Facebook prank led to love
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.