Moment Couple Says 'I Do' In High School Hallways Is Everything And Then Some


Love is one of the most powerful forces in the world.

Who can forget when they met their true love?

Maybe you locked eyes with them across the room, or maybe you were friends before falling deeply in love with each other.

Some even are lucky enough to marry their high school sweethearts.

One New Jersey couple returned to the high school hallway where they met as freshmen to exchange vows — three decades later.

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Chris Gash and Jenn Sudol met in 1989 in front of their lockers at Clifton High School.

They dated briefly but kept in touch after high school, and Sudol says that “they couldn’t stay away from each other.”

The two crossed paths and sent each other messages updating each other on what’s going on in their lives over the years.

“We’ve known each other in our best of times and worst of times,” Gash said.

“We’ve known each other when we were the coolest we’ll ever be and when we’ve stopped being cool.”

In the summer of 2016, after their previous relationships did not work out, the old friends reunited and started going to the movies together, during which Gash recalls them sharing a kiss.

“Once we got together, that was it,” Gash said. “It’s been like a runaway train ever since.”

During a Beach Slang concert in Brooklyn, Gash told Sudol, “You are going to marry me.”

“I laughed when he said it,” Sudol said, and the two went forward with planning the wedding.

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Because they wanted to have their ceremony at the school, they had to get a formal blessing from the Clifton Board of Education.

Clifton’s mayor, James Anzaldi, also came out of retirement from officiating weddings for the ceremony because local judges only marry couples at City Hall.

The ceremony was small with just family in attendance, held near the lockers where they first met, and their children who range from age 5 to early teens get along great.

“Our families blended really quickly,” Sudol said. “We are very fortunate.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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