On Saturday the Parish Church of St. Mary, Rushden, was the scene of a most interesting wedding. In the presence of a large number of relatives and friends Miss Evelyn Harlow, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harlow of 155, Cromwell Road, Rushden, was united to Mr. Wilfred Leonard Baker, only son of Mr. C.H. Baker, Church Street, Finedon.
The bride is a soprano vocalist of considerable ability and in the course of her musical career has fulfilled engagements in many parts of Northamptonshire and the adjoining counties. During the war she gave her services to many philanthropic causes, particularly those in any way designed to aid the “Tommies”. Mr. W.L. Baker assists in the management of his father’s two currying factories at Finedon, and served in France with the R.A.F. during the war. The bridegroom’s father has interesting musical connections with Rushden, for he was for many years the conductor of the Rushden Temperance Band, having charge of the famous combination at the time when it was in its prime. He now conducts the Finedon Town Band.
Mr. J. Enos Smith played festal music at the wedding, and a processional hymn “Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us” was sung, the Rev. Percy Robson M.A. conducting the ceremony.
There were four bridesmaids – Miss Doris Harlow (sister of the bride), Miss Elsie Baker (aunt of the bridegroom), little Miss Trixie Parker (niece of the bride) and little Miss Joan Spence (cousin of the bridegroom). Mr. Frank Shelton of Finedon (friend of the bridegroom) was best man.
White crepe-de-chine formed the attire of the bride, who was given away by her father. She wore a hand embroidered veil (kindly lent) and carried a sheaf of lilies, to which a gold horseshoe was attached. Her pendant of aquamarine and pearls was a gift from the bridegroom. Miss Doris Harlow and Miss Baker were attired in pale pink and pale yellow crepe de chine respectively with leghorn hats to match; and the smaller maids in white silk with mob caps. The first pair carried bouquets and wore brooches matching the bride’s pendant and the second pair had bunches of tulips and wore gold brooches. These flowers and ornaments were given by the bridegroom.
After the wedding the reception opened at the bride’s home and was continued at the Town Hall Finedon, where 130 guests assembled. Most of the guests wore sprigs of white heather.
The honeymoon is being spent in London, and upon its conclusion Mr. and Mrs. Baker will reside at Finedon.