See Sunset Star Vanessa Villela and Fiancé Nick Hardy’s Romantic Engagement Photos Sale

sell sunset Star Vanessa Villela and her fiancé Nick Hardy are almost ready to wed, but not before celebrating their engagement with a dreamy photoshoot!

The couple had a makeover for a romantic couple photo shoot at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The snaps feature plenty of outfit changes, including Villela, 44, in a sexy black outfit posed in front of a Rolls Royce, a lavish emerald look, an Art Deco style covered in pearls and a traditional pleated white dress. Hardy, 43, sports a variety of black and white looks.

Vanessa Villela—sunset sale, for her engagement shoot

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Villela’s shimmering engagement ring is also the centerpiece of almost every setting.

Hardy proposed a rectangular three-stone diamond ring in January that he designed alongside his friend and future groomsman, jeweler Anto Giantto.

Vanessa Villela—sunset sale, for her engagement shoot

Vanessa Villela—sunset sale, for her engagement shoot

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Long before exchanging rings, the couple started as connected friends on the exclusive Raya app in October 2020. Villela tells PEOPLE that she had given up on dating and instead “just wanted to be friends with somebody”. She adds, “I’ve always dreamed of finding my soulmate as a friend, because I feel like the most important thing you need to have in a relationship is friendship and a strong foundation. “

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Just Villela’s luck, she and Hardy had a lot in common and started sending long daily messages back and forth. Soon they were exchanging selfies.

Villela’s first photo was of her dressed as an American ninja warrior, a photo that Hardy thought was just “awesome” and “so cool”. Hardy’s first photo was what she calls an “Amazing, Sexy Zoolander Selfie” that made Villela’s head spin.

Vanessa Villela - selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot.  photographer is Alex Evans.

Vanessa Villela – selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot. photographer is Alex Evans.

Alex Evans

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The selfies turned into regular FaceTime conversations until, on a whim, Villela invited Hardy to her birthday party in Mexico in January 2021. The couple first met in person at the airport when Villela ran up to Hardy and hugged him. “To me, it was like he was my boyfriend,” she laughs.

“It was amazing, as soon as we got in the car we didn’t stop kissing until we got to the hotel,” Hardy told PEOPLE. The couple extended their trip from 10 days to two months because of the fun they had at the Fairmont Mayakoba hotel.

“It was like a movie,” Hardy recalled.

Vanessa Villela - selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot.  photographer is Alex Evans.

Vanessa Villela – selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot. photographer is Alex Evans.

Alex Evans

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The couple are now preparing for the final month of planning before their wedding in September. With two wedding planners, much of the logistics are covered, however, the couple notes that they have learned to “make time” and start early.

They describe their place as “a mix of Moroccan, Italian and Spanish styles with pink walls and beautiful archways”. The decor led the duo to choose a “pastel” color palette for the celebration. Villela’s five bridesmaids, for example, will all be dressed in dusty pink.

Hardy, a professional photographer, was very involved in the planning process. “I’ve done so much directing and producing in my life and work that I think every wedding should be like a movie,” he says. Outside of the typical nuptials, the couple will have a “big surprise at the end” that they teased to PEOPLE will be all about the fun.

Vanessa Villela—sunset sale, for her engagement shoot

Vanessa Villela—sunset sale, for her engagement session

Alex Evans

When asked if they would write their own vows, the couple replied with a “yes!” resounding. “We’re both very romantic and we really want that,” Villela says.

The couple forgo a first look and see each other for the first time at the ceremony in their wedding attire.

Vanessa Villela - selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot.  photographer is Alex Evans.

Vanessa Villela – selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot. photographer is Alex Evans.

Alex Evans

At the end of the aisle, they’ll slip on matching wedding rings with diamonds, a sapphire and a ruby ​​from a Jerusalem-based company. Villela tells PEOPLE that they “fell in love with the idea that the stones represent something so amazing.”

“They say the stones contain magic,” Hardy adds.

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Vanessa Villela - selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot.  photographer is Alex Evans.

Vanessa Villela – selling the sunset, for her engagement photo shoot. photographer is Alex Evans.

Alex Evans

They expect the wedding to be small, between 65 and 80 guests, with only the “nearest, closest and dearest people”.

As for her sell sunset teammates, Villela says: “Of course my girls will be there!”

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