Couple Weds Where Their Young Love Went Awry

Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy return to Dunkin' Donuts to say 'I do'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 29, 2019 3:20 PM CST
Couple Weds at Same Dunkin' Where Their Young Love Ended
Jason Roy and Valerie Sneade say their vows in front of friends and family at the Dunkin' Donuts on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 in Worcester, Mass.   (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

A Massachusetts couple reunited for extra-sweet wedding vows at the same Dunkin' Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago, the AP reports. Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy were married Friday afternoon, joined by family, friends, and customers buying coffee and pastries at the Dunkin' Donuts on Grafton Street in Worcester. "It had to happen here," Roy, who works for the Worcester Parks Department, told the Telegram & Gazette during an earlier interview. "We think it's an absolute riot," said singer and actress Sneade, who is now taking the name Valerie Roy. "Has anybody been married in Dunkin’ Donuts before? Maybe we’ll start a trend." Sneade and Roy mostly didn't see each other for 25 years after a 1992 conversation at the shop hobbled their relationship.

Roy told her he supported her plan to become a performer, and proposed he join the Navy to "acquire skills and provide a good life for us," said Sneade. While "flattered and overwhelmed," she "didn't know what to make of his decision" and asked why he was putting pressure on himself: "I kind of crushed him. I felt awful. If he had said 'Let's elope' ... It was just the way he presented it," she said. Roy joined the Navy, married, and had three children. Sneade also had a first marriage and moved to Florida. She became a singer and actress, developing her own cabaret shows. Both later divorced. "I wouldn't want to change a thing that happened," Sneade said. "I think we're going to appreciate each other more so much later in life because every day is a blessing."

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