Preschool sweethearts separated at five years old reunite and get married

Preschool sweethearts separated at five years old reunite and get married

One of the wonderful things about social media is that it allows people to reconnect with long lost friends and family members. Case in point, Natalie Crowe and Austin Tatman, who were friends as toddlers growing up in Ocala, Florida.

Recounting their relationship, their former teacher, Beth Summers, said to Inside Edition: "They were always hanging out together and that's kind of unusual at this age for boys and girls to always be together, but those two were always pretty close."

A Polaroid of childhood sweethearts. Credit: Austin and Natalie Tatman

However, when they were five years old the inseparable pair were torn apart when Natalie's family moved to Connecticut - 1,000 miles away from Austin. As a result, they lost touch and didn't hear from each other for twelve years.

A young couple smiling. Credit: Austin and Natalie Tatman

Then fate seemingly stepped in when Natalie came across an old address book containing Austin's details. She decided to look him up on Facebook and the rest, as they say, is history.

"Immediately, we started sending messages back and forth and sharing memories," Crowe said.

Two kids in car. Credit: Austin and Natalie Tatman

After talking online for some time, they were finally reunited in the flesh when Natalie paid her hometown a visit.

"As soon as we got some alone time, I was like, 'this is my soulmate,'" Crowe said.

The pair then began a long distance relationship, and despite living in different states, were able to be each other's prom dates. Two years on, Austin popped the question.

A couple just married in a jeep. Credit: Austin and Natalie Tatman

So, to celebrate their incredible tale, the pair decided to recreate an adorable childhood picture of them on a toy jeep on their wedding day.

Congratulations to the happy couple!