Robert James Lees - Lionel's Marriage

Robert James Lees


The Marriage of Mr Lionel H.Lees (26 December 1899)
A Newspaper report

St John's Church, Halsetown, St Ives, Cornwall was the scene of a remarkably pretty, though private, wedding on Boxing Day, when Miss Jessie Peart Thorn of Chicago U.S.A, was married to Mr Lionel Herbert Lees of St Ives and late of Acton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev R.Edward Griffin M.A. assisted by Mr P.K.W.Hawke.

The best man was Mr Ernest H.Lees, second brother of the bridegroom, and the bridesmaids were Miss Lees, eldest sister of the bridegroom, Miss Janie Miller of Acton, and Misses Pearl C.E. and Eiola M.J.Lees, younger sisters of the groom. The bride was accompanied by Mr Robert James Lees, who gave her away, and, as she entered the church, Mr Joseph Keskeys led off with the tune of "How welcome was the call" which was sung by the congregation.

The bride wore a gown of Mousseleine-de-soie over white satin, trimmed with narrow white satin ribbon and having a white satin sash. Her white satin picture hat was trimmed with ostrich plumes, chiffon and orange blossoms, and she carried a magnificent shower bouquet of stephanotis, lilies of the valley and Christmas roses. Miss Lees was dressed in helitrope satin cloth trimmed with cream corded ribbons and having a cream silk vest and a cream silk picture hat trimmed with ostrich plumes and a large silver buckle. Miss J.Miller's costume was similar, the colour being Eau-de-nil, while both young ladies carried large bouquets composed of lilies of the valley, hyacinths, pink geraniums and maidenhair fern. The younger bridesmaids were dressed in Empire frocks of cream foule, with sashes of old gold silk and gloves and stockings to match. They wore cream drawn silk hats trimmed with ostrich tips and each carried a basket of cream and gold chrysanthemums and Christmas roses. The mother of the groom was attired in a black satin princess polanaise trimmed with jet over a trained skirt of gold and white brocade, and a bonnet composed of cream and gold brocade trimmed with jet ornaments and cream ostrich plumes. She carried a bouquet of violets, lilies of the valley and Christmas roses. Mrs J.Morgan-Payler's costume was of black Peau-de-soie silk with a white silk fichu and cuffs trimmed with valenciennes lace and a black and white silk bonnet, her bouquet being of stephanotis, heliotrope and lilies of the valley.

As the ceremony was concluding, the congregation sang "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden" and as the bridal party left the church, mr Keskeys played the "March of the Israelites" taken from Sir Michael Costa's oratorio "Eli". Driving from the church the bride and groom went to "Caerlym", St Ives, the residence of the father of the groom, where a reception was held. Later on, Mr and Mrs Lees left for Newquay, where Mr Lees has recently, together with his brother, Mr B.V.Lees, started a large grocery establishment, The bride's travelling dress consisted of a black cloth coat and skirt and braided crimson vest with hat to match. The wedding presents were numerous, and included a houseful of furniture. Amongst those from Acton were: A pair of silver serviette rings in cases from Mr N.A.Lees; a silver and pearl bread-fork, from Mrs Miller; silver and pearl pickle-fork from Mrs J.Miller; and a silver and pearl butter-fork from A.Miller.

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