Yesterday (Thursday) considerable interest was manifested in the wedding of Mr. George Leonard Shelton, of Higham Ferrers, to Miss. Frances Knight, third daughter of Mr. S. Knight, draper, of High-street, Rushden, which was celebrated in the Old Baptist Church, Rushden. The Rev. M. E. Parkin officiated. The contracting parties are well-known in Rushden and Higham Ferrers. The bride is a member of the Old Baptist Choir and is a teacher in the Sunday school connected with that place of worship. There were seven bridesmaids:- Misses Emmie Knight and Edith Knight (sisters of the bride). Miss L. West, Miss A. Shortland, and three little girls, Misses Alice Knight, Nellie Shortland, and Clara Shortland. The bride who was given away by her father, wore a lovely dress of white Bengal silk, with full Court train: embroidered bridal fall, and orange blossoms: and she carried a shower bouquet of white roses, tuberoses, and lilies of the valley, the gift of the bridegroom. Misses Emmie and Edith Knight, the chief bridesmaids, were attired in Bengaline silk bodices and sashes and cream cashmere skirts, trimmed with chiffon, and leghorn hats trimmed with ostrich feathers. Misses West and A. Shortland wore dresses of cream cashmere trimmed with silk and Honiton lace: leghorn picture hats to match, trimmed with ostrich feathers. Each of these four bridesmaids carried shower bouquets, the gift of the bridegroom. The three little girls were robed in buttercup silk and wore large hats, each carrying a basket of flowers. Mr. W. F. Shortland was the best man. Mr. George Farey presided at the organ, and played Mendelssohn’s Wedding march as the bridal party left the church amid showers of rice and confetti.
A reception was subsequently held at the residence of the bride’s parents, the guests comprising:- Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Shortland (brother-in-law and sister of the bride), Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Nunley, Mr. Warner (Finedon), Misses Freeman (Wellingborough), Freeman (Rushden), and Howes (Northampton), cousins of the bride: Miss E. Green, Miss F. Darnell, Miss West, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Ebenezer Knight, Mrs. M. Knight , Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. C. Freeman, Mr. W. S. Knight (brother of the bride), Miss M. Shortland, Mr. Putman, Miss Annie Shortland (Irthlingborough), Misses Alice Knight, Nellie Shortland, and Clara Shortland, and others.
Amid the hearty congratulations if their friends Mr. and Mrs. Shelton left early in the afternoon for Wellingborough en route for Brighton, where the honeymoon is to be spent, the bride’s travelling dress being a blue tailor-made costume with hat to match.
Many handsome presents have been received, the following being a list.
Bridegroom to the bride, gold bangle set with emeralds and pearls, gold brooch set with rubies and pearls, and gold ring set with diamonds and rubies.
Bride to bridegroom, gold studs, gold links, and travelling truck.
Mr. S. Knight (father of the bride), cheque.
Mrs. Knight (mother of the bride), tea service, doyleys, and trousseau.
Mrs. Shelton (Higham) silver tea pot &c.
Mrs. Parker (sister of the bridegroom), Silver sugar tongs.
Mr. and Mrs. Nunley, cheese dish, table linen, and glass flower vase.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Shortland (Irthlingborough), silver butter dish and knife.
Mr. Putman, silver forks and silver dessert spoons.
Miss Emmie Knight, carving knife, fork, and steel, in case.
Miss Edith Knight, flower vase, and fruit stand.
Miss L. West, drawing-room clock.
Miss Ada Green, pair of flower vases.
Miss Edith Green, framed photographs of the members of the Rushden Old Baptist choir.
Mrs. Howes (Northampton), pair of china candlesticks.
Miss Howes (Northampton), fancy cushion.
Miss F. Darnell, fancy cane paper rack.
Mrs. Kitchen (Stony Stratford), tatted Doyleys.
The Bride’s Sunday school class, celery glass and salts.
Young ladies in Mr. S. Knight’s workroom, pair of cake dishes and pair of cut-glass pickle jars.
Miss Miriam Shortland, salad bowl.
Misses Clara and Nellie Shortland, silver suger sifter.
Miss Annie Shortland (Irthlingborough) and Mr. Warner (Finedon), silver pickle fork, butter knife, and marmalade spoon, in case.
Miss L. Sargent, hot water jug.
Miss. E. Denton, china fruit dish.
Mrs. Ebenezer Knight, glass goblets.
Mrs. Charles Freeman, jardinière.
Miss F. Perkins, set of majolica vases.
Miss Cox, silver table spoons.
Mrs. M. Knight, cruet and glass ware.