Engagement

our love story: joel & layla

27th April 2016 | Rachel Hirst

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This afternoon we’re sharing the stunning engagement shoot of newlyweds Joel and Layla, which took place in the historic city of York. Before their recent wedding in Swansea, Joel and Layla made the trip to Yorkshire for their pre-wed shoot with the hope of gaining some beautiful images that would remind them of the earlier years of their relationship

Looking at these super sweet pics we think it’s safe to say that they accomplished their goal!

With images by Ronnie & Rose Photography.

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joel says: We got engaged after I returned from a trip to Vanuatu. I was meant to be there for three months but ended up needing to cut my time there short and when I got back to the UK I surprised Layla by proposing to her with a ring carved out of a special nut that is grown in Vanuatu!

Our wedding day was on September 7th 2015, back in Layla’s hometown in Swansea, South Wales, by the beach.

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We first met at a conference in London in August 2013. The conference was about how young people can contribute to society and become involved in community building initiatives.

Our first date was at a little pizza place on Southbank. We had never actually called it a ‘date’ but I think inside we both knew that it was! We ended up sitting on a bench along the river until the early hours of the morning when we realised the time and had to rush home.

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I realised that Layla was ‘the one’ when I left for Vanuatu. What I love about her most is her outlook on life, though sometimes she can go into OCD mode!

layla says Just before Joel left for Vanuatu is also when I knew I wanted to be with him forever – knowing he was going to be away for so long was really hard! I love his ability to understand but I find it super annoying when he zones out when I’m speaking to him!

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joel says: Our biggest wish for married life is that we can both help each other to become the best versions of ourselves.

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We thought it would be a nice idea to have an engagement shoot so that we could get some natural photos before the wedding to keep as memories of the time before we were married.

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We love our photographers Ronnie and Rosemary, their style is so effortless! The engagement shoot made us super excited for the big day. It was really fun and nice and relaxing too. We used some of the photos from the shoot on our wedding website, which was great!

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