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The largest wedding held in' Akaroa for many years past was celebrated at the Akaroa Presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m., when Miss Olive Lelievre, second daughter of Mr E. E. Lelievre, of Akaroa was married to Mr A. Gray, head of the Secondary Department of the Akaroa District High School. The bride, who was given away by her father, Mr E. E. Lelievre. wore a beautiful white weddingfrock and the conventional veil and orange blossoms. She carried a most beautiful bouquet the gift of the groom. She was accompanied by two bridesmaids, Misses Louise and Myrtle Lelievre, her two sisters. Miss Louise Lelievre wore § most becoming pink frock and a black hat trimmed with a cerise rose. Miss Myrtle Lelievre wore a beautiful blue frock and a black hat trimmed with blue flowers. The bridesmaids also carried most beautiful bouquets. Mr L. J. Varigioni acted as best man. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. W. Hayward, and Miss Clayton presided at the organ. At the conclusion of the service Rev. J. W. Hayward presented Mr Gray with the bible out of which he had read some extracts. The church, was packed to overflowing with friends and well-wishers, and after the ceremony all lined up j and as the bridal group came out j they were greeted with rice, rose leaves and confetti and other I missies. The school children, who jail had a half holiday in honour jof the occasion tied cans on to j the motors that were waiting at ! the church to carry away the {bridal party and guests to «the residence of the bride's parents, j "Oinaka". A very large number ; gathered on the picturesque j iawn overlooking the sea, and I here the bride and groom reJ ceived the best wishes of a large j number of friends

The Rev. J. W. Haywarcl proposed the toast of the bride and groom. He said that he had not known the bride long, but he could quite understand the great esteem in which she was held. She was so bright and genial and deserved , the hearty wishes of all which he knew she had. As to the groom he had known him for seven yearsand held him in the greatest esteem. He was sure that not the least of the bride's gifts was i.iie fivA- that she could attract the affection of such a splendid man. He was not going to detain them all and he would propose the toast of the bride and groom.

The toast was drunk with musical honours.

Mr Gray in reply thanked Mr Hayward for his kind remarks and. the others for the kind way they had drunk his health. He had been told not to make a" longspeech and he was not going to do so. He again thanked them all on behalf of his wife and himself for the kindness shown to him, not only on that day, but during , the - last few weeks.

Mi- Geo. Checkley proposed the health o.f the bridesmaids, and said he was sure it would not be "long before they were brides also. He asked them Lo drink !to the bridesmaids, he coupled : with, the toast the name of Mr L. J. Vangioni. j

After the toast. had been duly honoured Mr Vangioni thanked them on behalf of the bridesmaids and said he hoped the young men would, listen to Mr Checkley's advice regarding {lie! bridesmaids. ' j

Mr <S. Arni-tioiu i> ><> ..1 toast (' iJ.c bride un mm>m , | parent. Ik a>' A had not met Mr CraV. u.n > s and Wo \ a - sure ihcj irw.-i 1 . ej be .i ii,>o i)c>'p!c to produce ,> a --()m 's to Mr and lirs Lclie\je he had known dad ed both norn childhood. They| were renowned for their hospitality on Banks Peninsula and jbeyon'd tho l J eninsula. [were also renowned ;!'or theiri patriotism, and patriotism fit such U t ; me of the Empire's history was the greatest thing of ail. He knew they could all drink Mr ami Mrs Lelievre's health with the keenest enthusiasm and he hoped they would live many years and see all their daughters happily

married. After the toast had beers honoured Mr Lclievre returned thanks. He said his wife deserved all Mr Armstrong had said, but he did not, he only tried to deserve such kind words, j He told \hem it gave them the] keenest pleasureto see their | friends. He alluded to the war and said that at such a time it was hard to be joyful. He hoped that peace would soon come and they could forget the terrible struggle through which the world was going. "He hoped also that the world would be better for the great war. This concluded the toast list.

After cutting the cake the bride went inside to get. ready for her journy. Her going-away dress was a navy blue costume and she wore a black hat. The departure of the happy couple in a car was somewhat delayed as some of the groom's friends barricadedthe gate and then the Oinako bridge, pelting the pair with rice and cheering them as they got through the final ob-j , siructions. They left for Christj church and caught the ferry boat i last night en route to Auckland J where the honeymoon will .be spent. The groom goes almost immediately into camp, but all their Akaroa friends are looking forward to seeing Mr and Mrs ■Gray when they visit Akaroa on the groom's final leave.

Thebride was the recipient of a large collection of beautiful wedding gifts.

The groom's gift to the bride was a gold bar set with a single diamond. The bride's gift was a gold watch chain. The groom's gifts to the bridesmaids were gold brooches one set with diamonds and the other with pearls. ■.

A feature of the wedding was the blending of the .British and French flags in the church, symbolic of the union of the bride avlio is of French descent with a Britisher.

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WEDDING, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3533, 4 April 1916

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WEDDING Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3533, 4 April 1916

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