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#ARUInLove: Georgina and Dan "Dan and I met at ARU Chelmsford back in 2011. Dan was in his final year of uni and after deferring for a year, I was in my first. We met towards the end of the uni year after a night out at the Students' Union @angliaruskin_su. He asked for my number that night and well, I thought I’d make him work for it by putting it into the notes section on his phone - if he wanted to chat to me again he’d have to find it! (Spoiler: he had to ask for help to find it!) Our first date was at Café Rouge and I must have been smitten (puke) as I ended up forgetting the time and missing a lecture. It doesn’t sound much but I’m not the sort of person to miss a lecture! Due to being in different years, Dan left uni not long after that so our relationship went long distance. Dan is from Norfolk whereas I grew up in Essex. We spent the next 8 years travelling in-between Norfolk and Essex. Whilst I continued on at uni, Dan went home and found work. When my uni life ended, I went back home to Essex and found work. It was hard but worthwhile, we both had jobs we loved and compromised commuting between the two both during the week and at weekends. It was only in 2018 that I made the move to Norfolk, then a month later Dan proposed. We planned our wedding for August 2020 and during all the ups and downs of the pandemic, we really didn’t think it would be a reality. We decided to re-arrange and then once that happened, we thought 'no - let’s do it if we can'. It was only a week before the date that we officially found out from the government that we could get married with 30 people in attendance, including the vicar, photographer and videographer." Thank you @gcoxyyy for sharing your wonderful story and congratulations on your wedding! 💍 ❤ #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #MetAtUni #MetAtUniversity #LoveIsInTheAir #Chelmsford #Cambridge #ARUChelmsford #ARULondon #ARUCambridge #ARUPeterborough #ARUAlumni #coupleshot #lovewords #bettertogether #couplesphotos #husbandwife #lovefeelslikehome #lockdownwedding #MarriedIn2020#Essex #EssexWedding

#ARUInLove: Bruce and Sue "My name is Bruce; I completed a Geography and Geology BSc (Hons) at the old CCAT 1986 - 1989. I met and married Sue and we successfully completed the same degree course! We met at our interviews for CCAT in the summer of 1986. Sue and I married in August 25 1991. Two children later we celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary this year." #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #AngliaRuskin #MetAtUni #MetAtUniversity #LoveIsInTheAir #Chelmsford #Cambridge #ARUChelmsford #ARULondon #ARUCambridge #ARUPeterborough #ARUAlumni #coupleshot #lovewords #bettertogether #fridayfreefunn #familyphotos #couplesphotos #husbandwife #lovefeelslikehome #familylove #30WeddingAnniversary

#ARUInLove: Jo and Simon "So, our story... We both started at APU in the year 2000 (back when ARU used to be Anglia Polytechnic University). Simon had just done a Gap Year and was starting a three-year degree in Audio Visual Technology. I moved to APU after attending Homerton College to train as a teacher, but I stopped my course after two years. I decided I didn't want to teach! I began a 3 year degree in Health, Welfare and Social Policy. We met on the first Sunday of the moving in weekend. The Christian Union offered to take new students to a local church. That's where we met and apparently he liked the look of me so went to the same Church as me :) Over our three years we ended up really involved with the Christian Union and had lots of friends in it that we are still in touch with now. We got engaged in the July of our first year of APU, we then got married in our last semester of the 3rd year - March 2003. Which was a bit crazy with dissertations and final assessments due to be handed in. Our wedding was a proper budget one that only cost about £3k. It was at City Church, Cambridge and all our student friends played the main roles such as photographer, DJ, laying tables etc. Our honeymoon was in Dublin and was only for 4 days. We moved to Surrey after we married and have been here ever since. This year, we will have been married for 18 years. We were foster carers for a few years looking after teenagers. Simon now works in post-production in the TV and Film industry. I have worked in charities and schools. We have two boys aged 6 and 10." Such a wonderful story - thank you for sharing! 💕🥰 #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #MetAtUni #MetAtUniversity #LoveIsInTheAir #Chelmsford #Cambridge #ARUChelmsford #ARULondon #ARUCambridge #ARUPeterborough #ARUAlumni

#ARUInLove: Ciéra and Lorenzo "I remember seeing him on the day of our first class. I was sitting on the left hand side of the room when I saw him walk through the door on the right. Immediately, I noted that he was very cute. So, in turn, I knew that I couldn’t talk to Lorenzo. I realised that we had almost every class together, which made me smile. I would look over when I thought that he couldn’t see me and when I got caught I would look away as quickly as possible. He sounded smart and I could tell that he cared a lot about his studies. In January we started Desktop Publishing class together. I took an empty seat, which ended up being somewhat nearby. Once everyone had settled and we were asked to boot up our computers to work, I encountered the fact that mine wasn’t working. I tried for a while to fix it before moving over a seat, next to Lorenzo. I had to internally count down from three before saying “Hi” to him, and after I did I over thought it immensely. I didn’t expect to be in that situation, next to him, but I didn’t want to come across as rude by moving further away. It was from there on that we began talking. I thought that he was just being polite when he smiled at me and would walk with me out of classes. The fact that someone so nice could see me as anything more literally didn’t cross my mind as a possibility. We met up outside of class one evening. He arrived early and came to mine for hot chocolate and a chat. We were supposed to go to a festival together however, upon its COVID-19 cancellation, we ended up hanging out instead until past midnight. It wasn’t until we said goodbye and he asked me on a date that it ever occurred to me that he might like me. I was shocked and couldn’t comprehend it. It’s now been over 8 months and I’ve never been more grateful. Through technology despising me, I managed to find my silly best friend and partner who buys me fries all in one person. Our future excites me and I can’t wait to grow and learn about the world with him by my side." Thank you @cieracree for sharing your lovely story! 💕🥰 #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #MetAtUni #MetAtUniversity #LoveIsInTheAir #ARUCambridge

#ARUInLove: Imogen and Rob "I met Rob in 2014. We had a long-distance relationship for two years before it was time for him to decide universities. I'm local to Chelmsford, so did everything in my power to convince him to move in with me and study in Essex! He started his BSc Computer Networks at ARU in 2016, and it changed our world! I joined ARU for my undergrad (BSc Medical Science) in 2018, and we have both thrived there, making tons of friends and gaining valuable skills. The university did bring us closer, physically and emotionally. I was so proud of him, and Anglia Ruskin, at his graduation in 2019 and I can't wait for him to be at mine this year!" Thank you @immiredlay for sharing your lovely story! 💕🥰 #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #MetAtUni #MetAtUniversity #LoveIsInTheAir #Chelmsford #Cambridge #ARUChelmsford #ARULondon #ARUCambridge #ARUPeterborough #ARUAlumni