Newspaper Article 1910 – Cotterill-Nelson Wedding


A pretty and fashionable wedding was solemnised at St. Luke’s Church, Havelock North by the Right Rev. Bishop Williams, assisted by the Rev. Arthur Williams when Miss Hilda Margaret Nelson, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Nelson of Waikoko, Tomoana, Hawke’s Bay, was married to Mr George Robert Cotterill, eldest son of the late Mr Arthur Cotterill, solicitor, Napier. The church was prettily decorated with palms and arum lilies and ferns. The bridegroom, supported by his best man, Mr E. W. Nelson awaited his bride at the chancel steps, and while the hymn, “Thine for ever, God of Love,” was being sung the bride entered leaning on the arm of her father and attended by her four bridesmaids, Miss Gray (Gisborne), cousin of the bride, Miss Constance Nelson (Woodville), niece of the bride, Miss Madge Williams and Miss Yolande Sunderland. The bride looked charming in an exquisite gown of white souple satin, its clinging folds beautifully and simply arranged, the yoke and sleeves of transparent pearl embroidery, finished with a spray of orange blossom. She wore a long tuile veil, with a tiara of orange blossoms, gracefully arranged on her coiffure and carried a shower bouquet of maidenhair fern and white flowers. The bridesmaids wore white muslin frocks with “Dollar Princess” collars, very large Parisian hats, with sprays of yellow and white laburnum and comet-tail bows of tulle. They carried bouquets of yellow single daffodils with long yellow streamers and wore pearl and saphhire [sapphire] Southern Cross brooches, the gift of the bridegroom. At the conclusion of the service the wedding party and guests motored to Waikoko, where Mr and Mrs Nelson received them on the verandah. They then went into the hall, which was prettily decorated with lilies and palms, and there, standing under a big bell of tiny white roses, the bride and bridegroom received the many congratulations of their friends. Mrs Nelson wore a handsome black silk dress trimmed with gold oriental scroll embroidery, a bonnet trimmed with flowers, carried an exquisite shower bouquet of violets and maidenhair fern, tied with violet silk streamers; Mrs I [J].E. Lane (sister of the bride) black dress, black hat; Mrs Harold Russell (sister of the bride), white costume, heliotrope hat; Mrs Hector Smith (sister of the bride), Parisian frock, pale blue with heliotrope belt and hobble sash, white furs, large black hat; Mrs Basil Cotterill (sister of the bridegroom) pale blue costume, hat to match; Mrs Harry Nelson, autumn tinted silk voile, vieux rose toque; Mrs Montague Nelson, mignonette green frock, large hat to match; Mrs George Nelson, cinnamon brown gown, large hat with roses; Mrs E. Nelson, purple costume, hat to match; Mrs Oswald Nelson violet crepon, hat trimmed with violets; Mrs Townsend, handsome black silk, black and white bonnet; Miss K. Sherratt (Gisborne), white frock, large hat; Miss K. Orford, white costume, hat to match. Among the gentlemen present I noticed:- Messrs W. H. Nelson, Basil Cotterill, Montague Nelson, George Nelson, Ernest Oswald and Lionel Nelson, Jack Lane, Harold Russell, Hector Smith, Frank Nelson, T.C. Warren, H.G. Warren, R. Pinckney, G. King, A.[?] Williams, Gordon, Douglas, Ronald Williams and F. W. Williams. The presents were displayed in the billiard room and were numerous and beautiful, among them being a magnificent case of table silver and tray from the Tomoana employees, and a tray and afternoon tea set from the Waikoko employees. This was the first wedding in Hawke’s Bay where only motors were used. The bride went to church in her father’s landaulette car. The bridegroom and all the wedding party and guests motored. As both bride and bridegroom are expert motorists it was most appropriate that the wedding should be a motor one. The bride’s going-away costume consisted of a dainty frock of white satin faced cloth, large hat trimmed with art blue poppies and corn. The small nieces of the bride, the Misses Mollie and Sally Russell, Gretchen, Olga and Rachel Smith, Gwendolyn, Mildred and Gloden Nelson, all dressed in white and blue, scattered violets for the bridge [bride] and bridegroom to walk on to their motor. Mr and Mrs George Cotterill will reside at Whakaruarumaru [ Whakamarumaru ], near Hastings.

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