Cody and Betsy met their Freshman year of high school. They had gym class together. Cody’s last name starts with an A, which put him right at the beginning of any line. Betsy’s last name starts with a Z, placing her at the end. As luck would have it, they had a friend who landed right in the middle and ensured they were introduced. The pair were friends throughout four years of high school, but experienced a romantic spark right before graduation.


As they approached the end of high school, things were fun and flirty. Cody and Betsy had both already decided on separate colleges. Even knowing that their time might be limited, Cody still asked Betsy to be his official girlfriend. She responded, “you should really think about this” to which he replied, “I don’t need to think about it.” While dropping the subject for a quick minute, Cody asked again the next day. This time-Betsy said yes. They have spent the last eight years making memories.


Betsy was traveling for work at the time to South America. Cody would visit on any break Betsy had. They would use the time to pick a dream destination and travel there together. They started with Iguazu Falls and went on to see Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over New Years 2017, Bariloche, Mendoza Argentina, Machu Picchu, Peru, San Andres, Cartagena, Medellin, and Columbia. The next trip planned was on the North side of Panama. They booked a romantic cabana which was picture perfect upon arrival.

Cody and Betsy spent their vacation soaking up the sun. They used the time to paddle board, sun bathe, kayak, and relax. Both were enjoying life. One night, they walked out to watch the sun set. Cody hugged Betsy from behind as she looked out onto the water, telling her that he loved her. Slightly distracted, she didn’t notice that Cody had knelt down on his knee behind her. He got her attention once more, opening the ring box, and asked her to marry him. Her response?

“Shut up!”

Immediately realizing that Cody was proposing for real, Betsy began to cry. She hugged Cody, kissed him, and made sure to say “YES!” Once the shock wore off, Cody left for a moment. He returned with a wooden box. Inside there was a bottle of wine from a tasting they shared in Florence, Italy (their first international trip together) upon graduating college. During that trip, years before, Cody bought a bottle of wine during their tasting and had it shipped home. He waited for the right moment to bring it out-and Panama it was. His timing could not have been more perfect.


  1. Cody and Betsy love picking up new talents. Things like juggling, a new language, or slacklining thrill them as a couple!
  2. The pair are extremely competitive with one another. They have a competitive nature in common, and agree that it usually works out better when they can play on the same team than against each other.
  3. As mentioned above, Betsy and Cody love to travel. The two have been to more countries in the world together than states in the U.S.A.
  4. If they could mutually agree to invite one celebrity to their wedding, it would be Ellen because “she’s hilarious.”
  5. I met these two through Maddy and Patrick, as they went to high school together. If you’ve seen their blog, you might have noticed that the girls “iced” the guys. Cody surprised Betsy at the end of the engagement session with a gift, “icing” her on the spot. We all laughed so hard as they chugged Smirnoff in the sunflower field, and if I didn’t already love them enough-that love grew in the sharing of their gorgeous humor.





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  1. Audrey

    November 5th, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    They have such a sweet story!!!! And gorgeously fall pics make my heart happy ❤️

  2. ash10k

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    One of my favorite write-ups this year!

  3. Amber

    November 5th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This has me wanting warmer summer weather and bright blooms to return.

  4. ash10k

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    you and me both!

  5. Raina

    November 5th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    What a sweet love story!! Those sunflowers made my heart happy!

  6. ash10k

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    agree to both statements!

  7. Tasha

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    This is the couple that you were talking about the Smirnoff! Girl! Love it

  8. ash10k

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    YES! Thank you for remembering them! <3

  9. Candice

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Their fall attire gives me all the fall vibes mixed with the perfect amount of summer with the sunflowers! Also I could use a glass of wine!

  10. ash10k

    November 5th, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Cheers to that, girl!

  11. Alona

    November 5th, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    They look like such a fun couple! Love the fact that they’ve been travelling so much together!

  12. ash10k

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Me too! They have such an extraordinary story!

  13. Lindsay

    November 6th, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I love those sunflowers images!! SO fun!! And that beautiful sunset light is so dreamy!

  14. ash10k

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Thank you Linds!

  15. Lifelong Impressions

    November 6th, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I love their story!! What a cute couple and these pictures are gorgeous! Those sunflowers are amazing!

  16. ash10k

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Me too! Such a fabulous session mixed with a lovely story!