James and Victoria met as teens, but nothing ever happened between them and they lost touch. Eventually, James tracked Victoria down some years later, and they went on their first date in August 2009!
James asked Victoria to be his wife whilst they were on a city break to Rome in October, just over a year after their first date. He’d asked her dad’s permission, and bought the perfect ring. The romantic groom to be popped the question in the moonlight in the Villa Borghese gardens overlooking the Piazza del Popolo. He presented Victoria with a beautiful princess cut solitaire.
An engagement of nearly two years followed whilst the couple saved up to pay for their dream wedding. They picked a date at the start of the summer holidays so school teacher James could enjoy a full honeymoon. Their date was also Victoria’s brother’s birthday, but luckily he allowed them to hi-jack his special day!