Our Story . . .
Steve & Lenna were teenagers, 15 and 16 years old when they originally met through their friend Garth Gibson. Steven had a crush on Lenna, which she never knew about at the time. Steve & Lenna got married 33 years later, when they were then 48 and 49 years old!! Hmmm, did they have a long courtship? No. Were they friends for over 30 years? Yes. Was fate involved with Lenna & Steve getting together romantically? Yes! Steven and I wrote a short version the story below for our wedding program . . .
Back in 1972, when Steven was 16 years old he had two close friends in school, Garth and John. When Lenna was 14, she was Garth's girlfriend -they met at summer camp. Garth and Lenna's time dating was brief. A few years later Lenna started seeing John, whom she met through Garth. Then John & Lenna married in 1978.
They were all good friends in 1980: John, Lenna, Garth, and Steven. They shared the rental of a house in Farmington, CT. Steven still had that crush on Lenna, unknown to her because Steve did not share his feelings. She was married! Then, John & Lenna bought John’s father's house, moved out of the shared rental and started a family. Meanwhile, Steven married Nancy in 1984 - they were married for 15 years. Steven and Garth used to stop by John and Lenna's house to see them & their kids, Decklin and Dallas. Eventually everyone lost touch, except for a few meetings here and there. Steven and Nancy got divorced in 1999; Lenna did not know.
Fast forward to 2004. The bad news was that things didn’t work out for Lenna and John. They separated after 26 years of marriage when John left her, planning to divorce. At the same time, Lenna found out through speaking with Garth that Steven was divorced now too. On October 25th, 2004, Lenna decided to call Steven at work just to talk about their divorces. She visited him at work 5 years earlier & thought he would probably still be working there -he was!
Steven was unprepared for a call from Lenna with the news John had left her for another woman and divorce was in the works. But he leaped at the opportunity to reconnect with her -think back to that crush! Steve and Lenna started emailing each other quite 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 that she had feelings for Steven that she had never felt before -they were always just friends. In three weeks time, with only three hundred emails and many phone calls, Steven and Lenna realized they were in love. Steve tried to slow things down prior to this realization, but Lenna trusted her feelings and marched ahead. In three weeks time they knew they would be getting married when Lenna's divorce was final.
Understandably, some questioned the decision because it happened very soon after Lenna's separation. But Steven and Lenna knew in their hearts that they were meant to be together. It seemed like destiny. The moon was out a lot during their courtship and they found themselves thanking their lucky stars they found each other again - hence the wedding theme!
P.S. Steven still has a crush on Lenna. . . .
but NOW she knows!
and in 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 . . .
makes perfect sense!
A few favorite photos of us throughout the years:
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