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Axyoxe who happened to be ou the Wakapuaka road yesterday afternoon would have thought either that it was a very popular drive among tho people of Nelson, or* that there was some special attraction on that particular day. In both surmises would he have been correct, but the more ho in the latter, for, as a matter of fact, the vehicles which were travelling from both ends of the road all baited at the picturesque little church, of St. Peter's-by-the-Strand, where at 12.30 a wedding ceremony took place, to be present at which was tho object of all the numerous travellers. The bridegroom wa3 the Rev Arthur Hermon of Spring Creek, Marlborough, and the bride Miss Turner, eldest daughter of "W. EL Turner Esq., an old and much respected resident in the district. The church, which in itself is an exceedingly pretty and attractive' little builoiu^, never looked so gay a3 on this occasion, doubly enlivened as ie was by the gay costumes of the guests and by the extremely tasteful decorations, the most conspicuous among which were two lofty arches composed of lycopodiura and white flowers, the font and reading desk also being prettily ornamented with ferns and Aram lilies. A great portion of the service was choral, and the ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Nelson, assisted by the Yen Archdeacon Mules and the Rev W. Kay, there also being present at the altar the Revs J. Leighton, F. I. Jones, C. Jennings, and E. C. Nightingale in their surplice 3. Mr Clarke, of Bishopdale, ably presided at the harmonium. As the wedding procession walked up the aisle the efrVct was exceedingly pretty, and here, for the benefit of our lady readers, wo may describe the dresses of those who formed tho most important features in tho group. The bride was, of course, the cynosure of all eyes, and very charming she looked in her dress of cream cuehmere trimmed with cream bruc/te satin and cream lace, while on her head was a handsome wreath of orange blossoms and ptephanoti.*, from which depended in graceful folds an embroidered tulle veil. Following her wore five elegantly-dressed bridesmaids, the one occupying the premier position among them being tho bride's sister, Mi=* Dora Turner, wearing pale blue nun'a veiling trimmed with blue brochc satin and white lace,- and blue batiu Normandy cap. The others were the Mis-sea Erica. Ethel, and Grace Collins, and Mabel Mackay^ all cousins of the bride, who were dressed aliko in old gold nun's veiling, trimmed with old gold satin and cream lace, and old gold Normandy cap?, al^o wearing handsome gold lockets, the gift of the bridegroom. The be^fc man was Mr Reginald Hermou, the brother of tho bridegroom, After the ceremony the guests adjourned to Mr Turner's housp, which is close to the church, and here the time until the breakfast hour was very agreeably spent in inspecting the numerous very handsome presents which had been made to the bride a young lady who is most highly esteemed iv the district, where she was born ami has passed her whole lifo in doing good. An t-legaut photographic album, the gift of the

parishioners, accompanied as it was by their hearty good wishes for her future welfare, testified to the respect and affection they entertained for the young friend th^y were about to lose. At 1-30 some 130 guests sat down to breakfast, which was laid in a capacious tent erected for tho occasion near the house, where three long tables were laden with aH tha delicacies of the season. Some excellent speeches were made in proposing and responding 1 to the several toasts, and at 430 the bride bade farewell to her home, and the happy pair drove off under a shower of good wishes, which were quite as numerous as the grains of rice with which they were pelted.

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WEDDING AT WAKAPUAKA, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XVIII, Issue 270, 16 November 1883

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WEDDING AT WAKAPUAKA Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XVIII, Issue 270, 16 November 1883

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