Steve & Lenna: Our Story
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 that 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 our story (below) for our wedding program . . .
In 1972, when Steve was 16 years old, he had two close friends at school: Garth and John. Lenna met Garth met at summer camp - Camp Woodstock -when she was 14. Garth and Lenna dated briefly. A few years later Lenna met John through Garth, and 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 a crush on Lenna, but she didn’t know. Lenna was married to John at the time & Steve didn’t share his feelings. Later, John & Lenna bought a house and moved out of the shared rental - 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 visit with them & their kids - Decklin and Dallas. Eventually, everyone lost touch, except for a few meetings here and there. Steve and Nancy got divorced in 1999 - 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 - 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 the break-ups. She had visited him at work a few years ago & thought he’d probably still be working there.
He was! Steve was unprepared for a call from Lenna with news John had left her for another woman and divorce was in the works. But Steve leapt at the opportunity to reconnect with her - think back to his crush! Steve and Lenna started emailing each other (a lot) and got 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 romantic feelings for Steve that she had never felt before. In three weeks time, with about three hundred emails and many phone calls between them, 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 to Steve how she felt! After three weeks together they agreed they would be getting married when Lenna's divorce was final. Steve’s line was, “You KNOW we’re going to get married, don’t you?”
Understandably, there were questions 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 their 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!! On June 11, 2019 Steve & Lenna happily celebrated 14 years of marriage❤
Video: Wedding toasts
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 to YouTube for our 10th wedding anniversary in 2015. ❤Video by Steve Roux.
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Our Wedding Day ❤ June 11, 2005
The engagement ring
Steve chose it wisely for me!
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In late 2004, Garth found an old photo -see below- taken back in 1980 when we all rented a house in Farmington, CT. Garth sent it along with this note: “Guess what I found?? . . . . A photo of Lenna's Boyfriends!"