Bertrand - McFadyen - wedding

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August 10th, 1957 - Mary Bertrand & Eldon McFadyen

Gilead United Church, Corbyville, Ontario, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday, August 10th, 1957 at 2:30 p.m. when Mary Ellen Bertrand daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orland J. Bertrand, of Corbyville, became the bride of John Eldon McFadyen son of Mr. and Mrs. John McFadyen, of Tiverton, Ontario. The Rev. W. R. Merrick, of Belleville, officiated before an altar banked with ferns and gladioli.

Traditional wedding music was played by Miss Bessie Handley, A.T.C.M. of Belleville, and Mrs. Gerald Ackerman of Belleville, sang "O Perfect Love", before the ceremony, and "I'll Walk Beside You" during the signing of the register.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was charming in her waltz-length, strapless gown of French Chantilly lace and net over ivory slipper satin. The lace covered bodice was enhanced by iridescent sequins. The full skirt had a lace apron effect back and front. The matching lace jacket featured a Queen Anne collar and long sleeves ending in lily-points over the wrists. Her finger tip veil of tulle illusion was held in place by a Juliet cap encrusted with iridescent sequins and seed pearls, and she carried a white Bible adorned with pink sweetheart roses.

She was attended by her sister, Miss Helen Bertrand, as maid of honor, and Miss Glenna Wannamaker, of Frankford, and Mrs. Mervyn Bowers of Trenton, as bridesmaids. All were gowned alike in waltz-length white dotted Swiss over pink taffeta, featuring long torso waistlines and full skirts. They wore pink flower headdresses and carried bouquets of pink Colonial roses.

Little Shirley Marie Siddon, of Kincardine, cousin of the bridegroom was flower girl, sweet in a dress of pink cotton with tiny white dots. Her headdress was a band of pink flowers and she carried a basket of multi-colored sweet-peas.

Little Kenny Bertrand, foster brother of the bride, was ring-bearer for the double-ring ceremony. Mr. George McFadyen of Tiverton assisted his brother as best man while Mr. Ronald McFadyen, of Tiverton, also a brother of the bridegroom and Mr. Jack Dixon, of Belleville, cousin of the bride, were ushers. The reception for 90 guests was held on the lawn at the home of the bride's parents. The guests were greeted by the mother of the bride gowned in navy sheer over navy and white taffeta in redingote style with navy Sweetheart roses. She was assisted by the mother of the bridegroom, wearing navy nylon over navy taffeta with white accessories and corsage of red Sweetheart roses.

The bride's table was daintily appointed with a linen damask cloth, centred by a three-tier-pillared wedding cake and the bridal bouquets. The other tables were centred with African violets. Those who served at the wedding meal were Mrs. Milton McGee, Ottawa; Mrs. Harold McAvoy, R. R. 6 Belleville; Misses Bernadette Farrell, Corbyville; Carol Wannamaker and Carole Martin, of Frankford and Marion Armstrong, of Peterborough; Mrs. Orval Rollins, Plain-field; Mrs. James O'Sullivan and Mrs. Leonard Walsh, of Corbyville assisted in the kitchen.

Following the reception, the young couple left by motor for a two weeks wedding trip through Algonquin Park and Huntsville to Peninsula Lake the bride travelling in a teal blue silk shantung dress on princess lines with white accessories and corsage of pink Sweetheart roses. Upon their return, Mr. and Mrs. McFadyen will reside at 84 Winnett Ave., Toronto.

Guests were present from Southey, Sask; Oakwood; Woodville; Peterborough; Timmins; Tiverton; Kincardine; Ottawa; Corbyville; Plainfield; Foxboro; Belleville and Toronto.

Prior to her marriage, the bride was honored at a presentation by the staff of Alexander Muir School in Toronto; also at a kitchen shower at the home of Mrs. Ronald Badgley, Corbyville, and a crystal shower at her own home, by friends of the Plainfield Community with Mrs. Harry McCreary as hostess. The bridegroom was honored by a presentation by the staff of the Premises Department of the Bank of Nova Scotia, King St., Toronto, where he is a draftman.

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