It was a day of literally marrying English and Russian traditions through the key elements of music, food, drink, flowers and light to create an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Hear about it in Andrew's own words below...
As guests arrived and took their seats, they were met with the beautiful floral arrangements and elegant standing candles along the aisle. The ceremony started with a live saxophonist who serenaded Nataliya, who was wearing an absolutely stunning Suzanne Neville dress. The ceremony itself included both Russian and English readings that said so much about us as a couple and also reminded everyone about the two traditions coming together on the day.
The Drinks Reception
Rocket, our caterer, welcomed our guests with canapes that were beautifully presented and the saxophone provided wonderful background music. In addition to Champagne, we also had real ale from the very small Wimbledon Brewery, to reflect where I have lived for many years.
It all started with the Russian tradition of breaking a large, ornate and specially baked bread called 'Karavai'. Nataliya and I both ripped off a piece of bread to decide who would be head of the family!
I must admit that, my now wife, ripped a bigger piece. We also combined the twin traditions of speeches - typical of British weddings and shorter toasts from Russian weddings. The professional translator was there to ensure that everyone could understand what was being said which helped bring everyone together. To top it all off, each table had a chilled bottle of vodka to make the toasts in true Russian style. This went down very well...
At 10pm everyone was in for a surprise as they were ushered outside for fireworks, which were truly stunning. This completed the 'light' element of the day, with the evening being topped off wonderfully with music that included both Russian and British classic tunes to keep everyone get involved and be entertained.