“I was getting my lunch at college when Gindi walked over with the worst chat-up line you’ve ever heard: ‘Don’t get the tuna or you’ll need a chewing gum afterwards’. But it worked! Straight away I liked the fact that he made me laugh. He made me feel comfortable.
Our first date was in Bluewater shopping centre. He asked me to help him pick out a shirt for a party and we ended up in McDonald’s. We were only 17! We had limited options. There, I made him laugh so I knew we were off to a good start. I ordered chicken nuggets because I knew they’d be easy to eat. He ordered a burger and got it everywhere.
Going to different universities was the first time we were apart. It was a bit rocky – we had different friends and didn’t see each other as much – but we made it through.
We’d been together ten years when Gindi proposed. We were so young when we met that any earlier would have felt too soon. It was Gindi’s 27th birthday – we usually organize each other’s birthday celebrations, so when he organised his own I thought something was a bit strange.
We were all dressed up for the night and passed The Gherkin. I stopped to take photos. Gindi said, ‘Let’s have a look inside’. We went up to the top and he’d hired the whole place. There was champagne and this incredible view. It was wonderful! I had no idea and said ‘Yes’ straight away.
We got married in Gibson Hall, the old Bank of England on Threadneedle Street, just across the road from The Gherkin. Being able to see where we got engaged from where we got married was lovely. It felt just perfectly London.