Mysterious Ways
By Adam Hunter

Six Fateful Photos That Foretold True Love

At my parents’ house in New Jersey, there’s a videotape, a VHS from the mid-90s of a summer my sister spent at Camp Saginaw in Pennsylvania. My sister is doing something embarrassing in a talent show, if I remember correctly. But that’s not what’s remarkable. 

What’s amazing is my wife is on that same tape–more than a decade before we met. She went to the same summer camp, the same year, just a different session. We grew up 40 miles from each other, but on that VHS, my wife and my sister are just a few minutes apart.

I thought of the videotape when I saw this story in the Daily Telegraph: “Photo of Couple: 11 Years Before They Met.”

A British couple, Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler, were looking through old albums when they discovered a photograph of young Nick and his family creating a boat out of sand on the beach. In the background, to the left, was a little girl, building a sandcastle. Five-year-old Aimee.

Young Nick and behind him, Amy playing in sand.

“Nick and his family didn't even live in Cornwall at the time,” Aimee told the Telegraph. "He and his family were down on holiday.”

Nick and Aimee took their wedding pictures on the same beach, 20 years later.

It’s not the first time an old photo has revealed two lovebirds were meant to be.

Nicole and Rob Woessner shared this photo with the Easter Bunny (Rob’s mom), in 1981, years before they met: 

A young Nick and Aimee with the Easter Bunny.

Evan and Bryan were strangers when they celebrated their first communion… not anymore:

Evan and Bryan at their first communion and years later, at their wedding.

Rosemary couldn’t wait to introduce her fiancée, Robert, to her mom… but it turned out he was already a familiar face

Robert with Rosemary's mom.

Grayson and Cleveland Hellmuth discovered their mothers had shared the same New York Times wedding announcement 22 years earlier: 

Wedding announcements in the New York Times.

Alex and Donna Voutsinas first crossed paths at The Magic Kingdom

Alex and Donna, years earlier, at The Magic Kingdom.

Do you have a fateful photo of your own? Share your picture and your story with us!

Adam Hunter is a senior editor for Guideposts magazine and Managing Editor for Mysterious Ways. He’s edited Mysterious Ways since October 2006, and is continually amazed by the astounding stories shared by readers. Follow him on Twitter: @MMysteriousWays

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I recall a similar story from Guideposts years ago where a couple married for many years found a photo of the two of them standing near one another on trips to Washington, D.C. with their respective families when each was much younger.

My husband and I have a picture of us in first grade. My future sister- in-law stood between us. My husband and I went all the way through high school together. We knew of each other, but we didn't really didn't hang out together. We even shared some of the same friends. We lost track of each other after high school, but saw each other again at our ten year reunion. We were married ten months later,. That was 32 years ago.

My cousin brought a friend to visit my mother way back when I was in middle school and I bounced into the room to see this strange boy and dashed out. Years later my husband told me he was the one who had come and had seen me with pigtails and school uniform ! I had completely forgotten about it and would never have recognised him! We have been married 38 years.... God is wonderful and greatly to be praised!