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Shawn and Simone are engaged and loving life in Seattle! (Image: Alexandra Celia)

Documenting Love: Shawn and Simone'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. This month is the story of locals Simone and Shawn.

Shawn
We were at a concert when we first met. I remember looking over across the bar and noticing one girl in particular and her smile caught my eye. We both went about our night until at the end of the night the crowd funneled us together as everyone was leaving, which gave me the perfect opportunity to strike up a conversation. It was then that I realized that she not only had a beautiful smile but was extremely funny and fun to be around so we talked for a little bit and arranged to meet up or talk later. Then the night ended as we went our separate ways with our separate friends having no clue what would come between us.

Simone
It is embarrassing to admit, but Shawn and I met at a show at Foundation Nightclub - I believe it was Funkagenda. We caught each other’s eye and were looking over at one another the whole night but didn’t end up actually talking until the very end of the night as we were leaving. He was super funny and really cute, so I gave him my number not thinking it would really go anywhere. We started talking the next week or two and realized we were both going to the same Halloween event so decided to meet up there. Once we saw each other there we ditched all our friends and hung out with each other the whole night. From then on, we were pretty much inseparable.

Shawn
I knew I really cared for Simone the first time I picked her up from the airport. We had been dating for a couple weeks and she was going on a trip down to University of Arizona for Homecoming. She had graduated from there a year prior and this was her first time going back since then. At this point, we pretty much spent every day together so being away from her for even a couple days made me miss her like crazy. Once I pulled up to the airport and saw her face, that was the moment I realized how much I cared for her.

Simone
Shawn is the hardest working person I know. He has been a commercial fisherman in Bering Sea for the past 10 plus years. He started at the bottom and has worked his way up to being Mate. He has such an amazing drive and determination to succeed that is unparalleled.

Shawn
Our relationship is completely different than any relationship I have ever been in. It is just completely natural. Trust and communication come incredibly easy for us too. I love that we can just sit around and do nothing and still have fun.

Simone
I knew I really cared for Shawn pretty early in our relationship. When we met, Shawn was home from Alaska for a 3-month break. I had just graduated from college was doing more freelance work so I could make my own schedule. This made it so we could spend pretty much every second of every day together. We were inseparable from the start. I had never been with anyone who I felt so comfortable with spending all of my time with so fast. We felt like we had known each other for years when it had only been a couple weeks.

Shawn
When I am away in Alaska, Simone will send me care packages. They usually will have a nice card, some decorated cookies (that I am never able to read since they break up into a million pieces but it’s the thought that counts), some of my favorite candy and snacks. It gets tough being away from my life in Seattle so getting these little reminders of home makes my time away a little bit easier. Simone loves to write heartfelt cards to me - I have saved every card she has ever written to me.

Simone
I could write a novel of all of the things that attract me to Shawn but I will try to keep it short. Shawn has a confidence and an air about him that is irresistible. He is also the most caring and thoughtful man I have ever met. It’s not often that you find a guy that has all of those traits. One of the first things I noticed when we first met were his tattoos, so obviously I find those extremely sexy. Another thing that initially attracted me to Shawn was his awesome sense of humor. He can make me laugh harder than anyone I know. He continues to crack me up every single day.

Shawn
I’m proud of many things that Simone does. I think the trait I am the proudest of is her willingness to help other people. Her smile and her laugh draw me into her the most. It is what first attracted me to her and it is what continues to every single day. I also love her long beautiful hair.

Simone
Shawn and I are big football fans so we love either going to games or watching them together at a bar or on our couch. We are also in a fantasy football league together (note: I am our current champ) so we have a lot of fun watching games together and talking smack. We are a very competitive pair so it can get quite heated but always totally fun. We also love taking our dogs to the park and going on fun trips. Every day is an adventure with him.

Shawn
Simone and I find shared meaning by going on date nights, planning fun outdoor meals, playfully arguing over of what kind of show or movie to watch next and incorporating our dogs into our daily lives.

Simone
Shawn and I spend quite a lot of time away from one another because of his job but he still manages to make me laugh and put a smile on my face every day. Whether we are Skyping or just messaging back and forth, we joke that he makes me look like a crazy person because I will be sitting looking at my computer cracking up or with a huge grin on my face. He brightens every day for me whether he is home or if he is at sea.

Shawn
We have several rituals that we share together. We love watching Sunday football together every weekend. We will typically go to our favorite bar and post up there for the entire day. Every year we celebrate our anniversary by going on a trip to Leavenworth. We love breakfast on the weekends with mimosas and FaceTiming when I am away when I am missing her so much.

Simone
Shawn and I have gone through our fair share of hardships throughout our relationship and each of them has made us stronger. We get through difficult situation by being there for one another 100 percent. I am the emotional one and Shawn is the one with a cool head.

Shawn
We are extremely open with one another and communication comes easy for us. Having those two things in our relationship helps us get through difficult situations. We are always there for one another.

Simone
The relationship that Shawn and I have is unlike any other relationship I have ever been in. Shawn and I had an instant connection that I had never felt before. I never knew I could love another person this much ore BE loved this much. We can be totally ourselves and we love everything about one another and accept every flaw.

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