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Mary Kuhn

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Gaddis-Powell Wedding

A very pretty wedding took place in the Methodist church at Bolton on Thursday, May 18th, at 8 p.m. between Mr. Lloyd Gaddis eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Gaddis of the firm of Gaddis & McLaurin, and Miss Pattie Powell, the charming daughter of Mr. and Mr. J. H. Powell, Rev. I. W. Peebles Officiating. Mrs. J. H. Williams acting, as mistress of ceremonies, in her usual happy and genial manner, with staff of ladies, transformed the church into a garden of flowers, every touch being done by artistic fingers. The altar was banked with lilies, the background being palms and ferns. Massive Caladium stood out in bold relief on either side of the altar. At the altar steps a magnificent arch was made of flowers and a massive bell of English Ivy and lilies suspended from the center with a turtle dove looking down from the side of the bell, representing Purity, which so fitly expresses the natural attribute of the bride. The choir alcove was a symphony in pink, green and white, with immense pink bows attached to garlands of flowers. The church seats were tastefully decorated with lilies, and the aisle with shrubs and palms intermingled with every variety of flowers. Dr. Hunter as violinist, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. I. L. Peebles, played “The Flower Song” as a prelude. At the first strains of Mendelssohn’s Messers Mark Gillespie and Ernest Roberts, entered the church by the west door and proceeded down the aisle to the chancel steps, the bridesmaids and groomsmen following in order as follows: Miss Anna Gaddis, dressed in tan and red taffeta with duchess lace trimmings and Miss Adelia Elkins, dressed in steel gray taffeta with lace trimmings, Miss Grace Morford in Champaign taffeta with Persian embroidery trimming; Messrs. Chas. Lacey and Gaddis Crook. Miss Lillian Carstarphen dressed in green taffeta with green taffeta with lace trimmings, Miss Dudley Pond in wood-colored taffeta with lace trimmings: Messrs. John Grafton and David Graham. The groom, accompanied by his best man, Mr. R. C. Gaddis, entered the church by the north door and proceeded to the chancel steps; the flower girls, Misses Margaret Black and Mildred Halsmith, entered by the east door; the little girls were prettily dressed in pink silk organdies, accordion-plaited, with pink meline hats to match. The preceded the bride and carried lilies on their left arms. The bride was dressed in a tailored gown of Cicillian cloth in green and brown, carrying a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley, bridal roses and ferns. The bridesmaids all wore hats to match their costumes and carried sprays of white carnations. The bride and groom met at the chancel steps and proceeded together to the altar steps, the groomsmen forming a guard of honor. As the beautiful words were being pronounced which cemented the happy couple together as man and wife, the distant strains of the “Angels’ Serenade” could be distinctly heard which made the service more solemn and beautiful. After the benediction the procession left the altar, the bride and groom leading the way, to the much of the march “Pontifical.” Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party and guest repaired to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McLaurin to the cake cutting. The happy couple left for the West, via. New Orleans, on the 9:50 train for their honeymoon. The bride and groom received numerous and costly presents of silverware, cut glass and beautiful presents. Just after the ceremony mentioned above Mr. John Gilmore and Miss Adelia Elkins, both of Aberdeen, stepped forward, and were married by the same minister amid the same surroundings. This wedding was scheduled to take place in Jackson a day later, but the beauty of the surroundings proved too much for them.

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