For Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos, the connection was instant. The two met and began dating when they were only teenagers, in high school. Ten years later, their love remained strong, and they decided to get married. However, before they said “I Do”, they discovered that they had much more in common than they originally realized.
Their Love Story Begins
Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos attended rival high schools in Taunton, Massachusetts. There was an immediate spark, however, the two tried to stay away from each other. Luckily, their friends were there and pushed they to reconnect. It wasn’t long after that the two started officially dating. “I knew from the very beginning that he was different—he was respectful, and he made me laugh,” Gomes told People.
They Have The Same Birthday
After they had begun dating, they decided to take a driver’s education class together. This is when they figured out that they had the same birthday: April 28, 1990. The two thought it was interesting. However, millions of people are born everyday so a couple having the same birthday is more than possible. However, that wasn’t the end of their similarities.
In an interview with People, Jessica at first thought that Gomes was still trying to impress her, when he noticed they had the same birthday. “I didn’t believe him at first when he told me he had the same birthday, it was crazy,” she said. “I thought he was trying to pull a smooth one and win me over…Every birthday is a big running joke in the family, and we always celebrate every year with them and our group of friends.”
A Surprise Proposal
Jessica and Aaron chose to stay together throughout their college years and remained steadfast into early adulthood. Therefore, in 2015, Aaron decided it was time to propose to Jessica. They were walking through the Boston Public Gardens, in November, and unbeknownst to Jessica, her family and friends were hiding throughout the park. After a romantic stroll, Aaron decided to get down on one knee and propose to his love. Jessica said the proposal was complete surprise.
A Beautiful Wedding
On September 9, 2017, Jessica and Aaron tied the knot. The two got married at Holy Family Church in Taunton, Massachusetts. The church was not too far from where the couple had originally met 10 years ago. Five generations of Gomes’ family had also been married in the church. However, there was more than just love in the room. Jessica said it was possibly fate, due to their surprising history.
Same Birthday, But There’s More
Both Jessica and Aaron were born on April 28, 1990. They grew up so close to each other that they realized there could be more coincidences that they did not realize at first. They went back to speak to their families to see if they could figure it out. Aaron’s grandmother had kept the birth announcement that was posted in the local paper. The couple and their families were shocked to discover what the paper told them.
Born In the Same Hospital
Jessica and Aaron were not only born on the same day but also in the same hospital. Despite the many births that could happen over the course of a day, they were also the only two to be born at Morton Hospital in Taunton that day. “Our parents thought it was hilarious,” Jessica told People, “and they knew it was something special.”
Mothers Spoke To Each Other
When they discovered the new information, both Jessica and Aaron turned to their mothers to get more information. Each asked if they remembered another woman giving birth that day. Both vaguely remember seeing and shortly speaking to another woman. However, each mother was rightfully overwhelmed at the time.
Connected Through Heritage
Both families are Portuguese so Jessica and Aaron believed that may have helped their mothers remember seeing each other at the hospital. “It sounds silly but both of our families are Portuguese, and when you’re Portuguese, you know everyone around you,” Jessica said in an interview with ABC News. “When his mom went into labor, she saw my mom and they remember saying ‘hi’ to each other casually.”
Possibly Pictured Together
Jessica’s family took pictures of her while she was in the hospital’s nursery. After the couple’s discovery, the family began pulling out pictures. There was one in particular that caught their eyes. In the picture, Jessica is in the hospital crib and there is another baby in the background. Could it possibly be Aaron? “That’s the whole mystery,” said Aaron. “There were obviously only two babies born in the hospital on that day, and there’s a baby in the background. But the face is blurry because the focus is on Jess. The inside joke is that’s probably me, but there’s no way to prove that.”