Many couples say that they’re “destined to be together.” While it’s super cute to say, it’s usually not meant to be taken in the literal sense. That may be true for most people, but Heidi and Ed Savitt have a completely different tale to tell.
After four years of dating, Heidi Parker and Ed Savitt decided it was time for their families to meet. The couple planned a dinner in Wandsworth, southwest London. They invited Ed’s mother, Fiona, and Heidi’s mother, Kay. During the dinner, the families discovered something that would blow everyone’s mind.
In 2011, Heidi and Ed met while they were both attending Newcastle University. Ed was majoring in Psychology and Business, and Heidi was studying Economics and Management. The couple didn’t meet in a classroom, though. In fact, their “how we met” story is like it came straight from a romantic comedy.
At the time, Ed had just moved into a student house that was once occupied by Heidi. After spending days trying to use the dryer, he knew he needed to get some assistance. Heidi’s name just so happened to be on a community board, so, Ed messaged her to ask if she knew how to use the dryer. Heidi showed up to help him. That’s when Ed realized he just had to ask her out.
After that, there was no getting in between the two. “We knew we were going to be together forever,” Heidi said in an interview. In fact, the couple was as strong as ever four years later. Their mothers were getting along during the party, which was good since they would be in each other’s lives for the long haul. But, they had no clue what was going to be said later on in the evening.
Fiona and Kay were talking with each other when they realized they had a lot of things in common. Their love for sailing vacations was one of them. Which isn’t unusual for British families, who enjoy spending the cold winter months in the warmer weather of the Mediterranean. Kay began telling stories of family vacations they went on when the children were small. Then she told an interesting story.
When Heidi was six-years-old, Kay brought her on vacation to Gumbet, Turkey. She told an adorable story about how Heidi had a vacation “boyfriend.” They had played for almost the entire two weeks, and even held hands! Fiona smashed her wine glass when she heard what Kay had to say next.
Just like her current boyfriend, the boy Heidi had held hands with was named, Ed, too! It was a cute little detail, but it didn’t really matter. The conversation moved on to different topics, but Kay just couldn’t shake the weird feeling that she had. So, eventually she decided that she needed to act on it.
Two weeks went by. Kay was at home when she began cleaning her attic. Since they used the space for storage, there were plenty of memory filled boxes. One of those boxes contained a dusty old photo album. In it were old photos from vacations they took. Including the photos they took from that trip to Gumbet in July 1997. That’s when they found out the truth.
Kay was immediately filled with happy memories when she was looking through the pictures. Kay then stumbled upon a picture of Heidi. The six-year-old was standing next to a little boy who had a blond bowl-cut and a gorgeous smile. It was Heidi’s “boyfriend” she spoke about at the party. Kay got chills down her spine.
Even though the boy was only six-years-old in the picture, there was no doubt in Kay’s mind that it was her future son-in-law, Ed. It was unbelievable, but it seemed that the couple who had been together for four years, had met each many years ago. Kay then sent Fiona the picture, who couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
Kay found other photos of the couple when they were kids. “When Kay sent me the photo of a little boy called Ed I shrieked, ‘oh my goodness, that’s Ed!’ It was unbelievable,” remembered Fiona. Both Fiona and Kay shared the photos with members of their families. Even Heidi was shocked. In fact, it made her question everything she believed in.
“I didn’t believe in fate before finding that out but there’s no arguing with it – we’re clearly destined to be together!” said Heidi. “It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago,” Heidi told Mail Online. But Kay has a completely different theory.
“Perhaps they just had a subconscious realization they had shared that time together when they met as adults,” posited Kay. All that honestly matters is that it’s quite obvious that Heidi and Ed aren’t separating anytime in the future. That’s apparent by the large step the couple took in their relationship last summer.
At a manor house in Derbyshire, that’s as old as the 12th century, the couple finally said their “I do’s.” Once the ceremony was finished, the couple had their reception. Hundreds of guests joined them at Shiningford Farm for a night of dancing under a teepee and a pool party the next day. All we can say is that finding out about their past made the families a whole lot closer.
Fiona and Johnathan Savitt have become good friends with Kay and Keith Parker. In fact, they even go on vacations together! The rest of the family, including Ed’s siblings Emma, Maddy, and Matt, as well as Heidi’s sisters, Hannah and Olivia, are close now, too! “It was not just Heidi and Ed who met on that holiday but all of us as well,” Kay said.