From The Bedfordshire Times, Friday 3 August 1928.

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A picture of the wedding

The happy couple

A picture of the wedding



A pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Peter's Church, Bedford, on wednesday afternoon, between Miss Alexandra Maud Curtois, younger daughter of the late Mr. Arthur Curtois, formerly of Branston, Lincolnshire, and of Mrs. Curtois, of 52 St. Michael's Road, Bedford, and Mr Henry Edgar Thompson, of the Southern Indian Railway, Trichinopoli, sixth son of Mr. Charles Thompson, of Heckington, Lincolnshire.

The service was fully choral. The bride, who was given away by her elder brother, Mr. Peregrine Curtois, was met at the church door by the officiating clergy, the Rev. A. Curtois (her cousin), of Lincoln, and the Rev. C. F. Farrar, of Bedford, and the choir. She wore a beautiful gown of ivory georgette over crepe-de-chine, the corsage and panels being hand-embroidered in pearls and diamante, and silver brocade shoes. Her tulle veil was held in place by a coronet of orange blossom, and her train of old Limerick lace (an heirloom lent by Mrs. Lindsey) was lined with georgette and fastened with sprays of orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of Harrissii lilies and white heather. The two pretyy little train-bearers, Joan Allen and Wendy Bryson, wore dainty frilled georgette frocks of Princess Mary blue, with shaded floral wreaths and girdles mounted on silver ribbon, and silver shoes. Their gifts from the bridegroom were little gold shell and pearl bar brooches. There were two bridesmaids, Miss Barbara Curtois (sister of the bride) and Miss Marian Thompson (sister of the bridegroom), who wore charming Princess Mary blue frocks of lace, appliqued with georgette which also fell in petals from the waist, and floral brocade shoes. Their picture hats of silver grey crinoline were trimmed with bunches of blue and grey ribbon velvet, and they carried silver bead bags and bouquets of shaded sweet peas tied with silver ribbon, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. David Thompson (brother of the bridegroom) was best man, and Capt. Curtois, M.C., and Mr. George Allen, assisted as groomsmen. The bride's mother wore a becoming gown of amethyst embossed georgette trimmed with old lace and paste buckle; and an amethyst georgette hat, massed with shaded velvet flowers to match. She carried a bouquet of lemon carnations, the gift of the bridgeroom.

The bride and bridegroom walked down the aisle to the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding March played by Mr. S. W. Churchill at the organ, and the train-bearers strewed rose petals in their path. A merry peal of bells greeted the couple as they left the Church, and the bells were also rung during the afternoon. A reception was afterwards held at Crofton Rooms, at which among the Bedford people present were Mr. J. Basil Hope, J.P., and Mrs. Hope, Miss Collie, Mrs. Josselyn, J.P., the Rev. C. F. Farrar, J.P., the Rev W. R. Hansford, Mrs. Kirkman, Col. and Mrs. Nichol, Mr. George P. Allen and Mrs. Allen, Miss Lee, Miss Forbes, Miss Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Newcombe, and Mrs. Lindsay. Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Thompson left for a motor tour in Devon and Cornwall. The bride's going-away dress was of almond green hand-painted chiffon over georgette, and beige reptile shoes, and a green crinoline hat trimmed at the edge of the brim with a bunch of French flowers to match the dress. She carried a coat of beige silk marocaine trimmed with a collar of Siberian sable.

About a hundred and fifty beautiful presents were received.

The dresses were all designed and made by Miss Maud Spurgin, and the hats by Madame Lucine.

The catering was in the hands of Messrs. Dudeney and Johnston, and the decorations were carried out by Messrs. Laxton.

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