Two childhood sweethearts reunited by online dating have tied the knot – 30 years after developing a crush on each other at their Florida preschool.
Justin Pounders and Amy, nee Giberson, got married last week in St Petersburg, Florida after two years of dating, ensuring that the two young love birds who once insisted on sitting together for a class picture wouldn’t get separated ever again.
The pair, who are now island-hopping in the Caribbean for their honeymoon, matched on a dating website in 2014, a week after Justin moved back from Orlando. He told Amy a month into the relationship that he used to have a crush on a girl with the same name back in preschool, but she didn’t think much of it.
It wasn’t until she pointed out a small scar above Justin’s eye, and he told her he got it falling off the monkey bars at St Petersburg’s Good Ol’ Sunshine preschool, that the two realized they had met before.
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Preschool sweethearts Justin Pounders and Amy Giberson (pictured left and right) tied the knot last week in St Petersburg, Florida – two years after meeting again online
Amy’s mother and Justin’s confirmed that the two attended Good Ol’ Sunshine at the same time. Justin’s mother uncovered more evidence of the childhood fling when she found a preschool picture of her son and Amy, sitting next to each other in their class picture.
‘I’m his Amy. I am the luckiest woman in the world to be loved by this man,’ Amy wrote on her wedding website, on which she recounted their unlikely romance.
‘His love has brought my heart and life so much happiness, LOVE, laughter and peace. I’ve never known a peace like this until I met this man.
The former owner of their preschool, teacher Diane Twar, still remembered their childhood crush.
‘They had a blast with each other,’ Twar told People last year. ‘It was a quiet, bashful romance. They liked each other from afar, it was a young love, like a sweet crush, you know? They insisted on sitting next to each other in our school picture.’
Online dating brought Justin and Amy back together, 30 years after their love blossomed. But national television helped seal their union forever.
Justin and Amy (pictured) didn’t realize they knew each other at first. Amy eventually asked about one of Justin’s scars and he told her it came from a monkey bar incident at his preschool – which turned out to be the same as hers
The couple have since recovered several childhood pictures that show them sitting next to each other at school, including in a class picture
Justin proposed in November last year while the two were on ABC’s The View, telling the story of their preschool fling.
The channel aired a message from their old preschool, with children holding signs reading: ‘Amy, will you marry me?’
Amy tearfully accepted Justin’s proposal and last week the two became husband and wife.
They have since jetted off to Antigua on their honeymoon, before heading to St Lucia.
‘Now, I get to spend the rest of my life right next to him and I wouldn’t want it any other way,’ Amy wrote on her website.
‘I don’t know how or why, but one day, I woke up and my life was suddenly a fairy tale.’
Amy and Justin (pictured in San Francisco) are now in the Caribbean for their honeymoon. They first went to Antigua before heading to St Lucia