They were separated on their wedding day 65 years ago and never saw each other again until last November. Now in their 80s, Nina Reynolds and Paul Tarvin have discovered their love never died.
Today, they will marry _ for the second time.
Nina was just 14 and Paul, 16, when the two high school sweethearts eloped. When they returned home, their parents had the marriage annulled, and the two went their separate ways that day in 1927.
"We never got to spend one night together," said Paul.
Each began life anew and enjoyed long, happy marriages to other spouses. Nina and her husband lived on the east side of Cincinnati. Paul and his family lived on the west side.
"I always carried a torch for him, although I was happily married all those years," said Nina, 80. She called her former flame anonymously each year to wish him a happy birthday. "I never forgot him."
And Paul, 82, says he never forgot Nina.
"I thought of her often over the years. After all, she was my first love."
Nina and her husband, James Reynolds, moved to St. Cloud when he retired in 1968. He died 12 years ago, and she traveled and did volunteer work.
Paul was married 60 years and had three sons before he was widowed last year.
Fate intervened when Nina met Paul's son Richard on a tour in Israel. She ran into Richard again last year at a banquet at his Cincinnati church and learned that his mother had died recently.
Nina decided to contact Paul.
"I called to offer my condolences. I told him this was Mrs. Reynolds, and he said he didn't know a Mrs. Reynolds. I said, "Do you know a Nina?' And he said, "Yes.' "
The two got together at her home Nov. 3.
"It was a funny feeling when I walked up to her door," Paul said. "I hadn't seen her since she was a girl of 14." They've been dating ever since.
Nina said it took a month for Paul to tell her he still loved her and wanted to marry her.
About 250 guests are expected at today's ceremony. There will be lots of real flowers. At their first wedding, they had to make do with artificial flowers.
"I never thought old people fell in love," said Nina. "But I found out they do."