It's a love story that began in 1955, when Bob Harvey and Annette Adkins were just high school juniors. Now, both at 80 years old, the two can finally call each other husband and wife.
Though Harvey and Adkins ended up with their fairy-tale ending, their journey wasn't exactly a textbook romance.
The two met as high school juniors in Virginia in 1955. "When she walked through the door, I looked and I said, 'Oh my gosh, here is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my life,'" Harvey recalled of seeing Adkins for the first time. "I fell totally 100% lifetime soulmate in love with this woman."
They accompanied each other to prom. "I think I was pretty happy!" Adkins remembered of the special night.
But as many young relationships go, Harvey and Adkins lost touch after high school. Each went on to marry other people and have families of their own.
Apparently, Harvey never stopped thinking about Adkins.
After becoming widowed in 2017, Harvey searched for Adkins on Google, finding that she too had lost her spouse. He sent her a card and included his phone number. Lo and behold, the two got to chatting again, and Harvey eventually made a 500-mile trip to visit her at her home, which by then was in Ohio.
They "reconnected immediately," Adkins said.
"She opened the door and my heart jumped out. I walked over, I handed her some flowers, I took her face in my hands, I said, 'You're beautiful. I love you,'" Harvey said of their fateful meeting.
They finally married earlier this month, celebrating their rekindled love at a '50s-style diner, where they danced to Johnny Mathis on the jukebox, like they were at prom all over again.