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​Childhood Sweethearts Plan On Remarrying Every Decade As They're So In Love

​Childhood Sweethearts Plan On Remarrying Every Decade As They're So In Love

Childhood sweethearts who met aged just five got married for a second time on their tenth anniversary - and now plan to re-wed every decade. It is extra AF.

Alexandra and Stewart Watts, from Worcester, West Midlands, had a playful rivalry during play dates when they were little, with her even dubbing him "annoying," but by the time they were 17, the rivalry had turned to romance.

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The pair haven't stopped dating since, going on to wed in 2009 and then welcoming son Roma-Alexander in 2013.

Now, ten years on from when they first walked down the aisle, the couple decided to renew their vows with a second wedding in November, after their first was ruined by family drama.

But the romance was far from love at first sight. Model Alexandra, 35, known as Alex, said: "I used to fancy Stewart's older brother and always saw him [Stewart] as the annoying younger one."

But when Stewart's brother passed away and the Watts family moved away to Worcester from Birmingham, the pair didn't see each other for eight years, finally reuniting at a party.

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The couple had playdates as youngsters but the romantic feelings only developed when they were 17 (Credit: Caters)
The couple had playdates as youngsters but the romantic feelings only developed when they were 17 (Credit: Caters)

"When we met up again at a family gathering aged 17, I saw he had blossomed and wasn't the annoying little boy that he used to be.

"It was pretty immediate, and it was obvious he knew what he wanted - he was confident and I liked that so we ended up dating."

Stewart even gave Alex a promise ring and the pair vowed they would eventually marry.

The couple's first wedding was in 2009 when they were 23 (Credit: Caters)
The couple's first wedding was in 2009 when they were 23 (Credit: Caters)

Then aged 21, on New Year's Eve, Stewart got down on one knee. The couple wed two years later at a castle in the Brecon Beacons, but sadly a family breakdown surrounded their nuptials in drama.

Alex said: "We wanted the fairytale but we didn't really get it and it marred the day a little bit.

"We love hosting and throwing a party so when our ten year anniversary came up we knew we wanted to renew our vows.

The couple's first wedding was marred by family drama (Credit: Caters)
The couple's first wedding was marred by family drama (Credit: Caters)

"The more we thought about it the more that we realised we wanted to do our wedding all over again, especially now we have our son."

Now they have decided they loved re-doing it so much they're going to renew their vows every decade, because they "are still just as in love" as the day they married. And we love it - why the hell not?

They don't claim to be perfect though, with Alex admitting they both put in plenty of effort to keep the magic alive.

She said: "We still have the same difficulties that everyone else does but there's a lot of effort and compromise from both sides to make it work."

The couple decided to have their fairytale wedding on their ten year anniversary (Credit: Caters)
The couple decided to have their fairytale wedding on their ten year anniversary (Credit: Caters)

When the couple married for a second time, mum-of-one Alex got her dream wedding after splashing out more than £9,000 on a 'fairytale' day with a new white dress at Pershore Abbey, Worcester, surrounded by 100 of their friends and family.

She treated herself to a new dress too - this time opting for a plain-from-the-front ivory long sleeved number, with a sheer panel and intricate embellishment at the reverse, which differed hugely from her satin, ruched, strapless number from wedding one.

Marking the day now as parents, Stewart, 36, even had his son, Roma as his best man, who handed over the rings and gave a speech for his loved up mum and dad.

The pair married second time around in a church in their home town of Worcester (Credit: Caters)
The pair married second time around in a church in their home town of Worcester (Credit: Caters)

Alex said: "We were told that we would need to have IVF to get pregnant, so when I fell naturally pregnant it felt like a miracle.

"To have Roma with us this time and have my dad walk me down the aisle made it the most special day, because my dad never came to my first wedding.

"It was the fairy tale wedding I'd always dreamed of. Our relationship is a classic old style love story in a modern social media world of dating apps and short term relationships."

Stewart chose the couple's son Roma to be his best man for his second wedding (Credit: Caters)
Stewart chose the couple's son Roma to be his best man for his second wedding (Credit: Caters)

After spending their lives together to date, Stewart, a carpenter, said Alex has made him into the man he is today.

He said: "I knew from a young age that I was going to marry Alex. I don't think she had a problem becoming a Watts, just I wasn't the one she preferred at the time.

"I couldn't think of not having her in my life now, she's made me the man I am today."

We reckon we might convince our O/H to do this every decade too.

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Just think of all the fabulous dresses...

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Weddings, Life, Real Life

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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