THIS beautiful bride was being given away by her twin brothers as her twin grandchildren were making their way into the world.

It was certainly an action packed New Year for newlyweds Sharon and Winton Stimson from Marchwood.

They wed at Elmers Court, the 19th century manor house overlooking the Lymington River, on New Year's Eve.

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Sharon was given away by her brothers Jared and Jason Miller and the couple were joined by 72 of their nearest and dearest.

Just the next day, they became grandparents to tiny little Spencer Jason French and Millie Hazel French, the first twins born in Southampton in 2022.

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The tots, who weighed in at 6lbs 9oz and 5lbs 10oz on their arrival at Princess Anne Hospital just before 5.30pm on New Year's Day, joined Sharon's son Zak, daughter in law Erin and grandson Reuben as the latest members of the family.

Here Sharon tells us more about a memorable event:

(Q) How and where did you get engaged?

(A) Winton proposed at my Dad's grave on his birthday. It was so romantic as that’s a special place for me.

(Q) Did Covid have any impact on your wedding plans?

(A) One of my sons and his family were unable to come due to having Covid the week before and not having negative results in time. But other than that we were all testing regularly to all be able to gather.

(Q) Who made up your bridal party?

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(A) The best man was Stuart Durrence. My twin brothers Jared and Jason Miller gave me away. The bridesmaids were Ivanah Wilson, Danielle Pattinson-Miller, Helen Pattinson- Miller, Toni Davies, Megan Nichols, Esmay Pattinson-Miller and Darcy Baker. The page boys were John Sproull, Cameron Sproull, Bradley Stimson, Jacob Stimson and Reuben French.

(Q) What are your best memories of the day?

(A) How perfectly it all ran. It was like a dream, the children were really amazing and we loved all the families coming together.

(Q) What was the most stressful part of organising your wedding?

(A) There was no real stress at all . It was relaxing and straight-forward thanks to Elmers Court. We were a little worried Boris may change the rules and were pleased he didn’t. The suits were also a drama as the matching children's outfits didn't come. However Marc Darcy (the men's formal wear retailer) made it all happen in 24 hours.

(Q) Did you have a first dance?

(A) Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

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(Q) Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

(A) It was just a magical relaxing day We could not have asked for more.

  • Sharon and Winton's stunning wedding was captured by Jodie Hope of Jodie Hope Photography, a talented young photographer from the Isle of Wight specialising in weddings, location photoshoots, fashion, commercial, events and illustrations.
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