Real-Life 'The Notebook' Couple Proves True Love Waits

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the notebook ryan gosling rachel mcadamsTurns out the kind of romance we thought only thrived in sappy novels and on the silver screen -- the kind where long-lost lovers reunite after years or miles between them -- really does exist! Consider this: Former childhood sweethearts, Peggy Fryer and Bill Labram, who are now both 80 years old, will be tying the knot this weekend. It only took them 63 years apart to find their way back to one another.

They first fell in love in 1947 after growing up on the same street (so Dawson's Creek!) in the U.K., but the lovebirds were torn apart when Peggy's father decided his then 16-year-old daughter was too young to be getting soooo serious with a guy.

Each went on to marry another and have families, but now says that over the years, they thought about one another regularly.

When, in 2007, Bill's wife passed away, a friend of then-divorced Peggy's sent her the obit in the mail (kinda morbid, I guess, but oh well) and an old photo of Peggy and Bill as a couple back in the late '40s. Then, via phone book (not Facebook, whoa!), Peggy tracked Bill down, and it was love at first sight all over again. Awwwww.

Bill explained:

We've never forgotten one another. It's marvelous. We were in love then and we're in love now. I never really thought we'd meet up again and get another chance. But when she phoned me and I went to see her, we slotted in just as if we hadn't been apart a day.

OMG, has your heart melted yet?! These two octogenarians actually sound like a real-life version of Noah and Allie from Nicholas Sparks' famous novel-turned-tearjerker The Notebook! Or they're kind of like Romeo and Juliet ... you know, if they hadn't been so star-crossed after being forbidden to fall in love by the Houses of Capulet and Montague! Either way, their story is just ... so ... sweet! Sigh.

Although I'm sure they each loved their respective spouses, it seems like these two were always destined to find their way back to one another at some point. I can't help but find their love story not only heartwarming, but completely inspiring. Bill and Peggy have proved a second chance at love doesn't just exist in Nicholas Sparks' head. Hallelujah!

What do you think of Bill and Peggy's story?



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cocob... cocobeannns

How sweet. Allie and Noah's love story is my favorite of all time.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

Does this mean Ryan Gosling will be waiting for me?

nonmember avatar Mrs.Hernandez

How cute! This made me think about my hubby who is thousands of miles away :/

there's no long distance about love it always finds a way to bring hearts together no matter how many miles there are between them<3 #favequote

Lulu_B Lulu_B

I'm a non believer in soul mates, but a big believer in things working out the way they are supposed to (which some might call destiny)--seems like this guy got to have TWO happily ever afters!! He got to have a long and happy marraige with his first wife, and then he re-discovered his first love--it's so sweet and amazing.

Susy Valencia

awww.... see, yo just have to be patient and not force love.

nonmember avatar Anonymous

I believe I might be headed for this same fate... I have since married another, but I hope that at some point in our lives we will get our chance together. I love my husband, but I still love him, too. My love for him will never fade.

Diane Marie Morrell

I live this in my own life, with Now Husband Kevin, we knew each other at the age of 12. We dated as teenagers. He had a tragedy happen in his life and moved far away. We both Married other people in our life times, Not once but twice. Years later we were both divorced for various reasons. We met once again at 38 years old. We are now married and have three Beautiful children Together. We are very happy and feel very much that it was fate that we are now together. Never been happier.

nonmember avatar Thartliza

I believe that you only love once because ''love is forever.'' No matter what happens, the both of you will still come home to each other.

nonmember avatar Muriah

My now husband and I met in 2003 preping for our deployment to Iraq. We fell in love instantly. We survived 6 months of war until he was hurt and sent back to his home state of MI. I was in country for a few more months and then sent home to my home state of OR. We needed time to lick our wounds and did'nt have contact for 4 years. I had reconnected with a highschool BFF and we had a son together. We knew we were not meant to be and called off the engagement. Within a couple of days of doing so my TRUE LOVE hunted me down. He had me at HELLO and we picked up right where we left off. He moved cross country to OR and we were married 8 months later. I never gave up on him or the love we had together while in Iraq! We have our dream life together! He is my Noah and I am his Ali!

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