Barnegat Light — On Sunday, Oct. 5, Reilly Platten Sharp married his childhood sweetheart, Adrianne Grosse, on the beach at 11th Street in Barnegat Light. The wedding reception was held in the Barnegat Light Museum, where Sharp is the curator. This is a story of love lost and found.
Sharp grew up in Morrisville, Pa., and went to public school there, but in fifth grade his family enrolled him in Holy Trinity Catholic School, where he met Adrianne. “We were friends through ninth grade; we always hung out together,” he said.
Then when they were in 10th grade, her family moved to Arizona and Sharp’s family moved about 20 minutes from his childhood home. They lost touch.
“I had a few health issues, and the rumor mill churned out that I was sick and dying. She thought I was terminally ill,” said Sharp. “So we lost touch for 19 years. Earlier this year through social media I Messenger’ed her and we started talking. She was relieved to hear the rumors of my demise were not true. We went on a few dates, then moved in together and found we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.
“It’s amazing how this happened – it’s like the stars aligned. It really is a storybook romance. We are both overjoyed.”