Wedding at Woodlands
From “The Southern Cross” newspaper
Published Weekly. Invercargill,
April 10th, 1915
McLeay - Wyeth
On Tuesday, 6th inst, at the Woodlands
Presbyterian Church, Miss Amy Wyeth, third
daughter of Mr and Ms C. Wyeth, was married to Mr
J.McLeay, formerly of Gore and Invercargill, and now of Christchurch.
The ceremony was conducted by a former minister of the church, Rev
E.Bissett assisted by the present minister, the Rev G.H.Jupp.
The church was very prettily decorated with white flowers and ferns, and
a huge bell was suspended over the bride's head.
As the bride entered the church on her father's arm, the bridal hymn,
"How welcome was the call" was sung.
The wedding dress was exceedingly dainty, and the bride looked very
pretty indeed. She wore a handsome lace robe over duchesse satin beautifully
embroidered, the bodice being very simple, and finished off with a single row of
seed pearls; a court train of duchesse satin lined with palest pink descended
from the shoulders, the veil being arranged in cap fashion, with orange blossom
forming a coronet, and a lovely shower bouquet completed a most charming
The chief bridesmaid, Miss
Nora Wyeth, wore a pretty frock of pale reseda green crepe de chine, trimmed
with tiny frills and touches of pink and tiny pink rosebuds, Juliet cap of
green, frill of white lace, and wide bows across the back, bouquet of pink
flowers. The other bridesmaid, Miss
Essie Wyeth, wore a dainty pale pink frock of crepe, wide black velvet belt,
white muslin Juliet cap with black velvet band and frill of lace, and also
carried a pretty bouquet. The
brides train was held by a tiny tot, Miss Inez Dunsford her frock being of white
ninon, pages cap of satin, and dainty Juliet cap of muslin and lace.
Mr W. Tretheway of Gore, acted as best man, and Mr
Chas. Phillips was groomsman. Mrs
Milroy presided at the organ, and tastefully played the wedding march from
"Lohengrin" as the bridal party left the church.
After the wedding ceremony the guests
repaired to the public hall, where a sumptuous breakfast awaited them.
It was served by the granddaughters of Mr and Mrs Wyeth.
Their hearts were in the work, and their readiness and skill would have
done credit to a corps of professional waitresses.
The tables were tastefully laid, and flowers and flags made a bright and
pretty setting to the feast. After
the company had enjoyed the good things, liquid and solid, with which the tables
were laden, the chairman (the Rev. Mr Bissett) read a sheaf of telegrams
conveying good wishes to the young couple.
A short toast list was then honoured, that of "The King" being
The chairman, in giving "The Bride
and Bridegroom," said that some might wonder, why he and not the resident
minister, should have carried out the ceremony. They all loved and respected the Rev. Mr Jupp, but he had
been asked to act in accordance with an engagement made before he left
Woodlands, and Miss Wyeth (now Mrs McLeay), unlike the Kaiser, had kept her
word, although it was not a written promise.
He need hardly say that it gave him the greatest pleasure to be with them
on such a happy occasion, and felt that he was expressing the feeling of all who
knew the Wyeth family and Mr McLeay when he wished that gentleman and his bride
long life and happiness. He trusted
that the blessing of God would rest upon them and theirs. The people of the district would miss the bride very much
indeed, for she never spared herself when concerts were organised for the
Belgium fund or any other worthy cause. Her
services as a singer were always readily and cheerfully given, and no doubt she
would continue her good work in Christchurch.
The toast was
heartily honoured and was briefly acknowledged by Mr McLeay.
toast of "The Bride's Parents" was in the competent hands of Mr J. G.
McPherson (Bluff) formerly stationmaster at Woodlands.
He was delighted to be present, and equally pleased to be asked to
propose the health of two such homely and hospitable people as Mr and Mrs Wyeth.
They all knew the reputation that the worthy couple had built up during
their residence of 47 years in Woodlands, and they all knew the good work- that
Mrs Wyeth had done as a friend and neighbour in times of sickness and distress.
As for Mr Wyeth, he had in early youth taken, up arms against the
Maoris in the North Island, and the liking for the military seemed to run
in the family, judging from the presence among them of a soldier of the
King.-(Laughter). He trusted that Mr and Mrs Wyeth had many years before them
yet, and would live to see all the remaining, members of their family as happily
settled in life as the others had been.
Wyeth thanked the company for the manner in which they had honoured the toast.
Mr B. Bain (Avenal) gave “The
Bridegroom's People," and speaking, from, a knowledge of Mr McLeay from
childhood; bore emphatic testimony to his good qualities as a young man.
Rodgers, an uncle of, the bridegroom, replied.
He was a stranger to the district, and was delighted to see how his
nephew had been treated.
R. Milroy (Wyndham) proposed "The Bridesmaids" in happy terms, and Mr
Tretheway responded. The Rev. Mr
Jupp submitted 'The Chairman," which was heartily received and duly
intervals songs were contributed by Mrs McPherson and Messrs Milroy and J.
Wyeth, the accompaniments being played by Mrs Milroy and Miss Hannan.
wedding party and a number of friends then returned to the house, from whence
they left per taxi cab for Invercargill, leaving next day for Christchurch, the
bridegroom taking care to remove a pair of mud-stained old shoes which had been
dangling from the back of the vehicle.
bride's going away dress was of navy blue with collar and girdle of black
silk, black velvet hat, with white ostrich plume and
set of furs (the bridegroom's gift), the bride's gift to the bridegroom being
set of sleeve-links, while the bridesmaids received pretty brooches.
happy couple left after the reception in a taxi amid showers of confetti and
rice. They are going to Christchurch, where their future home is to be. The
wedding gifts, were very numerous and useful, among them being, a handsome
silver tea and coffee service and oak tray suitably inscribed, presented by the
Woodlands ladies at an afternoon tea given in honour of the bride the
Thursday afternoon previous to her marriage, Mrs Robertson acting as
hostess and Mrs Hannan making the presentation; while on Monday last Mrs S.
McDonald, on behalf of the Mabel Bush people, presented Miss Wyeth with a silver
entree dish, accompanied by the good wishes of the people of that district, and
their grateful thanks for Miss Wyeth's past services in singing on many
the many guests present were Mr.
and Mrs J. Wyeth, Mr
and Mrs Chas. Wyeth, jun., Mrs
and Mrs G. Dewe, Mrs
E. Dewe, Mr and Mrs Hannan, Mr and Mrs Milroy (Wyndham), Mr and Mrs
McPherson (Bluff), Mr and Mrs Lamont (Edendale), Mr and Mrs Jas. Lamont, Mr and
Mrs Read, Mr and Mrs Leith, Mrs Schmidt, Mr and Mrs Linklater, Rev, Mr Jupp, and
Mrs Jupp, Rev, Mr Bissett, Mr and Mrs D. Calder, Miss E. Milne, Mr and Mrs
Robertson, Misses Hannan, Phillipps, Dewe, Campbell, Hughes, Mr B. Bain
(Avenal), Mrs and Miss Cheyne (Avenal), Mrs H. Smith (Gladstone), Miss Bain, Mr
Oswald Stead, a son of Mr Jno. Stead, Invercargill, who is on holiday leave from
Trentham and whose presence in uniform served, to remind the company of the
great war now raging.