Grimsby Newspapers
McDonald, Ralph Colin James and Byford, Bernice Ethel, (Married on 30 Sept 1949)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 6 Oct 1949, p. 6

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A marriage of unusual interest was solemnized in the Baptist Church on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30th, when Bernice Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Byford, became the bride of Ralph Colin James McDonald, also of Grimsby.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Thos. Richards, of Hanover, a former minister of the church, assisted by Rev. G.A. McLean.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a fitted gown of white satin and lace, having a train over which her long embroidered veil fell from a coronet headdress of sequins. She carried a bouquet of yellow Pinnochio roses and bouvardia.

Miss Joyce Byford, sister of the bride, as maid of honour, wore a gown of yellow faille taffeta, with matching picture hat and mittens, and carrying a cascade bouquet of yellow and orchid chrysanthemums. Miss Alta Bullock of Dryden, and Miss Irene Wenninger of Grimsby, bridesmaids, were gowned in orchid faille taffeta with matching picture hats and mittens and carried yellow and orchid chrysanthemums.

Mr. Ralph Hughes, of Gravenhurst, was best man and the ushers were Mr. Gordon Aughtred of Clarkson and Mr. Blake Marlow of Grimsby.

The wedding music was played by Miss Greta Ormiston, who accompanied Miss Margaret Fletcher, of Exeter, soloist, who sang The Lord's Prayer just before the ceremony. During the signing of the register, Mrs. Fletcher sang Because.

An interesting and unusual feature of the occasion was that the ceremony was performed on the 25th anniversary of the marriage of the bride's parents in the same church and by the same minister, Rev. T. Richards, who was the minister of the Grimsby Baptist Church at that time.

At the reception held immediately after the ceremony in the church hall, the bride's mother received in a gown of French blue faille taffeta, with navy accessories and corsage of Virginia carnations. Assisting was the groom's mother, Mrs. Chas. McDonald of North Bay, becomingly gowned in grey with matching hat and corsage of off-white gladioli.

During the wedding feast, after the toast to the bride had been proposed by Rev. G.A.McLean, a toast to the bride's parents was proposed by Rev. Thos. Richards, and Mrs. Byford, the bride of 25 years ago, was presented with a beautiful bouquet of 25 American Beauty roses by her family.

The bride and groom are spending the honeymoon in the North Bay district, the bride wearing for the going away a grey gabardine suit with navy accessories and corsage of Better Time roses.

After the honeymoon Mr. and Mrs. McDonald will reside in Grimsby.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
Item Type:
Wedding Announcements
Date of Publication:
6 Oct 1949
Date Of Event:
30 Sept 1949
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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McDonald, Ralph Colin James and Byford, Bernice Ethel, (Married on 30 Sept 1949)