Marriage announcements – 1950s


August 14, 1951

The U.C. Church, Hickman’s Hr., beautifully decorated with lilac and snapdragon was the scene of a very pretty wedding on July 2nd, at 7 P.M., when Margaret Winnifred, younger daughter of Reuben T, and the late Mrs. Vardy of that place, became the bride of Frederick Donald, youngest son of James R. and the late Mrs. Butler, of Bell Island.

The bride entered the church on the arm of her father, to the tune of the wedding march beautifully rendered by Mrs. Joseph Verge, who acted as organist for the occasion. The bride made a lovely picture as she walked down the aisle. Her gown of white lace and tulle over shimmering satin was of charmingly simple design with high round neckline and tiny buttins to the waist, the full skirt falling gracefully in a long train. Her shoulder length veil of embroidered tulle illusion fell from a quaint dutch bonnet headdress. She carried a lovely bouquet of red roses and carnations tied with a huge bow of white satin ribbon.

Her bridesmaids were the groom’s sisters, Misses Marjorie and Edna Butler, Miss Helen Penney, old friend and former classmate of the bride, and Miss Florence Vardy the bride’s cousin. They were gowned in dainty or gandy and tulle with picture hats to match. Their dresses were of blue, pink, mauve and lemon which provided a delightful contrast to the bride’s all white ensemble as the sun streamed through the church windows all during the ceremony. The bridesmaids carried baskets filled with carnations and fern tied with huge bows of matching satin ribbon. The tiny train – bearer, Karen Vardy, wore a floor length white dress trimmed with blue ribbons and matching headdress.

The ceremony was impressively performed by Rev. R. Humby. The best man was the bride’s brother, Mr. Arthur Vardy, and the ushers were Messrs. Maxwell Butler, Edmund Vardy and Oliver Vardy.

Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party motored across Random Island to Britannia. On their return the wedding reception took place in the L.O.A. hall where over 350 guests had assembled. The daintily appointed bride’s table was centered by the traditional three – tiered wedding cape. Bouquets of white roses also added a festive note.

Toastmaster for the occasion was Mr. Jack Currie, a lifelong friend of the bride, who eloquently expressed the heartfelt wish of both relatives and guests for every happiness to the newlyweds. Rev. R. Humby ably proposed the toast to the bride., to which the groom responded. During the remainder of the evening a lengthy toast list was honoured.

The following day the happy couple left for their honeymoon, which was spent at Clarke’s Beach and touring the Avalon Peninsula.


Mr. and Mrs. Norman Chaulk

The wedding of Melvie Louisa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Spurrell of Butter Cove, Trinity Bay, to Mr. Norman Chaulk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Job Chaulk of Little Catalina, took place on February 23rd, 1957, at the Church M St Edmund the Martyr, Toronto—Ottawa Studio, Toronto (Daily News, April 9, 1957)


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, October 2022. Updated November 2022

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