Newspaper Article 1928 – Wedding – Simson-Lane



A wedding of considerable interest was solemnised this afternoon at St. Luke’s Church, Havelock North, by the Rev. Archdeacon Brocklehurst.  The bride was Margaret Ida (Peggy) Lane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lane, well-known residents of Havelock North, and the bridegroom Ian Lovat Douglas Simson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Simson, of Hastings.

The bride entered the church on her father’s arm as the hymn, “Oh Perfect Love” was sung by the congregation.  She looked very charming in her bridal frock.  It was made with a close-fitting ivory satin bodice, and very full petal skirt of white tulle.  Gold shoes were worn, and the exquisite bouquet of pink roses and blue delphiniums was tied with narrow gold ribbon streamers.  Over the frock fell a long tulle veil caught with posies of orange blossom.

There were three bridesmaids – Miss Sally Russell (cousin of the bride), Miss Bonnie Simson (sister of the bridegroom), and Miss Elizabeth Simson (niece of the bridegroom).  All wore picture frocks of ivory taffetas with dipping scalloped skirts.  On the hip of each was a large bouffant bow of taffetas lined with apricot and apple green taffetas.  Picturesque apple green felt hats were worn, and gold shoes and stockings.  All carried lovely bouquets of roses and carnations in apricot tones tied with gold ribbon streamers.

The church was very artistically decorated for the occasion by Miss Ruth Scannell and other friends of the bride.  Autumn foliage and chrysanthemums arranged in massed effect gave a festive and picturesque appearance.

Mr. Ken Smith, of Wairoa, was best man, and the groomsman was the bride’s brother, Mr. Nelson Lane.

After the ceremony a reception was held at Little Flaxmere, the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Russell, uncle and aunt of the bride.

Mrs. J. E. Lane, the bride’s mother, wore a frock of parma violet satin-beaute, with which a smart black velvet hat, and platinum fox fur was worn.  Her bouquet was of violets and shades of mauve.

Mrs. H. I. Simson, the bridegroom’s mother, wore a charming black satin-beaute jumper suit, with touches of pink.  She also wore a smart black felt hat, with becoming eye-veil, and gun-metal shoes and stockings.  Her bouquet was of pink roses and hot-house flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Russell were helping to entertain the many guests.

Mrs. Russell wore a black repp tailored dress, with a grey vest inset, and a black velour hat.  She carried a sweet bouquet of mauve stocks.

The wedding breakfast was arranged in the drawingroom, where fine yellow chrysanthemums gave a note of colour.  Here the toast to the bride and bridegroom was drunk.  The diningroom, smokingroom and hall were also beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums and bowls of roses, and these rooms were thronged with guests, who later farewelled the happy couple with showers of confetti.

The bride and bridegroom left for a motor tour of the South Island in their car (the gift of the bride’s father).  Mrs. Simson wore for her travelling ensemble a very charming powder-blue jumper suit with touches of deeper blue.  Over this she chose a deep powder-blue coat with collar, hem and cuffs trimmed with blue fox fur.  She wore also a deep powder-blue felt hat, and a blue handbag to match was carried.  Pale grey court shoes completed the pretty toilette.

Also present were: Mr. and Mrs. K. Simson, Mr. and Mrs. Hector Smith, Mrs. W. Nelson  Mrs. J. H. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Simson, Dr. and Mrs. Nairn, Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Russell, Mrs. J. H. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. G. Kelly, Sir Andrew and Lady Russell, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Morling, Archdeacon and Mrs. Brocklehurst, Mrs. Dill, Mr. and Mrs. Wenley, Mr. and Mrs. Scannell, Mr. and Mrs. Newbigin, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Wood, Dr. and Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. P. H. Burr, Mr. and Mrs. Krogh, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Millar, Mrs. J. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Cato, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Avery, Miss Elsie Williams, Mr. and Mrs. J. Kennedy, Mrs. Selwyn Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Beamish, Dr. and Mrs. Caro, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Blyth, Mr. and Mrs. W. Crampton, Mr. and Mrs. Turner Williams, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. King, Mr. and Mrs. Pinckney, Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. O. Nelson, Mrs. C. O. Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Hindmarsh, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Couper, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Smith, Mr. and Mrs. D. Ritchie, Mr. and Mrs. Hooper Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Greville Warren, Mr. and Mrs. G. Cotterill, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Lusk.  Also Misses Russell (3), Nairn (2), Scannell, Caro, Morgan, Smith (2), Simson, Macniven, Balfour, Wanklyn, Turner Williams, Chambers, Cato, Brocklehurst, Beanson, Trotter, Ritchie, Inglis, Sugden, and Messrs. R. T. Robertson, Inglis, Newbigin, Simson, A. Russell, Nelson (2) and others.

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Surnames in this article –
Avery, Balfour, Beamish, Beanson, Blyth, Brocklehurst, Burr, Caro, Cato, Chambers, Cooper, Cotterill, Crampton, Dill, Gordon, Harris, Hindmarsh, Inglis, Kelly, Kennedy, King, Krogh, Lane, Lane, Lusk, Macniven, Millar, Morgan, Morling, Nairn, Nelson, Nelson, Nelson, Newbigin, Pinckney, Ritchie, Robertson, Russell, Russell, Russell, Scannell, Simson, Smith, Sugden, Tanner, Trotter, Turner Williams, Wanklyn, Warren, Wenley, Williams, Wilson, Wood

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30 April 1928

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