Wedding of the Week: Charlotte Burrows and Lee Protheroe

26 Nov 2018

A colour scheme based on alliums in various shades of purple brought Charlotte Burrows and Lee Protheroe's wedding to life, which also featured a host of personal touches

How did you meet?

At work.

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Tell us about the proposal.

It happened a few days after Christmas and was a total surprise. We had a lovely chilly walk by the lake near our house. It definitely topped off a great year.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Rustic, festival. The alliums are beautiful at the venue in May ,so we based our colour scheme around them in various shades of purple.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

Chaucer Barn in Norfolk. We wanted somewhere we could completely make our own and stay for a whole weekend with friends and family. With nine bedrooms, space for camping and caravans, plus lots of nearby accommodation, it was the perfect place. We supplied our own food, drink, decorations, furniture and entertainment. Plus the staff were fantastic.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

It was an Art Couture dress from Pure Brides in Norwich. It was the first one of about 10 that I tried on in Pure but I kept coming back to it as nothing could beat it. It was a total mix of every dress I’d saved on Pinterest.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

A Dessy full-length aubergine dress for my adult bridesmaid and matching dresses for my two flower girls. Martha, our daughter, wore an ivory dress.

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Where did you find your suits?

We went for waistcoats to match the relaxed feel of the weekend. The staff in Jarrolds were brilliant at helping us find matching trousers, shirts and ties for the groomsmen.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

My aunty Karen and I spent the Thursday before the wedding visiting florists and garden centres to find a beautiful selection of flowers and greenery. We wanted a really rustic feel so she had several helpers on the Friday night who made table flowers, bouquets, buttonholes and venue decorations – they were absolutely stunning and all slightly different which is what we’d hoped for.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

  • Being creative came in handy as I hand-painted stones as place settings which people could also keep as favours.
  • I also painted a pallet for our seating plan and created a photo montage from another pallet.
  • Our wedding breakfast was based around picnic hampers so I had great fun finding a selection of different ones.
  • Another of my favourite details was the kids' snack cart which everyone said was a brilliant touch.
  • We also loved the vintage games that kept both children and adults entertained.
  • Lee’s nickname is Pasta so we used jars of different pasta for the table names - plus we are honeymooning in Tuscany.
  • My mum is a caterer and helped with the food, so I knew it would be amazing.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Excited, I kept expecting to start feeling nervous but it never happened. Seeing Lee tear up as we got closer was very sweet.

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What was your most memorable moment?

It’s hard to pick just one! The whole day seemed to go fairly slowly (I think as we had the whole day at the venue and no need to travel, plus we got married at 12pm which left lots of time for celebrating). Saying our personalised vows was a big highlight, Lee was worried no one else would find them funny but everyone loved them. Our band were also a huge highlight. They played the first set spontaneously outside which was fantastic. Dessert was Thai Fried Ice and we got to have a go at making it ourselves – brilliant. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Sticking to a budget.

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What was the most important investment for you?

Venue, band and photographer.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Nancy Wilson - (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am. We have very different tastes in music and didn’t want anything too slow or soppy so this worked perfectly.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

The He Hews – just wonderful. DJ Sebina kept the party going all night too.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

My mum made our wedding cake and I gave her free rein. It was three tiers (vanilla, coffee and chocolate) – it was huge.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Buy more tonic for the gin.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We spent two days on the Norfolk Broads shortly after the wedding, then went to Tuscany for a week a few months after.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Do whatever will make you happy. Don’t try and please anyone else. If you’re enjoying your day everyone else will too.

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Steal their style:

Venue: Chaucer Barn, Gresham, www.chaucerbarn.com
Photography: Luis Holden, www.luisholden.com
Dress: Pure Brides, www.purebrides.co.uk/
Suits: Jarrolds, www.jarrold.co.uk
Entertainment: The He Hews, www.thehehews.com
DJ: DJ Sebina, www.djsebina.com
Dessert: Thai Fried Ice, www.tfi.rocks
Furniture: Vintage Mischief, www.vintagemischief.com

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