Our Love Story With Savvy+Sand


A couple of months back I nervously hit ‘publish’ on this blog post, declaring my love for my better half Ben. I’m still not sure whether it was TMI, I wrote it on the flight back from Singapore after a magical holiday together (maybe I was a *little over emotional and jet lagged!), I never really thought too much about actually posting it, but then our 6 month anniversary crept upon us so I decided to share it on my blog and the response was overwhelming! I was bombarded with Facebook messages and people saying the post had made them cry (OOPS!), Ben works in a corporate sales environment so got absolutely ripped for the post (Ricky I'm looking at you!) which I felt reallyyyyyyyyyy bad for but I don’t regret publishing it because I absolutely adore him and apparently felt the need to share it with you all, SORRY.

And so if that wasn’t soppy enough for you, today I’m collaborating with creative jewellers Savvy+Sand who are inspired by stories of love to create their beautiful engagement rings (how lovely is that?!), to elaborate on our love story and dig a little deeper. You guys know I wear my heart on my sleeve (and publically) so I’ve been so excited to share these incredible shots (and by incredible I mean I’m so happy with them, not like OMG LOOK HOW CUTE WE ARE!), and our love story with you all! To add a new approach to how I tell our story, I’m going to answers questions that people ask us on our story, so, in case you were wondering (or even care), then keep on reading lovers…


How did you meet?...

So, myself and Ben met on Tinder (LOVE/HATE relationship with that app girls I’m telling you!), I had to sift through the frogs (or most commonly known as assholes) before I found my love. With Ben, everything was so incredibly different from the very second we started talking. Our banter was on point (naturally), I longed to see his text on my phone, we spoke for hours everyday, and the strangest thing? I loved him before I’d even met him! Call me crazy (I even thought it so DW about it!), but we got to know each other so well, on a completely different level that when we met it was like OH THERE’S BAE because it just felt so right, so natural with him. We didn’t meet for three weeks from when we first started talking because Ben was on holiday in Singapore otherwise I would have met him in a heart beat as I was dying to get to know him.

How long have you been together?...

We’ve been together for about 8 months now which is crazy as it’s just gone so, so quickly! You know what they say girls? Time flies when you’re having fun. And oh, how much fun it’s been! Ben makes me laugh every single day (usually to the point of tears); I think having fun is such an important factor in any relationship, and I don’t just mean ‘going to the cinema fun’ I mean being able to let your hair down and really be yourself with someone, let them see the real you. All your perfect imperfections. Or something like that!



Where did you spend your first date?...

Our first date will always be one that I remember and cherish. We first met the day after boxing day when we spent the day in London, we went for an incredible lunch at one of Ben’s favourite Chinese restaurants that he couldn’t wait to show me, then we headed to Winter Wonderland, drinking cider in each others arms and watching live music. I love the fact that we met around Christmas time as it adds that extra element of magic to our story and anniversary! We ended up spending New Years Eve together and have been inseparable ever since! *queue mini violin...

Where was your first holiday?...

We went to Iceland together after we’d been together for about 6 weeks, which I know is fairly quick but it felt like I’d know him for a lifetime. I didn’t worry too much what others said or thought as it felt right and all I wanted to do was spend 5 days with my love bathing in the Blue Lagoon, drinking at a beer festival, or watching the skies in search of the Northern Lights. Iceland will always hold a special place in my heart as it was our first holiday together, although our trip to Singapore was equally and special, and magical! Ben is half Singaporean so I knew he was itching to show me the sights, I fell in love with the country SO hard (almost as much as I love Ben, but not quite!).



Where did Ben ask you to be his girlfriend?...

We’d only been together for a couple of weeks when we stayed in the Langham as I was doing some work in London, we were dining in their beautiful Roux at the Landau restaurant, when Ben turned to me nervously and said ‘So, is it too soon to call you my girlfriend?” – I genuinely couldn’t remove the most ridiculously grin from my face all evening, I was on cloud 9! I knew since the moment I’d met him (and since we even started talking) that he was my ‘One’.

What do you see for your future?...

Babies! Oh man, I’ve been so broody since I met Ben and I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO ME?! Even my Mum and best friend are like what the hell is wrong with you? Haha! I’ve always been so career driven and business minded but when I met Ben I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, and for him to father my children. BUT, don’t panic just yet! Sensible me is like babesssssssss you gotta get that travelling done, buy a house, and be a sassy independent business woman. So, no it won’t be happening anytime soon but I definitely see myself spending the rest of my life with this one. So, two or three kids? Okay, sorry I’ll stop!

Do you ever argue?...

Haha that age old question! Please don’t ever believe that any relationship is ‘perfect’, contrary to what you see on social media! Me and Ben don’t really argue as we’re both so laid back, neither of us have time for it – if we have a problem we’ll talk it out like adults to resolve the issue. I’d say it’s usually just me being a bitch when ‘that time of the month’ occurs and Ben puts me back in my place LOLZ. I love the fact that even though Ben is super laid back, he also has a strong personality and won’t take any s**t, from me especially, I’ve always been one of those people who *occasionally needs telling to just quietly pop her toys back in her pram. And that’s exactly what Ben does for me. The Ying to my Yang!



Savvy+Sand are a creative jewellers, which means every ring they make is driven by a creative and innovative approach, ultimately inspired by stories of love in order to create their beautiful collections. I think it’s such a lovely idea that the brand recognises that each love story is unique and whatever your story, they will bring it to life!

Head on over to my YouTube channel and make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out on mine and Ben’s first EVER video (eep!) which will be coming later on this week! We’ll be talking about our story more in depth, what love means to us and also styling the Savvy+Sand collection that I feel is best suited to our love story; the Illumia collection.

Pssssssst! Don't forget to share a photo that captures your own #lovestory for a chance to win £250 to spend with @savvyandsand. Remember to follow @savvyandsand and #sharehowyoumet. (Full T&Cs: here)


Photos by my beautiful lady Kat!

What do you think of the concept of Savvy + Sand? Will you be sharing your love story for a chance to win £250? What do you think of these snaps?

*This post was in collaboration with Savvy + Sand, all opinions as always are my own!


  1. Megan 22nd August 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Okay so these photos absolutely bloody killed me! OMG how gorgeous!
    Stop it babes just stop it! x

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Hahaha oh babes! LOVE YOU! <3 xxx

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Ah thank you lovely, we were both so happy with how they turned out! 🙂 x

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:06 pm

      Ah thank you – it was so lovely! x

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:07 pm

      How lovely! 🙂 Thank you! x

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Ahah thank you love! x

  2. Beth Norton 23rd August 2016 / 11:38 am

    Oh Hayley this post is just BEAUTIFUL. A match made in heaven, you two melt my heart! You deserve all the happiness in the world beautiful one.

    Love you!

    Beth xoxox.

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you beautiful girl – means the world!

      Love you tonnes xx

  3. Emma 23rd August 2016 / 11:44 am

    This is such a lovely post and you sound so happy, it’s really nice to read something so uplifting and positive!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you, we really are so happy! x

  4. Erin 23rd August 2016 / 1:35 pm

    You two are so flipping cute together! Love all the pictures! There would be no way Iain would be up for taking loads of pictures together, he is such a bore unless he is drunk for things like that, and then all you get is daft faces *sigh* lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Hayley 24th August 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you lovely lady! Haha boys eh? I did have to bribe him but it’s so lovely to have some great shots of us both together! 🙂 x

  5. Margaret 26th August 2016 / 3:50 am

    Awww you two are just so cute (even cuter for the fact you two met on Tinder)! I can devo feel your excitement and happiness dating the man you seem to have known for a lifetime! You make me so hopeful (not that I’m miserable or sth just you make me hold my believe in love)!

    xo Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com | http://www.facebook.com/maleemaleehong

    • Hayley 1st September 2016 / 8:34 am

      Ah thank you for your lovely comment! He’s a good egg! And definitely have faith in love! <3 x

  6. sarah @tempsec 2nd September 2016 / 4:44 pm

    You two really are the CUTEST! I have Tinder on my phone but I haven’t really got my head round the idea of meeting someone this way, but after hearing your story, I think I need to be much more open minded with it. x

    • Hayley F 8th September 2016 / 2:22 am

      Ahhh thank you lovely! Yes do it, it’s so daunting at first but you get used to it (just have to weasel out the wrong uns haha!) xx

  7. Bee 7th September 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I cannot deal with how bloody adorable this post is. It spunds like you and Ben are a matchmade in heaven!
    Bee xxx

    • Hayley F 8th September 2016 / 2:22 am

      Ahh thank you lovely! 🙂 x

    • Hayley 28th September 2016 / 11:22 am

      Ah thank you! Aren’t they just?! x

    • Hayley 28th September 2016 / 11:22 am

      Thank you beautiful! x

  8. Tania 15th September 2016 / 9:13 pm

    These pictures are too adorable, you two are too cute!! And the ring is gorgeous!

    xx freshfizzle

    • Hayley 28th September 2016 / 11:23 am

      Ah thank you lovely! Isn’t it so beautiful?! My dream ring! x

  9. Hanh 16th September 2016 / 10:16 am

    I’m a sucker for romance, thanks for sharing Hayley!

    Also I just click on your friend Kat’s link – I’m a wedding videographer so love connection with other videographers 🙂 xx

    • Hayley 28th September 2016 / 11:23 am

      No problems love, so glad you enjoyed it! She’s amazing isn’t she?! x

    • Hayley 28th September 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks gorge! <3 x

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