Friday, February 20, 2009

the good old days...

This is one of the reasons that family history fascinates me. How long is it since anyone went to 'Sunday School', dresses were called 'frocks', and people went to 'grocery tea's? Here's a report from the Windsor and Richmond Gazette on a local wedding in 1936:

'St Matthews Church of England, Windsor, was beautifully decorated with white daliahs and asters by friends of the bride for the wedding on Saturday February 1, of Marie, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Reg Burton of Windsor, and Alec, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Hatherill of Middlesex, England. The Rev Norman Jenkyn RD performed the ceremony.

The bride who was given away by her uncle, Mr H Greentree, wore a gown of white crepe blister, featuring a long train and full tulle veil held with a coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a trailing sheaf of frangipani and tuber roses and a white prayer book, the gift of the bridegroom.

The bride was attended by Mrs W Stubbs as Matron of Honour. She wore a frock of blue morocain with a hat to tone, and carried a trail of blue delphiniums and pink carnations. Daphne and Doreen, sisters of the bride, acted as flower girls, and were frocked in pink ankle length satin and carried gold baskets of blue delphiniums, pink carnations and roses.

Mr W Stubbs acted as best man. The reception was held in the Sunday School Hall, New Street, Windsor, where the bride's mother, wearing a navy frock with white trimmings and hat to tone, and carrying a bouquet of red roses, received the guests assisted by Mrs J Allen, wearing a black figured morocain and hat to tone and carrying a bouquet of red roses.

Rev Norman Jenkyn acted as chairman, and after the usual toasts were honored, the wedding cake was cut by the bride and a very happy function was brought to a close by singing Auld Lang Syne, after which the happy couple left by car for their future home at Castle Hill. For her travelling frock, the bride chose blue morocain and hat to tone.

On arrival at Castle Hill they were met by a party of friends, who entertained them with a further reception, which was quite a surprise and took the form of a grocery tea.'

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