June 27, 1901
One of the most pleasing social events of the season came off on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Mabel Bernice, elder daughter of Mr. W. W. Ellis, of Berwick, was united in marriage to Mr. Hugh Roderick MacKay, of Truro. The ceremony was performed at the Baptist church, Rev. D. H. Simpson, the pastor, officiating. The church, which was beautifully decorated, was crowded to the doors. The bride was given away by her uncle, W. H. Congdon, Esq. of Port Williams. She was elegantly attired in cream satin, en train, trimmed in silk applique lace and tucked chiffon and carried a magnificent bouquet of bride roses and maidenhair ferns. Her attendants were her sister, Miss Mina Ellis, who wore white organdie, over canary; Miss Alice Craig, of Cambridge whose gown was also of white organdie over orange; Miss Mary Congdon, of Dartmouth, who wore white silk over pink, and Miss Bella Forrest, of Berwick, who looked well in a dainty gown of white muslin, over pink. The groom was supported by his friend, Mr. Wyse of Truro.
As the bride entered the church, leaning on the arm of her uncle, Mr. Congdon, a mixed quartette, consisting of Mrs. F. S. Fisher, Miss Beckwith, Mr. F. Bennett, and MR. Arch Beckwith, sang the well known bridal hymn "How welcome was the call," Mrs. Harlow acting as accompanist.
The ushers were Mr. Clifford Ellis and Mr. Congdon.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bridal party left the church, while the strains of Mendelssohns wedding march pealed from the organ.
A reception was held at the home of the bride, where the guests were welcomed by her aunt, Mrs. McMullen. After offering hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. MacKay and partaking of refreshments, the bridal party and guests were driven to the station, where they took the east bound express for Halifax en route for Truro, where they will be at home to their friends on July 10th, 11th and 12th.
The brides travelling dress was English fawn.
The presents were numerous, beautiful and valuable, consisting of cut glass gold and silver.
Miss Ellis was one of the most popular young ladies in our village. She will be especially missed in musical circles, where she was ever ready to assist and where her place will be hard to fill. The best wishes of many friends follow her to her new home.