A wedding that took place this week in Kansas City will add to the number of brides who have come to Minneapolis during the winter to make their home. The marriage of Miss Perita Sanborn to Clarence Zelora Brown was solemnized Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Christian church, Kansas City. The wedding was remarked for its charm of appointments and the interest attached. The appointments were in green and white, and the church was embowered in tropical foliage, where palms thickly covered the altar and a sheaf of Easter lilies lay on the lectern. A tangle of wild smilax enwreathed the organ loft and the gallery rail was festooned with smilax.
Preceding the entrance of the bridal party, which includes six ushers and six bridesmaids, Mrs. S.S. Gunlack sang “Amorita,” a favorite selection of the bridal pair. The Lohengrin chorus played by Herbert Sisson at the organ, announced the coming of the bridal train. The users were Messrs. Roy Sanborn, Orla Severance, William McCrum, Robert Brockett, Fred Mertsheimer, William Stevens; the maids attending were Misses Edith McQuaid, Lelia Mather, Myrtle Scott, Edith Branhan, Anna Kirk, Evan Harris, all Kansas City young people. The maids were dressed in white organdie over green silk, the skirts finished with deep accordeon [sic] pleated flounce with tiny ruches at the foot. The waists were tucked all over, had lace yokes tucked sleeves, and were finished with filmy white fichus of liberty silk. The all carried arm bouquets of America Beauty roses.
Two little Greenaway maids in long high-waisted white frocks, their hair piled high on their heads and falling in curls before their ears, preceded the maid of honor, carrying baskets of flowers. Miss Allie Hurley was maid of honor. She was simply gowned in white and carried a bouquet of maiden hair ferns.
The bride entered with her father and wore a gown of lustreless [sic] white satin draped with an over skirt of lace. A lace bolero trimmed the bodice, the lace on the waist and skirt having adorned the wedding gown of the bride’s mother. A long veil of brussels [sic] net was fastened with a sunburst of diamonds, a gift of the bridegroom. The bride’s bouquet was lilies of the valley and orchids. The bridegroom was attended by Frank H. Morrill, Minneapolis, as best man. Rev. Dr. Combs performed the ceremony. At the close of the ceremony, which had proceeded to musical accompaniment, the flower girls receded before the bridal pair scattering rose petals in their path.
A wedding supper followed at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn. White carnations and roses furnished the floral decoration. The bride presented fleur-de-lis pins to her maids and small gold lockets to the flower girls. Mr. Brown gave his groomsmen silver matchsafes and his best man a gold matchsafe.
The wedding trip upon which Mr. and Mrs. Brown left during the evening and which they are now enjoying, will occupy over two months, and will lie through Old Mexico and California, where they will spend a month at Coronado Beach. They will arrive in Minneapolis in April, and will be at the “The Trossachs,” Lake Minnetonka, during the summer.
Among the guests were Mrs. Z.E. Brown, mother of the bridegroom, and Mrs. Kremer. Mark Ewing and Fritz Rumsey, St. Louis; Miss Mayme Bagley, Duluth, and Miss Edith McQuaid, Des Moines, were also guests.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 28, 1900.