Newspaper Article 1929 – Horne-Nelson



A wedding which excited much interest in social circles was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, Woodville, on Wednesday evening, when Mr Henry Palmer Horne, Mayor of Woodville, was united in wedlock to Ethel Constance, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. Nelson of “Laureston,” Woodville. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G.W. Davidson, in the presence of a very large gathering of relatives and friends. The church was beautifully decorated in white plum blooms and pale pink camellias with a very beautiful wedding bell of pale pink camellias and maiden hair fern suspending over the happy couple. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very graceful in an ivory mariette frock, over satin beaute, with dainty frills drooping at the sides, and relieved by a charming pale pink and silver trail of flowers. Over this was worn an exquisitely embroidered filmy veil, which fell from a crescent of orange blossoms. The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of pale pink and white flowers together with a white ivory prayer book used by her grandmother at her wedding. She also wore an exquisite necklace, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid, Miss Daisy Isaacs, of Wellington, wore a dress of coral ring velvet, with cape effest [effect], and draped on one side with diamente [diamante] buckle at the waist. Her hat was a silver zelaphone with coral georgette loop. Silver shoes were worn and a beautiful string of crystals. She carried a very handsome bouquet of flowers to tone.

Mrs W.H. Nelson, mother of the bride, was attired in black georgette relieved with gold lace. Over this was worn a heavy crepe de chine coat with chic gold collar and cuffs, and a smart black sisol hat with bird of paradise plumes. She carried a bouquet of cyclamen and Christmas roses in autumn tints.

Mrs John Horne wore a graceful gown of beige georgette and lace, over pink with a becoming bankok hat to match. She also carried a bouquet of flowers to tone.

Mrs Frank Horne (Ballance) wore a very pretty black ring velvet frock.

Mrs Croad, sister of the bridegroom, was attired in a cinnamon crepe de chine frock and black hat and fur coat.

Mrs E.R. Grinlinton, cousin of the bridegroom, wore a handsome black crepe de chine dress with white front and black hat.

Mrs Hendry (Bulls), scarlet crepe de chine and gold lace with gold shoes to match.

Mrs Hurley, of Wellington, flame ringed velvet vandyked, hemmed with taffeta, and red shoes.

The bridegroom was attended by Mr R. Bly.

Messrs W.A. Lyon, R.R. Johnston, W. Hughes and E.H. Giles acted as ushers at the church.

Miss Barkwith presided at the organ, and there was a full choral service.

At the conclusion of the ceremony a sumptuous wedding breakfast was partaken of, Mr and Mrs W.H. Nelson receiving the guests in their usual hospitable manner. The Foresters’ Hall was gaily decorated for the occasion, the tables, being artistically prepared by Miss A. Pritchard, with poppies and camellias. The usual toasts were honoured, and the bridegroom, in responding to the toast of “Bride and Bridegroom,” expressed sincere thanks on behalf of Mrs Horne and himself for the kindly feelings of their many friends, and thanked them for their numerous and beautiful presents. Mr Horne thanked the proposer of the toast (Mr M.O. Grainger) for his kind remarks, which he thought were rather exaggerated, but he was sure that the compliments passed to his wife, expressing her fine qualities, were well deserved. Mr Horne expressed thanks to those responsible for the church decorations. The bridegroom also spoke of the good feeling that had always existed between local bodies, and stated he would continue to use his utmost endeavours to promote the welfare of Woodville and surrounding districts.

A large number of telegrams were received from all parts of New Zealand and Australia, conveying the good wishes of numerous friends.

Mr W.A. Lyon, in proposing the toast of the “Bride’s Parents,” spoke in glowing terms of the fine qualities of Mr and Mrs W.H. Nelson, and of the immense services they have rendered as pioneer settlers of the district.

Mr W.H. Nelson ably replied on behalf of Mrs Nelson and himself.

Mr R. Bly suitably responded to the toast of the bridesmaid (Miss Isaacs), which was proposed by Mr H.P. Horne.

The happy couple were showered with good wishes and confetti, and on their departure for the north by motor on their honeymoon, were enthusiastically farewelled by the guests. The bride wore a veiux [vieux] rose crepe de chine frock, a deep rose face cloth coat, trimmed with soft brown beaver fur, with a velvet hat to tone. A beautiful crocodile hand-bag to match, completed a very handsome toilet.

The remainder of the evening was spent by guests in dancing to excellent music supplied by Inkpen’s orchestra. Mrs J.S. Nelson supplied music for an extra, and Mr R.R. Johnston presided at the piano for the musical honours.

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14 August 1929


The Examiner, Woodville


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