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Lucy HAGGITT had 8 bridesmaids when she married Hugh TOLMIE - Dunedin 1891

Journal by ngairedith

from the OTAGO WITNESS - 7 May 1891


... The Chief event of the week socially, a vertable society "splash" has been the marriage of Miss LUCY HAGGITT to Mr HUGH TOLMIE.
Before 12 o'clock on Wednesday morning, April 29, the hour appointed for the cemermony, St Paul's Church was crowded to the doors, and many who could not be accommodated inside lined the approach to the church, anxious to get a glimpse of the bride.

They were married by the Veneral Archdeacon EDWARDS, assisted by the Reverend G. W. YORK

The stall and front seats of the church were crowded with the guests; the ladies having quite a festive appearance in their rich winter costumes, many of them carrying the loveliest of bouguets.

Loving hands had been at work, and the chancel had been turned into a conservatory of white blossoms, the altar being also draped in ivory white. Chrysanthemums were much used in the decorations, and these matched the bouquets the bride and bridesmaids carried, which were exquisite posies of the same floweres of choicest growth.

Shortly after 12 0'clock, under the skilful touch of Mr ARTHUR TOWSEY, the organ pealed forth a joyous welcome to the bride, who approached the altar on the arm of her father, attended by eight bridesmaids. It was a very pretty sight, and might be termed a white wedding, for bride and bridesmaids were alike attired in ivory white - no colour intruding anywhere, not even in the flowers.

The bride's dress was of white corded silk, with plain petticoat edged with a ruche, the train being long. The bodice was softly draped with mouselain de sole. The veil was of tulle, fastened with a spray of orange blossoms, the bouquet, as before-mentioned, an exquisite posy of chrysanthemums fastened with long white ribbon steamers.

The bridesmaids who were much of a height, looked remarkably nice in cream dresses of a soft material, made with the new French frills on the skirt, the sleeves puffed, and frills and folds adorning the bodices. Their bonnets were of dainty ivory chenille, trimmed in the latest style, high at the back, with pompoms.
The BRIDESMAIDS were the Misses:
Daisy DYMOCK
Annie GIBSON
Nellie HAGGITT
Jessie MORRIS
Isabel RATTRAY
Alice SPENCE
Lily TOLMIE
Mary WILLIAMS

the GROOMSMEN were Messrs
BELL, CUTTEN & MORRIS

* Mrs Bryan Cecil HAGGITT (Jessie Margaret nee TOLMIE, Lucy's mother) wore a lovey reseda corded silk, with demi-train, relieved with gold and reseda brocade, giving it a golden sheen, and a stylish bonnett to match;
* Mrs TOLMIE, a handsome black brocaded silk and cashmere relieved with white chiffon frills, and black bonnett with white birds;
-this could have been Lucy's maternal grandmother OR her mother-in-law
* Mrs RATTRAY wore a rich prune-coloured silk;
* Mrs J. WRIGHT, a heliotrope silk with pretty bonnett to match, and carried a lovely bunch of petunias of the same colour as her dress;
* Mrs DARCY HAGGITT (Lucy's paternal grandmother), a handsome black silk with white trimmings;
* Mrs OGSTON, a very pretty brown costume with brown and pink bonnet;
* Mrs MORRIS, (Lucy's siter Emily Louisa married Alexander Morris in 1886), black silk with bonnet trimmed with pansies;
* Miss WILLIAMS, pretty blue braided serge with hat trimmed with white feathers;
* Miss HODGKINS looked well in fawn-coloured serge with brown hat coered with feathers;
* Miss ROBERTSON, a light costume of fawn;
* Miss GIBSON, a fawn and salmon silk costume;
* Mrs STEPHENSON, a very handsome costume of black

Other of the guests were:
Mr & Mrs J. WHITE
Mr & Mrs WRIGHT
Dr & Mrs HOCKEN
Dr & Mrs DAVIES
Mr & Mrs McLAREN
Mr & Mrs Allan HOLMES
Mr & Mrs D'Arcy HAGGIT
Mr & Mrs SISE
Mr & Mrs RATTRAY
Mr & Mrs TOWSEY
Dr OGSTON
Mr & Mrs DENNISTON
Mesdames:
REYNOLDS
DYMOCK
HAGGITT, senior
Henry MacKENZIE
FRASER
LINDO-FERGUSON
WEBSTER
EDWARDS
BATHGATE
WOODHOUSE
F. CHAPMAN
E. CUTTEN
GALLAWAY
Misses:
CUTTEN
HODGKINS
JOHNSTON
ROBERTSON
RATTRAY
Messrs:
WRIGHT
A. MORRIS
McLENNAN
WEBSTER
HOSKINGS
BELL
RATTRAY
BLACK
B. HAGGITT
F. HAGGITT
CUTTEN
E. B. CARGILL
SPENCER
BRENT
WEBSTER
NEILL
E. MORRIS
C. RATTRAY
RIDINGS
BELL
Rev Mr YORKE
Dr SCOTT

The ceremony over, it was some time before the numerous guests rolled away to the residence of the bride's father at Anderson's Bay, and the road for some time presented quite a festive appearance. The breakfast was laid in the ballroom, a large and beautiful fitted room, with alternate fawn and brown pannelling, which made a good background to the effective dresses of the ladies.
The table crowned with a magnificent bride cake and decorated with a profusion of flowers, was a pretty picture.
In the dining room te wedding presents covered the large dining table. The were, indeed, a magnificent display - glittering gold, silver, and crystal, in designs too elaborate and unique to attempt a description.
Among them was an afternoon silver tea kettle on an oak and silver tray, several sets of silver fruit knives - one with pearl handles - handsomely wrought gold tray, gold and silver set of fruit spoons, horn-handled carvers, silver gong, very lovely silver fish knives, ivory-handled carvers, several afternoon tea sugar bowls and cream jugs of the most uncommon designs - some gold line and elaborate with carving, others quaint in their simplicity - silver biscuit trays, silver chandeliers and candlesticks, Japanese screen, lovely pictures, a handsome carved oak barometer, silver teapots, china teapots, silver spoons, and a set of very old silver salt spoons, gold and silver egg stands, silver napkin rings, several very handsome lamps - one mounted in silver - silver toast racks, crystal and silver jam dishes, and one very lovely in gold the form of a fern leaf; a lovely sugar basin was in the form of a coalscuttle, silver outside and lined with gold; butter coolers, and two travelling clocks, silver card case, handsome brackets, fan tea cosy, costly hand-painted china vases, and one pretty crystal butter cooler resting on an open silver fan; butter knives, biscuit jars, silver-mounted crystal claret jug, silver spoons, handsome electroplated forks and spoons; a lovely gold and pearl bracelet, and a diamond and ruby ring; a set of the prettiest little silver salt cellars, a quaint leather waste paper basket, copper hot water kettle, copper hot water can, lovely silver fruit dish, hanging mirror, satin frilled sofa cushion, a pair of carriage boots lened with grey fur and finished with steel chains, and a most beautiful assortment of women's work in the form of tray cloths, afternoon tea cloths, sideboard cloths, apron, napery, &c.

The bride's travelling dress was a tailor-made green cloth trimmed with black astrachan, and a hat to match
Among a number of other dreses was a very handsome black surah silk, the skirt made with long trim, and the front draped with Moorish flouncing, spotted with fold, the bodice with high Medici collar trimmed with gold embroidery. The bride's gown and these were made by Miss STOCKLEY, of Brown-Ewing's and the bridesmaids dresses at Herbert-Haynes

In Dec 1899 Hugh Tolmie, of Waipahi station, presented the Government with a suitable horse, which had been accepted for the second NZ contingent (1st Boer War)

In May 1894 Hugh & Lucy left Dunedin for Melboure en route to Europe to spend a prolonged holiday

In July 1897 Hugh Tolmie gave a showing of the holiday, mostly of Europe, and the Highlands of Scotland and the Mediterranan route

In August 1907 The Mataura Ensign reported that the Clydsvale Syndicate had purchased Mr Hugh Tomlie's Waipahi Estate of between 25,000 and 30,000 acres, composed of pastoral country, suitable for cutting up into runs of 2,000 and 4,000 acres. The price was around 70,000 (quivalent in 2011 of about $11,000,000)



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