But instead they died arm in arm in a pool of blood – gunned down by Islamist extremists as they went out for lunch in a Kenyan shopping centre.
In photographs too graphic to print, Briton Ross Langdon cradles sweetheart Elif Yavuz, one hand draped protectively over her pregnant stomach. The burger and chips they had just bought are scattered across the floor.
The takeaway counter next to them is riddled with AK-47 bullets, sprayed by members of terror cell Al Shabaab at anyone deemed to be non-Muslim..
In his last moments, the 33-year-old appears to have tried to protect the woman who was to have their first child in just two weeks.
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