Nicholas Sparks–one of the most renowned romance novelists of our time–once said, “There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them…”
That said, Sparks himself might as well have written the story of Heidi and Ed Savitt’s love, especially after the mothers of both parties discovered something incredibly baffling after meeting for the first time.
Started As A Campus Crush
Heidi and Ed both met during their undergrad years at Newcastle University in 2011; Heidi studied Economics and Management, while Ed was going for Business and Psychology. You’d think the couple would’ve crossed paths in the same building or even taken the same class at some point, but the two actually met somewhere totally different.
Laundry Room Troubles
Day after day, Ed spent a lot of time trying to get the dryer in his student housing development to work. He eventually decided to ask for help, to which he turned to Heidi after finding her name and phone number on a community board in the development. After reaching out and meeting, it was evident to them both that something had clicked, so Ed made the first move and asked to take Heidi out on a date.
It Was Love
Fast-forward four years and the two are as happy as ever. So happy, in fact, that they decided it was time for the next pivotal step in their relationship: meeting each other’s parents. It wasn’t until Ed’s mother and Heidi’s mother got to talking that the two learned what they learned.
Meeting The Parents
Heidi and Ed held a dinner event for their families to meet, at which Kay (Heidi’s mother) and Fiona (Ed’s mother) exchanged stories from times when they used to vacation with their children. Turns out, both had actually taken their families to Gumbet, Turkey when their children were younger. But that’s not what made their jaws drop.
Kay explained how, during her family’s time in Turkey, she frequently found Heidi holding hands with the same boy throughout the duration of their two-week stay in Gumbet, a boy Kay referred to as Heidi’s “holiday boyfriend.” Coincidentally enough, that boy’s name was also Ed.
An Old Photo Surfaces
After meeting her son-in-law’s parents, Kay began cleaning out her attic one day when she came across a box with old photos from her family’s previous vacations. As she reminisced, she picked up an album of photos from her trip to Gumbet. Little did she know that sifting through it would shake her entire world.
The Boy In Gumbet
One of the photos in the album showed a young Heidi standing next to her six-year-old vacation boyfriend, Ed. Kay was dumbfounded, as it didn’t take long for her to figure out that the Ed in the photo next to Heidi is the same Ed that has been dating her daughter for over four years! The now-dating couple met as kids!
Kay found several other photos of Heidi featuring Ed in that same album and shared her discovery with Fiona, who confirmed it was, in fact, her baby boy in the photos.
“When Kay sent me the photo of a little boy called Ed, I shrieked, ‘oh my goodness, that’s Ed!’,” said Fiona. “It was unbelievable.”
It Was Fate
Kay shared the news with her daughter, reacting in complete bewilderment.“It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago,” said Heidi to Mail Online.
Heidi and Ed recently married and now both families are eternally bound by the couple’s decades-old connection.
Though it all seemed too farfetched, this was no fairytale. Heidi now understood that destiny had, in fact, ran its course in her life, bringing her and her soulmate Ed together forever.