IT is often said if two people are fated to be together, they will eventually find each other irrespective of distance.
This is the life story of Aaron and Angela Aisea, newlyweds with quite an extravagant story to tell.
Both are former Fiji nationals but were keen on coming back to their homeland to tie the knot in the presence of family members and friends.
Aaron, 32, is a soldier with the British Army based in Gloucestershire, UK and Angela, 31, is a nurse assistant in Brisbane, Australia.
Their love story started in the early days of their high school years spent at Cathedral Secondary School and as both recall, there were feelings for each other but somehow were never expressed verbally to each other.
"I always tried chatting with Angela but found it a challenge and I always said she played difficult at that time," Aaron says.
Angela on the other hand, said when Aaron arrived to her class in fourth form, her first impression of him was how handsome he was.
"I was very shy back then and I remember Aaron trying to chat me up heaps of time," she says. "I used to avoid him even though I had a crush on him. Also I had no intention on dating because my dad used to tell us, 'enjoy school there will be loads of time after school to date', so I did just that," Angela said.
Their quiet admiration of each other seemingly came to a halt when both had to go their separate ways after high school.
Aaron admitted he felt so much for Angela but never said anything and the two never had a proper farewell.
"My elder brother Irwin was also in the British Army. After I left school, I went on to the School of Maritime," he says. "After that, I followed in his footsteps and then joined the British army."
Life after high school was a different experience for Angela as well.
"I studied graphic design at (the then) Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT), dated and fell in love a few times, fell pregnant with an ex-boyfriend but still wasn't happy and had no intention of getting married. It was around this time that my family migrated to Australia," she says. "In 2003, I moved with my family to Australia, it was a whole new world for me. I was four months pregnant with my daughter Margaret at that time.
"It was tough but I knew in my heart anything was possible. Raising my daughter on my own changed my life; it made me stronger and helped me through all the tough times. It also helped me realise what I was meant to do in life and that is helping people which is why I went into nursing."
Both were leading their busy lives and reminiscing in the thoughts of the one they thought they had lost when fate intervened.
Angela recalls the day Aaron sent her a message on Facebook.
"Fate brought us together in August of 2009 after he messaged me and asked if I was the same Angela he went to school with.
"It came as a surprise at first and I was speechless at the same time, I had butterflies in my tummy. My first thought was he is already married and just saying hi," Angela said. "I didn't think anything until he asked me if I was single.
"We soon hit it off, even though he was on the other side of the world I just felt in my heart to give it a try.
"We met for the first time after 10 years when he came over to Australia in 2011 to spend Christmas with my family. Our relationship wasn't always rosy especially with the distance thing and him being deployed overseas as I was always worried sick."
Spending time together made the two realise the connection and love they had for each other.
Aaron proposed to Angela in Sunshine Coast, Australia and says that moment was one of the defining moments of his life.
"I am very happy that I have finally married my high school crush, lover and soul mate," he says.
"What I love most about Angela is the love, care and comfort she gives me and her funny sense of humour."
Both Angela and Aaron are now hoping to settle in Australia before the end of the year.
Aaron, with his experience, wants to share something with those thinking distance will be a problem.
"If you are going through a long distance relationship, make sure you both keep a good communication and put the Lord always in centre of both your lives. Never give up when you are facing tough times and stay positive," Aaron says.