At the end of this month, Louisa Lytton was meant to be walking down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams, fiancé Ben Bhanvra, in front of all their loved ones. The EastEnders star, 31, had organised every detail of the beautiful ceremony, which was due to take place over the bank holiday.
However, like so many others across the world, their plans were thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic and, earlier this summer, the couple made the heartbreaking decision to delay their nuptials until summer 2021.
“It was emotional making the decision to postpone it because you put all this work and effort into something, build it all up in your head, and then suddenly it’s not happening for ages,” Louisa reveals as she and Ben sit down with OK! for the first time since they exclusively announced their engagement to us.
Back then, in May 2019, the couple were on cloud nine after Ben, 29, popped the question while they were holidaying in the Maldives.
“When I saw him on one knee I started crying like a baby,” Louisa said at the time. “I was so excited but my brain went into overdrive and I started freaking out. I had no idea he was going to propose.”
The actress – who plays Ruby Allen in the BBC One soap – also made no secret of the fact that they were hoping to “get cracking” with starting a family as soon as they were married. But the loved-up pair insist putting their wedding day on ice won’t derail their ambitions for a family.
Here, the couple talk about their difficult decision, their plans for the future and why lockdown has made them closer than ever...
We’re sorry to hear you’ve had to postpone your big day. How are you feeling about it?
Louisa: It feels strange to think we should have been getting married this month and now we’re not. It was emotional making the decision to postpone it because you put all this work and effort into something, you build it all up in your head, and then suddenly it’s not happening for ages.
Ben: It was stressful deciding what to do, but to be honest, once we actually made the decision to rearrange the date, it took the pressure off a bit. We’re looking to move from our flat to a house at the moment, so maybe moving and getting married at the same time would have been too much!
When did you decide to postpone the wedding?
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August 18, 2020