Bella and Andrew met in 2009, after having numerous conversations through Match.com. “Andy asked me on a date to the Tate Britain gallery to see the Turner Prize exhibition,” says Bella. “We then went for dinner on the South Bank, and on to an ice cream parlour, before ending the date in a quirky pub in Covent Garden.”
Andy popped the question in February, 2012, on the eve of a friend's birthday. “We were walking down by the Thames, when he said would we mind just popping into the Tate (where we first met), as he wanted to take the price stickers off the birthday cake he'd brought for his friend,” explains Bella. “We sat outside on a bench and he opened up the cake. He asked me what I thought, so I looked down at a cake he'd actually baked with the words 'Bella will you marry me?' iced on top. Obviously, I said 'yes', and then he got down on one knee and asked me again!”
Here Bella tells us about their big day…
My dad made the cake and I decorated it. It was a bit daunting at first, as I'd never iced a cake so large before, let alone made sugar flowers but we were really pleased with the final result – it tasted delicious.
I wanted a dress which was light and floaty; as I'm quite short I was conscious that my gown shouldn't swamp me.
I accessorised with a crystal hair slide – it was pretty and sparkly!
We named our tables after sweets and our table plan was glasses filled with the coordinating sweets with little flags in – it went down very well with the younger guests.
Paul Tansley at Stylish Wedding Photography was recommended by a colleague at work. When we met him we were really impressed by the quality of his photos, and his professional approach to wedding photography.
The bouquets were hydrangeas and pink and white roses – I really liked the colours, and roses were my grandmother's favourite flower.
We had a short Hindu ceremony during the drinks reception in honour of my heritage. One of my cousins, Krishan, performed it for us, and it involved exchanging beautiful, handmade flower garlands. At the end of the ceremony we were both showered with rice and confetti.
In the evening, musician Olu Rowe performed as well as DJ'd. We really like his music, and we wanted a live performance.
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