Patrick Swayze 1952-2009

Patrick & Lisa: A Love Story

Soulmates and life partners, Swayze and his wife were each other's pillars of strength during 34 years of marriage

SWEET BEGINNING

Patrick was 19 and Lisa was 15 when they met at his choreographer mother Patsy's ballet school in Houston. Immediately, he sensed something different about her. "I knew she was the smartest chick I'd ever met in my life," he told PEOPLE in 2007. Before Lisa, "I had been meeting girls with names like Mimi and Angel. And for a long time I didn't feel like I deserved her." Lisa wore a handmade dress to their June 12, 1975 nuptials held in the backyard of her Houston home, and their reception was held at Patrick's family dance studio.