The Story Of College Sweethearts That Started Way Before They Initially Thought
There's nothing quite like a mother's intuition. Have you ever done something sneaky and yet somehow, your mom instantly knew about it? Well, that's exactly what happened in the shocking love story of Heidi Parker and Ed Savitt. They were happy, and in love, and their relationship moved fast. But Kay Parker, Heidi's mother, had a gut feeling that something might not be quite right…
The Beginning of Heidi's Fairytale
This story follows the romantic tale of Heidi Parker and her new beau! But first, let's get to know Heidi. She had a happy childhood and went vacationing regularly with her family. Heidi played lots of sports and was always active. She grew up with some great friends, and in short, everything was coming up Milhouse. Until one special day...
The Best Decision Of Her Life
After graduating high school, Heidi had to make a difficult choice - stay close to her family, or pursue her dream and attend the University of Newcastle, in the U.K. Heidi followed her heart, and pursued a double degree in Economics and Management. Of course, being 130 miles away from her family was a struggle. But it turned out to be one of the best decisions that she has ever made.
Friends For Life
Heidi was soon living in the student dorms with others since she couldn't afford an apartment on her own just yet. But, eventually, the freshman was able to move in with a new group of BFFs. University life ended up being an exciting adventure for Heidi, as she met all kinds of interesting people along the way.
The Mysterious Tenant
After living with her friends for a while, Heidi managed to set some money aside so that eventually she was able to move into her own place. Time passed quickly, and before she knew it, her lease was up! Little did she know that the new tenant would eventually become a very big part of her life! How did it happen?
Who Is He?
When the day finally came for Heidi to vacate her old apartment, she met with the new tenant and gave him the keys. Both parties were eager to be done with the old and to get into their new places, so they didn't exchange numbers or names. But it wouldn't be the last that Heidi heard from this fellow...
At First, It Seemed Like An Ordinary Meeting
Things were going well for Heidi. She had settled into her new apartment and was finally starting to make it look like a home. But, just a few weeks later, the freshman received a message from a stranger on Facebook. It was the man she handed the keys to when she'd left her old apartment! Why was he messaging her?
Washing Machine Dramas
Why was he messaging her? Well, he couldn't figure out how to get the washing machine going. He searched for her on Facebook, in hopes that she could help him solve this dilemma. Of course, Heidi was happy to help him figure it out - but it wasn't an easy task. It would take too long to explain over texting, so she decided to just go back to her old apartment where Ed now lived, and show him how it works. And guess what happened next!
It Turns Turns Out That Wasn't Their Last Meeting...
Ed was waiting for Heidi at the apartment, feeling perplexed by the machine and embarrassed that he had to call her all the way out there just for this. But, that wasn't their last meeting. They ended up running into each other again on a night out. It turned out that they had a fair amount in common, and thought it might be fun to hang out again. But there was something important they both did not know yet!
Love at First Sight? Not Exactly!
Heidi was totally smitten. Many women dream of finding a gorgeous man to settle down with, so she was actually very interested in seeing more of him! She told reporters: “I thought he was gorgeous, I thought he was actually amazing. All I can remember thinking is ‘wow, he is hot.’” But what was the mystery man's name?
Ed Savitt, The Mystery Man
Heidi learned more about this man as time went on. The handsome stranger's name was Ed Savitt. And guess what? He was also at Newcastle University in the U.K - but neither of them had any idea! Both Heidi and Ed were pursuing double majors, but Ed was studying psychology and business. One day, Heidi decided to tell her mother about the man she had become so smitten with. But, strangely, her mother didn't seem that excited as her daughter was. And she had good reasons for it.
A Mother's Intuition
Heidi told her mother about her new friend, and Kay was excited that her daughter had someone new in her life. But she knew that Heidi was the kind of person to get attached quickly, and was apprehensive. Of course, many parents are protective of their children and don't want to see them get hurt, so it is understandable that Kay had her reservations. Her mother's skepticism, however, did not stop Heidi and, unlike her mom, she knew that Ed was the perfect man for her. But back then she did not know everything yet about her boyfriend.
Meeting the Parents
Regardless of Kay's reservations, Heidi and Ed continued to date, and as time went by, Heidi was more and more sure that Ed was the one for her. For one, they had so much in common! Both of them loved sports - especially hiking and skiing - and hated the arts. Things were getting pretty serious, and it was time to go public with their relationship! However, that brought some struggles for the lovebirds.
Which Nicknames Did They Receive In The College?
Heidi and Ed had spent their final years of college together, and their university days were coming to an end. It was almost time to get out into the real world! The pair earned themselves the nickname 'College Sweethearts,' because, well, it was true! They would spend every waking minute together, totally inseparable. Relationship goals, am I right? But there were some changes waiting for the sweethearts...
What Happened Next?
Eventually, their time at Newcastle University was over, and it was time to put their education to good use! Heidi got a job as a PR Manager for Sony Entertainment, and Ed opened his own coffee shop - a pretty impressive move! However, the pair soon found it difficult to make time for each other. So they decided to move in!
A Happily Ever After
Life together was excellent. They both had stable jobs and their days of endless study were over. And of course, when you move in together, it's definitely time for your parents to meet! But what would Heidi's mom, Kay, think of Ed's mom, Fiona? It was time to introduce their mothers to each other and to see what they thought of their respective new beaus. And that was the turning point in their relationship!
All As Planned
It turns out that they had absolutely nothing to worry about. Both mothers were ecstatic. Finally, their children had found love and happiness! In fact, it went so well, that Heidi told them about their future plans: “We knew we were going to be together forever,” she said in an interview. But she and Ed weren't the only ones who had found a good friend in each other! And there were certain reasons for that.
An Unexpected Blooming Friendship
Fiona and Kay also had quite a bit in common. Both of these ladies loved sailing and were very keen on the Mediterranean. When they realized this commonality, they began sharing stories and reminiscing about the time when they had taken their children to the Mediterranean while they were younger. Heidi and Ed were so happy to see their parents getting along!
Since both families had loved sailing with their children, both spent many holidays abroad. Ed and Heidi had both been lovely children and were now happy adults. But what were they like back in the day? Kay told a very sweet story about how Heidi had found a holiday boyfriend when they were in Turkey during the summer. She and the youngster held hands and were friends for the duration of the holiday.
Ed, Edd, and Eddy
They called each other boyfriend and girlfriend, even though they were only six years old. Even though Fiona and Heidi loved the story, Ed, naturally, wasn't quite so fond of it. It was strange to think of Heidi having a future with someone other than himself! To add insult to injury, the little boy on Heidi's holiday had also been called 'Ed.' Nonetheless, the couple spilled to their mothers that they were planning to become engaged by the end of the year.
Storage Unit Secrets
After having remembered the story, Kay felt an odd sensation... Something weird was going on, so she decided to get to the bottom of things. Of course, she was happy for her daughter, and it looked like she had finally found the one! But that nagging feeling wouldn't go away... Kay felt that there really was something quite odd about the holiday memory...
Two brains are better than one, so Kay called her new friend to see if she wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery, too. Fiona was also curious, and together, it became their pet project. One day, Kay decided to help out by cleaning out the family storage unit, and she found the answer to every question...
An Unusual Vacay
While thumbing through all of the dusty photographs, a photo stopped Kay in her tracks! The little boy in the photos with her daughter looked very much like her current beau Ed! And they were both called Ed, which seemed unusual. Kay called Fiona and took the photo album to show her. Fiona was wide-eyed - she instantly recognized the person in the picture!
It was her son! Can you believe it? It turns out that these two college sweethearts were actually childhood sweethearts! Twenty years ago, Ed's family had also taken a vacation to Turkey. Their families had spent time together, as you do when you meet new people on holiday, and Heidi and Ed had gotten on swimmingly. But she decided to keep it a secret at first. She was not sure if she should tell Heidi and Ed...
Breaking the News
But before telling Ed and Heidi, she sent everything to Fiona. As soon as she saw the photos, she knew it was her son. Of course, as far as Ed and Heidi knew, they had met each other for the very first time when Heidi handed Ed her keys to the old apartment. Both mothers were very excited to share the news with their children. But what would they think?
Would they be weirded out, or would they welcome the news with open arms? It turns out that neither mother had anything to worry about. Kay's intuition had been right all along. “It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago,” Heidi said. Isn't it incredible that the attraction remained mutual even after so many years?
The Sandbox Of Their Childhood
Heidi told reporters that she was totally shocked when she found out. "I couldn't believe it... we were all stunned." said Heidi, "I was astonished when I saw the picture. I just yelled, 'Mum - you know who that is'." And of course, they both knew who it was! There was even this image of Heidi and her sister with Ed playing in the sand at the resort.
Friends From the Start
They were cute together back in 1996, and they are still cute together now! Heidi said: "I was so shocked I actually had to lie down. Ed was amazed too... we couldn't believe it." Can you imagine how it must have felt? Heidi told interviewers: "I have no memory of meeting Ed as a child, but from the photos, we had been spending an awful lot of time together while we were on holiday."
It Was Meant to Be
For Ed and Heidi, the revelation confirmed that they were truly meant to be together. It was totally a sign! Funny enough, before this turn of events, Heidi didn't believe in things like fate. “I didn’t believe in fate before finding that out, but there’s no arguing with it – we’re clearly meant to be together,” Heidi said. The revelation changed her mind about destiny forever.
Doing the Right Thing
But Kay believes that they knew subconsciously all along. Heidi and Ed didn't think quite as deeply about it, but they did acknowledge it as a sign that they were doing the right thing. “From the moment we started dating we were inseparable and knew we were going to be together forever,” said Heidi in an interview. But what was next for the couple?
The Happy Couple
Heidi's mom, Kay, thinks that her daughter and Ed really did follow their destinies when they met each other and decided to date. She told reporters that they “had a subconscious realization they had shared that time together when they met as adults.” Humans are, of course, very complex, so it is entirely possible that they might have instinctively figured it out, even without remembering!
The realization that they had met two decades earlier brought Heidi and Ed great happiness. So much so, that they finally became engaged! Knowing that they had met once already, and instantly connected, truly confirmed that they were meant to be. Ed popped the question, and of course, Heidi said yes! It was time to make things official.
A Day to Remember
And the fairytale comes true! Heidi and Ed married in 2017, at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. The hall has stood there for many years, which is kind of like Heidi and Ed's relationship! You could say that both have stood the test of time. It was a wonderful ceremony, and all their families were there. Don't you think that they look beautiful together?
Two Families Joined as One
While Heidi and Ed’s mothers still tell stories about family vacations, they have an amazing set of new stories and photos from Ed and Heidi’s life together. At the end of the evening, everyone ended up in the pool! What a crazy party. Marking the beginning of the rest of their lives together sure was a lot of fun! And it was a long time coming if you think about it!
Where Are They Now?
We bet that you're wondering what happened to our happy couple? Well, after getting married at Holland Hall, Heidi and Ed moved to Wandsworth, which is in Southwest London. Wandsworth has a river running through the city, and quieter than the hustle and bustle of central London. Heidi is originally from Sheffield, which is in South Yorkshire, and the couple has done some traveling of late, too! Where they went is bound to surprise you...
Well, of course, they went on their honeymoon! We learned earlier how the couple shared a love of sailing and the seaside. After all, their families took them on many adventures when they were younger. So it's no surprise that they chose to go to the Maldives for their honeymoon. The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean and is known for being a luxurious and beautiful paradise.
But Heidi and Ed took another trip! Recently, they returned to, wait for it ... Bodrum, Turkey - the exact place they met so many years ago as children! Heidi told interviewers that "it was brilliant! We love telling people how we met, twice." Visiting their childhood vacation spot was a lot of fun. "It was really exciting to go back to where the miracle began."
A Dream Come True
While this story might sound like something out of a fairytale, it proves that magic can happen in our day-to-day lives too! Heidi's mom Kay said, “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.” Nowadays, Kay and Keith, Heidi's parents, are good friends with Fiona and Jonathan, Ed's parents. How cute is that?
One of the most incredible things about this story is that if Kay hadn't followed her intuition, no one would have even realized that Ed and Heidi were childhood sweethearts! It turns out that it does pay to listen to what your mother says. Nowadays, everyone is glad that Kay followed the hunch because these families are so much better for it.