Ava Miller, 40, of Washington State, has been in a throuple with Anthony Miller, 37, and Ashley Welp, 24, for two years.
Now the trio share a king-sized bed, and Ashley has become an ‘aunt’ to Ava and Anthony’s two young sons.
While some may find their marriage unconventional, Ava insists the polyamorous group have never felt happier.
Ava, a writer, said: “I love my husband and my fiancé equally.
“We don’t care what society thinks, we are head over heads in love with each other.”
Ava and Anthony, a technical recruiter, first met through mutual friends in January 2001.
Two months later, the couple moved in with each other and married in October 2003.
Ava says: “I loved Anthony from the moment I met him.
“He was charming, and funny.
“The following year in July 2004, I gave birth to our first son.
“Then in 2009, we had another son and our family was complete.”
During the next six years, Ava and Anthony settled into family life – but she was realised she was yearning for more.
In January 2018, she made a shocking confession to Anthony, telling him she wanted to bring another woman into their marriage.
She said: “I’d always known I liked women, even before we got married.
“I told Anthony that I wondered what it’d be like to be with another woman, or have one join our life.
“Anthony loved the idea, and suddenly, we were very excited!”
In February 2018, 15 years after they married, Ava and Anthony were added them into a large WhatsApp group with lots of mutual friends.
There, they began chatting to primary school teacher Ashley Welp, 24, who had recently moved to their hometown.
Ava said: “We told Ashley we were married, and had a family.
“She stood out from everyone as she kept cracking jokes and she was so nice to talk to.
“Afterwards we set up our own group chat for the three of us and we talked every day.
“Me and Anthony would sit at the opposite ends of our sofa chatting to her.”
One month later, Ava and Ashley met for the first time, and went shopping at a local mall.
The mum-of-two says: “Ashley was the most beautiful person, it made me so nervous.
“I loved how bubbly she was, she welcomed me with open arms and made me feel comfortable.
“Afterwards, we went home and Anthony cooked us a romantic dinner.
“We kissed for the first time that night.
“It felt like we’d known Ashley all our life. It was natural.”
From then on, Ava, Anthony and Ashley considered themselves a polyamorous trio.
Polyamory is having multiple sexual or romantic committed relationships at the same time, with the consent of all partners involved.
Ava said: “At first we told the kids that Ashley was our friend.
“They grew to really love her and considered her their fun auntie.
“But one month later, the kids caught on.
Our sex life doesn’t involve any schedule, it’s very spontaneous and fun.
“They asked us, ‘Are you guys in one of the those triangle relationships?’.
“We told them we were and they accepted us immediately.
“I was relieved at how laid back they were.”
In July 2018, Ashley moved into the couple’s family home and they bought a king-sized bed to accommodate her.
Ava says: “I’m always cold so I sleep in the middle.
“Our sex life doesn’t involve any schedule, it’s very spontaneous and fun.
“But we prefer it when it’s the three of us.”
And the threesome even enjoy date nights together at restaurants and the cinema.
Ava said: “We’ll hold hands and kiss in public.
“Sometimes people have given us strange looks, but we just laugh it off.
“Waiters get very confused at our dinner table when we ask for the cheque.
“Sometimes we’ll date each other separately while the third person watches the kids.
“We try our best to make it equal and have time for one another.”
In August 2018, Anthony and Ava proposed to Ashley.
Despite polygamy being illegal in the United States, the trio still plan to have an unofficial wedding ceremony.
Ava and Anthony gave Ashley a silver wedding ring to show her their love for each other.
Ava says: “People who judge poly families need to realise that we are people just like them.
“Sharing is the best part of polyamory, it makes me so happy.
“We have built a beautiful foundation together, and my family feels complete.”
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