Meant to be: Woman spots herself in husband’s childhood photo

August 6, 2014
Nick, circled, builds a boat in the sand, while his future wife, Aimee, top left enjoys a day at the beach in 1994. The couple did meet until 11 years later. (Facebook)

Nick Wheeler, circled in foreground, builds a boat in the sand, while his future wife, Aimee Maiden, top left,  also enjoys a day at an England beach in 1994. The couple did not meet for another 11 years. (Facebook)

Nick and Amy on their wedding day Saturday, July 26. (Facebook)

Nick and Amy on their wedding day Saturday, July 26. (Facebook)

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

MOUSEHOLE, Cornwall, England — A newly married couple looking at photographs from their childhood discovered they once played on the same beach, on the same day, at the same moment, but didn’t meet for another decade.

Aimee Maiden and now-husband, Nick Wheeler, were looking through a pile of photos before their recent wedding when they come across one taken in 1994 at a Cornwall, England, beach.

She needed a second look, but Aimee soon recognized herself in the 20-year-old picture.

“The photo was taken by Nick’s grandad,” Aimee said.

Aimee also recognized members of her family.

In the shot, Nick, then 6, is in the foreground, grinning while building a large sand boat with his sister and two cousins. In the background, just a few yards away, a 5-year-old Aimee is doing the same. Both children were with their families that day but didn’t cross paths.

When the picture was taken, Maiden, now 25, lived in the town of Mousehole, near the beach. Nick lived in the county of Kent and was visiting the area. Aimee says she moved away shortly afterwards. Nick’s family moved to Cornwall a year later.

As it turned out, Nick and Aimee enrolled in the same college in Truro, Cornwall, where they met for the first time–more than a 11 years later. Before long, the couple fell in love and dated while Amy trained as a teacher and Nick joined the military.

They were engaged last year and married July 26. The ceremony was held just a minute’s walk from where their now-famous childhood picture was snapped.

The couple plans to frame the picture when they return from their honeymoon.

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