Monday, 22 September 2014

A Highland Wedding

Another September wedding, from The Highland Division at Bedford: An Illustrated Souvenir, 3rd edition, published by Beds Times Publishing Co.Ltd. 1915 [X414/162]

Tuesday 22nd September 1914 (Bedford): One of the Highland officers, Lieut. Nigel Blair Mackenzie of the 4th Cameron Highlanders, was married in Bedford today. His fiancée Florence May Brown (née Templeton) came down from Scotland and the service was taken by the rector of Fort William.The guard of honour marched to the church led by pipers – the bagpipes are becoming a familiar sound in Bedford now. After the wedding a reception was held at the Swan Hotel and the pipers played again as the happy couple left. This description of the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses was given in the Bedfordshire Times:

“The bride’s dress was of ivory charmeuse, veiled in ninon and lace, the train being caught up with small pink roses. The veil was of fine white net, wreathed with white heather and pink roses, and the bouquet, a gift of the bridegroom, was also of white heather and Mrs G Shawyer roses. She also wore a beautiful flexible bracelet of pearls and diamonds, the gift of the bridegroom. The one bridesmaid, the bride’s sister, Miss Charlotte H B Templeton, wore a dress of white crepe de chene, made in Russian tunic style, edged with skunk fur, and Maltese lace collar, with a charming cap of Maltese lace with streamers of pale blue ribbons and a knot of pink roses. Instead of a bouquet she carried a large muff of dull soft satin, lined with pale blue chiffon and edged with skunk fur, and wore a old bar brooch set with pearls, a gift of the bridegroom.”

Source: Beds Times 25/9/1914

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