Ruthann Carmean and Robert Porritt Married in Candlelight Service

In a candlelight ceremony in the Clarkston Methodist Church on Saturday, January 28, 1961, Ruthann Louisa Carmean became the bride of Robert Lee Porritt. Reverend William Richards performed the ceremony which took place at 7:30 P.M., before the altar adorned with bouquets of white carnations and white stock, with glowing candelabra. 

Ruthann was lovely in a floor-length gown of Schieffli lace.  The fitted basque bodice was accented by the scalloped neckline.  The very full, multi-tier skirt extended into a chapel sweep. Her finger tip veil was held in place by a crown of lace and pearls.  She carried a semi-cascade of white carnations and lilies of the valley.

The bride’s attendants includes Mrs. Vern Carmean, her sister-in-law, who served as her Matron of Honor and Mrs. Carolyn Warrick, Miss Sandra Gresham and Mrs. Patrick Thompson, sister of the groom, who served as her Maids of Honor.  They wore ballerina length dresses of Miermiste in royal blue and carried colonial bouquets of white carnations and yellow roses with yellow ribbons.

The flower girl was Lezlie Marie Callahan, who was dressed in yellow organdy and carried a basket of rose petals, which she scattered along the aisle as she walked ahead of the bride.

The groom chose his brother, William Porritt, to attend him as best man.  To serve as ushers he chose Richard Caverly; a brother of the bride, Vern Carmean and James Kreider of Okemus, who roomed with him at Albion. He entrusted his nephew, George Porritt, with the rings, as ring bearer.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. J.E. Frankenfield and Mr. E. Lee Carmean of Pontiac. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Porritt.

For her daughter’s wedding Mrs. Frankenfield wore a Dior blue lace dress with pink accessories. Mrs. Porritt wore a steel blue sheath dress with matching hat and gloves.  They wore like corsages of pink rosebuds. 

One hundred guests attended the reception which took place in the church parlors, immediately following the ceremony. The bride was pleased to have her grandmother, Mrs. Ivan Keich of Clarkston, and the groom’s grandmother, Mrs. Winifred Porritt, presided as hostesses at her reception.

The couple planned a short wedding trip, and for the leave-taking Ruthann selected a red wool jersey dress and wore a corsage of white rosebuds.  After their trip they will go to Albion, where Bob will continue his studies in college.

Source: The Clarkston News, February 2, 1961. 


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