Bucks County childhood sweethearts reunite thanks to their moms – CBS Philly


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Bucks County childhood sweethearts reunite thanks to their moms - CBS Philly

Bucks County childhood sweethearts reunite thanks to their moms – CBS Philly

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Bucks County, Pa. (CBS) — Monday is Valentine’s Day and the Bucks County Playhouse is full of love. Star? The Broadway actress and her childhood crush.

“Oh, how have we changed,” Chris Cook said.

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“I think we’re equally cute,” said Cristi Altomare, who held pictures of the pair from their elementary school years.

Cook and Altomare’s story is about how fate knows no bounds.

“We ourselves couldn’t believe how compatible we were after this time,” Altomare said.

But their journey to where they are today did not happen overnight. Thanks to their mom, the couple are reunited after 20 years at the Bucks County Playhouse.

“I was on stage and his mom said, ‘She’s not wearing a ring, she’s not wearing a ring. What’s going on?'”

Altomare is a Broadway actress best known for her performance in Anastasia. Like many, the pandemic changed her plans as New York City’s theater scene ground to a halt.

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She returns to her hometown in Bucks County, only to find out that her elementary school crush is now divorced.

“What ended up happening was we talked for almost five days in a row,” Altomare said.

“Literally, the whole night,” Cook said.

Fast forward to February 5, and software engineer Cook proposed to marry him at the exact location where they reunited a year ago.

“I coordinated with her sister, hid behind a tree, took video and photos, and that’s when I proposed to you,” Cook said.

“It’s amazing,” Altomare said.

Their romance proves that not all fairy tales have a script.

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“The lesson I hope people take from this is that if you’re in a bad situation or a bad place, good things will come into your life when you least expect it,” Cook said.

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