For Amy and Iam, actions would truly speak louder than words when it comes to their love story. Amy and Iam met when they were very young. Amy was 12 and Iam was 13. Iam had moved with his family from the Philippines and just joined Amy's church. It was Amy's mother who introduced the two teenagers. Their interaction was very brief but it was the start of a beautiful friendship. "He smiled, said “Hi! My name is Iam” and promptly walked off, and that was pretty much it! It took 5 years of awkward teenage flirting for him to finally let me know how he felt," recalls Amy. It was at the Natural History Museum in London, surrounded by dinosaur skeletons, where Iam finally let Amy know how he felt. "Again, not much was said, in fact, nothing was said. We were walking to the souvenir shop and he suddenly brushed his hand up against mine, held my hand and wouldn’t let go (not like I was trying to let go either, hello, 5 years waiting!) Being the gentleman he is, he asked my mother’s permission before making things official," said Amy. Amy and Iam were together for another 5 years before he asked her to be his wife. Check out their elegant Caribbean themed wedding at Northbrook Park, which is one of the most exclusive venues in the United Kingdom. The 18th century manor house is home to several peacocks who roam the stunning gardens. Their special day was beautifully captured by photographer Murray Clarke.
Bride: Amy Andes, 24, Senior Vaccines Sales Representative
Groom: Iam Andes, 25, Aircraft Fitter
Place of residence: London
Wedding date: 5/2/14
Honeymoon Destination: Kurumba, Maldives
So you can probably already tell, I’m a very patient person. After 5 years of (again) waiting for this man to pop the question, he decides one wintery day in December 2012 that he wants to go to the theater. He planned the whole day from going to the theater to see One Man, Two Guvnors (not so romantic) to the dinner at Odette’s in Primrose Hill (very romantic). That’s when I thought “…no way…he’s going to do it! I knew I should have worn waterproof mascara!”. But alas, he didn’t propose. We drove home and I felt so disappointed and foolish. He said he wanted to come in to say goodbye to my mum before going home and I thought nothing of it. It was only when he pulled out a build-a-bear dressed in a suit with a ring box in his paw (in my hallway, may I add) that I connected the dots. He went down on one knee and I turned into a panda. I knew I should have worn that waterproof mascara! I still have the bear and like to squeeze it every now again and listen to him asking me to marry him.
From the Bride:
It was a beautiful day, so beautiful it almost didn’t feel real. Over a year’s work of planning had come together but it was our loved ones that made it so memorable.
The couples best/most memorable moment:
Amy: Walking up the aisle and seeing everybody I loved all under one roof with the one I cared about the most at the top, waiting for me.
Iam: The most memorable moment for me was being next to my wife, saying I do and kissing her. It was something special and will always remain vivid in my memory.
From the Groom:
Our wedding day was an experience of mixed highs, happiness and chest aching nerves that took me back to our first kiss in the hallway. The nerves settled as soon as I saw my gorgeous bride next to me. Next thing I know we have said our I do's and then heard those words "you may kiss the bride." This time I kissed her with a thought in mind- That we grew more in love with each other everyday that has passed since our first kiss, and that we will continue to do so, through thick and thin. The wedding itself flowed wonderfully and was set at a beautiful venue with lush gardens, complemented by a number peacocks eager to display their colorful feathers. Caribbean cuisine filled our orangery dining room with irresistible aromas and a bottomless supply of summer refreshments. Photographers and videographers captured special moments. People were plenty and happy.
What makes your love special?
We keep God as a constant in our lives and firmly follow Ecclesiastes 4:12 (A threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two). The husband and wife, being the first two strands, who are intertwined with the central strand, Jehovah, our God. By serving him and developing qualities such as love, faith and hope, we are constantly strengthening our martial bond and are provided with the spiritual strength to work through any problems.
Corinne Bailey Rae – Like a Star. Her voice is so soothing and peaceful. Just what you want in a marriage.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Growing together emotionally and spiritually.
Advice for a Bride/Groom on their wedding day:
Something will go wrong. It always happens. Don’t stress about it. As long as you’re both there for each other, the rest is a bonus. The day will be beautiful success as long as you keep remembering its about celebrating love and not trivial things.
Congrats to newlyweds Amy and Iam! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss.
Photographer: Murray Clarke
Ceremony & Reception location: Northbrook Park
Bridal gown: Enzoni / Always and Forever
Bridal party attire: Quiz
Groom’s tux: Moss Bros
Cake: Made by the brides mother
Caterer: Vivienne and James Williams
Music: Mista Rickstar
Hair and makeup:
Hair: Avos Hair
Make up: Alison Cameron
Flowers: The Floral Room
Steel band: Jeff Hinds