The film version of Rosie Cafarelli's life could steal its title from an existing movie: "Never Been Kissed."

The Lakeland actress and her husband, Peter Cafarelli, locked lips for the first time at the altar on their wedding day 10 years ago.

Rosie, intent on delaying intimacy until marriage, worried kissing could lead to more dangerous behavior.

"I didn't think anybody would ever marry me because who's going to want to marry somebody they never kissed?" said the former Rosie Barnett.

To her relief, at age 22 she met a man with a matching philosophy. Peter Cafarelli had written a paper in college on the question of "to kiss or not to kiss," noting that couples refrain from physical contact before marriage in many cultures. So the two agreed to defer all osculation until matrimony.

It's not as if the couple had to endure a long engagement. They were married eight weeks after meeting.

"The wedding day came and the minister turned around and said, 'They probably don't want you to know this, but what you're about to witness is their first kiss,' " Rosie said. "He (Peter) gave me this big kiss and dipped me, and it was wonderful."

The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary in December. They have three children.

Rosie said she and her husband now kiss at least 10 times a day, and when they do so in public, her 9-year-old son Joshua sometimes squeals, "Ooh, my eyes are burning."

"We've been married 10 years, and it's bliss," Rosie said. "We're so happy."

Gary White can be reached at gary.white@directgates.com or at 863-802-7518.