Christ church was the scene of a beautiful wedding Saturday evening when Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. McConnell of this city, and Wallace Donald McLean of Washington and New York were united in marriage. The church was artistically decorated in pink and white Japanese lilies and gladioli, huge bouquets of them being used effectively, while the altar was banked with dahlias.
Prof. Fred L. Bach, of Heidelberg university, Tiffin, O., formerly of Adrian college, presided at the organ and played a delightful program during the seating of the guests and as the time for the ceremony drew near the music modulated into the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march and the wedding party entered the church.
The ushers were William H. Griffin of New York; Dean Caldwell of Washington, D.C.; James J. Elliott of St. Paul, Minn.; William Norris of Katonah, N.Y.; Morrison Tucker of Memphis, Tenn.; and Howell Taylor of this city.
Miss Cleantha McConnell, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and the Misses Elizabeth and Frances Waldby of this city and Miss Frances Lay of Oil City, Pa., were bridesmaids.
The bride entered the church on the arm of her father. She was a charming picture in her Lucile model gown of while tulle and maline lace over white satin, with a court train from the shoulders banded with white satin. Her tulle veil was caught in a Russian coronet with orange blossoms, and she carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley and pink sweetheart roses.
The gowns of Miss Frances Waldby and Miss Lay were rose taffeta trimmed with silver lace. They carried Killarney roses and forget-me-nots tied with blue ribbons, the color scheme of the wedding being pink and blue. Those of Miss Clara Blake and Miss Elizabeth Waldby were French blue taffeta, they carrying the same flowers, tied with pink ribbons. Miss Cleantha McConnell, the maid of honor, was charming in pink taffeta and maline lace with touches of blue velvet bows, her bouquet being blue corn flower.
The bride was met at the chancel steps by the groom and his best man, his brother, Morris McLean, where the vows were exchanged, and advancing to the altar the beautiful ring ceremony was performed by Dr. D.H. Channer of Christ church, assisted by Rev. John Carroll, D.D., canon of St. Paul’s cathedral, Detroit.
A reception was held at the home of the bride, after the ceremony, where a buffet luncheon was served. The bridal table was decorated in the same flowers as the bride carried, lilies of the valley and pink sweetheart roses, and bore a large heart-shaped cake, which was later cut by the bride. The house was decorated in a profusion of pink and white flowers. The gifts were numerous and among the many letters and telegrams of congratulations received were letters from President Wilson, a friend of the groom, and one of his professors while he was student at Princeton university, and from Miss Margaret Wilson, daughter of the President.
After an extended eastern trip, Mr. and Mrs. McLean will make their home in New York, where Mr. McLean is general manager of the Morris Plan company, a large banking and financial house.
The out-of-town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry McLean, parents of the groom; Norris McLean, brother of the groom; Miss Carrie Mae Blake, Dean Caldwell and Miss Eleanor Tuston of Washington, D.C.; William T. Norris and James Griffin of New York; James J. Elliott, St. Paul; Mrs. W.H. Butts, Donald Montague, Kenneth Wesley, Richard Lamb of Ann Abor; Willis Dodge,Lansing; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Walker, Mrs. Elizabeth Morey, Dr. Gertrude Jones, Fred Andrews, Lisle Wesley and Emerson Russell of Detroit; Mrs. H.C. Wisner, Dr. and Mrs. Galbreath, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ward of Pontiac, Mrs. Sewell Avery, Miss Arlie Avery of Evanston, Ill.; Miss Swaetzbury, Milwaukee; Miss France Lay, Oil City, Pa.; Morrison Tucker, Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. James F. Brailey, Toledo; Mrs. McClellan and sons of Jackson; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Wauseon, O., grandparents of the bride; Miss Mary Steck, Ypsilanti.
The following lines were written and dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. McLean on their wedding day by Laura A. Norris, 85 years of age, the oldest living relative of Mr. McLean and his maternal grandfather’s cousin:
My vision reaches far beyond
The hills and verdant by-ways
To where the autumn sunset fades
Upon the city’s highways,
I catch a glimpse of lighted church
And gay throngs speeding thither
Of flowers rare, whose breath doth hear
The fragrance of June weather.
The happy man comes down the aisle
And at his side a maiden
The marriage vows are on their lips
Their hearts with love o’er laden
This wedded pair will henceforth walk
Life’s untried paths together.
Enjoy the sunshine—brave the storm
Nor fear the frowning weather.
Year after year may come and go
Each morn will have its morrow
Some days be brimming with delight
Some may be draped with sorrow
Whate’er the future may disclose
By loyal faith divining
You’ll see beyond the gather clouds
The sun will still be shining.
And now this evening as you stand
With friends and kin surrounded
You know that God has smiled on you
And His blessing have abounded.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 4, 1915.