Brittney and Cody

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

Photographer | J&J Studios | @jjstudiosphiladelphia

Venue | Philadelphia Museum of Art | @philamuseum

Location | Kelly Drive

How We Met

Cody and I met on October 15th, 2005 taking pictures before our Sophomore Homecoming dance. Although, I was definitely more focused on my date, Cody’s best friend, that evening; by the end of Sophomore year, Cody and I had become very good friends. We stayed good friends, sometimes even best friends, through high school and college as we both found ourselves in many different places.

 

How We Finally Started Dating

After college in July of 2012, Cody came out to visit me in San Diego to catch up on lost friendship time and experience some of my life from the last four years. After his trip things felt a little different, at least on my end. That Fall we both found ourselves living back home in Denver and for the first time ever mutually thinking about being more than friends. But, I was heading to live in Peru for the next year and I was scared to start a relationship 3,000 miles a part. Nevertheless, in September of 2013, he came down to visit me in Chulucanas, Peru (as far away from the famous Machu Picchu as you can get in Peru), and I knew I loved him. It was worth making 3,000 miles a part work.

 

How He Asked

Right after the craziness of the 2018 holidays, we were curled up watching a movie (couldn’t tell you what one). When he turned off the TV and turned to me and said he’d been thinking about it and we should get married. He then added, I’ve been picturing New Years Eve. I said okay and we started looking into venues that very night. It was nothing over the top or crazy, it was a conversation, a decision we made together, it was just right.

IT’S A TALE AS OLD AS TIME . . .

Boy meets girl.

Girl dates boy’s best friend. They break up.

Boy and girl become better friends.

Boy dates girl’s best friend. They break up.

Boy and girl become great friends.

Boy and girl kiss in Willow Creek Pool parking lot. Quality: still debated.

Boy dates girl’s best friend (different friend). Spoiler: they break up.

Girl goes to California. Boy goes to North Dakota. Boy goes to Minnesota.

College graduates, woohoo!

Boy moves back to Colorado.

Boy visits girl in California. Girl kisses boy at a bar. Memory: fuzzy.

Girl moves back to Colorado. Girl moves to Peru.

Boy moves to North Carolina.

Boy visits girl in Peru. Kisses happen. Memory: unforgettable.

Girl says, “Te amo.” Boy says, “I love you.”

Girl moves back to Colorado. Girl moves to North Carolina.

Girl moves to Pennsylvania (someone can’t stay in one place, apparently).

Boy moves to Pennsylvania.

Graduate degrees (x2).

Boy and girl decide to get married on a Tuesday in December in Philadelphia.

Boy and girl live happily ever after.

 

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Britt and Cody met in high school when they were part of the same homecoming group. Britt’s date that evening is the best man in Cody and Britt’s wedding more than 14 years later. Britt and Cody became friends for the rest of high school and college, and after eight years of supporting each other through college and various relationships, decided that the person they had been searching for all along was right there in front of them. Six years later they will wed on New Year’s Eve.

 

What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

The cliché is to marry your best friend. But uniquely, Britt and Cody were simply that for eight years: friends. Friends that supported each other through the ups and downs of going off to college, through relationships and breakups, and through figuring out who they wanted to be. And when they finally figured out who they wanted to be, they realized it was side-by-side with each other. This is a relationship built on friendship, on support, and on understanding. Both have adventurous hearts, loving to explore the world, spending every dime they can on trips near and far, and seeing the world side-by-side.

 

How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

The easy answer is, we didn’t. Not for the longest time. For years, eight to be exact, we truly were just supportive friends to one another. We each pursued other people, and had long and fulfilling relationships. We lived, we learned, and we explored. But ultimately, we had always been drawn to each other, to our easy connection, our comfort, our bond. Once we had graduated from college and started to figure out what we wanted to do with our lives, it became clear to both Britt and Cody that whatever it was, it included each other. However, Britt’s first adventure after college was a year spent living and teaching in Peru. So the moment when there was no turning back, when this was “it,” was the 8 days Cody spent visiting Britt in the northern Peruvian city of Chulucanas.

 

We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

The ring was designed together at local jeweler, Bario Neal. The center diamond is surrounded by clusters of a champagne diamond, blue-green sapphires, seafoam sapphires, and aquamarine.

 

Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We love planning our wedding! We planned for a big New Year’s Eve extravaganza on the 50th floor of the Three Logan building. The venue is called Vue on 50 and has breathtaking 360- degree views of the city. Live music, great food, and the people we love. Now that the party is planned, we are spending our time planning out the perfect wedding ceremony that is authentic to our unique relationship and personalities. We can’t wait!