Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Marion Russelle Cecil and Alfred E. Bruch

Richmond Times Dispatch
April 19, 1917

A wedding of much interest to society here was that of Miss Marion Russelle Cecil, daughter of Colonel G. R. Cecil, U.S.A., and Mrs. Cecil, to Alfred E. Bruch, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Bruch, of Cleveland.  The ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents in Washington, with the Rev. C. Ernest Smith, of St. Thomas's Church, officiating.  The wedding was celebrated in the sun-parlor, which was decorated in white lilacs, roses and lilies, against a background of palms and Southern smilax, and the bridal party passed to the altar through arches of smilax and white blossoms.  A stringed orchestra played the wedding music.

The bride entered with her father, who gave her away.  Her wedding dress was of white satin trimmed in chiffon and rose point lace worn by her mother at her wedding, and the skirt was finished with side panels of pearls and iridescent beads.  Her long court train was lined with cloth of silver and embroidered in pearls, and her veil of illusion was of tulle edged with rosepoint lace.  She carried a shower bouquet of orchids and lilies of the valley.  The bride's only ornament was a brooch of diamonds, the groom's gift.

Miss Nancy Leary Patton, of Richmond, who was the bride's made of honor and only attendant, wore a French dress of chartreuse Georgette crepe over gold, embroidered in blue and gold beads, with a picture hat to match.  Her flowers were Ophelia roses.  Edward Bruch, of Cleveland, was the best man.

An informal reception followed the ceremony, after which Mr. and Mrs. Bruch left for a honeymoon trip to New York and the West.  They will later motor back to their country estate "Ben Lomond," near Manassas.

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