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GreytownWedding: Balfour/Humphries - 1909

Evening Post, 1 April 1909

A wedding of some local interest took place this afternoon at Greytown, when Miss Elsie Mildred Humphries, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry Humphries, was married to Mr. Alan Bidwill Balfour, dentist.
The bride was attired in white Swiss embroidered muslin over a Mastese underskirt, and wore a beautiful embroidered veil and wreath of orange blossoms. She carried a sheaf of white Japanese anemone and maidenhair fern, and was given away by her brother, Mr. William Humphries.

There were four bridesmaids, Miss Constance Ethel Keedwell and Miss Zillah Humphries (sister) were the two principal ones, and wore frocks of pale blue crystalline, trimmed with roses, with hats of crinoline straw to match. They carried shower bouquets of anemones and lilies.

Ruby and Nellie Humphries (sisters of the bride) were dressed in blue, carrying pink flowers. The bridesmaids received bamboo bangles, the gift of the bridegroom.

Mr. Athol Rhodes (cousin of the bridegroom) filled the position of best man, and Mr. Leslie Balfour, brother of the bridegroom, that of groomsman.

The marriage took place at St. Luke's Church, Greytown, the officiating minister being the Rev. E. T. Wynn Bond (Martinborough), assisted by the Rev. A. T. B. Page, vicar of the parish.

The church was prettily decorated by members of the choir, who also assisted in the ceremony. The presents made were both numerous and costly. A large number of guests were at the wedding ceremony, and the reception was held afterwards in a large marquee erected at the residence of the bride's parents.

In the evening a social and dance was held in the Foresters' Hall, when a great many accepted the invitation, and spent an enjoyable evening. The happy couple are travelling north for their honeymoon. The bride's travelling costume was of creme serge, trimmed with, white silk and French knots, the hat being of green decorated with green wings and satin.


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