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Documenting Love: Cody & Amie'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. 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.

Amie
Cody and I met at Peace Corps orientation in Philadelphia in March 2013. Our instructor told us to take a look around, and let it sink in that the people in the room would be our family for the next two years. Cody was at my table, and we were a couple of timid, insecure kids with no idea of what was about to happen. I was not reassured. A quick trip around the world and some isolation in a foreign country made me realize that Cody had the exact type of laidback, PNW attitude that I found so comforting.

Cody
We met for the first time on our way to our Peace Corps assignment in Malawi. It was only brief, but I never thought she'd be into me. It wasn't until a year and a half later that I really thought we could be a good match. We spent Christmas together, then Valentine's Day, when we shared our first kiss. We started as friends then fell in love over years. Our love has been a slow burn, and I think that's a good sign for the rest of our life together.

Amie
I am proud of Cody's ability to share his authentic, sensitive self with everyone he meets. His friends, family, coworkers and strangers all see the same, sweet sides of Cody that I do.

Cody
I am so proud to have Amie as my partner. She inspires me every day to be thoughtful and caring. She always makes sure that we're spending our time and money wisely. She insisted we dedicate our wedding registry to charity. She spends her days making sure seniors get the care they need. She truly cares about justice and helping others.

Cody
After a couple of months together, we had a decision to make. Our time in the Peace Corps was coming to a close, and we had to decide if we wanted to continue our relationship in America. The day we decided to stay together and face all of the uncertainty of transitioning back home together — that's when I knew that I was in love with Amie and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

Amie
I am attracted to Cody's commitment to change, his willingness to always let others speak first and his appreciation of a good rom-com. Cody teaches me about patience, optimism and how to properly care for leather shoes.

Cody
Amie is courageous. She doesn't hesitate to move across the country or start something completely new. She has an adventurous spirit, and I know that a life lived with her will always be interesting — she'll make sure of it.

Amie
In difficult situations, we let each other speak. We Listen. Cody and I are comfortable calling each other out and making sure we're understanding when we're pushing each other's buttons. And if that doesn't work, then we distract ourselves with a long, hard run followed by a tall glass of red wine.

Cody
As we face difficult situations, we try to face them together with love and trust. Amie and I tend to operate at different paces. She is usually ready to make a decision and move forward. Whereas, I'm happier to take my time to think through things. In the end, though, we always come together somewhere in the middle.

Amie
It's in the small, everyday exchanges that Cody makes life more enjoyable. His willingness to put his own stress aside, show physical affection and offer support makes the burdens of 2020 just a little more manageable.

Cody
Day to day, Amie makes sure that we find pleasure in the small things. She always makes sure to start each day with a smile. Usually, she's up first and she'll wake me up with a kiss. Then we'll have coffee or make breakfast together and work next to each other. Today for example, we're sitting around watching old Disney movies. Even on the most boring days, in all of the small things, Amie always takes time to make sure that I know that she is here with me and that she loves me.

Amie
Our (my?) favorite ritual is a lazy Sunday morning with strong coffee, HGTV and browsing Redfin for a cabin in the mountains. For a wild time, we'll hop in the car and discover new trails that promise mountain peak, alpine lake and wildflower views. Cody is always kind enough to slow down for me while I take hundreds of photos.

Cody: Throughout our relationship, we have discovered many rituals. Some have stuck longer than others. A couple of constants remain. We run together and we bake together. In running, we push each other to constantly be better, we discover new and beautiful places, and we give ourselves time to think through any big decisions. In baking, we work together to create something we can enjoy together or with others. Many other little rituals have come and gone. I can't wait to see how we'll grow together. Starting and ending each day next to her is better than I could have imagined.

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