A 1927 Practical-Offbeat Bride

There is something about weddings from our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents generations that I find so grounding. Weddings were usually smaller and simpler. Everyone spent much less, but expectations were lower too. There were no favors, and often there were no bridesmaids, no seated dinner, and no wedding colors. There was just a bride and a groom and a hurry to get started on the actually-being-married bit. So it’s with that spirit that I have to share this incredible article that reader Alison sent me. The wedding in question is her great-grandmothers. Not only is it practical (at home) but clearly this is a bride with, as they would have said, some spunk. Miss June VanBuskirk got married at 5am on June 1st, because she was determined to be the first June bride of the season (that being her name and all), which really should qualify her to be a 1927 Offbeat Bride. The article, with all of its great 1920’s language follows.



Miss June VanBuskirk Bride of Robert Bennett In Early Morning Wedding at Home of Bride’s Parents.

Wedding bells pealed forth for the first June bride of the season at five o’clock this morning at the home of John VanBuskirk at Winfield when Miss June VanBuskirk and Robert Bennett were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.

The couple entered the beautifully decorated rooms to the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march played by Miss Naomi Bender of this city, an intimate friend of the bride. Rev. William O’Donnell of the Evangelical church tied the nupital knot, using the beautiful double ring ceremony.

The bride was attractively attired in a gown of white georgette crepe with slippers and stockings to match and wore a bridal veil of tulle. She carried a shower bouquet of white rosebuds and lilies of the valley.

Immediately after the ceremony the bridal couple and guests proceeded to the dining room where a tasteful wedding breakfast was served.

Mrs. Bennett is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. VanBuskirk, of Winfield. She numbers a host of friends in this city as well as in her hometown, having attended Sunbury High School, graduating with the class of 1925. For the past year, she has been employed by the Quaker Manufacturing Company at Lewisburg.

Mr. Bennett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bennett of Winfield. He also is quite known among the younger set of this city, having been employed here several years ago. At present he is engaged as a mason with the Lewisburg Construction Company.

The newlyweds have gone on an extended honeymoon tour during which they will visit Pittsburgh, Baltimore and other points of interest.

Upon their return they will reside with the bride’s parents until they go into housekeeping in the very near future at Lewisburg.

Their many friends extend congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy wedded life.

Alas, there was no photo from this wedding. This is a found wedding photo (love those!), via Lovedaylemon on Flickr

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