Newspaper Article 1939 – Waikoko Gardens Chosen For Wedding Reception



The beautiful Waikoko Gardens was the delightful setting for the reception given yesterday afternoon after the smart wedding which united two well-known Hawke’s Bay families.

The bride was Cynthia, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest Smith, formerly of Hawke’s Bay, and now of Wellington, and the bridegroom, Hugh, eldest son of Mrs Nelson, of Wellington, and the late Mr Lionel Nelson, and grandson of the late Mr William Nelson, of Waikoko, Hastings.

The ceremony, which took place at St. Luke’s Church, Havelock North, was performed by the Rev. S. F. N. Waymouth, Mr R. Warwick played the wedding music and the solo sung by Mrs Nelson during the service.

The bride, who was escorted by her father, made a charming picture in her lovely wedding gown of rich ivory satin exquisitely brocaded with gold. Simply fashioned, the gown formed a long court train. The bodice was cut with a high neckline where the bride wore a true lover’s knot of pearls and the long sleeves formed a graceful point over each hand.

Matching the pearl ornament at her neck, the bride wore her lovely old ivory veil of hand-made lace (an heirloom lent by Mrs O. Sutcliff, of Wellington) with a beautiful pearl circlet with gold flowers. She carried a simple sheaf of golden gladioli.

Two of the bride’s sisters and the bridegroom’s sister attended as ‘maids. They were the Misses Mary and Ruth Smith, and Kathleen Nelson.

Their gowns fashioned alike of coronation blue chiffon velvet were simply designed with very full skirts on to little fitting bodices which had tiny puffed sleeves.  They all wore yellow-gold miniature dahlias in their hair and the flowers they carried were sheafs of yellow gladioli.

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

After the ceremony, all the guests motored to the beautiful Waikoko Gardens, where Mrs Ernest Smith and Mrs Lionel Nelson, received a large number of guests.

Mrs Ernest Smith wore a model ensemble in French lilac with a smart hat worn with veil.

Mrs Lionel Nelson was in a model gown of black threaded with palest pink and silver with which she wore a handsome fur cape. Her smart black toque, worn with veil, had the same touch of silver as her gown.

A beautiful spot near the fountain in the garden and under the shade of the spreading trees was chosen for the wedding breakfast which was a very happy affair, during which many congratulatory messages were received from all parts. Mr Walter Blundell, of Wellington was the able toast-master.

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12 April 1939

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