Deborah met Paul in a London bar, drenched from a rainstorm after a disastrous day at work: not a great start, but one that led to lasting love for the pair, both 31. “My friend and I ran into the bar and literally bumped into him,” says Deborah. “As I left, Paul (a pilot) said to me, ‘If you give me your number, I’ll take you up in a plane one day.’ Paul has since kept his side of the deal, flying me to exciting places around the world.’
Six years later, as the couple planned a trip to Venice, Deborah was unaware Paul had a surprise up his sleeve. “He’d been heading off to work at strange times and I’d no idea he was making trips to Hatton Garden to get my yellow diamond ring made,” says Deborah. “He’d been leaving the house in his uniform, then changing into casual clothes and getting the train to London so I wouldn’t catch on!” Paul’s hard work paid off, and he presented Deborah with the bespoke ring on a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice.
Photographs by Hamish at Eternal Imaging (eternal-imaging.com)