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Posted: July 24, 2016

Couple reconnects on Match.com 25 years after teenage crush

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Kim Kuhl and Evan Leach first spotted each other when Kim was 14 and Evan was 15. The two were at a YMCA summer camp in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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"Things are pretty innocent at that age. It was one of those things (where) you have eyes for a guy,” Kim said.

She said after the camp ended, she tried to find Evan, but had no luck. 

"This was before social media, so I remember looking up his name in the phone book when we got home, and I remember going to events to see if he was there," Kim said.

But she didn't find him. 

Twenty-five years later, the two were both divorced and had joined Match.com to look for partners with which they could spend their time.

Around Thanksgiving 2013, both Kim and Evan's Match.com subscriptions were coming to an end and neither had plans to renew. 

But then Evan came across Kim's profile. She had changed her last name during her first marriage, and he had no idea who she was. 

The two were both living in Tampa. He messaged her, and she responded. 

"In 25 years, you age a lot, so if he had walked by me I wouldn’t have known who he was," Kim said. "It was his name that made me think, 'That is Evan.'"

"The mid-'80s, YMCA Blue Ridge Camp," she wrote in a message to Evan. "I told him to go to my Facebook, and he said, 'I so remember you,'" she said.

The two decided to meet up, and instantly hit it off -- again. 

"This was the first time in six years or seven years since the divorce that I opened up to someone because it was so easy," Kim said.

Evan proposed in 2015, and the couple were married in Paris in March.

"I think it’s all about timing, people come in and out of your life for a reason," Kim said.


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