Dorothy Mott & Benjamin Whisenand

Stellar wedding of the autumn season for capital society will be solemnized at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the country place of Congressman and Mrs. James W. Mott when their second daughter, Miss Dorothy Mott, becomes the bride of Ensign Benjamin Murry Whisenand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Whisenand of Bend. Rev. George H. Swift, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, will read the ceremony in the presence of the two families and an assemblage of distinguished guests.

The couple will exchange their vows before a large window looking out into the lovely sloping gardens. White chrysanthemums, ivy and cathedral tapers will grace the improvised altar.

Miss Nancy Kirkpatrick of Lebanon, a Kappa Alpha Theta sister of the bride, will sing preceding the ceremony and Mrs. David Eason will play the wedding music.

The bride will be given in marriage by her father. She will wear a handsome wedding gown of heavy white taffeta, with a full skirt sweeping into a full train, and a tight bodice, which is fashioned with a net yoke enhanced with a deep frill. Her sleeves are pointed at the wrist and edged with lace. A coronet of white pansies will hold the bridal veil and her wedding bouquet will be of white pansies, bouvardia and orchids. Her only ornament will be the antique twin bracelets, which were given to her grandmother, Mrs. J.D. Walling, as an engagement gift by her fiance over 50 years ago.

Mrs. John L. Sullivan, the former Frances Ann Mott, will be her sister’s honor attendant. She will wear a Victorian model in plum taffeta with a headdress of pansies and a colonial nosegay of pansies, which is the flower of Kappa Alpha Theta, the bride’s sorority.

The maid of honor, Miss Edith Moxley, will wear a gown of aqua taffeta and carry a nosegay similar to the honor attendant’s.

Miss Joan Halsted and Miss Ruth Chappell of Portland will hold the ribbons through which the bridal party will pass. They will wear pastel frocks and carry colonial nosegays.

Following the ceremony the bridal couple and their wedding party will receive informally.

Opening the door will be Mrs. Stewart Johnson and assisting in the drawing room will be Mrs. Thomas E. Rilea, Mrs. George Alexander, Mrs. G.F. Chambers, Mrs. Wheeler English, Mrs. W.S. Cole and Miss Dorathea Steusloff.

The serving table will be appointed in crystal and silver, white flowers and ivy garlands. Presiding at the urns will be Mrs. William B. Mott of Salem, and Mrs. Robert Hemingway of Bend. Cutting the ices will be Mrs. Curtis Stewart of Lake Oswego and Miss Eva Purvine of Amity. Miss Harriet Hawkins of Salem and Miss Edith Brown of Corvallis will be at the punch bowl.

Mrs. Donald Pague of Scio will cut the bride’s cake.

Assisting in serving will be a bevy of young matrons and maids including Mrs. James Davis of Seattle (Mary Jane Kestley), Mrs. Hugh William McElhinny, Miss Marianne Low, Miss Patricia Lamb, Miss Janice Nelson, Miss Doris Duffy, Miss Roberta Jean Yocom and Miss Mary Elizabeth Sisson.

For traveling the bride will wear a black velvet suit with a soft pink blouse, a black wool topcoat with gold buttons and a smart black hat trimmed with pink ostrich curls.

Miss Mott attended the University of Oregon and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Ensign Whisenand also attended the state university. He was graduated this past week from the Midshipman’s school at Notre Dame University. He previously attended Willamette university at a V-12 student preparatory to entering the midshipman’s school.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, October 28, 1944.

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