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Sam & Casey met in high school and are now expecting their first child together! (Image: Alexandra Celia / Seattle Refined).
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Documenting Love: Sam & Casey'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 Sam & Casey - living and loving life as an engaged couple in Seattle.

Casey
Soooo Sam and I are what some might call high school sweethearts. We grew up in a small town so everyone kind of knows every one. I think we may have first met in math class though... it's really hard to say. Our relationship grew slowly over time. We hung out a few times throughout high school, that really set the groundwork for senior year. I asked her to senior prom late junior year, which to me sealed the deal. By the time the dance rolled around we were officially "dating" and the rest is history!

Sam
We met in Spanish class (not math class) in 10th grade. Casey had a girlfriend, I discovered after Myspace stalking him. He would wear sweatpants and Georgia Boot Romeos and seemed to be the only one at our high school who wasn't trying to be cool. And he was just nice to people (still is). One of our first "dates" (we were still just friends at this point) was him taking me on a quad ride. I had to hold on to him and trust that he was a good driver... which he was!

Casey
I’m proud watching Sam transition into motherhood. It has been an incredible and indescribable experience and I cannot wait for us to get to meet our little boy, which could be any day now! Sam also knows who she is and isn't afraid to let you know. She's a doer and knows how to set goals and crush them. She runs a bad ass photog business and is just a doll to her clients. Most importantly she is the best wife I could ever dream of and every day I am incredibly proud to be her husband.

Sam
Casey has always been someone who can see past labels, isn't impressed by stupid things and just has a really good grasp on what's important in life. This has gotten even stronger as he's gotten older and I'm just proud to be with someone like that. He's just a great person and is trusted and respected by a lot of people, whether he realizes it or not. I'm proud of how hard he works, how deeply he loves his family and how true to himself he is.

Casey
I think it was our junior year of high school when I decided Sam was the girl I wanted to marry, not like went out and bought a ring decided but in the way that a high school kid might dream about their future. It just so happened that my day dreaming came true. In general I am a pretty caring person. It was more about making Sam my number one person to care about then it was about deciding to care about her. This is high school me talking, it doesn't have to make perfect sense. But anyway, caring for her just came naturally as our relationship grew and continues to grow. I find that she means more and more to me every day. And I thought I loved you then.... Thanks Brad Paisley, that was our first dance song at our wedding.

Sam
He was always such a good friend in high school. The kind who would just randomly check in and see how things were going. I had a genuine sense that he cared about me which made me trust him and decide to care about him too. I don't know exactly when the switch flipped from being a friendship to knowing I wanted to be with him romantically...it just did at some point and then the timing finally worked out for us to be together. There was a turning point my first year of college too... I went off to WWU and Casey stayed to finish his Associates Degree at home that year. Our relationship got rocky for a bit, learning how to work through long distance and also being such a big transitional year, but I think it was going through that that really made me decide that he was my person and we were going to make our relationship work no matter what.

Casey
Considering Sam is the only person I have been with as an adult is pretty special. Looking back though I think Sam and I compliment each other very well. She breaks me out of my shell and encourages me to experience new things and I think I help keep her grounded and am a bit of a realty check when she needs it. I would say we have reached a point in our relationship now though where we are pretty much on the same page. I guess in a way we’ve helped shape each other into the people we are today.

Sam
I won't say this is the only real relationship I've had because I had a couple boyfriends in high school. Of course looking back I realize how they made no sense for me but that's to be expected at such a young age. Casey is the only person I've been with since being an adult which drastically sets us apart from the other relationships. I also think having a relationship that started as such a close friendship really makes what we have special.

Casey
If you were to meet Sam you would understand, the girl radiates awesomeness. She is the most beautiful girl on this planet and being around her just makes life better. To be honest I don't really know how to put it all into words, she is the perfect amount of everything and I can't get enough. It's more than specific traits or certain things she does, it's deeper than that. I suppose it all comes down to genuine love, and it gets stronger everyday.

Sam
I'm equal parts attracted to his looks and personality. He's the perfect amount of smartass and sweet. He's a math whiz and incredibly smart but he can also chop wood, ride a dirtbike and change the oil in my car. He loves dogs and makes me laugh, which I love. He also has the prettiest eyes and cutest smile. And I like his beard.

Casey
Communication is the root of our relationships, oh, and respect. I believe if you don't respect someone you never truly hear them and therefore communication would be useless.

Sam
We handle difficult situations with strong communication and knowing that no matter what, we're on the same team. We're both scorpios (I don't actually believe in horoscopes but I just think it's funny) so everything is always VERY all out on the table with us. He lets me know how he feels about things and I do the same. Then we deal with it immediately and move on.

Casey
Sam's just always there for me. When I say I can't imagine my life without her I mean really... we have been together our entire adult lives. I really have no clue what life is like without her and honestly, thinking about it now scares the crap out of me, so thanks for that. Really though I think the real question here is what doesn't she do? I'm a dude, I can't take care of myself. Sorry, that's not fair let me try again. I'm a dude who more or less went from living at home with my parents to living with my lovely wife, I can't take care of myself.... To be a bit more specific though, lately she has been driving into town with the dog to walk with me on my lunch break, walking and talking with her really helps melt away any built up stress and gets me through the rest of my afternoon at work.

Sam
He’s always asking if I need anything while he's up, or grabbing anything from the store on his way home from work. He also puts our laundry away most of the time because that's my least favorite chore ever. He sends me memes and cute dog videos on instagram throughout the day and I love that. Since I've been pregnant he's been my freaking hero. I was really sick the first trimester and he took care of me. He's been such an encouragement every day and I know he's going to be the best dad once our baby boy is here.

Casey
As we all know life gets crazy. For Sam and I our schedules are generally very opposite, although this has been a bit better with a baby on the way. Regardless of our schedules we always find time to spend together. Almost every day after I get home from work we hang out in the kitchen talking about our days and cooking dinner. As I mentioned before Sam is a photographer, so most weekends during the summer she is off shooting a wedding. After many weekends of FOMO and just simply missing my perfect and amazing wife I decided that I better just learn how to take pictures so I can tag along as her second shooter. I don't know that this is really a ritual but some of the best times we have had together have been traveling for weddings.

Sam
Our schedules during the week are pretty different. Casey goes to bed early and gets up early. I stay up later and wake up after he's already at work. Lately we've made lunch break walks a part of our schedule. I'll meet him at work with the dog and we spend about an hour walking and talking and it's such a great part of my day. We also always sit down and eat dinner together. So even when life gets crazy, we have those times to kind of catch up and spend good uninterrupted time together.

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