August 24, 1905
A happy event of much interest to a large circle of relatives and friends took place at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. George Bowles, Grafton, on Wednesday forenoon of last week. The occasion was the marriage of their daughter, Miss Jessie McDougall Bowles, and Mr. William Boyd Burgess, merchant, of Woodville. Promptly at 8.45, the hour set for the ceremony, to the strains of the wedding march, beautifully rendered by Mrs. J. Howe Cox, a sister of the bride, the bridal party, ushered by Miss Lida Woodruff, of Waterville, entered the parlors, which had been most prettily decorated for the event under the direction of Mr. Fred W. Killam, of the Nova Scotia Nursery, Halifax. They stood beneath a handsome arch, from the centre of which was suspended a magnificent floral bell, the gift of Mrs. Robert Lepine, of Halifax. The bride looked most charming in a lovely gown of white silk organdie with trimmings of silk and applique. She wore the conventional bridal veil and carried a beautiful bouquet of bridal roses, white carnations, and maiden hair fern. Her twin sister, Miss Nellie C. Bowles, and her friend Miss Addie Chesley, of Bridgetown, were bridesmaids. The former was daintily attired in a dress of white organdie with trimmings of lace and insertion. Miss Chesley was most becomingly gowned in a exquisite dress of cream corded voile. Both carried elegant bouquets. Little Miss Vivian Bowles, niece of the bride, and Master George Cox, a nephew, acted as her attendants. The former looked particularly sweet in a dress of cream voile. The bride entered leaning on the arm of her father and took her place beside the groom, who was attended by his brother, Mr. Laurie L. Burgess, B. Sc., of Dalhousie College. The ceremony was performed by Rev. John Hawley, of Waterville, pastor of both bride and groom. Following the ceremony congratulations were extended, after which the guests, numbering upwards of one hundred and fifty, partook of a dainty wedding breakfast. The bridal party were then driven to Waterville Station by Mr. H. E. Sawyer, Proprietor of the Old Homestead, Berwick, where they boarded the west bound Flying Bluenose and, amidst showers of rice and the explosion of torpedoes, departed on their honeymoon which will include a visit to St. John, Portland, Me., Boston, and other cities. They are followed by the best wishes of a host of friends, a large number of whom accompanied them to the station to witness their departure. The bride wore a handsome travelling suit of blue venetian cloth, with hat to match.
The grooms present to the bride was a cheque for fifty dollars. Several other cheques were noticed amongst the gifts. They also included china, cut glass, silverware, and linen. Among them was a handsome china tea set, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, of Waterville.
Mr. and Mrs. Burgess will, on their return, reside in Woodville, and what is Graftons loss will be Woodvilles gain. The writer joins with the very many friends of the young couple in extending best wishes for a long and happy wedded life. Com.