Sweets for my sweet

Bella and Andrew had a colourful day and fusion of cultures

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…

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A friend of mine got married at Northbrook Park, so I knew it was a lovely venue inside and out.


Sweets for my sweet: Image 2aMy 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.

Sweets for my sweet: Image 2 I wanted a dress which was light and floaty; as I'm quite short I was conscious that my gown shouldn't swamp me.


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Andrew, the best man Marcus, and the ushers all wore the same grey tails from Moss with ivory or grey waistcoats.


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We used garlands of flowers to adorn the fireplace and candle stands. These were threaded together by our families the night before the wedding.


Sweets for my sweet: Image 5aI accessorised with a crystal hair slide – it was pretty and sparkly!

Sweets for my sweet: Image 5 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.


Sweets for my sweet: Image 6aPaul 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.

Sweets for my sweet: Image 6 The bouquets were hydrangeas and pink and white roses – I really liked the colours, and roses were my grandmother's favourite flower.


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My sister, Hannah, was my bridesmaid and wore a purple chiffon maxi dress which suited her figure – she looked beautiful.


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It was really important that the wedding reflected our different cultures; I'm half English, half Indian, and Andy is half English and half Chinese. Everyone really enjoyed the Hindu ceremony and the Indian wedding buffet, and there were a lot of laughs over the Chinese fortune cookies in the evening.


Sweets for my sweet: Image 9aWe 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.

Sweets for my sweet: Image 9 In the evening, musician Olu Rowe performed as well as DJ'd. We really like his music, and we wanted a live performance.


Bella and Andrew's contact book

Browns of London

Bride's dress
Victoria Jane

Bride's hair and make-up
Janita Hicks

Bride's veil

Armin's Catering
Tel: 01483 489 365

Groom's suit

Stylish Wedding Photography

Olu Shola

Northbrook Park


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