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The Rushden Echo, 8th April, 1898, transcribed by Gill Hollis

At the Independent Wesleyan Chapel, Rushden, on Tuesday, was solemnized the wedding of Mr. Ebenezer Wrighton, shoe manufacturer, Rushden, and Miss Eva Gray, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. Gray, of Crabb-street, Rushden. The contracting parties are both active members of the Independent Wesleyan Church, and have been ardent Sunday school workers.

They are held in great respect, and the church was well filled when the ceremony began. The Rev. T. G. Harper, of Wellingborough, was the officiating minister. The bride was attired in a tasteful costume of white silk, trimmed with lace and orange blossoms, and wore a veil, with a wreath of orange blossom. She carried a very beautiful shower bouquet made up of eucharist lilies, white carnations, lilac, lily of the valley, lilium harrisi, spirea, and asparagus fern. The bridesmaids were Miss Edith Mackness (cousin of the bride), Miss Lily Ladds, and Miss Mabel Bull. They wore white dresses, trimmed with lace and flowers, with hats trimmed with violets and tips. Miss Mackness and Miss Ladds carried bouquets of violets, lilac, lily of the valley, and maidenhair fern. Miss Bull carried a basket of campernelles, spirea, and maidenhair fern. The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. Joseph Mackness, and Mr. Herbert Cox was best man. The choir (of which Miss Gray had been a prominent member) were present, and the hymns were “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “Saviour, let Thy sanction rest.” Miss Rose Knight presided at the organ, and played appropriate wedding music. After the ceremony, the relatives and friends were entertained at Mrs. Gray’s, after which the newly-wedded pair left for Bournemouth, where they are spending the honeymoon. There were a large number of handsome and valuable presents, among them being a handsome plated coffee service from the teachers of the Sunday school, with the following inscription :- “Presented to Mr. E. Wrighton and Miss Eva Gray by the teachers of the Independent Wesleyan Sunday school on their marriage, Easter, 1898.” The bouquets and flowers, which were much admired, were supplied by Messrs. J. Seckington and Son, seedsmen and florists, High-street.

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