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Miss Mary Cobb Stofer and Mr. Harrison Bowman Ringo Wed October 30, 1912

It’s always interesting to read about weddings, funerals or other items of interest in the old newspapers.  I don’t believe this lengthy description of a wedding would be allowed today – but think of the information it holds for us!

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 6, 1912

The wedding of Miss Mary Cobb Stofer and Mr. Harrison Bowman Ringo was solemnized at the Stofer home on North Sycamore Street at 7:30 o’clock on Wednesday evening, October thirtieth; only near relatives and intimate friends witnessing the ceremony.  Rev. A. H. Hibshma, of the Presbyterian Church, officiated and the ceremony was most beautiful and impressive.  The wedding colors were green and white and were carried out with exquisite taste in the lovely home.  The decorations were most elaborate, palms, Southern smilax and chrysanthemums being used in profusion.  In the parlor the scene was solemn as well as beautiful.  Between the windows was an altar of palms and Southern smilax and chrysanthemums lighted with stately cathedral candles, before which the bridal party stood.  To the beautiful strains of Lohengrain by Grella the party entered promptly at the appointed hour and proceeded down the long hall to the parlor in the following order:  Miss Rebecca Kendall in light green embroidered chiffon over green charmeuse; Miss Jane Darnall, of Flemingsburg, in white marquisette over satin; Mrs. John Stofer, in flowered chiffon over green charmeuse, each carrying white chrysanthemums, and little Miss Agnes Stofer bearing the ring in a dainty basket of flowers.  The bride followed on the arm of her brother, Mr. Jackson D. Stofer, while the groom, with his best man, Mr. Henry M. Ringo, entered from the dining room and met the party before the altar, where the ceremony was said.  The bride was gowned in an imported robe of chiffon embroidered in Rhinestones and crystal over satin.  The veil, which was unusually becoming, was caught under a coronet of lace and orange blossoms.  She carried a shower bouquet of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley.  Immediately following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held which was attended by four hundred guests.  Besides the wedding party, in the receiving line, were Mr. and Mrs. Silas Stofer, Mrs. John A. Judy, Mrs. Dan Priest of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Walter Meng, of North Middletown.  The dining room was most attractive in its wedding decorations, the table being in green and white with a lace centerpiece upon which rested a gilt basket filled with gorgeous chrysanthemums and surmounted with a tulle bow.  The individual ices of chrysanthemums and the cakes and mints ornamented with orange blossoms were delightful and unique.  Many friends assisted in the entertaining.  In the parlor were Mrs. Adair, of Lexington, and Mrs. Mary T. D. Kendall.  In the hall were Mrs. B. F. Thomson, Misses Charlotte Roberts, Ella Priest, Mrs. John Roberts and Mrs. Tipton Young.  In the dining room were Mrs. Grover C. Anderson, Mrs. Percy Bryan and Miss Sue Woods, of Stanford.  At a table in the music room was a register and all guests were invited to register.  In this room were Mrs. A. H. Hibshman, Mrs. John S. Frazer and Miss Nell How, of Cincinnati.  Serving coffee in the living room were Misses Paulina Judy, Stella Robinson, Lodema Wood, Louise Lloyd, Mary Kemper Darnall, Emily Lloyd, Allee Young and Jean Kendall, Mrs. J. A. Vansant and Mrs. Howard VanAntwerp.  In the upper hall were Mrs. W. A. Sutton, Mrs. Fred Bassett, Mrs. Abner Oldham and Mrs. Charles K. Oldham.  After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Ringo left in an automobile for Lexington, from whence they started on their wedding journey.

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  1. Oh, for a picture of that wedding dress! It must have been gorgeous! I had to look up what “southern smilax” is. It’s that beautiful, leafy, vine that drapes so dramatically in arrangements. I might just have to find an excuse to use it somewhere, somewhen.

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