Newspaper Article 1924 – A Napier Wedding

A Napier Wedding.

The wedding took place in St. John’s Cathedral, Napier, on Tuesday afternoon of Miss Elfrida Mayne, eldest daughter of the Dean of Waiapu and Mrs. Mayne, and granddaughter of the late Mr R.J.S. Harman of Christchurch to Mr. Charles Edward Nelson Smith, of Olrig Station, Hawke’s Bay. The Very Rev. Dean Mayne officiated, assisted by the Ven. Archdeacon Simkin. The church had been very beautifully decorated and the service was choral. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. A.H.D. Mayne, wore a frock of ivory georgette, over satin. The bodice was closely beaded and the draped sleeves were of old lace, given her by her mother. The court train of ivory satin was long with georgette and she wore a beautiful veil of old Limerick lace. The bridal bouquet was of white and pink shaded flowers. The bridesmaids, Misses Irene Mayne, Molly Snodgrass and Elsa Loudoun wore dresses of champagne coloured georgette with accordion-pleated panel fronts and skirts trimmed with filet insertion lace. Accordion-plested [pleated] crepe hanging from the arm, finished with a bunch of brown daisies on the shoulder completed the toilet. Hats of brown panne velvet were worn, with brim of a lighter shade of tucked brown tulle. Nigger brown shoes and champagne coloured stockings were also worn, and they carried bouquets of autumn tints. Mr. E. C. R. Anderson of Wellington, cousin of the bride, was best man, and Mr. F. T. Loudoun was groomsman. Mrs Mayne the bride’s mother, wore a navy blue marocain coat frock with two front panels of cinnamon coloured embroidery, finished with cinnamon hued georgette, frilled in front of the bodice. A navy blue panne velvet hat, with a large orange-coloured plume, and a bouquet to match, was carried. Mrs. Ewen Maclaren (sister of the bride) wore a pastel blue georgette frock and a fluted ribbon hat of the same colour, with a blue-rose shaded to pink. Mrs George Way (aunt of the bride), was in a brown coat frock with Oriental embroidery, while a brown hat and bouquet of autumn leaves blended in the colour scheme. A coloured satin striped gabadine costume was worn by Miss Dora Harman (aunt of the bride) who also wore a black straw hat with a transparent lace brim. Miss Gladys Mayne (Australia); the bride’s cousin, was frocked in cinnamon brown marocain, flounced and embroidered in gold. Miss Gladys Mayne, another cousin, was dressed in a deep vieux rose marocain frock, flounced and embroidered in the same colours and black. A black panne velvet hat with an old gold ornament was also worn. Among others who were present were Mrs. De Denne of Hastings, Miss Gleeson, Mrs. Hector Smith, Mrs. H. Russell, Mrs. M. Nelson, Miss G. Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. Smith leave for England next month.

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Wedding date 26 February 1924

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