adore him for being 100% himself and living life fearlessly.

Jesse
For me, I knew I cared about her pretty quick. Our first actual date I took her to a sports bar to watch the Sounders match, it was a terrible match and I'm pretty sure I spent 75% of the time muttering obscenities at the TV mid conversation, but she just laughed at me and pretended she didn't hear most of them.

Paige
I knew I cared for Jesse when we were sitting at his house and both were reading. I was unwilling to put my book down (All The Light We Cannot See) and rather than pushing me to go do something outside, he made some of my favorite foods and started drawing. I knew in that minute that he was who I wanted to spend all of my down time with.

Jesse
I am older and appreciate what being in a relationship means. We grew up together. I am 100% invested in this relationship and cannot wait for what the future holds.

Paige
I met Jesse when I was 21 and it's been fun to find ourselves together. From college graduation to career transitions, to traveling abroad, he has always been the one I looked towards and leaned on. All relationships before him don't compare.

Jesse
I’m attracted to how much she cares about the people around her. She could be having the worst day personally, but will drop everything and put her stuff aside to help someone out without expecting anything in return.

Paige
I love that he is always down to go on an adventure and try new foods/hobbies. I love watching him build/create items for the house! I also appreciate that he is able to talk to anyone and turn any situation into a fun, happy event.

Jesse
In order to handle difficult situations, we sit down and unplug from technology to really discuss how we want to handle the issue. It's important to both of us to ensure the other person feels heard and prepared to take on any challenge.

Paige
Depending on the situation, it's important to me that we first talk about an issue face to face. We make time to discuss and really hear each other's perspectives and make a game plan from there.

Jesse
Paige takes care of the planning and organizing of 95% of our social events. I'm not a planner at all, so her keeping track of what plans we have and when just makes things run so much smoother! She also does a ton of the grocery shopping. I love cooking but dislike meal planning and she is great at that.

Paige
I always get a text in the middle of the day wishing me a good morning! I love that he does simple check-ins, even when I am super busy with work or whatever it may be. If he knows that I had a difficult day, I always come home to him cooking something that he knows I will enjoy. He is selfless and is constantly asking how he can take items off of my plate which is greatly appreciated.

Jesse
Our favorite things to do together include walking our dog, going to sporting events, walking up to the coffee shop and getting tattoos!

Paige
We also love reading together, making breakfast on Sundays, talking through our day to unwind.

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