The letter was lost behind a fireplace for ten years
Former couple Steve Smith and Carmen Ruiz-Perez have finally married, after being reunited by a love letter lost behind a fireplace for ten years.
The pair, both 42, wed after losing each other for 16 years. They were reunited when a letter Steve had posted to Carmen’s mother in a bid to find her 10 years ago was found behind a fireplace during renovation work at her villa in Spain.
It was discovered by builders during repairs. Ms Ruiz-Perez, who was then living in France, was given the long lost note and she nervously rang Steve from her home in Paris.
Within two days they met – and began planning their wedding in Brixham, Devon, which happened on Friday.
They fell in love when Spaniard Carmen was a foreign student staying in Torbay where Steve lives. They became engaged but Carmen returned to France – and they drifted apart.
Carmen said: ‘I never got married and now I have married the man I always loved.
‘I didn’t phone Steve right away because I was so nervous. It had been ten years since he wrote and I didn’t know what he would think. I nearly didn’t phone him at all – but I knew I had to make the call.
Steve, from Paignton, Devon, said: ‘When we met at the airport it was like a film. We ran across the airport into each other’s arms. Within 30 seconds of setting eyes on each other we were kissing.’
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