August 19 is a date that this South Yorkshire couple will never forget.
That’s because Sheffield-born Stephen Tarr has walked his bride Sue down the aisle twice on that date – at the exact time and location 16 years apart.
The couple’s marriage broke down in 2004 after Stephen, born at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, struggled with stress connected to his adoption 40 years earlier.
The couple stayed friends and Stephen would often pop into Sue’s shop in South Elmsall, near Doncaster, to say hello.
But it was a wood carving project that tree surgeon Stephen had been working on that got them back together earlier this year.
He carved a bench with two hearts on and took it to Sue as a gift then asked if she wanted to go for a meal.
Afterwards they arranged a trip to Whitby for later in the week where Stephen proposed again.
They rang Whitby Register Office and asked for the next available date and were stunned by the answer.
He said: “They said there was one day available in August and it was the 19th at 10am – the same time and date as last time and it was a Friday. We were both completely gob smacked.
“I would never have expected getting married again on the same day and time, it is unreal but I just love her to bits.”
Sue, a seamstress, said she always hoped they would get back together and still wore her wedding rings.
She said: “I soon realised that I didn’t feel any different to when we were first together. All the feelings came back when we got back in touch properly.”