Verona Koliqi was reminiscing as she looked at an old photograph. The image was a decade old and showed her enjoying a holiday with her loved ones. Feeling nostalgic, she decided to share the photo with her fiancé. However, she never expected him to recognize the boy in the background.
Koliqi was born in Kosovo but later moved to London, England, where she grew up. However, she never forgot her background and would often make trips back to her home region to visit her family and friends.
That’s exactly what Koliqi was doing in the summer of 2016 when she returned to Kosovo. While she was there, a handsome young man caught her attention. She wanted to talk to him, but she didn’t go and introduce herself.
Explaining to Yahoo News why she was attracted in December 2017, Koliqi said, “We exchanged looks every day we saw each other but did nothing.” Eventually, Koliqi decided to break the ice by liking one of the guy’s Instagram posts.
The man in question was Mirand Buzaku – a Kosovo native. Koliqi’s attention clearly flattered him, and soon enough the pair started dating. Then, just one year later, Buzaku popped the question while the couple holidayed in Turkey.
The proposal took Koliqi completely by surprise. “I had no clue he was going to propose to me,” she revealed to Yahoo News. “In our country’s tradition, engagements are planned and have to be agreed by both beforehand.”
Somehow, Buzaku had managed to keep his extravagant engagement plans secret. However, he had left no detail to chance. He picked out some music, got down on one knee and even hired a photographer to capture the special moment. So Koliqi had no reason not to accept his proposal.
She said yes, and the pair began to plan their future together. Having known each other for little more than 12 months, their romance was quite the whirlwind. However, like many new couples, Koliqi and Buzaku probably felt like they’d known each other forever.
And in their case, such a notion wasn’t far wrong. That’s because it turned out the couple had almost come face-to-face on one occasion before their fateful meeting in Kosovo. However, Koliqi and Buzaku had no idea until after their engagement.
It all began when Koliqi’s relative sent her an old photograph from a family holiday in Montenegro ten years ago. “My cousin found this photo on her computer, and she sent it over to me on my phone to laugh about how we looked when we were younger,” Koliqi explained.
The image showed Koliqi among a group of children, posing as they paddle in the ocean just off the beach. She decided to show the picture to her fiancé. However, all Buzaku did was laugh at his betrothed’s “tomboy” look.
However, as Buzaku inspected the image, something caught his eye. Behind the children in the photograph was another little boy floating on the sea. And he couldn’t help but notice the child had the same inflatable toy that he used to own.
Intrigued, Buzaku took yet a closer look. That’s when he noticed the little boy had the same T-shirt he had owned as a youngster too. At this point, Buzaku couldn’t believe that the similarities were simply a coincidence.
Recalling what happened next, Koliqi revealed, “He said, ‘Hold up, I think that’s me!’ We both looked at each other and said, ‘No way, that can’t be true.’” So, to confirm their suspicions, the couple turned to their families to inquire.
When Buzaku spoke to his parents, they revealed that they’d been holidaying in the same location as Koliqi at the same time. So even though Buzaku came from Kosovo and Koliqi lived in London, their paths had amazingly crossed.
Frankly, the couple were amazed. “I never knew something like this could happen, even though I’ve heard a saying, ‘You will have passed your soulmate at least once way before you actually meet up,’” Koliqi said.
Koliqi was so amazed by the photograph that she decided to share it with her 10,000 followers on Instagram. Posting the throwback snap alongside an image from her and Buzaku’s engagement, she wrote, “The kid floating in my family photo is now my fiancé.”
Koliqi’s post certainly struck a chord with her followers. Before long it had clocked up more than 30,000 likes as well as a host of gushing messages. And some of the commenters had experienced similarly romantic twists of fate.
One such person wrote, “My boyfriend and I discovered that we were unknowingly at the same small concert (which maybe 50 people attended) about four years before we met. It’s wonderful and no coincidence. You’re meant to be!”
After their discovery of the photograph, Koliqi and Buzaku are convinced that their union was meant to be. And now their romance doesn’t seem whirlwind at all. After all, theirs was a love story ten years in the making.