When Greg Dabice and Janet Fenner first met in college, neither of them could have predicted that a spark would ignite between them decades later.
Following graduation, they set out on different paths, building their careers and starting families. But years down the road, social media would bring them back together!
While Janet and Greg attended Montclair State University, they never dated, though they were both involved in sorority and fraternity life.
In 1992, they were crowned homecoming king and queen at their football stadium. It was a fun moment, but afterwards, they didn’t see each other again. That is, not until more than 25 years had passed!
By 2016, they had both gotten married and divorced. Janet was fortunate enough to have five children, while Greg had two. Hoping to find love again, Greg decided to get on the dating app Bumble last year. That’s when he stumbled across Janet’s familiar face.
“I was stunned in so many ways,” he told USA Today. “She looked the same. I hadn’t even thought of her in years and there she was. It was unreal.”
“Is that you, Janet?” he asked in a message. Once she confirmed it was, they agreed to meet at a bar to catch up on all the time they spent apart. They hit it off, and it didn’t take long for them to fall head over heels!
Of course, no relationship is perfect, but to Greg and Janet, it certainly felt that way! Their families got along extremely well, and after a year of dating, Greg knew they were meant to be.
“When you’re almost 50 and have been around the block and you come across each other, you know: This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Greg said.
So on April 5, Greg asked Janet to be his wife! They stood in front of his home with their seven children while their loved ones drove past in a procession, holding up signs that spelled out, “Janet, will you marry me? Yes or no?”
Then, 28 years after they became homecoming royalty, the New Jersey couple returned to the same stadium to exchange vows.
It was a dream come true, with Rocky the Red Hawk mascot as their ring bearer and Paul Cell, the chief of university police, as their officiator. Susan Cole, the university’s president, even dubbed the day Janet Fenner and Gregory Dabice Day!
The lovebirds couldn’t be happier that their paths crossed again!
“My fairy tale has come true on 8/1/20,” Greg wrote on Facebook. “The King married his Queen, Janet Jaramillo Fenner, and now we begin happily ever after. Humbled, blessed, and graciously thankful. I love you forever, my dear!”
Congratulations, you two! It’s obvious you were meant to be, even if it took almost three decades for it to happen! May you have a long, happy life together!
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