SARAH & STEPHANIE
Sarah, 29, Managing Editor, The Contributor
Stephanie, 45, Tree Research Lab Tech
Like a lot of contemporary couples, Sarah and Stephanie met online. When Sarah saw Stephanies profile, she took a chance and paid the fee for the ability to email her. Much to Sarahs delight, Stephanie wrote back. After a year of dating, the couple moved in together. Later that year, Stephanie proposed to Sarah on her birthday in front of a party full of their friends and family. I was so surprised...and of course I said yes! Sarah says. They celebrated their love with a romantic (and barefoot) beach wedding on the coast of Oregon in August 2010. Sarah says her favorite part was the glow in her eyes as I walked down the sandy aisle. And then I threw cake in her face a few hours later at the reception. Ah, memories. Last December, they legalized their union when Washington enacted same-sex marriage. The couple says that constant communication is the key-and it turns out laughter does not hurt either. Sarahs laugh fills the room. She has a great laugh and it makes me laugh even more, says Stephanie.