its your story - a couples feature

Natalie & James

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Where did you meet ? We met at work in London but didn't get together for a year after knowing each other. I had the courage to ask James out for a drink in shoreditch and our love story started there. Sadly that bar is no longer there so we cant go back !

and how did you get together ? Well seeing as its the 21st century Natalie decided the take the plunge (after a couple of glasses of wine) and message James on Facebook (other social media platforms are available) - the rest is history !

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How did James Propose? He proposed after a day exploring the city of Havana, a romantic meal was followed by a romantic walked through the City where James asked if i'd be his wife. I obviously, immediately said Yes ! I tried to send messages to friends and family with a picture of me sipping cocktails with my new ring on... no-one noticed at first and just commented on my cocktails ! 

How did you know you wanted to marry each other ? We both realised we were in love from quite early on and after living together we both knew we just wanted to take the next step and commit to building a life together. 

How do you see your married life together ? We want to laugh together, for many years to come. We want to work hard and have adventures together and commit to a lifetime together building a home.

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So how did you decide when you wanted to get married ? We knew we wanted a Spring Wedding and we knew we would like it over a bank holiday weekend so guests to make a long weekend. 

and how difficult was finalising the guest list? Numbers of people were so important to us as we both have large extended families that we spend time with regularly and so we had to find a venue that would have the capacity to hold all of our friends and family.

What is your top priority for your Wedding day? Our top priority is to say our vows to each other, the person we want to grow old with; in front of people we love most that have a direct impact on our lives. 

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What have you learnt through the process of planning your Wedding? That you don't have to have EVERYTHING. The pressure from social media  to have the most beautlful wedding is enormous so realising you don't need the trendiest thing is such a relief. With the right right guests at the right venue it will be perfect. and of course the right couple !! 

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Do you have one piece of advice for a couple that has just got engaged? Take a deep breath. Focus only on what you both truly want. You're never going to please everyone, there is always going to be someone that may not agree with your decisions but thats OK. Soon you'll be standing in front of your fiancĂ© and nothing else will matter.

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide ) and this is the wonder thats keeping the stars apart.

i carry your heart ( i carry it in my heart )
— e.e. Cummings