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Preschool sweethearts reunite, get married

CBS News logo CBS News 5/7/2019 Caitlin O'Kane
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Fate brought Natalie Crowe and Austin Tatman together when they were toddlers – and then it brought them back to each other 12 years later. Now, after 22 years, the preschool sweethearts are husband and wife.

Crowe and Tatman grew up together in Ocala, Florida, and were inseparable in preschool. "They were always hanging out together and that's kind of unusual at this age for boys and girls to always be together, but those two were always pretty close," their former teacher, Beth Summers, told Inside Edition.

a close up of a box: Austin and Natalie were "inseparable" as preschoolers – even their former teacher remembers their friendship. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Austin and Natalie were "inseparable" as preschoolers – even their former teacher remembers their friendship.

She knew the pair had something special, but at age five, they were ripped apart. Crowe's family moved over 1,000 miles away to Connecticut. The best friends didn't see or hear from each other for 12 years.

Then, Crowe happened to find an old address book with Tatman's information in it. Social media finally existed, and now that she had his last name, she was able to look him up on Facebook. "Immediately, we started sending messages back and forth and sharing memories," Crowe said.

a person standing in front of a window posing for the camera: The couple reconnected when they were about 17 years old and ended up going to prom together. Now, they're tying the knot. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The couple reconnected when they were about 17 years old and ended up going to prom together. Now, they're tying the knot.

They eventually reconnected in person when Crowe went back to visit her hometown.

"As soon as we got some alone time, I was like, 'this is my soulmate,'" Crowe said.

The lovebirds picked up right where they left off when they were five and they started a long-distance relationship. They even found a way to go to each others' proms.

The two stayed together for years and recently, Tatum popped the question. "I fell on the ground instantly," Crowe said of the proposal.

Now in their 20s, the couple can't believe they were brought back together after all this time. On their wedding day, they celebrated their decades of love by recreating an old photograph showing them standing side-by-side in a little red toy car. The updated version shows them in a real red jeep, wearing a wedding dress and a tux.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: The couple recreated this photo from their childhood. They're still in a red jeep – and they're still inseparable.  © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The couple recreated this photo from their childhood. They're still in a red jeep – and they're still inseparable. 
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