Etc. -- 1917 Read-Duncombe wedding
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 8 article in the 4 Oct 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper


One of the most charming weddings of the season was solemnized at the Baptist Church in Delhi, by Rev. Dr. Spencer of Oshawa assisted by Rev. P. K. Dayfoot of Toronto, on the afternoon of Thursday, 27 Sep 1917, when Miss Nelles Candace Duncombe was united in marriage to Mr. Ernest Russell Read, barrister, of Brantford [sic].

The church was beautifully decorated with palms, ferns and a profussion of while asters.

Miss Genevieve Freeman of Hamilton, a cousin of the bride, played the wedding march.

The bride was given away by her uncle, Dr. Charles Duncombe of St. Thomas, and looked most winsome and charming in a gown of ivory duchesse satin, with court train and trimmings of silver lace and orange blossoms, and carried a shower bouquet of roses and lily of the valley, while her wedding veil bore the monogram of the bride, and was artistically held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms.

Miss Evelyn Whitside, a cousin of the bride, was maid of honor, and was gowned in mauve taffeta with hand embroidery of silver, and wore a Juliet cap of silver lace with mauve streamers; her bouquet was sweetheart roses.

The little flower girls, twin cousins of the bride, Minnie and Nellie Heath of Delhi, daintily attired in white organdie over pink and blue taffeta, strewed rose petals in the path of the bride, while wee Jackie Hodgson of Lethbridge, Alberta, died the honors as page, dressed in a court suit or white satin and lace.

The best man was Mr. Ward Simpson of Brantford, while Mr. Rose of Brantford and Mr. Bruce Whitside of Simcoe acted as ushers.

After the ceremony a reception was held at "The Cedars," the beautiful old home of the bride's grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Whitside, the Spacious rooms of which never looked more beautiful than they did with their profusion of floral decorations, roses, smilax, sweet peas and ferns. The breide's mother and her sister were all married there, and Mr. Eugene Heath, and Mrs. Heath, aunt of the bride, now reside in the old home.

Mrs. Duncombe, the bride's mother, wearing black ninon over white duchesse satin, hand embroidered, and carrying pink rose, and Mrs. Heath, in a mulberry gown, received with the bride.

The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a platinum necklace and pendant set with diamonds, to the maid of honor, flower girls and pianist, gold pendants, to the best man and ushers scarf pins, and ring to the little page.

The bride's going away gown was a grey French broadcloth with seal trimmings, and grey hat to match.

The happy couple left amind showers of confetti on an extended motor trip to the Berkshire Hills, New York, Washington and other points.

Guests were present from Lethbridge, Detroit, Hamilton, Toronto, St. THomas, Brantford and other points.

Upon their return, Mr. and Mrs. Read will reside in Brantford.

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