As Kay Parker flicked through some photographs ahead of her daughter’s wedding, one picture in particular caught her eye. The image showed her little girl stood beside a boy of the same age when she was younger. However, as Kay looked closer, she discovered an amazing truth that had gone unnoticed for two decades.
Going off to college is, in many ways, a journey of discovery. For many young adults, it is an opportunity to meet people from other states and backgrounds that they might not have otherwise come across in their hometowns. And for the lucky few, they might just find the one.
That’s exactly what happened in the case of Heidi and Ed Savitt. Heidi had left her home in Sheffield, England, to go study economics and management at Newcastle University. Meanwhile, Londoner Ed was reading psychology and business at the same establishment.
The pair’s paths crossed in 2011 after Ed rented a student house just after Heidi had moved out. Ed soon ran into problems when he couldn’t get the tumble drier going. So, after finding Heidi’s name on some mail, he contacted the former tenant to ask for her advice.
The twosome subsequently hit it off and before long they were dating. Four years passed and their relationship was still going strong when one day Ed and Heidi went out for a meal with their respective mothers. The foursome headed to a restaurant in Wandsworth, southwest London.
Luckily, the evening got off to a flying start. Heidi’s mom, Kay Parker, and Ed’s mom, Fiona Savitt, found common ground in their passion for sailing vacations. That’s when Kay remembered that Heidi had enjoyed a holiday romance with another boy named Ed when she was just six years old.
Kay explained how the youngster had doted on her “holiday boyfriend” and would hold his hand as they played together. However, at the end of their two-week vacation, the pair had parted ways, seemingly never to see each other again.
When Kay had finished reminiscing, everyone agreed it was a odd coincidence that one of Heidi’s first crushes was also named Ed. However, they likely just joked that Heidi had a thing for the name before changing the subject and chatting about other things.
But that was not the end of the tale. Two weeks after the dinner date, Kay was rummaging around in the attic when she came across a photograph album from that very holiday in Gumbet, Turkey. Intrigued, she brushed off some dust and opened it up.
Among the images was a photograph from July 1997 of Heidi stood beside her vacation buddy Ed. But as Kay looked closer at the little boy she had an astonishing realization. Beneath his mop of blond hair, it was clear that this was the very same Ed that her daughter was now dating.
Understandably, the discovery took Kay by surprise. “I was screaming, it was just unreal,” she admitted to the Daily Mail in December 2017. “Of course, I sent it to Fiona. Then loads more photographs came out.”
Given all the evidence Kay had of Heidi and Ed’s first meeting, it seemed odd that she’d never put two and two together before. “None of us had any idea whatsoever that Heidi and Ed had met before university,” she said. “But during that two-week holiday, they held hands most of the time.”
Ed’s mom Fiona was equally as shocked by Kay’s discovery. “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.”
Now the childhood encounter on vacation seemed like more than mere happenstance. Some may even think that Heidi and Ed’s rendezvous in later life was fate. “Perhaps they just had a subconscious realization they had shared that time together when they met as adults,” Kay suggested.
For Heidi and Ed, meanwhile, it had always felt like they were meant to be. “From the moment we started dating we were inseparable and knew we were going to be together forever,” Heidi revealed. So, in August 2017, the couple tied the knot.
And it was Kay’s unearthing of the photograph that proved to the newlyweds that their union was simply meant to be. “I didn’t believe in fate before finding that out but there’s no arguing with it – we’re clearly destined to be together,” Heidi said.
Heidi and Ed married in a lavish ceremony at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, England. They followed their vows with a traditional reception and a somewhat untraditional pool party. And judging from their wedding snaps, it looked like everyone had an absolute blast.
But with that said, surely no one enjoyed the nuptials more than the bride and groom themselves. “It was just so much fun to marry my best friend surrounded by all our family and friends,” Heidi revealed to the Daily Mail.
However, Heidi couldn’t stop thinking of what would have happened if her mom had never found that fateful snap. “It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago,” she said.
Like all marriages, Heidi and Ed’s wedding brought their two families together. However, in this case, it was more like a reunion. “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.”
But Kay isn’t the only mother who’s felt that sense of déjà vu about a child’s partner. For instance, when Ena met her son’s new boyfriend for the first time, she felt a chill run down her spine – and not in a good way. Unlike Kay, you see, Ena’s discovery was not a pleasant one. In fact, the secret she uncovered would make her feel sick to her stomach.