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A couple who met and ‘tied the knot’ at nursery – when they were just four-years-old – are now getting married for real next month.

Plymouth couple Jess Peak, 20, and Joe Matthews, 21, are sharing their sweet love story – and it is enough to make any hopeless romantic cry, report Plymouth Live.

During their younger years, they held a pretend wedding at nursery where Joe proposed – but with no ring. Luckily, he later followed it up with a dolphin ring from a Christmas cracker.

Despite going 14 years with no contact, the childhood sweethearts will tie the knot for real next month.

Joe and Jess hit it off again after meeting after a long 14 years apart

Jess’s mother, Michelle, said: “They met at nine months old at Bambinos nursery. They ate breakfast together every day, and the group at the nursery was always so social they’d end up at the same birthday parties or play dates together.”

However, Joe was born in the final hours of August, so he went off to primary school a year before Jess, who was born in September. If Joe had been born in September too, he and Jess would have stayed in the same school year.

They were put into different schools and they lost touch, but throughout the years they thought of each other until, finally, Joe looked up Jess on Facebook. She said: “He messaged me on Facebook and said: ‘I guess you don’t remember who I am?’ I replied: ‘Are you the guy I married at four?’ We sort of hit it off from there again, and agreed to meet at the lighthouse on the Hoe.”

However, they both thought they had been stood up by the other, only to realise later that they were standing on opposite sides of the lighthouse. When they did Jess and Joe- who are both teachers – did meet, they hit it off again.

Joe and Jess’ story is enough to make any hopeless romantic cry

Jess said: “When I met Joe’s parents again, it also felt like a reunion. We watched all the old cassette videos of Joe when he was younger and realised, wherever Joe was, I was in the background.”

n August last year, Joe hired a room at Beckley Point tower, organised a red carpet, had petals scattered all over the floor, images strung from the ceiling of their time together, and made his proposal to his childhood sweetheart.

Jess said: “He got the kids in his class to colour in the words for ‘marry me’ and hung them up. That made me emotional.” Now, finally, they will marry for real at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter, next month.

Jess added: “I genuinely couldn’t live without him, even though we’re chalk and cheese. I’m stubborn and he isn’t, but we’re still so in love with each other. There are times when I look at Joe and I think: ‘I’m so lucky’.

“It almost feels too easy,” she admitted. “This relationship has been offered to me on a platter and it’s like a dream come true, marrying my childhood best friend.

“I feel like I’m in a fairy tale, and the closer the wedding gets it feels magical. I wish everyone could have what we have.”

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