As many of us have unfortunately discovered, the path of true love hardly ever runs smooth. Whether that involves you swiping into what seems like never-ending eternity on Tinder, or enduring bad date after bad date until you finally find someone you click with, it’s evident that we never find love the way we hoped we would.
And this is certainly the truth for Heidi and Ed Savitt who met at Newcastle University, England in 2001. They first crossed paths after Ed messaged Heidi, the former tenant of his student flat, asking how to use the tumble drier, and after this brief interchange, they started dating. However, the couple were completely oblivious to the fact that they’d actually met before. In fact, they were once childhood sweethearts.
After dating for two years, the couple were out for dinner with Heidi’s mum, Kay, when she mentioned that her daughter, who was studying for a degree in Economics and Management, once had an adorable holiday romance with a child named Ed when she was six-years-old.
While the pair thought nothing of it, Heidi’s mum was rummaging through old photographs two weeks later when she found a picture of Heidi and the boy from their family holiday to Turkey in July 1997. Ed’s future mother-in-law instantly recognised that Heidi’s childhood sweetheart was also her current boyfriend – the owner of DropShop Coffee.
“None of us had any idea whatsoever that Heidi and Ed had met before university. But during that two-week holiday, they held hands most of the time,” Kay stated. “Perhaps they just had a subconscious realisation they had shared that time together when they met as adults. We sent it around to all our family and friends and everyone was amazed. The phones didn’t stop ringing and everyone was liking it on Facebook,” she added.
And two decades after the pair first met at their respective family holidays, they were married in a romantic ceremony in August, at Haddon Hall – a 12th Century manor house in the Derbeyshire countryside.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the couple expressed their shock and disbelief over the revelation, stating that it made their relationship feel like it was just meant to be. Heidi asserted, “It’s crazy to think we could have got married, shared our lives together, but then never found out about this. From the moment we started dating we were inseparable and knew we were going to be together forever.” She continued, “I didn’t believe in fate before finding that out but there’s no arguing with it – we’re clearly destined to be together!”
While many of us don’t find our life partner in such unconventional ways, Heidi and Ed Savitt’s story sure is adorable, and rather reminiscent of a fairy-tale. It sure is a tale to tell the grandchildren.