A lovely couple who married this summer got their lifetime surprise when they discovered they were childhood sweethearts after spotting each other in an old picture taken 20 years ago.
Heidi and Ed Savitt, 26, didn’t remember about their first meeting when were aged six until Heidi’s mother mentioned a ‘holiday romance’ with a little boy called Ed and dug out photos which made everyone shocked.
Communications Manager Heidi told MailOnline: ‘I didn’t believe in fate before finding that out but there’s no arguing with it – we are clearly destined to be together!’
The couple met in 2011 at Newcastle University and they lived in London. Ed, is an owner of DropShot Coffee, a specialty coffee shop in Southfields and he read Psychology and Business, while Heidi is a student of Economics and Management.
They started talking when Ed moved into a student house where Heidi used to live before and texted her asking how to work the tumble drier after spotting her name on some post.
After a few days they started dating, and they spend four years being in a relationship. And they had dinner with their mothers in Wandsworth, south-west London.
Fiona Savitt and Heidi’s mother became comfortable with each other and started talking, they shared the love of sailing holidays.
Kay mentioned in passing that Heidi had a ‘holiday boyfriend’ who was also called Ed when she was six and said the pair had played together and held each other’s hands for much of the two-week break.
One day Kay found an old, dusty photo album from a sailing holiday in Gumbet, Turkey.
She saw one photo from July 1997, showed Heidi standing with a little boy. Kay amazed, and she rubbed off the dust immediately to make sure it was Ed, whose face was recognizable under his childhood bowl-style haircut.
‘I was screaming, it was just unreal,’ Kay said. ‘Of course, I sent it to Fiona. Then loads more photographs came out.
‘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.
‘Perhaps they just had a subconscious realization they had shared that time together when they met as adults.’
The couple was madly in love and they were ‘inseparable’ and everyone always knew they would end up getting married.
‘It’s crazy to think we could have got married, shared our lives together, but then never found out about this,’ Heidi said.
‘From the moment we started dating we were inseparable and knew we were going to be together forever.’
The couple married in August at Haddon Hall, a manor house in Derbyshire which dates back to the 12th century.
It was the happiest moment to marry my best friend surrounded by all our family and friends,’ Heidi said.
‘It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago.
Fiona said: ‘When Kay sent me the photo of a little boy called Ed I shrieked, ‘oh my goodness, that’s Ed!’ It was unbelievable.
‘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.’
All family members are also close. Ed has two sisters, Emma, and Maddy, and a brother, Matt, and Heidi has two sisters, Hannah and Olivia.
‘It was not just Heidi and Ed who met on that holiday but all of us as well,’ Kay said. ‘It is just such a lovely, incredible story.’
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