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Photo shows couple in Disney World together 15 years before they met

By Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted Mar 24th, 2013 @ 9:35am


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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — It really is a small world after all. One family in Florida has a photograph to prove it.

Alex and Donna Voutsinas have a picture that shows both of them together in Walt Disney World 15 years before they actually met and married. The two were from different countries, and both just happened to be vacationing with their families at the same place and same time.

The faded 1980 photo shows Donna, 5, with her family while Alex, 3, was being pushed in a stroller in the background.

"It just blew our minds when we realized," Alex said in an interview with The Star.

Alex and Donna made the fateful realization in 2005 just one week before their wedding. The couple were looking at old family photo albums when Alex recognized his dad in the background of Donna's picture.

"My mother pulled out albums from the same trip," Alex said. "My dad is wearing exactly the same outfit."

When Alex looked through other pictures from that trip, he realized that the boy in the background of Donna's picture and the boy in those pictures were the same.

The Voutsinas have a blown-up copy of the famous picture on their living room wall in their home, but Alex's mother kept the copy of the original in a safe.

Alex's family moved to Florida from Canada when he was 10 years old. He met Donna in 1998 after she had moved to Florida from New York. The couple dated for six years before they got married. Now, they have three children who they take to Disney World regularly.

"We've taken pictures of the kids," Alex said. "And they say they're looking for their future wives in the background."

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