They first met in a communications class while attending Washington State University. It was 2008.
“I had a crush on him in college,” Briana Alzola Lindquist said.
She tried different things to get his attention; including asking him to study with her, but Brent Lindquist just was not getting her subtle hints.
Move forward to 2012 where they reconnected again via Facebook (see Social Media does have it advantages.) They met for lunch at an Indian restaurant in Seattle to “catch up,” and it went so well it turned into their first date, the official beginning of a growing friendship and a love story.
“It went very well,” Briana said.
The relationship started as a ‘long distance’ relationship. Briana was living in Othello, WA, working at the small newspaper in town. Brent grew up in Lynden, and after graduation went to work for Lewis Publishing, the owners of the Lynden Tribune and Printing Company and its sister paper the Ferndale Record.
Five hours separated them but today’s technology kept them connected. When they had time off they would drive the five hours to spend time together. Despite the long distance their relationship continued to blossom.
Briana was offered a position as a news reporter and photographer for the Anacortes American. After a year of commuting, Briana was now closer so they decided it was time for the next step—they moved in together.
Moving from a long distance relationship to actually living together made Briana a bit nervous at first, but once they took the jump, it went so smooth and natural they just eased into it as if it had always been that way. They chose Anacortes to settle down in so Briana could immerse herself into the community in which she was now reporting.
Their jobs may be a little more than an hour apart, but working for small weekly papers provides them the experience they need to share knowledge, share advice and writing tips, and understand the schedule the other keeps working for a small town paper.
“As writers, it is nice to have a cheerleader in your corner, one who knows what you’re going through” Briana said. “It is nice to talk it out with someone who has been there. They help you find solutions.”
They both think the same, yet different enough to see things from different angles.
“It’s kind of a support system,” Brent said. “We bounce ideas off each other.”
Briana covers art, health, and business for the Anacortes American. She also writes the feature story and photographs local community events. Brent is a news editor and reporter for the Lynden Tribune and its sister paper, Ferndale Record. He covers Ferndale, Lynden and northern Whatcom County. His main job is layout of both papers, as well as, other publications, like the Sudden Valley Newsletter, a community of around seven thousand residents.
In June of 2016 they tied the knot. The wedding took place in Anacortes, the town they have both come to love. Brent’s romantic proposal was during a hike at Little Cranberry Lake, one of their favorite spots. The newlyweds share their home with their rescue dog, Sami.
As their relationship grew, so did their interests. Both are open to trying new things and sharing in what interests the other partner.
“The theatre is probably my biggest passion, other than writing,” Briana said.
Briana and her mom have had season tickets to local theaters for several years. When Briana and Brent started dating and the relationship became a bit more serious, Briana shared her passion for the theatre and invited Brent to join them.
“She introduced me to the theatre,” Brent said.
They attend shows at the 5th Ave and Village Theatre in Issaquah. And, of course, the Anacortes Community Theatre where Briana did You Can’t Take It With You in 2014 and directed GODSPELL in 2015 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. In January of 2017, Briana wrote her first play and Brent performed in the show with her… their first of hopefully many shows together.
“We really enjoy each other’s company,” Briana said.
As with any couple, too much togetherness is not always a good thing. It doesn’t always allow the individual person time to decompress and be alone. To compensate for that Briana is involved in the local theatre, she is an avid reader, once a month she goes to Seattle to meet up with her book club, and when Brent is out once a month working, its Netflix time and cozying on the couch with their dog.
Brent takes advantage of his time alone playing video games, hanging out with his brother (his best friend), and he gets quality alone time everyday when he commutes from Anacortes to Ferndale for work. But at the end of the day, it’s their time together, which makes it special. Best friends, husband and wife, partners in life…the foundation for a happy life together.
We wish the newlyweds a life of love, days full of happiness, dreams fulfilled and the Happiest of Valentine’s Day.