Rhett proposed on an afternoon in July 2013, I arrived home to be welcomed by the handsome love of my life dressed in his best suit with beautiful red roses and rose petals everywhere, he took both my hands in his and with tears in his eyes he asked me to be his wife. I said yes and so the journey of planning the celebration where our closest friends and family would bear witness to our promise of “Forever” began.
We chose The Herford Country Hotel as the place where we would make our promise. A Country Chick look & feel with a colour pallet consisting of soft pinks and mint green, understated & timeless. Natalie from My Eden Weddings was an absolute star, and brought our floral and décor vision to life.
Our inspiration was that of our love story our relationship is filled with so much joy, love, respect but most of all laughter and passion, and this was the theme that resonated throughout the day. Natalie made use of old books that my Mother and Grandmother spent hours making, along with beautiful ribbons, wood rounds, drift wood, freshly planted mint & mini chalkboards as table numbers.
I felt particularly inspired by the fact that those who are dear to us would be witnesses to the promise that we make to each other, and should times ever get tough they would be our support system reminding us of our promise, so we created our own website and sent out electronic invitations containing a link to our wedding website, wedding app and online guest book. We asked all our guests to submit their song request on the website and this became our playlist for the reception.
The ceremony was meticulously planned around making our friends and family part of our love story. Rhett’s cousin Jonathan bestowed upon us the honour of agreeing to marry us. Together the three of us wrote a personalised ceremony and our own vows, sharing with our guests the story of how we met. Rhett & I each had the opportunity to share our own version of this story, bringing so much laughter on the day, much like the general theme of our relationship.
We wanted mostly for all the best things we have experienced at weddings to be present on our day and to exclude the lesser favoured things, so we carefully planned the day to include … a short but meaningful ceremony, good food in abundance, a lot of fun and laughter, a few short speeches and lots of music & dancing, unconventional and non-traditional.
Our photo-shoot was so much fun and very memorable Liezel & De Wet from Figure of 8 perfectly captured our day and played a big part in making it as fun as possible. We opened the dance floor with Ellie Goulding’s “How long will I love you” as we entered the hall before all the formalities commenced. We danced and celebrated the night away and in a flash months had become weeks, weeks had become days, days had become hours, hours had become minutes and our lives had forever been altered, we walk into our future as the new Mr & Mrs Armstrong.
The Hertford Country House & Function Venue is one of Gauteng’s best-loved wedding venues, offering you the peace and tranquility to enjoy your special day.