The gift of love

Teenage sweethearts Natalie and Peter focused their big day on fun, family and friends.

Natalie Laskey and Peter Kitchen met through friends while they were still at school. After their first date at the cinema, they continued to meet up until Peter took the plunge and asked her to be his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. They were together for seven years before he popped the next big question.

“He proposed to me while we were visiting family in Norfolk,” Natalie reveals. “We decided to spend a day at the coast and he prepared a picnic for us. While we were at Sheringham Park he gave me, what he said was a belated birthday present.”

In fact it was his iPad which he'd pre-loaded with footage of their summer holiday in Cuba. “I soon realised it was a proposal video as there were shots of us at the start, with words to go with it and music from one of our favourite songs Real Love by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne. Once the film was finished, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the happiest moment of my life,” adds Natalie.

The couple tied the knot at Norfolk's Chaucer Barn on 30th May, 2017 and opted for a rustic country theme with a grey and pastel colour scheme. Read on for Natalie's account of their family friendly big day...

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We loved that Chaucer Barn is a blank canvas and we could do what we wanted. It gave us the flexibility to make the day our own.


The gift of love: Image 2aI fell in love with the unusual back and gorgeous lace detail of my Erica by Ronald Joyce dress.

The gift of love: Image 2 My bouquet was made up of blue hydrangeas and peach avalanche roses with ears of wheat in reference to Peter's late grandfather, who was a farmer.


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The grounds are beautiful and we were thrilled to be able to get married outside.


The gift of love: Image 4aOur lovely family friend Susanne Eves did a wonderful job of the bouquets and floral arrangements which included a mix of blooms including pink peonies, scented stocks, peach carnations, blue delphiniums and nigella.

The gift of love: Image 4 My mum and I made our three-tiered fondant-iced vanilla and lemon sponge cake.


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Peter chose a Richard James Mayfair three-piece suit in a lovely blue brushed wool. He had a special buttonhole and a blue tie with a stag pin to stand out from the groomsmen who wore navy suits and grey ties. Peter bought them all wolf tie pins as they're his 'wolf pack'.


The gift of love: Image 6aBill Downs sang during the ceremony and reception drinks and all our guests commented on how fantastic he was.

The gift of love: Image 6 The picture-frame table plan was decorated with handmade paper bunting, a patterned background, string and little floral pegs.


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My bridesmaids were amazing and were happy to wear anything I chose. I bought one-shoulder dresses in a neutral grey shade and luckily they all looked stunning in them.


The gift of love: Image 8aWe put framed photos of Peter and I as children by the table numbers to add a personal touch.

The gift of love: Image 8 We had barrels filled with ice for the drinks as well as a large Pimm's dispenser


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The centrepieces were flower-filled grey wooden crates with a decorative heart detail on the side.


The gift of love: Image 10aWe used different jars we'd collected for the sweet table and bought personalised bags for guests to help themselves.

The gift of love: Image 10 Peter's mum made metres of floral bunting which we used to decorate the venue.


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The evening disco was awesome and people were dancing the whole night. Lovelight Entertainment was amazing and lots of our guests said how great the music was.


Natalie and Peter's contact book


Bride's dress

Bridesmaids' dresses
Little Mistress

Classic Choice Catering

Lovelight Entertainment

Furniture hire
Grice & Foster Marquee & Event Hire

Groom's suit
House of Fraser

Groomsmen's suits

Tanya Woollacott Hair Stylist

Christabel Franklin

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
House of Fraser

Lina & Tom Wedding Photography

The Wood Kitchen

Bill Downs


Chaucer Barn

Spatz Film