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Rushden Echo, 10th December 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Wright - Church
Military Wedding at Wymington

The marriage took place at St. Lawrence’s Church, Wymington, on Saturday, of Miss Gertrude Patience Upton Church, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Church, New Estate, Wymington, and Private John Ernest Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wright, Washbrook-road, Rushden. The Rev. C. L. Drew officiated. The bridegroom’s brother acted as best man. The bridegroom, who was in uniform, belongs to the 103rd Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. and expects shortly to be leaving England.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of white silk trimmed with pearl beads and French knots, and a bridal veil and orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of ferns, chrysanthemums, and white heather.

The bridesmaids were Misses Elsie Wright (sister of the bridegroom), Daisy Smith (friend of the bride), Phyllis Mason and Winifred Church (nieces of the bride), and Doris and Lynda Upton (cousins of the bride). Miss Elsie Wright wore a dress of cream silk with a silk lace tunic and pearl trimmings and a black velvet hat with pink trimmings to match. Miss Daisy Smith wore a dress of white voile with a white felt hat to match. These two head bridesmaids wore buttonholes of Scotch heather, pink carnations, and chrysanthemums. Misses Phyllis Mason and Winifred Church were attired in white silk with mob caps to match (made by their “Grannie.”) Doris and Lynda Upton wore dresses of white cashmere and biscuit-coloured hats with pink trimmings to match. The smaller bridesmaids all carried small Union Jacks, and when the newly-married couple came out of the church formed an archway under which they passed.

The service was fully choral. As the guests were assembling in the church Mr. J. Smith (organist of Wymington Church) played selections of music, including Mendelssohn’s “Wedding march” and the “Marseillaise.” The hymn, “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” and Psalm 128 were sung.

After the service a reception was held at the bride’s home, about fifty guests assembling. The bride’s dress was made by Mrs. Simmons, of Wharf-lane, Higham Ferrers, and the wedding-cake was supplied by Mr. Fortescue, of High-street, Higham. The carriages were supplied by Mr. Asher Abbott. The Scotch heather was sent by Miss Rose Gillmartin, of Dundee.

The following telegram was received by Pte. Wright from his comrades in huts at Longbridge, Deverill, Warminster:- “Heartiest congratulations, wishing you both every success in the future, from your sincere friends and well-wishers in hut.”

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