For engaged couples, sending out wedding invitations is an exciting part of the journey to marriage.
When Cassandra Warren and Jesse Jones, a soon-to-be-wed couple from Portland, Oregon, sent out their invites ahead of their June wedding, they had fun with it: the photo with the wedding announcement has him in a Star Wars t-shirt, and her in a Harry Potter one.
But when they sent out their invites, they hit an unexpected complication.
Warren was in a rush to get all the invites in the mail by March 8th. She got them all out in time—but in her hurry realized there may have been a mistake.
One of the invites was for her aunt and uncle who live in Eugene, Oregon, but she realized she may have sent it to an old address instead.
“I did not double check to make sure it was the correct address,” she told ABC News.
She didn’t think much of it—until one day she got a reply from a stranger.
Last week, Warren was having kind of a rough day. Frustrated with work, she was venting to her fiance—and became annoyed when it appeared he wasn’t listening to her.
Instead, Jones was reading a letter that came in the mail. It was a response to their wedding invitation, but it was one they never could’ve imagined.
It was a letter of congratulations—from the stranger who accidentally got their invite!
I wish I knew you—this is going to be a blast. Congratulations—go have dinner on me. I’ve been married for 40 years—it gets better with age.
Along with the kind note, the stranger included a $20 bill for the couple to go out to dinner.
It couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I was at first annoyed that Jesse was so worried about opening mail and not focused on the conversation we were in the middle of,” Warren told KOIN.
“But after he opened it and saw the note, I was just grateful and felt so blessed.”
The couple was stunned someone would take the time to reply to a wrong address in such a thoughtful way—they even personalized it with a reference to their nerdiness.
After seeing the couple decked out in Harry Potter and Star Wars merchandise, the stranger signed off their letter “live long and prosper,” the famous phrase from Star Trek—another favorite of the couple.
“We’re kind of Trekkies,” Warren told the Washington Post. “She assumed we’d understand her message, which we did.”
Warren was so moved that she wrote back, this time, to the intended address—and expressed her gratitude.
“Thank you for the note and taking the time to send it,” Warren’s letter read. “Not many people would have done that. It was a big blessing after the day I was having.”
“I am thankful for people like you still being in the world.”