Sometimes you wait years to find the love of your life, only to find out they were across from you all along.
For Chris Gash and Jenn Sudol, it was love at first sight—even if it took a few decades to get the combination right.
The pair met back in 1989, when they were freshmen at Clifton High School in New Jersey. Fate, or at least the school faculty, threw them together.
They were assigned lockers across from each other.
And soon, a romance blossomed.
“We exchanged numbers, and kind of started chasing each other,” Sudol told Inside Edition.
The pair began dating. But like most relationships at that age, it wasn’t built to last: they were through after a year.
Still, they remained friends … even as they graduated Clifton, and each went on to other marriages and kids.
But apparently, the spark never really went out.
As their other relationships fizzled out, the high school sweethearts began emailing each other again, and realized there was still something there.
“There’d be some days with 30 emails a day,” Gash said. By 2016—nearly three decades after they first met freshman year—the two started dating again.
Their love was stronger than ever—and soon, things were serious enough that it was time to start thinking about marriage. Not that they even needed an official proposal:
“I just told Jenn, I said, you know you’re going to marry me, right?” Gash said. “And she said yes.”
So, with a wedding date set, they started thinking about a venue … and had a wild idea:
To get married at their old high school—in front of the lockers where they first met.
The more they thought about it, the more they became determined to make the idea a reality for their big day.
“At some point it went from being like a ‘hey wouldn’t it be great’ to ‘we need to call the business office and get the hallway for this day,'” Gash told Inside Edition.
Amazingly, they were able to make it work—and soon, they returned to the place that started it all.
“It was weird,” Sudol said. “It felt the same but looked very different.”
So this year, they tied the knot in a small ceremony at Clifton High, surrounded by friends, family and lockers.
But apparently, not the same ones: “They used to be brown,” Sudol said of the lockers, according to NorthJersey.com. “They used to be longer.”
As an added touch, they were officiated by Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi, a fellow alumni who also attended the school.
Just like they did back in ’89, the couple made it official in the school hallway.
It was a marriage decades in the making, and for both bride and groom, it was fittingly full-circle:
“I can’t imagine a better place to have done that,” Gash told Inside Edition.
His wife agreed: “It was the best place for us.”