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A very popu'iar and largely attended wedding took place afc the pretty little Bt. Peter's Anglican Church at Akaroa on Wednesday afternoon, when Donald AiSwyn Stiles, son of Charles Alfred Stiles, of St. Ives, Huntingdon shire, England, was married to >< roily Elsie, youngest daughter of Mr Valen tine Vickei-e Masefield, of Akaroa The popularity of the bride, who has resided in the district with her parents, was responsible for a very large gathering to witness the wedding ceremony. Miss MasefieSd has taken the keenest interest in ul* 2oeal sport, and the bowlers of the Akaroa Bow ling Club will especially miss her during the ir coming season, as since the club started Mis 9 Maaefietd has provided afternoon tea for the bowlers on their playing days. Besides this, Miss Masefield has been a keen fol lower o£ sports, especially hockey and tennis. Her father, Mr V. V. Mase field, 19 one of the best known of those Peninsula pioneers who have spent most of their lives on Banks Peninsula, and is, ia fact, about the only one of the very old settlers. Mr Masefield made hia home in Gougb's Bay over fifty year? ago, so that hie association with the Penit isula peoples is widespread During th* a Queen of Carnival contest in Christo hurch recently, Miss Maso field was the Banks Peninsula candi date, and • was placed third on the list, thus illugfcj ating her popularity in the

district. Mr Stiles has only been in the Dominion a few years, and has resided until lately in the Elleatnere district. A large number of bis Ellesmere friends attended the wedding. The afternoon was a bright one for the wedding, and the church bad been prettily decorated for the ocoasion by iha lady friends of the bride. The Rev. A. H. Julius performed the wedding oeretnony, the church being filled to overflowing. The bride looked very charming in white eatin, with a beautifully embroidered veil, and carried a shower bouquet of white flowers and maiden hair. Mies Irene Taylor accompanied the bride as chief bridesmaid, wearing a white voile frock with pink belt and black and white bat, and carried a bouquet of pink flowers. The two small neices of the bride, Miss Gladys Gaysford and Miss Molly Maseiield, also attended the' bride in dainty white frooks with pale blue sashes, and wore wreathe of pink flowers in their hair, and carried posiea. Mr B. Latter acted as best man. The wedding was a choral one, St. Peter's Church choir assisting. After the service was over, the groom and his bride had to run the gauntlet of rise and confetti, the whole scene making a brave display of friendly greeting to the newly-wedded couple.

A large number of friends tber> made tbeir way to Mr V. V. Masefield's house in Children's Bay, where they were received by the bride and her husband.

A,short toast list was gone through. The Rev A. H. , Julius proposed tbe toast of the "Bride and Bridegroom," and wi3bed them every happiness, Mr Stiles responding. Mr Armstrong proposed the toast of the "Bride's Parents," and re , ferred, to the great respect in which Mr aria" Mrs Masefield bad been held in the district for many year?, Mr •Masefield responded. Mr G. W. Thomas proposed the "Bridesmaids," Mr Ned Latter, best man, replying on behalf of the bridesmaids. The happly couple left for Christohurch per motor at 4 o'clock, after an enthusiastic farewell, and after all obstacles such as tied gates and impedimenta which had been securely tied to the car had been cut away. The bride's "going away" drese was a grey costume with black bat. Mr and Mrs Stiles will reside on a place recently purchased by Mr Stiles in South Canterbury, near Asbburton.

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WEDDING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3464, 4 June 1915

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WEDDING. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3464, 4 June 1915

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