Love can blossom anywhere. In a class, in a supermarket, around the corner… And more often than not, it can be found in high school and remain strong and pure enough to end in marriage. These couples have fallen in love as teenagers and decided to spend their lives together.
Literally love at first sight
Candace, 27, and David, 28, met in 2004 in Montville, New Jersey. They were married in 2012 and now live in Roseland, New Jersey.
“I was walking by, and I happened to notice David in passing at lunch one day. It’s literally a story of love at first sight. David reached out on AIM and said he looked me up in the yearbook. We later met at a mutual friend’s house, and went on our first date, which was coffee and bowling. We both went on to different college and stayed together — lots of driving up on the weekends to see each other.
I feel like there’s a lot of stigma around high school sweethearts. I was 23 and David was 25 [when we got married], and a lot of people questioned that we were as young as we were, but having grown up together and going through regular teenage stuff and prom together, it was like we grew up and matured together. I feel that our bond is much stronger than the average person’s relationship, just in the sense that we were kids when we met.” —Candace
“When you’re in your 20s, you think ‘I have my whole life ahead of me,’ but when you get to this age, you’re like, ‘I don’t want to waste any time.'”
Jennifer, 47, and Steve, 48, met in 1984 in Miami, Florida. They were married in 2014 and now live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“We met at the mall, like all kids in the`80s. Everyone assumed that we were going to get married because we were really close and my parents loved him, but that’s a lot of pressure out of high school to get married. The summer after high school, by August, we had broken up.
We found each other on Facebook in 2010 but were both involved with other people. It got very intense very quickly when we were both single at the same time. We connected as potential partners in 2013, and then we got married in 2014. When you’re in your 20s, you think, I have my whole life ahead of me, but when you get to this age, you’re like, I don’t want to waste any time. If this is something that’s going to materialize, you want to take advantage of it. He said he’d thought of me throughout the years, he said, ’I always thought back to you and thought, Wow, that was the love of my life and I let her go.’ By the time we met again in our mid-40s, we knew exactly who we were, who we wanted. When people say, ’Oh my gosh, you were high school sweethearts, what’s your secret,’ I say, ’The secret is being apart for 30 years.’” —Jennifer
“He was wearing a lime green hollister polo, and was extremely tan and handsome.”
Brittany, 28, and Eric, 28, met in Morgan City, Louisiana. They are now married, living in the city where they met.
“My husband and I met after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. My family had to evacuate to Morgan City, Louisiana, to live with my grandmother. The second night in the city, some of the girls from my new high school were gracious enough to take me to dinner with them. As we were walking in to the restaurant, he was walking out with some of his friends. Even though it’s been over 10 years, I can still remember every detail of that moment. He was wearing a lime green Hollister polo, and was extremely tan and handsome. He stopped to talk to us and introduced himself to me. Funny how neither one of us knew we were shaking the hand of our future spouse.
In December 2005, I was singing in a musical raising money for Katrina victims. He came to watch and support me. After the play, he offered to take me out to eat for a job well done … the first of many dates. He had a single rose waiting for me on the seat of my car.
I feel like marrying your high school sweetheart has this stigma around it. I think being able to go through some of life’s greatest milestones together not only makes your relationship stronger, but more meaningful. We can say that we actually grew up together. Because we did. I hope when we are together for 50 years, both old, wrinkly, and decrepit, we can look into each other’s eyes and see not an old man or woman, but ourselves at 18 — fresh-faced, hopeful, and blissfully ignorant.” —Brittany
They paged the numbers ’100101’ to each other constantly. It’s the date of their first kiss.
Sarah, 31, and Dave, 29, met near Rochester, New Hampshire. Now they live together in Chicago.
“My husband Dave and I met because he was my younger sister’s first boyfriend and first kiss. Their relationship quickly ended, but I continued to chat with Dave occasionally because we were in the same church youth group together. In 2001, when Dave was 14 and I was 16, our youth group took an overnight trip to a religious conference. During the long drive in the church van, Dave and I started chatting, then flirting, then making out later that night.
Ever since that day, which I remember the date of because we used to page the numbers ’100101’ to each other constantly, we have been together. Two years later, we got married, honeymooned in Mexico so he could drink legally. We just celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary!” —Sarah