Here’s a very special throwback to the wedding of an extra special couple – Charm & Sean. I chatted to the (still) beautiful bride, Charm, to reminisce about their special day, and here’s what she had to say:
Like most girls, I had dreamt of my wedding day all my life, but when the day actually came to start planning, I had no clue where to begin. After looking at a number of venues, I found myself so confused, yet caught up on the notion that I wanted our wedding to be unique.
It was this pressure that prompted us to look into The Castle in Chartwell. While beautiful and vastly different from your ‘run of the mill’ wedding venue, I don’t think either Sean or I realised how much work it would entail. We booked and paid the deposit and instead of feeling excited, I felt completely overwhelmed.
My brother in law suggested that we set up a meeting with Leeandra from Fields of Colour whom he had worked with for several years. Based on his recommendation, we went to see the lady that he spoke so highly of. She was warm and friendly as she welcomed us into her haven, offering us champagne and carrot cake, where we chatted for hours, never feeling rushed.
We walked away from that initial meeting, knowing in our hearts that we had made a friend. I no longer felt anxious and stressed, I felt completely calm and at ease. Our save the dates had been sent out and Lee requested that we do a site visit to talk about our vision.
Upon walking the castle and seeing what was possible and what was not, Lee raised her concerns. Her biggest being that there were no refrigerators, ovens or warmers for the caterer. Lee assured us that it was totally possible to make it all happen but that there would be extra costs involved which we just didn’t account for in our budget. A week passed and we discussed it at length and made the decision to find a wedding venue that had all the equipment on site, making it more cost effective. With Lee’s direction, we found the beautiful Green Leaves Country Estate in Hartbeespoort which we felt was the perfect setting for our special day.
We sat down with Lee twice after that and did a site visit of the new venue. Feeling so comfortable with this remarkable woman who we had grown so fond of, I gave Lee free reign to run with our wedding. My only request was to incorporate roses into the flower arrangements and to stick to a pink and white theme. I never wanted to see a mock-up because I trusted her implicitly.
Leading up to the big day, Lee handled everything for us and went above and beyond to make us feel relaxed. Finally, the 17th October rolled around, and I had no clue what I was walking into, but I knew it would be spectacular. Our ceremony was set up on the beautiful green lawn and I can still remember how beautiful the place looked. It was simple yet elegant and it really took my breath away. Her attention to detail was astonishing and I couldn’t have been happier.
Following the ceremony and the photographs, which were done by Andries Combrink, we entered the venue. I remember walking in and thinking to myself that I had never seen a place more stunning. There were flowers everywhere and a hand-crafted paper flower wall done by Lee herself, served as the backdrop to our table (does this lady’s talents know no bounds?!).
No detail was amiss, it was everything I could have wished for and so much more. The candles complimented the incredibly romantic atmosphere and the ambience was something I will never forget. It was, in my eyes, a wedding that you only ever see in magazines and on TV.
The following morning was a bit of a blur, we had partied long into the night and most of our guests had stayed over which meant we all sat and ate breakfast together. Sean and I still expected to go and help Lee break down but when we arrived, she was done. There was absolutely nothing left for us to do except hand out the left-over bunches of flowers, and there were plenty!
We often reflect on our wedding and to this day Sean and I still comment on how amazing Lee and the team from Fields of Colour was. It was hard to find the words to thank her and we thought endlessly about what to get her as a token of appreciation, but nothing seemed good enough for the lady that made our wedding one we will never ever forget.
Lee is truly one of the kindest people you will ever meet and all those that are lucky enough to know her can attest to that. We continue to maintain a friendship and we will forever hold her close to our hearts.
Thank you, Charms, for your incredible testament to the pure love and attention to detail we strive to pour into each and every wedding and event we do at Fields of Colour – it was an absolute honour being a part of your day, and still being a part of your lives.
All images courtesy of Andries Combrink.