When Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel first met, they were only three years old. They became best friends, and everyone was in awe of their bond. They both attended the same preschool in Phoenix, Arizona and became best friends since meeting for the first time. But would this friendship last through time? Eventually, the two grew up and left all their memories behind, only to meet again years later!
Can you believe it? It’s almost like fate brought them together! Here is their remarkable story that has become viral since the two decided to make it public.
Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel were toddlers when the met at their preschool, but they kicked it off in the first second they saw each other. Everyone saw how adorable the friends were, but they didn’t give much thought to it. This bond would lead to an unexpected moment years later…
19. A FUNNY FRIEND
In the beginning, Laura thought Matt was a goof, and he would follow her everywhere. They’d then laugh and start doing everything together – played hide-and-seek, chase around the playground, getting into mischief and skip napping together. They were inseparable, and they even held their hands!
And they also met on playdates and went to the movies!
18. IN THE CLASS
Nobody knew how tight their bond was until Matt tried to impress Laura and get her attention. He stood up in front of the class and told everyone that he would marry her one day, exclaiming “Just you wait!” as everyone was laughing at his declaration…
He had no idea what the next years will bring!
17. GROWING UP TOGETHER
Of course, nobody took his words seriously, but he and Laura continued their friendship. However, a few years after, their bond was put to the test… Unfortunately, the parents didn’t send their kids to the same kindergarten. The parents didn’t do it deliberately, but the kids kept in touch and saw each other from time to time…
16. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Both Laura and Matt grew up, and when it was time to get to elementary school, the two saw less of each other until completely losing touch. They’ve grown past the playdates. However, they did send annual Christmas cards with a photo of each other. The two didn’t forget each other, but they didn’t think much of the past. Then, something changed.
15. NEW FRIENDS
As Matt and Laura continued their lives, each getting new friends and both thinking less about one another. Elementary school passed, and now the two were going to be in the freshman year of high school. It was an exciting moment for the both, who didn’t think of one another. Then, one day, Laura looked through her friend’s phone…
14. MATT GRODSKY’S NUMBER
She was staring at the contact list that had Matt Grodsky’s name. Laura asked her friend how she had this number and she said that they went to the same middle school. Laura then told her friend about the preschool romance and decided to reconnect, so her friend had this crazy idea!
13. HOW WOULD MATT REACT?
When her friend heard about their story, Laura’s friend said she wanted to set her up with Matt, but then, Laura explains: “I was a freshman in high school so I was like, ‘I don’t think so!’” However, she did want to meet Matt once again, but nothing prepared her for Matt’s reaction!
12. A DATE
As soon as Matt got in touch with Laura, he sent her a text to meet up for a movie. It all felt like time didn’t pass at all. In an interview with People, Matt said that he felt that it was once again love at first sight. Two weeks after meeting again, Matt and Laura were dating.
11. INSEPARABLE ONCE AGAIN
Matt and Laura were again inseparable, meeting every weekend during high school, just like when they were toddlers. But college would soon come, and Laura said:
“Right after we graduated from high school, we were pretty hesitant. We were like, ‘Do we stay together? Do we try to make it work?’”
10. LIVING IN DIFFERENT STATES
Again, Matt and Laura had to live in different states to go to college. Laura was at the Northern Arizona University, and Matt was over 1,600 miles away in Chicago at the Columbia College. However, using FaceTime and social media, they kept in touch. Then, Matt made this unbelievable gesture…
9. SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE WAS CLOSE
After the first year of junior college went by, Matt decided that he should do the thing he’s always wanted. Senior year of college was coming close, and Matt wanted to surprise Laura. He had no idea that his gesture will make headlines!
It started with a celebratory picnic, but ended with the surprise of her life!
8. AT THE PRESCHOOL
“I convinced Laura that we were going to a picnic at the preschool. We had just finished up our junior year of college, so I framed it as a nice relaxing date,” Matt said in an interview with Huffington Post. She had no idea that they would have the picnic at their preschool playground.
It was a celebration of their relationship and the place where it all started…
7. MARRY ME!
When the two got there, Matt got down on one knee and asked his preschool sweetheart to marry him. She was overwhelmed and couldn’t believe it, and of course her answer was a “YES.” But what she did not know was that Matt purchased the engagement ring two months earlier, after receiving her dad’s blessing!
6. THE PICNIC
But that’s not all to the story! Matt used the same picnic basket his father used to propose to his mother. He filled the basket with snacks, wedding dress magazines, and sparkling cider. He wanted to stay true to his preschool pledge – that he will marry Laura one day! And then, this happened…
5. TYING THE KNOT
Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel tied the knot on 30 December 2016, choosing the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John for their first dance, as a nod at Matt’s Disney lines he used on Laura as they were kids. Matt’s uncles officiated the wedding saying:
“For most kids in preschool, it’s about finding your snacks and your sleeping mats, but for them it was about finding their soulmates.”
4. A SPECIAL MOMENT
“Our favorite part of the wedding was the dancing and having everyone we love there to celebrate with us,” said the two, adding that they had a great time around the people that brought them together. Then, the two went to Maui on their honeymoon, but also shared their story with the world.
She had no idea how many surprises they would then get!
3. LAURA AND MATT GRODSKY
Matt posted about their story on Instagram, on an account named “The Way We Met.” He explained how they exchanged vows 20 years after the first one, saying: “I was enamored with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day.” The post began viral and got more than 30,000 likes and almost 800 comments, also reaching the media channels…
2. A VIRAL STORY
The couple’s story became so viral after a few months that the actor and rapper Tyrese Gibson reached out to the lovebirds and offered them a three-day trip to Miami. They answered and said how grateful they were for it, and then their story reached the entire globe: “It’s totally insane,” said Matt.
1. THE HAPPY TRIO
“It spread like wildfire and we’re just glad to be a part of something positive around the world,” said Matt. Laura thinks it funny to see their photos everywhere.
Matt is a screenwriter, and an account executive at a digital marketing agency and Laura works for a non-profit organization that helps foster families. They live happily with their new puppy Kirby and think of having kids in the future!