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January 7, 2013

A ZIP code wedding

Amesbury couple plans wedding for 01-9-13

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“Eleven and 22, those are my two favorite numbers and it’s my favorite date,” Bennett said. “So I knew it was meant to be when we met.”

Bennett said DeLong was on board with the idea right off the bat,

“He’s 100 percent a townie,” Bennett said. “It’s just something neat. We’re on a budget, we spent the money on our first weddings, and it will never happen again, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Both Bennett and DeLong are divorced and have kids from their previous marriages, and besides the community aspect, the couple is looking at their marriage as a chance for their two families to come together and unite as one.

“Our kids refer to each other as brother and sister,” Bennett said. “It’s not the way I planned for life to turn out but that’s the way it did, and it’s good. Nothing was rushed, and the date means so much because everything finally fell into place.”

Although neither is sure what the future holds for their new family, one thing is for sure. If DeLong ever forgets his and Bennett’s anniversary, he’s going to be in a lot of trouble.

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