About the bride: Jessica Mapel is 22 years old. She is a server at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and a part-time student studying nursing.
About the groom: Cody Helgeson is 21 years old. He is a server at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and a part-time student at ASU studying architecture.
Time together: 2.5 years Engagement date: February 22, 2007 Why he's the one: "I knew that Cody was the one after we got in our first argument. For the first time in a relationship I couldn't wait to solve the problem and be back to normal."
Why she's the one: "Jessica is a loving, caring woman who will make a great mother and wife." Their story: Now this is service with a smile! Cody and Jessica met at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill on Jessica's first night at her new job. Cody was assigned to train Jessica, and they spent the whole night talking. At the end of the night when their boss asked Cody how Jessica did, Cody responded simply, "I am going to marry her someday."
While Cody knew it was love at first sight, it took him six months, harboring an unspoken crush, to ask Jessica out. All of their co-workers knew Cody had feelings and tried to get them together sooner.
Cody definitely knows how to turn up the heat: when he proposed to Jessica earlier this year he lit the living room with candles. He hid outside and followed Jessica inside when she got home, carrying his guitar. Cody played her an original song he had written just for the proposal and got down on one knee. Jessica thought Cody was going to pass out because he looked so nervous!
The happy couple lives in a condo, which they enjoy fixing up together. Jessica says, "We put the meaning into 'do it yourself'!" After a long day of work they cook dinner and relax. Both Cody and Jessica are in school pursuing separate studies. Jessica attends Mesa Community College and Cody goes to ASU.
They both define their family as the most important thing in their lives. Jessica has an older sister. She said she was raised by a single mom who gave her and taught her everything she needs to be successful in life. Cody has two brothers who are twins. He describes his dad as his best friend and said that after his brother's accidental shooting his family's love grew that much closer and stronger. Now the pair is looking forward to the next chapter of their lives together, surrounded by family in Arizona and reveling in the love they've found in each other.