Newspaper Article 1930 – Fashionable Wedding – Archer-Nelson



St Luke’s Church, Havelock North, was the scene yesterday afternoon of a very pretty wedding, when Jean Newcome Nelson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Oswald Nelson, Mangapapa, Hawke’s Bay, was married to Harold Basil Archer, eldest son of Mrs B. Archer, “Woodside” Tasmania, the ceremony being performed  by the Ven Archdeacon K. MacLean and the Very Rev. Dean Brocklehurst, Napier.

The church was beautifully decorated by girlfriends of the bride for the occasion with branches of wattle and yellow spring flowers. The service was fully choral, Major Oldham presiding at the organ. The hymns, “Lead us Heavenly Father” and “O Perfect Love” were sung by the choir, which included a body of Woodford House pupils.

The bride entered the church on the arm of her father, who gave her away. She wore a lovely wedding gown of rich creme ring velvet with close fitting bodice and long sleeves, the full skirt falling to the feet in graceful folds. A deep V in pearls trimmed the bodice and from the waist fell a girdle of pearls with long tasselled ends. Attached to the shoulders was a train of creme net and over this fell the veil of old Carrickmacross lace (lent by a friend) which was held in position on the coiffure by a wreath of orange blossom. Her toilette was completed by a sheaf of arum lilies tied with silver ribbons.

The four attendant maids were Miss Nelson (chief), sister of the bride, Miss D. Nelson (sister), Miss Molly Donnelly and Miss Barbara Gatenby. All were gowned alike in ankle length dresses of golden yellow chiffon with skirt trimming of tiny soft bows. The bodices had stitched belts and all round flared shoulder capes of the chiffon. Very becoming were their drooping green straw hats. They also wore black opal bar brooches (the gift of the bridegroom) and carried bouquets of mignonette, wallflowers and other yellow blooms.

The duties of best man were carried out by Mr Harold Mackenzie, Messrs Brian Boyes, John Ormond and Tom Latham, friends of the bride, acted as ushers.

After the ceremony a reception was held at Mangapapa, the home of the bride’s parents. Afternoon tea was served in a decorated marquee on the lawn. The tables looked gay with yellow toned flowers and fronds of fine fern, the table for the bridal party having bowls of freesias. The usual toasts were honoured and congratulatory speeches made.

Mrs Oswald Nelson (mother of the bride) received in a handsome long and uneven gown of black lace and creme silk net with pretty fluted shoulder cape. Her black hat had a deep cream lace brim which was edged in black and she carried a bouquet of mauve and pink anemones with fern and ribbons to tone.

Also present was Mrs Hinman (sister of the bridegroom), wearing a long model gown of coffee lace with smart crin hat to tone and pink bouquet.

The lovely wedding presents were much admired, and testified to the popularity of the young couple. Later in the day Mr and Mrs Archer left on a motor tour of the thermal district and Taranaki, the latter wearing a smart ensemble in nigger brown wool crepe de chine, with smart velour hat to tone.

Among the relatives present were: –

Mrs Hinman (Tasmania) (sister of the bridegroom), Mr and Mrs C. Giblin, Mr and Mrs W. Nelson, Mr and Mrs J.E. Lane, Mr and Mrs H. Smith, Mr and Mrs H. Russell, Mr and Mrs H. Nelson, (Woodville), Mr and Mrs L. Nelson (Wellington), Mr and Mrs L. Nelson, Mrs Horn (Woodville), Mr G. Nelson, Mr and Mrs D. Allen, Mr and Mrs I. Simpson, Mr and Mrs Meredith, Mr N. and D. Lane, Miss G. Nelson, Mr Eric Nelson,  Mrs R. Reynolds (Gisborne), Mr and Mrs R. Sunderland, Mr and Miss Ruth Nelson, Mr and Mrs G. Reynolds (Gisborne), Mr and Mrs B. Burke (Gisborne), Mr and Mrs and the Misses Gaddum (Gisborne), Mr and Mrs W. L. Routledge (Gisborne), Miss M. Russell, Misses O. and R. Smith, Mr and Mrs G. Gatenby.

The following were invited guests: –

Mr and Mrs E. J. Herrick, Mr and Mrs H. Campbell, Mr and Mrs V. Hoadley, Mr and Mrs Harrison, Mr and Mrs J. D. Ormond and the Misses Ormond, Mr and Mrs W. Mackenzie, Mrs C. Williams and Miss Joan Williams, Mr and Mrs L. B. Donnelly, Mr and Mrs H. Blyth (Dannevirke), Mr and Mrs Pharazyn, Mr and Mrs J. Hunter, Mr and Mrs P. Hunter (Porangahau), Mr and Mrs H. Hassall, Dr and Mrs Raymond, Mr and Mrs L. Drummond, Mr and Mrs P. Drummond, Miss K. Drummond, Miss E. Williams, Mrs D. Williams and Miss M. Williams, Miss Holland, Sir Andrew and Lady Russell, Mr and Mrs Ian MacRae (Masterton), Mr and Mrs Goring Johnston, Mr and Mrs Glenny, Mr and Mrs W. Wood, Mr and Mrs Palmer, Mr and Mrs F. Mackenzie, Mr and Mrs Mason Chambers, Mr and Mrs John Chambers, Mr and Mrs M. Chambers, Mr and Mrs Bernard Chambers, Mr and Mrs J. Macfarlane, Mr Fryer, Mr M. Greenwood. Mr and Mrs G. Beatson, Mr and Mrs H. Bayly (Wairoa), Mr and Mrs Dodds (Gisborne) , Mr and Mrs P. Wilder, Mr and Mrs T. Wilder, Mr and Mrs Adam Bell, Mrs Caro, Mrs Quartley, Mr and Mrs W. Raymond, Mrs J. Williams, Mr and Mrs John Nairn, Mrs and Miss Fitzroy, Mr and Mrs G. Cotterill, Mr and Mrs Saunders, Mr and Mrs D. Scannell, Mr and Mrs Pat White, Mr and Mrs D. Holden, Mr and Mrs M. Gordon, Mr and Mrs F. Gordon, Mr and Miss Ritchie, Mr and Mrs Bob Williams Mr and Mrs Hugh White, Mr and Mrs Kinross White, Mrs H. Coleman. Mr and Mrs Jeffard, Mr and Mrs H. Lowry, Mr and Mrs J. Lowry, Mr and Mrs J. Lyons, the Very Rev Dean and Mrs Brocklehurst, Mr and Mrs Rainbow, Mr and Mrs Rochfort, Dr and Mrs White, Dr and Mrs Wilson, Mr and Mrs Tripe, Mrs Gore, Mr and Mrs Crampton, Mr and Mrs G. Lloyd (Dannevirke), Mr and Mrs McLeod, Mr and Mrs Lawrence, Miss Jamieson, Miss N. Drummond, Mr and Mrs Neil Campbell, Mr and Mrs D. Campbell, Miss Simcox, Miss G. Cooper, Mr and Mrs Colin White, Mr and Mrs H. Warren, Mrs Faulkner, Dr and Mrs Nairn, Mr and Mrs Macniven, Mr and Mrs D. Hill, Mr and Mrs G. Williams, Mrs Heaton and Miss B. Heaton, Mrs and Miss Handyside, Miss M. Burbury, Mrs C. White and the Misses P. and M. Nairn, R. Scannell, M. Russell, J. Baikes, Jocelyn Nelson, Joy McHardy, M. Mackay, I. Hill, Aira Ormond, J. Symes, A. McLeod, B. Pharazyn, H. Chambers, M. (indistinct), M. and L. Johnstone (Waipukurau) , J. Branson, E. Cotterill, B. Brocklehurst, Susie White, M. Stead, N. and C. McRae (Wairoa), Messrs Brian Boyes, J. Ormond, T. Latham, B. Sherratt, C. Scannell, B.B. Johnstone, D. Sherratt, T. Ormond, D. and ? Ritchie, Ian Gordon, F. McHardy, ? Parmiter, J. Chambers, B. Mackenzie, J. MacKenzie, J. Russell, B. Williams, Ian Bunny, A. Williams, H. Chambers, Pat Barker, P. Slingsby, John Drummond, W. McLean, John, Nigel and Phil Giblin, Joe and Tom Sutherland.

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25 September 1930

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