I always enjoy reading the announcements in old newspapers of weddings, dinner parties and other affairs. It is a moment, frozen in time, for us to enjoy.
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Thursday, January 4, 1894
The brilliant nuptials of Mr. B. F. Watkins, of New York, and Miss Shirley Chenault, of this city, took place last evening at 9 o’clock at the College Street Presbyterian Church. Long before the hour a large crowd of friends had assembled, and when the doors were opened they soon filled every available space in the pretty church. The decorations were most tasteful. Potted plants of waxy magnolias and palms formed the background for the banks of annunciation lilies. The bride was loveliness itself, and her brunette beauty was never more pronounced than it was when she appeared last evening in her bridal gown of ivory satin, which was cut low in the neck, around which was a bertha point of lace. A bridal veil was held on her brow with a tiara of diamonds. The bridal bouquet was of orange blossoms and white roses, covered with white tulle, and entwined with a bowknot made from a white lace handkerchief, according to the latest Parisian idea. The maid of honor, Miss Milbrey Watterson, wore a pink silk gown, and made a contrast to the other attendants, who entered in twos and were uniformly gowned in white moire, around the full sleeves, rounded corsage and revers of which was a trimming of otter. They carried shower bouquets of Catherine Mermet roses.
The groom and his best man, Mr. Robert Harrison, of New York, met the bridal procession at the altar, and formed the central figures of the semi-circle composed of the bridesmaids and the ushers. These were Misses Laura Brand, Abbie Goodloe, Maud Yandell, Florence Beckley, May Brockenbrough, Annie Chenault, of Richmond; Mary Chenault, of Lexington; and Messrs. John Snedecor, Preston Carson, of New York; Roger Ballard Thurston, Raphael Semmes Colston, Burton Vance, Ben Leight, Edwin Whitney and Spencer Graves, of St. Louis. The flower girls were Nellie Chenault, Hattie Montgomery, Ethel Chenault and Maud Montgomery, all beautifully dressed.
As the wedding part moved down the aisle, Mrs. Maggie Ward Bell, the organist, played the march from “Lohengrin” and “Traumerei” during the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, of the Warren Memorial Church, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Herbener, the pastor of the College Street Presbyterian Church. At the conclusion of the ceremony the opening march from Wagner’s “Tannhauser” was played for the retrocessional.
After the ceremony a reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason W. Chenault, of 908 Second Street, at which only the bridal party, the relatives and a few intimate friends were present. The decorations at home were not elaborate, but were of the same kind as those at the church, in the parlors the mantels and mirrors being banked in palms and annunciation lilies. The bridal supper was served from small tables about a large center one, where the wedding party was seated. It was covered with a white silk cloth, and had in its center a mound of lilies surrounded by ferns.
At midnight Mr. and Mrs. Watkins left for their future home in New York City, where they have taken a residence on West Seventy-Third Street.
Among the guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Nash and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Aldrich, of New York, who came here especially to attend the wedding.
The wedding of Dr. W. Ewell and Miss Ella Belle Perry, of Taylorsville, took place Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. L. G. Perry. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. W. W. Gardner, of Taylorsville. The groom was formerly a resident of Louisville, where he has a large number of friends. Miss Annie Moore, of Shelbyville, and Mr. Clarence Money, of Finchville, accompanied the bridal pair to this city. Dr. and Mrs. Ewell are on their way to New York, where the groom expects to take a post-graduate course in surgery at the Polyclinic Hospital.
Mrs. Paul Cain, of St. James Court, was the hostess of the L.D.W. Euchre Club last evening. The following were among those present: Will Lyons, Kenneth McDonald, A. Leight Monroe, Donald McDonald, J. C. Burnett, John Hughes, Harry McDonald, George Avery, Henry S. Tyler, Miss Atmore.
Miss Selena Barrett, of 1212 West Broadway, gave a luncheon of twelve covers in honor of Mrs. Frederick Butler, of Detroit, yesterday morning. The decorations in white filled in with the popular stevia flowers.
Miss Mary Swearingen leaves next week to attend the wedding of Mr. Lawrence A. Young and Miss Mabel Wheeler. While she is in Chicago she will be the guest of Miss Katherine Baker.
A large party will leave next Wednesday for Chicago with Mr. Bennett H. Young in a private car to be present at the Young-Wheeler wedding, which takes place in that city at noon on Thursday. In the party will be Mrs. Allison, Mrs. J. G. Cecil, Miss Mary Swearingen, Mrs. Burwell K. Marshall, Dr. Stuart Young and a number of others.
Yesterday a marriage license was issued to P. Bronger and Annie B. Lampton.
Miss Virginia Matthews gave a dance last night at her home to a number of her school friends.
Mrs. George F. Downs, who has been quite ill of la grippe, is now considerably improved and expects to be out in a few days.
Miss Julia Penn, of New Albany, who has been spending a few days with Mrs. J. Moss Terry, returned home yesterday. Miss Penn will be one of a large theater party to hear Patti at the auditorium tomorrow evening.