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Rushden Echo, 19th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Coulson - Perkins
Rushden Family in Australia - The Marriage of Miss L. M. Perkins

The marriage took place on July 7th, in the Speedwell Church, Queensland, Australia, of Lorrie Miriam, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Perkins, of Alstonville, Speedwell, formerly of Rushden, and Mr. Henry Wylie, the son of Councillor and Mrs. T. E. Coulson, of Rosewood. The Rev R. Layce, of Clayfield, officiated. The church was tastefully decorated with greenery, pink and white roses, and an arch, in the centre of which was hung a confetti bell.

The bride was becomingly attired in white Egyptian silk, trimmed with white guipure lace edging, a skirt of star tunic, finished with tassels, with a square train, lined with shell pink and finished with pink roses; the bodice was trimmed with white guipure edging, deep sailor collar and tabs, a vest of silk guipure lace piped with shell pink and studded with pink pearls and finished with a medici collar. She also wore a veil and mob-cap trimmed with orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of white roses and pink carnations with white streamers.

Miss Grace Perkins (cousin of the bride), who attended as bridesmaid, wore an Egyptian silk dress, pinafore style, and a white hat. Miss Millie Perkins (sister) and Miss Gertie Monteith acted as train bearers, Messrs Moses Coulson and Alston Perkins acted as groomsmen.

As the bride entered the church, on the arm of her father, the choir rendered "The Voice that breathed o’er Eden", the organ being presided over by Mrs. R. W. Potter.

After the ceremony, the Rev. R. Layce presented a Bible to the young couple, this being the first wedding celebrated in the Speedwell church.

There were about seventy guests at the wedding breakfast, after which Mr. and Mrs. Coulson left by motor for Brisbane and Tweedheads, where the honeymoon was spent. The bride travelled in a coat and skirt of grey-blue tweed and a large sailor hat of pale pink, lined with black velvet.

The chair at the wedding breakfast was occupied the Rev. R. Layce, who proposed the Health of the bride and bridegroom, which was heartily received by all with three right hearty cheers.

The bridegroom suitably responded thanking them all for their good wishes and the hearty manner they had received the toast, and he hoped the same good wishes would always exist. The bridegroom then proposed the health of the bridesmaids, which was suitably responded to by Mr. M. Coulson.

The Rev. T. U. Symonds proposed the toast "The parents of the bride and bridegroom. He said he had known the parents of the bridegroom for 23 years, and he could not say anything too kind of Mr. and Mrs. Coulson's hospitality at all times. He had only known the parents of the bride for a few years, and he had always found them very peace abiding and ever ready to assist in the welfare of the district.

Mr. W. H. Perkins suitably responded, after which the chairman proposed "The boys at the Front", which was responded to in a very patriotic manner, the speaker urging every eligible man to enlist and fight for his King and country. Mr. and Mrs. Coulson were the recipients of many useful and valuable presents, including several cheques.

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