Newspaper Article 1939 – Beautiful Waikoko Gardens: Well-known Hawke’s Bay Families United

Beautiful Waikoko Gardens: Well-Known Hawke’s Bay Families United


St Luke’s Church, Havelock North was the scene of an exceptionally beautiful wedding yesterday afternoon when Cynthia, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest Smith, Wellington formerly of Hawke’s Bay was married to Hugh, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Lionel Nelson, Wellington who is a grandson of the late Mr William Nelson, of Waikoko Hastings. The Rev. S.F.N. Waymouth officiated. Mrs Lionel Nelson sang a solo and Mr R. Warwick officiated at the organ.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming gown of cream satin, richly brocaded in gold. The gown, which fell to a long squared train, had long sleeves which came to a point over the hands, and the high neckline of the bodice was ornamented with a beautiful pearl ornament in the shape of a true lover’s knot. Gold shoes were worn.

A cream veil of exquisitely handmade lace, an heirloom lent by Mrs O. Sutcliffe, Wellington, was worn with a pearl circlet and gold flowers. The bride carried a beautiful sheaf of golden gladioli. The bridesmaids were the Misses Kathleen Nelson, sister of the bridegroom, and the bride’s sisters, Mary and Ruth Smith. Their gowns were of rich royal blue velvet, gracefully fashioned with short puff sleeves and long full skirts. Golden-orange pom pom dahlias were worn in their hair and they carried beautiful sheafs of golden gladioli.

The best man was Mr. John Dill, Wellington, and the groomsmen were Messrs. R. S. V. Simpson and the bridegroom’s brother, Mr Guy Nelson, Wellington.

The bride’s mother, Mrs Ernest Smith and the bridegroom’s mother, Mrs. Lionel Nelson, received nearly 100 intimate friends and relations in the beautiful gardens of the Waikoko homestead. Mrs. Ernest Smith chose a prunella ensemble and wore a chic tricorne hat with an eye veil.

Mrs. Lionel Nelson wore a black gown striped in pink and silver tinsel under a beautiful fur cape. Her black toque was trimmed with an eye veil threaded with silver to match her gown.

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One newspaper article lists male attendants as JP Dill, RSV Simpson and Greg Smith; another as J Dill, Guy Nelson and Dudley Chambers

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12 April 1939

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