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A man makes a bet in high school and years later keeps his promise

They met in high school, became friends, and many years later, walked down the aisle as brides and grooms.

Not all stories end like this, but that’s how it was for this couple who were destined to be together.

“When you know, you know,” Sarah Wessel tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Sarah and Cade Wessel met on the first day of sixth grade and instantly became friends.

The Bradenton, Florida natives kept in touch and remained close over the years. Then, in 2018, during their senior year of high school, their relationship took a romantic turn and they began dating.

One memorable day that year, Cade was in class with a couple of friends when the forms to submit quotes for the senior yearbook were circulated. He decided to follow his instinct and write a special quote that ended up manifesting itself.

“Some people were trying to think of funny things to say, some people were trying to be profound,” Cade, 24, recalls in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE. “But I just stood there, isolated myself, and thought, ‘I’m going to do something legendary.'”

In a moment of spontaneity, Cade jotted down the now-famous line: “Twenty dollars, I’ll marry Sarah Dill.” He kept his line a secret, not revealing it to anyone, not even Sarah, who attended another high school.

“I wasn’t nervous about writing it. I knew in my heart that that was how I felt. It wasn’t entirely up to me whether it came true or not, but I felt like it was,” she says, adding that Sarah found out about the quote after someone at her school sent her a photo.

Many years later, on Saturday, April 27, Cade’s yearbook date came true. He and Sarah were married in Sarasota, Florida, at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

For the wedding, Cade’s dad had a blown-up 10-foot by 10-foot picture of the senior quote, along with their engagement photo in front of an erupting volcano with lyrics from a Bruce Springsteen song.

“It’s literally straight out of a rom-com,” says Sarah, also 24. “On reflection, we realise that senior year quotes were due at the end of January, so we’d only been dating a few weeks when he sent them. When you know, you know!”

After their wedding, their photographer Olivia Derocher posted a video of Cade’s yearbook date on Instagram. The post featured a photo of Cade walking down the aisle with $20 in his hand.

The post went viral and garnered 1.4 million likes.

“I kept that $20 and the other two $20 bills I was handed that night in a secure envelope at home with the hopes of framing them and hanging them in our house one day,” Cade says.

“Bet on yourself and your partner,” she continues. “When you know that you know, you couldn’t be more right, and the fact that I bet on that feeling to get us here today is proof of that. Follow your heart – if it’s in the right place, then you’ll be right where you’re supposed to be.”

Source: People