Face­book prank led to love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: RAB­BIT & THE BEAR

It’s not ev­ery day you can thank a Face­book prank for bring­ing you together with the love of your life.

But that’s ex­actly what happened with Laura Gren­nall and Jake Vic­tor.

In April 2013, Laura’s friend James logged into her ac­count and be­gan adding all the pages in the “peo­ple you may know” sec­tion. Jake was one of them.

The con­struc­tion worker and fire­fighter ac­cepted the re­quest.

But it wasn’t un­til more than a

year later that Laura, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, re­alised she was “friends” with him af­ter he started in­ter­act­ing with some of her posts on the site.

“I no­ticed that Jake kept ‘lik­ing’ my pho­tos, so I mes­saged him and asked, ‘Do I know you?’” she says. “It turned out we only lived five min­utes from each other and have spo­ken ev­ery day since then.”

“It was pure chance,” Jake adds. “We of­ten talk about (how) if that hadn’t happened, how dif­fer­ent things would be.”

The pair were together for al­most four years when the next chap­ter in their re­la­tion­ship was writ­ten, although Laura was a lit­tle scep­ti­cal at first.

While on a Bali hol­i­day in April 2018, Jake pro­posed on the bal­cony of their ho­tel. But the date meant Laura had to dou­ble check.

“It was April 1, so be­fore I ac­cepted, I made sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke,” she laughs.

But Jake re­as­sured her it was all above board and presented her with a stun­ning ring.

Laura and Jake tied the knot in a mov­ing cer­e­mony at Ben­doo­ley Es­tate, Ber­rima, in the South­ern High­lands, with a re­cep­tion for 90 of their fam­ily and friends — in­clud­ing some who came from the UK to help cel­e­brate — held after­wards at the same venue.

Af­ter all the for­mal­i­ties were over, the new­ly­weds jumped on a plane and headed to Queen­stown on the South Is­land of New Zealand for a five-night honeymoon.

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