Two Daughters Pulled Off a Real-Life “Parent Trap” by Encouraging Their Divorced Mom and Dad to Get Back Together

The former exes tied the knot on December 28, 2023, and a video of their wedding has gone viral on TikTok.

Bride and groom standing on steps with daughter on wedding day

Photo by Caroline Eyer

Thanks to help from their daughters, a divorced couple in Ohio got remarried, and their sweet story is reminiscent of The Parent Trap. In 2014, Julie Shore and Scott Gaede split after 17 years of marriage. Six years later, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the former married couple found themselves involuntarily spending more time together. “It was forced proximity,” Shore explained to Today. “Neither of us were looking forward to spending time together.” 

The duo’s daughters, Rachel and Caroline, were also worried about the arrangement since their parents’ marriage and eventual divorce were contentious. “There was so much tension and conflict in our house,” Rachel recalled. “After they finally parted ways, we were like, ‘This is the right move.’”

Bride and groom smiling and standing in front of a marble wall and doorway into a theater

Photo by Caroline Eyer

Despite their own concerns and those of their daughters, Shore and Gaede wanted to make things civil between them. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was off to a rough start. However, at the end of the year, their daughters noticed that their parents actually liked being in one another’s presence. “There were authentically having a good time together, and it wasn’t a show they were putting on for my sister and myself,” Rachel clarified. 

According to Rachel, her parents didn’t realize they were falling in love until 2021. When Shore was standing next to her former husband at a funeral, it became clear to her. “Everything from the past fell away, and I realized that family was all that mattered and that the four of us needed to be together again,” Shore shared.

Bride and groom standing on the steps behind two daughters in blue dresses

Photo by Caroline Eyer

At the end of 2021, Shore and Gaede were living together. That was when Rachel and Caroline channeled their inner Hallie Parker and Annie James from The Parent Trap—a romantic comedy in which identical twin sisters separated at birth concoct a scheme to bring their divorced parents back together—by encouraging their dad to propose to their mom. In 2022, he asked his ex-wife to marry him again. 

The former couple tied the knot for the second time on December 28, 2023. Rachel posted about her parents’ nuptials on TikTok, which has gone viral with 7.3 million views. “WAR IS OVERRRRRR,” the text on the screen said. “Our parents are officially remarried and we are no longer children of divorce." Rachel also typed out “successful parent trap” as her caption.

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