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Documenting Love: Tori and Kyle'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.

Kyle
Tori and I met at work. She was filling in two days at my store from another district in the company. We chatted throughout the first day and by the second day I knew she was competent and a good fit for our store. I suggested she should apply for a full time position, knowing I wanted to spend more time with her. Shortly after she interviewed, she was offered a position, accepted and our relationship has grown since.

Tori
I had moved to Portland for work after graduating from pharmacy school. One day I got a phone call from my manager asking if I would be willing to pick up an extra shift at a pharmacy in Vancouver, and being a fresh graduate in need of money, I said yes. When I walked into the pharmacy I saw Kyle and immediately noticed how handsome he was. As fate would have it, my one-time shift turned into a full time job and I was able to develop a deep friendship with him. We would laugh about work, make nerdy pharmacy jokes and talk about our favorite places to hike and drink beer. He quickly became my best friend in the area and the person that I wanted to spend all my free time with. Eventually Kyle changed jobs and we transitioned our friendship into a relationship.

Kyle
I am proud of Tori's intelligence and determination. In a professional setting, she went from graduating school with a part time position, to managing her own store in less than a year. She is competent and an effective manager. I'm proud of how far she has come in a short time.

Tori
Kyle has this ability to always see the best in people. It amazes me that he hasn't become jaded or cynical as most people do. After just three years of work I feel that I have become a much more critical person. Kyle never lets previous negative experience influence his opinions of another person and he is always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. He reminds me to recognize the good in people, to treat everyone with kindness and to let negative experiences go without holding grudges. Being with Kyle has made me a kinder, more optimistic human.

Kyle
After working with Tori for a few weeks and getting to know her, I knew I wanted to be with her. On days when I would open the store and she had the closing shift, she would always bring me lunch. I quickly learned that I shouldn't be packing my own lunch anymore on the days because she was going to bring me something no matter what. I knew she wanted to show me she cared about me, and I was all about that idea.

Tori
One day early into our relationship Kyle and I were having lunch together. I don't remember exactly what we were talking about but he reached across the table and grabbed my hands. We sat in silence, hand in hand, for a few moments before he looked me in the eyes and said "You and me girl - that's all that matters". The way he looked at me and squeezed my hands made me realize that he was the one that I wanted to be with. Ever since that moment, whenever I am having a bad day or before we go to sleep at night he will grab my hand and whisper "you and me" and I can't be more positive about my feelings for him.

Kyle
This relationship is different than ones I've had in the past because I know this is it for me. Tori is perfect to me and I know I want to spend the rest of my life with her. Being a family with her and our two dogs is the happiest I've ever been in my life.

Tori
My relationship with Kyle is so different from any of my others. I have this trust in him that I've never had with anyone before. I know he always has my back, he will always be there for me and most importantly that he will talk to me about everything. I feel safe confiding in him, and I know that he will never judge or degrade me. Our relationship is built on trust, compassion and love for each other.

Kyle
What attracts me to Tori is really her personality. I love just talking to her, she makes me laugh all the time. I anxiously wait by the door for her to come home from work so she can tell me about her day. She is also super hot.

Tori
When I first met Kyle I was instantly attracted to him - he has these amazing blue eyes that pop against his dark hair. As we spent more time together I realized how amazing he really is. Kyle is incredibly intelligent, clever, positive and he possesses a wonderful willingness to try new things. He can make me laugh in any situation, he helps me solve problems, and he pushes me to try things outside my comfort zone. When I come home after having a bad day, regardless of what happened, he dedicates himself to making it better in some little way. I am not only attracted to his appearance but I also grow more attracted to his personality, selflessness and who he is as a human every day.

Kyle
Tori and I are quick to forgive each other when we argue and put things in the past. A hug and an "I'm sorry" go a long way with us.

Tori
Our relationship has definitely not been without difficulties but Kyle and I are able to talk through things and comfort each other in a unique way. I feel we have a deep understanding of each other, and generally we are on the same page. I think we have seen each other at very low, sad times but we have been able to joke, comfort, and problem solve these into better times. I think we know at the end of the day we will be there for each other. We have used the difficult situations to grow our relationship and our communication skills. Instead of pulling away from each other we allow the hardship to bring us closer together.

Kyle
Tori makes me lunch to take to work everyday, regardless of what shift either of us is working that day. I think it's so cute that she stresses about making sure I have enough food for the day. Naturally, I appreciate not going hungry, but it's more about how she takes the time out of her morning to get me ready for the work day. It really shows she cares for me.

Tori
Every morning I wake up to a fresh, hot cup of coffee. It's a really small gesture but it means a good start to my day. I love staying in bed until I hear the whoosh of my finished cup of coffee. Kyle is always doing small, thoughtful things to make my life better and easier. I come home to dinners, a clean house, the trash being taken out every week, back massages after a long day at work; basically he treats me like a queen and I really appreciate how much stress he takes away from my day.

Kyle
I make Tori coffee every morning, her ritual is not to get out of bed until she hears the coffee machine make the sound that signals the brewing is complete. That sound also means I get to start my day with the love of my life. Tori buys the cutest cards, writes the most sentimental things in them and leaves them for me to find throughout the house. I never expect to find them but they make me so happy when I do. I have saved all the cards and flip through them occasionally, which reminds me of how much I care for her.

Tori
Our relationship has grown, our jobs have changed, our living situations have changed, and our daily routines have changed but I think the one ritual that has remained the same, is that we always express our love and admiration of each other each and every day. In the morning we always take time to hug and kiss goodbye, during the day we take a few moments to text "I love you", we write each other love notes and hide them in the house, and we call each other on our way home from work. We have a wonderful life made better by two wonderful dogs and we make it a routine to show and tell each other how amazing our family is and how much love we have for the other person.

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