Once upon a time, wedding stories were written when a couple were married. Describing what the bride wore, giving a full description of the colour of the dress, that of the bridesmaids, the bouquets, accessories and often times, what presents the happy couple were given. The latter is probably a good thing that it isn’t practised anymore. Can you imagine the gossip!!?
None of the stories for myself (1973), my mother (1949) or my grandmother (1910) listed the presents, but they did contain details about the colours. The photographs of that time were before coloured photography however from the description of the story writer, one can picture the colours the bridal party wore. Both mine and my mother’s wedding photos were later painted by an artist at the photographer’s studio. Today’s blog is about 3 generations of weddings and their stories, with coloured photographs at the end that were painted and the last one has been reproduced recently, using the wonderful world of digital technology.
Satin-striped Swiss Sheer
For Wedding At Bluff Point
Cripps – MacKay Wedding
The wedding took place on December at St Lawrence’s Church Bluff Point, of Miss Jenny Cripps and Mr Robert MacKay of Geraldton, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Donald MacKay, formerly of Nabawa.
The bride, who is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs C T Cripps of Northampton, was escorted to the church by her father and Rev Father Fitzgerald officiated at the ceremony.
Satin-striped Swiss sheer was chosen for the bridal gown, which was designed in Empire style with a small collar at the neckline. Two rows of guipure lace trimmed the bodice front and matching lace appeared on the collar and on the wrists of the long sleeves. Lace edged the train which fell from the waist back. A three-tier full-length veil was held with a cluster of roses with small flowers at each side, and the bridal bouquet was of roses.
Bridesmaids were Misses Liz Kristel who came from Tom Price for the wedding and Maree Clune. They were frocked in mauve and pink floral chiffon with low-cut necklines edged with a frill, leg-o-mutton sleeves pin-tucked at the shoulders and A-line skirts. They added white picture hats trimmed with mauve ribbons and carried mauve roses backed with tiny flowers.
Flowergirl Amanda Cripps (niece of the bride) wore a white frock in similar style to the bridal gown, with short puffed sleeves and lace and frill trimming the yoke. The frock was finished with a mauve sash. She carried two mauve roses and a circle of flowers was arranged around the bun on her hair.
Mr Garry Criddle was best man and Mr Laurie Steele groomsman. They wore mauve brocade jackets with black lapels, black bow ties and black pants.
The reception was at the Batavia Inne, Mrs Cripps receiving and wearing a long floral chiffon frock in tones of purple and watermelon. She was assisted by the bridegroom’s sister, Mrs G Jupp, who wore a long crepe gown with mauve skirt and floral bodice trimmed with a frill at the V neck and sleeves.
Mr Alan Stanton was chairman at the breakfast.
Geraldton Guardian, December 1973
Ceremony at Cathedral
A very pretty wedding was solemnised in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Geraldton on Monday of last week contracting parties being Mr C Cripps, eldest son of Mr and Mrs T Cripps of “Mumby”, Northampton and Miss Patsy Herbert, only daughter of Mrs C A And the late Mr H J Herbert of Snowden street, Geraldton. The ceremony was performed by Rev Father M Moffatt, and the pianist was Miss Leah Cripps.
The bride, who entered the cathedral in the company of her eldest brother (Mr J Herbert), wore a charming frock of white lace and tulle with a lace peplum, and a nicely embroidered veil was held in position by a coronet of orange blossom. The bride also carried a beautiful sheaf of roses, carnations and gladioli.
The bridesmaids were Misses Brenda Cripps and Rita Cripps, sisters of the bridegroom, who wore beautiful frocks of mauve and lemon lace respectively with taffeta fan bustles. Both wore little halo hats, made of lace and trimmed with mauve and lemon flowers and carried beautiful sheaves of gladioli, carnations, roses and gerberas. The duties of best man and groomsman were carried by Messrs. Ernie Cripps and Owen Cripps respectively, both the brothers of the groomsman.
The bride’s mother (Mrs Herbert) looked very attractive in navy and black crepe touched with white trimmings and navy accessories and the bridegroom’s mother (Mrs Cripps) wore to advantage heavy rust with black accessories.
Following the ceremony about eighty guests were received at the wedding breakfast in the Oddfellows’ Hall and Mesdames Cripps and Herbert, and at this gathering the customary toasts incidental to such happy occasions were submitted and honoured under the chairmanship of Mr A I Horan, of Ogilvie. A number of congratulatory telegrams were also read to the gathering and prior to the hall being cleared for dancing the bride cut a beautiful wedding cake, which had been most delicately iced and decorated by a friend of the bride.
Late in the evening the bride left the hall to change into a bottle green suit with black accessories, and during the next day the young couple left by air to spend a honeymoon in Perth.
A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the Wesley Manse, Perth, on October 5, the contracting parties being James Harold Herbert, youngest son of the late J. A. Herbert of Fremantle, and Constance Annie, second daughter of James Caddy of Northam. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a pretty cream lace dress, which was a gift from her grandmother and aunt, in Nottingham, England. Miss Queenie Cannon, as bridesmaid, looked very becoming in a lovely white silk dress with hat to match. Mr. Jack Caddy, brother of the bride, acted as best man. The happy couple left Perth on the 6th for Albany, to spend their honeymoon. The presents were both numerous and costly.