Our Story . . .
Steve & Lenna originally met through their friend Garth Gibson, when they were just 15 and 16 years old! It turns out Steve had a crush on Lenna, but she never knew it at the time. Steve & Lenna got married 33 years later, when they were 48 and 49 years old!! Hmmm, did they have a long courtship? No. Were they friends for over 30 years? Yes. Was fate involved in Lenna & Steve getting together romantically? Yes! Steven and I wrote a short version the story below for our wedding program . . .
Back in 1972, when Steve was 16 years old, he had two close friends in school: Garth and John. When Lenna was 14, she met Garth met at summer camp. Garth and Lenna dated briefly. A few years later Lenna met John through Garth . . . John & Lenna got married in 1978.
They were all good friends in 1980 when John, Lenna, Garth, and Steve shared a house in Farmington, CT. Steve still had that crush on Lenna, but she didn’t know. Lenna was married to John at the time & Steve did not share his feelings. Later, John & Lenna bought a house, moved out of the shared rental and started a family. Meanwhile, Steve married Nancy in 1984 and they were married for 15 years. Steve and Garth used to stop by John and Lenna's house to see them & their kids, Decklin and Dallas. Eventually, everyone lost touch a bit, except for a few meetings here and there. Steve and Nancy got divorced in 1999 and Lenna did not know that then.
Fast forward to 2004. The bad news was that things didn’t work out for Lenna and John’s 26 year marriage, when John left Lenna. A few weeks later, Lenna found out through Garth, that Steve was divorced for similar reasons. On October 25th, 2004, Lenna decided to call Steve at work to talk about their break-ups. She had visited him at work 5 years ago & thought he’d probably still be working there, he was!
Steve was unprepared for a call from Lenna with the news John had left her for another woman and their divorce was in the works. But he leapt at the opportunity to reconnect with her - think back to that crush! Steve and Lenna started emailing each other often and getting together to walk their dogs and talk. They took a long drive to upstate NY to visit Garth and his wife Nora. Lenna was surprised to discover she had feelings for Steve that she had never felt before. In three weeks time, with countless - three hundred - emails, plus many phone calls, Steve and Lenna realized they were in love. Steve had tried to slow things down prior to this realization, but Lenna trusted her feelings and expressed how she felt! After three weeks together they agreed they would be getting married when Lenna's divorce was final.
Understandably, they were questioned about the decision because it happened so soon after Lenna's separation. But Steve and Lenna knew in their hearts that they were meant to be together. To them it felt like destiny. The moon was often out during their courtship and they found themselves thanking their lucky stars they had found each other again; hence the moon & star wedding theme!
P.S. Steve still has a crush on Lenna. . . .
but NOW she knows!
- and in June of 2019, they will have been married 14 years! ❤
The toasts on our wedding day
My sister Kathy and our best friend Garth Gibson toast us at our wedding on June 11, 2005 at the Hartford Canoe Club in East Hartford, Connecticut. The toasts are wonderful and funny and even my dad chimes in with a joke!!
Uploaded for our 10th wedding anniversary in 2015. Video by Steve Roux :o)
In late 2004, Garth found the photo below, taken when we rented a house together in 1980. He sent it with this note. “Guess what I found?? A photo of Lenna's Boyfriends!" It’s true, I have dated or married Steve, Garth and John -geeze!
The engagement ring
Steve wisely chose it for me!
Our Wedding Day: June 11, 2005 ❤
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❤ Our crazy story . . .
it makes perfect sense!
A few favorite photos of us throughout the years:
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