Wedding of the Week: Sharon Hudson and David Holt
03 Sep 2018
Three days of celebrations made Sharon Hudson and David Holt's vintage wedding particularly memorable, with good food and great company forming the basis of the unforgettable occasion
How did you meet?
On a blind date arranged by mutual friends.
Tell us about the proposal.
David proposed to me with a subtle Valentine’s Day card in 2014. He gave me a card which had a lot of writing on the back, and he’d underlined and circled certain letters that spelled out ‘Will you marry me?’. When I’d finally worked that out, he had a card prepared for a ‘yes’ answer or a ‘no’. I never opened the 'no', and I couldn’t be happier.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Having spent a long time discussing ideas with the florist (Robert Stubbs and wedding planner Amy Thorne, we came up with a vintage theme. The colour scheme was blush and pewter.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We looked around approximately 20 venues, covering the North, South East and West, finally realising we had such a gem right on our doorstep. Washingborough Hall in Lincoln had everything we wanted in a venue: enough bedrooms to cater for our needs and exclusivity of the venue meant we could utilise all the function rooms and bars all day/evening. We also knew the chef at Washingborough Hall from when he was head chef at a different establishment and we already knew he was amazing. We had also previously eaten/attended functions here and so, again, we knew just how professional the staff were.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I literally booked into every local wedding dress shop in Lincolnshire, trying on more than 100 dresses in total by the end of the hunt. Nothing was the dress. I had seen an advert for Harrogate Wedding Lounge on social media and decided to book in for a visit there. As soon as my daughter and I stepped into The Wedding Lounge I felt totally at ease and just knew they would be advising me perfectly. My daughter had made the trip with me to every wedding dress shop previously, using her one day a week day off each week to help me find my perfect dress.
We were encouraged to look through and pick out any I wanted to try on. Together we selected another 12 dresses to try on; the ladies there also picked out a few for me to try. Each one was lovely, but not perfect. I had decided to settle on a dress that I thought was ideal, when Stacey (my daughter) said: "Don’t forget this one you picked out". So I reluctantly tried that one on and knew straight away that it was the dress. I felt perfect in it and absolutely fell in love with it. The designer was Enzoani and it was the Kerianna dress.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
We had my daughter as the only bridesmaid, who wore a floor-length pewter gown with jewels on the top section. It was bought from Red Carpet Ready in Branston, Lincolnshire.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
A beautiful knee-length dress in black, gold and cream from Debenhams.
Where did you find your suits?
Dave's suit/shirt and shoes were handmade from JS Tailoring which are Lincoln based.
Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help?
We enrolled Amy Thorne, owner of Amaranthyne Weddings as our wedding planner; she was absolutely amazing and helped with so many elements to bring the whole day and theme together. Amy is also director of Romance at Washingborough Hall, so she was also able to guide us to the best solutions at the venue too.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Flowers were by Robert Stubbs in Lincolnshire. Robert also works at Washingborough Hall and has a fabulous understanding of the layout, places for flowers to work in the venue etc. Advising on colours and ideas, he was invaluable.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
We started the wedding on the Friday with a meal for 50 people so everyone could meet and be more relaxed on the actual wedding day. This worked perfectly. We also carried on to the Sunday, again inviting approximately 50 people for Sunday lunch, with just 15 staying for the evening meal and the night. It was absolutely amazing that the wedding could last three days.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Totally in awe of everything around me: people's faces, smiles, the flowers... everything had come together to create our prefect venue and wedding. I was also fairly nervous, but excited too.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
I had one of my eldest friends (Carol Lynn) and also my daughter (Stacey Hudson) give two readings. These were placed in the ceremony by the registrars – it worked really well.
What was your most memorable moment?
Proudly walking back down the aisle with my husband's hand in mine.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I can honestly say that Amy Thorne was the best wedding planner ever and there wasn’t a challenge for me once she was on board. Everything went smoothly.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
John Legend - All Of Me; we had heard this song when it was released the previous year and the words were just perfect for us. We had the evening singer sing this live.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a live singer and he also did sets of disco inbetween his singing too. It worked perfectly. We also had Blue Topaz play from 12pm onwards until the end of the wedding breakfast. They played before, during and after the cerermony.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We decided on a five tier dummy cake as it would have been too heavy. It was made by Fiona Milnes of Cakes by Design, based in Nettleham, Lincoln.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would have had the day videoed. The photos are amazing but I really wish the day had been videoed too.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We flew two days after the wedding to Thailand for 26 days and spent two weeks in Krabi and then eight days in Koh Samui.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Definitely consider the services of a wedding planner, they are absolutely invaluable.
Steal their style:
Venue: Washingborough Hall Hotel, Lincoln
Wedding dress: Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Bridesmaid's dress: Red Carpet Ready, Branston Lincoln
Bride's shoes: Emmys of London, Fulham Road
Cake: Fiona Milnes Cakes, Nettleham, Lincoln
Make-up: Janette Borsberry of Annabels Beauty, Lincoln
Wines and champagne: Champagne Deville, Verzy, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Hair: Saks of Lincoln
Evening singer & disco: Ben Stretton
Photography: Paul Heathcote Photography & Videography
Floristry: Robert Stubbs, Lincoln
Wedding rings: Berrys of Leeds
Groom's suit: Jim Smith of JS Tailoring
Suit hire: Debenhams, Lincoln
Daytime entertainment: Blue Topaz
Personalised slippers: Richard Howarth
Personalised barrels of beer: Danny at Bottle & Glass at Harby, Notts
Stationery: Lucy at In the Details
Lanterns/outside lighting: Lincolnshire Lanterns