Old Family Photo Album Reveals the Truth About a Woman's Fiance
When British couple Heidi Parker and Ed Savitt met in college, it was truly a match made in heaven. They quickly fell in love, met each other's families and started to build a life together. After a sweet marriage proposal, the two were set to walk down the aisle when Heidi’s mom dropped an unexpected bombshell.
While preparing for the wedding and reception, her mom came across an old family photo album that held a surprising secret. Shocked, she immediately shared the unbelievable twist with her daughter.
A short time ago, Heidi prepared for life after high school. She planned to attend Newcastle University in northeast England, 130 miles away from her home in Sheffield. It gave her enough distance to live her own life as a young adult but was still close enough to easily go home to visit her family at any time.
Life on Her Own
While at Newcastle, Heidi quickly adapted to college life. During her third year, she decided she didn't want to live in the dorms, but she still stayed pretty close to the school. The young student and her roommates were excited about their off-campus apartment and the fun they would have together.
Heidi spent weeks searching for the perfect apartment, hoping to find a place that would work for her. She eventually found a studio apartment that was within walking distance of the university. The apartment was a great spot to have her own space.
A Random Message
While settling into her new apartment, Heidi received a random message on Facebook. It was from the new tenant living in her old apartment. It was Ed, who was also a student at Newcastle University. He was struggling to get the washing machine to work. After trying for hours, he decided to message Heidi for help.
A Fateful Encounter
A few weeks later, Heidi saw Ed in person while she was out with her friends. Amazed to see how attractive he was in person, she walked over to officially introduce herself. "We just spotted each other," she explained. "I thought he was gorgeous. I thought he was actually amazing."
Building a Romance
The couple's first date went exceptionally well, and they went out on even more dates. "After that, we were basically inseparable," Heidi admitted. It was like they were kindred spirits.
Looking to the Future
After graduation, the couple both moved to London, but separately. Heidi focused on her job at a PR firm while Ed worked on opening up his own coffee shop. They didn't want to rush into the next phase of their relationship.
Meeting the Parents
The couple decided to introduce their mothers to each other over a nice meal at a local restaurant. Although they were happy that their mothers would finally meet each other, both Heidi and Ed were a little nervous. They wanted everything to go well.
The two mothers actually had a lot in common when it came to their interests and hobbies. Both Kay and Fiona liked to sail and travel. They had even visited some of the same destination spots in the Mediterranean around the same time.
A Big Surprise
After the time they had spent together, Ed knew that Heidi was the one he wanted to be with for the rest of his life. He planned to ask her to marry him and came up with a romantic idea for the proposal.
A Weird Coincidence
A few months later, the couple went out to dinner again with their mothers. Everyone was having a great time, enjoying their meals and hanging out. Somehow, the conversation turned to childhood holidays.
Prepping for the Big Day
The preparations for Heidi and Ed's wedding quickly began. The couple wanted to get married before the year was over, and that meant a lot of work for Heidi to get everything just right. Thankfully, her mom was right by her side throughout the process.
Flipping Through Photos
Like most family attics, Kay's held many family memories and keepsakes. While she was cleaning up there, she came across an old photo album with family photos. Kay began flipping through the pages and reminiscing about fun moments with her loved ones.
At just 6 years old, Heidi ventured with her family across the Mediterranean Sea. They went to different tourist spots before settling in for several weeks on the southern coast of Turkey. While there, Heidi met and connected with a young boy.
An Uncanny Coincidence
Looking at the old pictures, Kay couldn't help but smile at the cute face of the boy with the wild, blonde bowl cut and the timid smile. She reminisced about how the boy and her daughter had grown so close in a short amount of time. The boy even slightly resembled Heidi's Ed.
A Shocking Twist
Kay texted an old photo of the two kids to her new friend –– Ed's mom, Fiona. Obviously, she would know if the young boy was her son. Fiona called her shortly after receiving the text. It was indeed Ed! The two moms couldn't believe it. After all that time, Ed and Heidi were reunited.
A Flooring Discovery
Some days later, Heidi received the photos in the mail. When she took a close look, she couldn't believe her eyes. She called her mom in total shock, confirming that it was definitely Ed. "I just yelled, ‘Mum, you know who that is!’" Heidi said.
Both Kay and Fiona decided to dive a little deeper into their individual photos from the trip to Turkey. The more they dug, the more evidence they found of the two lovebirds. "Loads more photographs came out," Fiona told the Daily Mail. "None of us had any idea whatsoever that Heidi and Ed had met before university."
It Was Fate
After seeing the photos, Heidi couldn't deny that she and Ed were destined to be together. "I didn't believe in fate before finding that out, but there's no arguing with it," she told the Daily Mail. After all, what were the chances that these two little 6-year-olds would one day meet again and fall in love?
A Special Invite
Heidi and Ed knew that their love story was too good not to share with family and friends. They had to share these photos with them, but what was the best way to do it?
Recreating the Moment
Ed and Heidi decided to have even more fun with the old photos. Taking a step back in time, they came up with a plan to recreate the image used for their wedding invitations. The original photo had Ed posing on the street with his hand in a Coca-Cola cup. He was wearing a T-shirt and plaid shorts. Heidi stood alongside him in a black bathing suit with one hand behind her back.
A Beautiful Venue
The couple was eventually married in Derbyshire at the famous Haddon Hall, a beautiful manor house that was originally built in the 12th century. In fact, it was described by author Simon Jenkins as "the most perfect house to survive the Middle Ages."
An Elegant Ceremony
The couple was married in the long gallery of Haddon Hall in front of their loved ones. While on the grounds, Ed and Heidi took fabulous photos around the terraced gardens of the venue before driving away in a vintage car to get to the reception.
Shortly after the beautiful ceremony, guests raised a quick champagne toast to the happy couple on the lawn at Haddon Hall. The couple and the hundreds of wedding guests then traveled over to Shiningford Farm for the reception.
Ed and Heidi posted their incredible journey online on Facebook for family and friends. After seeing that the two had actually met and fell for each other so long ago, people couldn't help but share the photos of them as 6-year-olds. Their story soon went viral and spread all over social media.
A Real Fairytale
The couple still can't believe their love story themselves. To have met each other so long ago and never realize it is completely astounding. If it wasn't for Heidi's mom, they may not have ever figured out the truth.
What was also fate was how close Ed and Heidi's families became after the wedding. Kay and her husband, Keith, are now great friends with Fiona and her husband, Jonathan. The couples have gone on many trips and other outings together since the wedding.
An Everlasting Love
Following the wedding, the two lovebirds went on a wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives to enjoy a beach vacation the couple really loved. While there, they came in contact with others who were astonished by the couple's story. "It was brilliant," Heidi recalled to LADbible. "We love telling people how we met twice."
Returning to Turkey
What's even better is that this couple got to journey back to where their story first began — even if they didn’t know it. They recently returned to Turkey and stayed at the same Mediterranean resort in Gumbet where they first met back in 1997.
Do Soulmates Exist?
Ed and Heidi's story brings up the idea of a "soulmate." Typically, loving soulmates are featured in fairytales and romantic movies around the world. The idea of fate leading you to the one you're meant to be with for the rest of your life is captivating.