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wo people see
each other, have an
fall madly in love,
then outside forces
tear them apart—only to be
drawn by even greater force
back into each other’s arms
to live happily ever. Sounds
like a fairy tale, right? Well
sometimes, it seems, fairy
tales do come true, as Jenny
and Julia Sundari, a couple
from Boston, know from
personal experience. They
caught LOTL’s eye when a
photo of the couple kissing
in the rain went viral. We just
had to know who they were,
how they found one another,
and the story they shared.
How did you first meet?
Jenny: Julia and I first met in eighth grade. I
remember thinking how beautiful and happy
she was. She was always smiling and had this
great laugh. I just knew I liked being around
her. In ninth grade we were inseparable. We
were totally in love all throughout high school
and kept it a secret because we knew no one
would understand at that time. And both our
families would think it was wrong. At one
point, Julia’s family found out and tried to
keep us apart. High school was tragic for us
because we were so in love yet felt we could
not be together. We graduated from high
school with broken hearts knowing we would
not see one another again.
Julia: Jenny was my first kiss and my first true
Jenny: Many, many years later I found Julia
on Facebook. I was married with kids and
always wondered about her. She was also
married with kids. I was very unhappy and
just unfulfilled in my marriage. At that point
I was just hoping to be her friend and re-
connect. However, that all changed when
we began emailing one another. We still had
this great connection. And when I saw her
again for the first time in 18 years I was still
attracted to her...I was blown away at how
much I was drawn to her.
Julia: When Jenny found me after all of those
years I felt like, Finally! I was so drawn to
her and thankful to have her back in my life
in any way. It was clear very quickly that we
would not be able to just remain friends.
Was it love at first sight?
Jenny: When I saw her again after 18 years,
yes! Ye s!
Julia: It was 100 percent love at first sight and
each time I see her after being away, even for a
few hours, I feel that same pull to Jenny. Like
no other person on earth.
When did you know that she was
Jenny: I think I knew when we were emailing
one another. I just knew there was an unfin-
ished relationship that was never allowed to
be because of the time in our lives we were
in high school. And we have this amazing
connection. Everyone sees it—we just were
meant to be together.
Julia: As soon as I heard her voice on the tele-
phone, after missing her for 20 years, I was a
goner. I see myself at my 100th birthday party
with her and all of our kids and grandbabies.
When did you get married?
Julia: March 23, 2013 on Cape Cod, Mass.
But before then, just the two of us had a
romantic legal ceremony on the bridge in
Boston Common in December 2012.
Julia: Our legal ceremony was perfectly ro-
mantic, and all about our journey to one
another. It was in the pouring rain under an
umbrella, and I am so happy we shared that
moment. Our family wedding was a big bash
for family and friends, a great ceremony with
each daughter included, then a great dance
party and ceremony to blend our family into
one. Our daughters danced all night and
think it was the best celebration ever.
Tell us about your family.
Jenny: Our family is a big one. Together
we have four healthy happy daughters. Our
friends and family call us the “Girl Gang”:
Jenny and I, Sage 15, Ava and Fiona 8, and
Jura 5. We even have a female dog named
Lola. Our home is full of song, and creativ-
ity, dress up, and even chaos at times. It’s a
real family, and we have real challenges, but
we embark on this journey together armed
How did the photo of the two of
you in the rain come about?
Julia: Two of our high school friends gave us a
beautiful photo shoot as our relationship was
rekindled. I know how much Jenny loves the
rain, so I suggested we head outside and try
for a shot with that special umbrella we got on a
trip together. Tess [the photographer] had the
idea, and had just given us that sign, feeling it
was appropriate to our love story. It was the
last shot of the day and she nailed it. It’s such
a great image of our triumph to be together in
this lifetime. I love it.
What advice do you have for cou-
ples thinking of getting married
and starting a family?
Jenny: As Julia’s dad put it: “Make sure that is
the person you wish to wake up to every day,
for the rest of your life.” Given our bumpy
road to one another, we would advise living
true to your heart, and ignore other people’s
opinions about what they think is best for
you. Surround your marriage and family
with loving supportive people to fortify your
bond and children.
Julia: We both feel tremendous joy in find-
ing one another again, and all the struggle we
have endured to be together has been worth
it. Love rules.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Jenny and Julia Sundari share the romance of a lifetime. BY RACHEL SHATTO
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