Couple who split after 23 years of marriage rekindle their romance nearly 23 years after divorce – and tie the knot for a second time
This really is true love! This couple who split after 23 years of marriage rekindled their romance nearly 23 years after their divorce – and they’ve just walked down the aisle for the second time.
Roz and Ian Ellis, from Aberdeen, first met in Lanarkshire in January 1967 – and it was a whirlwind romance for the pair, who were engaged by November and married a year later.
But the couple, who have three children and eight grandchildren, eventually drifted apart and after 23 years together ended up divorcing in 1991.
The couple both remarried, but stayed friends – and incredibly, nearly 23 years later in 2013, they rekindled their love and have just tied the knot for a second time.
Roz, 66, a former medical secretary, said: “We first met early in 1967 – my parents managed a hotel, and Ian and I got chatting over the bar.
“It wasn’t quite love at first sight, but there was definitely an attraction!
“One day I went to a dance and Ian took me home – the rest is history, it was quite a whirlwind romance.”
The loved-up pair got engaged on St Andrews Day, November 30, in 1967, and tied the knot a year later on December 21 1968.
Over the years they had three sons – Ian, Stewart and Ewan – and eventually eight grandchildren.
But it wasn’t meant to be, and Roz and former teacher Ian, 71, ended up divorcing in 1991.
Roz said: “It was just one of those things – we drifted apart and decided to call it a day.
“We stayed friendly, and we’d see each other at family gatherings.
“Ian went down south and I stayed in Scotland, and we both remarried.”
Sadly both their partners passed away, but when Stewart got married in August 2013 the romantic occasion reignited a spark for the former lovers.
Roz said: “Our eldest Ian and his family live in Tasmania, so when they came over for Stewart’s wedding they stayed with Ian.
“Ian and I saw a lot of each other while they were here, as I was always popping over to see the kids.
“After Ian and the family went home, I just carried on popping over.
“We’d go out to the theatre, out for dinner, on holidays – and it sort of blossomed from there.
“We waited a while to tell people, but I think my son Ian had his suspicions at the wedding that there might be a spark between us again.
“It wasn’t until January 2014 that we realised we still had feelings for each other, and we decided to give it another shot.”
In May 2014 Roz let out her house and moved back in with Ian, and by January 2015 the pair were planning on walking down the aisle again.
It was a family affair for the happy couple when they wed at the Norwood Hall Hotel in Aberdeen on January 3 – their eldest son Ian was his dad’s best man, while middle son Stewart gave Roz away and their grandchildren filled out the bridal party.
Roz said: “Everyone was very happy for us.
“Our first wedding was a big traditional affair, so we didn’t feel the need to do it again – we decided to keep it quite low-key with our family and friends.
“Everyone said it was such a lovely romantic story – I never thought we’d get married again, but I’m so happy that we did.
“I kept my original wedding ring, so I used it again this time round – Ian hadn’t though, so maybe he’s not quite as sentimental as me!
“I’d just kept it in my jewellery box, and thought it would be a nice touch to have the same ring the second time round.
“It’s like we’ve come full circle.”