A couple in China said their love was predestined after discovering a childhood photo which showed they had met as children at a wedding.
Wang Ming and Zhu Haiyan, both 25 years old, were introduced to each other in 2011 by a friend and the pair became friends.
However it was only when they saw the picture, taken two decades ago, were they convinced that they should try dating each other. The couple married on June 12 after five years of dating, reports the People’s Daily Online.
According to the report, Wang Ming, a retired soldier from Lushi County, Henan, was introduced to Zhu Haiyan who works in a dental clinic in 2011.
The two initially stayed as good friends. However things changed when they came across an interesting photo.
One day they were talking about interesting memories from their childhood while looking through some of Zhu’s photo albums.
Then a photo caught Wang’s attention.
In the picture, the couple can be seen as children stood next to each other at a wedding party staring up at the bride and groom as they walk.
Wang said: ‘The moment I laid eyes on the photo, I was totally surprised. The boy in the photo looked just like me.’
Wang showed the picture to his family and they confirmed that it was definitely him in the photograph.
The man also said: ‘We did not know each other before we were introduced to each other.
‘How could we turn up in the same photo? Unbelievable.’
His wife Zhu told a reporter from Dahe Bao that the picture had been taken on August 25, 1996.
She said she was attending her uncle’s wedding at the time and was given the picture by her uncle.
None of her family knew who the boy next to her was, she added.
Wang explained: ‘I was probably just passing by and wanted to find out what was happening.’
From the moment they came across the amazing discovery, Wang and Zhu were convinced that their love was destiny.
The pair decided to try dating each other and eventually married five years later.
They got married on June 12 in their native Lushi county, surrounded by families and friends.
The picture was shown on a big screen during their ceremony to showcase their love and the incredible coincidence.
Zhu told reporters: ‘This photo helps us cherish our relationship more and I think we will be together for the rest of our lives.’