These are photographs taken of the newspaper clippings found in Laurena Alice Kent nee Prest’s scrapbooks. There are many wedding announcements, births, death notices, obits, obituaries, engagement announcements as well as articles of interest ( girls choir, little league baseball, World War 2 etc) involving families of Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore and more. Localities include Halifax, Jeddore, Mooseland, Musquodoboit, Tatamagouche, Stewiacke, Beaver Bay, Tangier, Chebucto, Windsor Junction, Ostrea Lake etc. Other places mentioned include Oak Bay, Manitoba, Boston, Massachusetts, Hollywood, California and more.
If you are planning a vintage wedding you will find that the marriage descriptions detailed here are invaluable resources of inspiration for your retro wedding decor, wedding dress and honeymoon or “wedding trip” traveling outfit.
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Baker – Harpell
West Jeddore, Oct. 8 — West Jeddore Baptist Church was the scene of a beautiful wedding recently when Rev. Blois Crawford united in marriage Barbara Grace, eldest daughter of Fred Harpell, and John Judson Baker, son of Ira baker and the late Mrs. Baker.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was charming in a floor-length gown of white satin with lace yoke fashioned with long sleeves coming to points over the wrists, having the full skirt caught up with lily-of-the-valley. Her headdress was a full-length veil with halo of seed pearls. She carried a shower bouquet of red roses and white gladioli and wore a single strand of pearls with matching earrings.
Mrs. Anthony Slade was matron of honor and wore a blue taffeta gown with matching headdress and gloves and carried a bouquet of yellow roses. Miss Alice Wright was bridesmaid and wore pink nylon and lace with matching headdress and gloves and carried a bouquet of Johanna Hill roses.
Little Ann Elizabeth Crawford was flower girl and wore mauve and yellow and carried a basket of yellow roses. Mrs. Blois Crawford was the soloist and sang ” O Perfect Love” during the signing of the register. Miss Ramona Maskell was the organist.
The groom’s brother, Donald Baker, was best man, and the ushers were William Kent and Ralph Baker.
A reception for about 200 guests was held at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Crawford. The bride’s table was centred with a traditional three-tier wedding cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker will reside in Halifax.
Bartlett – Bell
New Glasgow, June 22 — A wedding of much interest to friends throughout the Province was solemnized in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 6 o’clock Saturday evening, when Mary Carr Bell, eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Bell, was united in marriage to Edward Bartlett, son of Rev. J. W. Bartlett of Windsor. The church was beautifully decorated with Nova Scotia wild flowers. The bride entered on the arm of her father, looking charming in a gown of ivory satin and chantilly lace with conventional veil and orange blossoms. She carried a bridal bouquet of white Easter lilies. The ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. John Service, assisted by the groom’s father, Rev. Mr. Bartlett. Miss Ann Bell, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. She was gowned in pink chiffon with a picture hat and carried a bouquet of pink snap dragon. Harry Bartlett, brother of the groom, was best man; and Earl Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith, was page. The bride’s mother wore a figured chiffon gown with corsage bouquet of pink sweet peas and black lace hat. Mrs. Bartlett wore a gown of mauve chiffon, with a corsage of mauve sweet peas. During the signing of the register, Miss Catherine Chisolm, sang, ” O, promise me.” The wedding march was played by W. J. Graham, organist of St. Andrew’s Church. Arthur Douglas and William Outhit were the ushers.
Following the wedding a reception was held at the bride’s home on Temperance Street, Mrs. Oliver Ross and Mrs. H. B. McCulloch presided at the tea table, with the following assisting in the serving: Misses K. Cotter, Helen Ross, Jean Cumming, Florence Graham, New Glasgow; Mollie Fulton, Stewiacke; Mrs. I. B. Fownes, New Glasgow. The happy couple left on a wedding tour of the Maritimes after which they will reside for three months in Ottawa, returning to take up residence in Halifax.
Bowser – Kent
The Rev. L. R. Bent officiated at the marriage, at St. George’s church, Ostrea Lake, on August 8th, of Ada Belle Kent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kent, of Pleasant Point, and John Bowser, son of Capt. and Mrs. Isaac Bowser, of Ostrea Lake. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very charming in a gown of white silk, with conventional veil. The altar had been decorated for the occasion by the Sanctuary Guild. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents. The valuable collection of wedding presents showed the high esteem in which the young people were held. Mr. and Mrs. Bowser will reside at Ostrea Lake.
Bowser – Trott
Halifax, January 7. — Owing to a recent bereavement in the bride’s family a quiet marriage took place at St. George’s church, Ostrea Lake, January 1st, Rev. L. R. Bent officiating, when Edythe B. Bowser, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Bowser, Ostrea Lake, and Edward A. Trott, E. R. A., of R. N. C. V. R. of Port Mouton, were united in matrimony.
Miss Bowser, who was given away by her father, was gowned in white silk with veil and wreath. Miss Edna Williams presided at the organ. After the ceremony a wedding lunch was served at the bride’s home. The following day Mr. and Mrs. Trott left for their future home at Port Mouton village, where the bride has been a general favorite.
Bryan – Kirby
A very pretty wedding was solemnized Monday evening at the home of Rev. Dr. H, Wigle, the principals being G. H. Bryan, R. C. A., son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bryan, of Silver Sands, and Gladys Kirby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kirby, 244 Maynard street. The bride, who was unattended, looked very charming in white satin and hat in keeping, and carried a bouquet of gladiolas. After the ceremony supper was served at the home of the bride, after which the happy couple left with the parents of the bridegroom, with whom they will spend their honeymoon at Silver Sands. On their return they will reside with the bride’s parents.
Mrs. James W. B. Cox
Formerly Miss Anne C. Burke who will leave today for Labrador to join her husband who is doing research there for The National Fish Company. Mr. and Mrs. Cox will return to the City in about a month.
Cox – Burke
The wedding took place in St. John’s United Church last Thursday, with Rev. Pue-Gilchrist officiating, of Miss Anne Catherine Burke, daughter of Mrs. Annie Burke, and James W. B. Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cox, 165 Oxford Street.
The bride who was unattended, looked very charming in a beige swagger suit with brown hat and accessories to match and wore a corsage of yellow tea roses.
Mr. Schaefer, organist of the church, presided at the organ for the ceremony.
Crawford – Kent
At the parsonage, Rev. G. S. Vincent, pastor of the West End Baptist Church, Halifax, recently united in marriage, Harry Blois, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Crawford, Gibraltar, Nova Scotia, and Edna Beatrice, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kent, Pleasant Point. The ceremony was performed in the presence of the immediate relatives. The bride was gowned in delft blue crepe, with navy accessories. The couple were unattended.
Following a brief honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford will take up residence at Port Hilford, Guysboro County, where the groom holds a pastorate under the United Baptist Home Mission Board.
Both bride and groom are graduates of the Toronto Bible College, Toronto, and the best wishes of friends in Upper Canada and the Maritimes follow this young couple in their chosen work.
Doyle – Kent
A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnized last Friday afternoon at the manse. 111 Windsor Street, when Bertha Augusta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Kent of Pleasant Point, was united in marriage to Edmund George, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Doyle of West Jeddore, Rev. Neil MacLean officiating.
The bride looked charming in a gown of delph blue rough crepe with accessories of grey. Bothe bride and groom were unattended.
Following the ceremony the happy young couple left for West Jeddore where they will reside. the bride wearing for travelling a smart swagger suit of blue silvertone.
Many and sincere will be the felicitations as the bride and groom enjoy the regard of a wide circle of friends. proof of whose esteem is shown in the collection of wedding gifts received. there being a large number of gifts both beautiful and useful.
Gaetz – Bowser
A very pretty wedding took place recently in St. George’s Church, Ostrea Lake, when Agnes Lorraine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bowser, Pleasant Point, became the bride of Frederick William, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gaetz, Seaforth. The ceremony was performed by Rev. A. E. Kingsbury. The bridal couple stood beneath an arch of evergreen, trimmed with white bells and streamers.
The bride entered the church on the arm of her father, by whom she was given in marriage, to the music of the bridal chorus played by Mrs. Norman Kent. She wore a gown of ivory satin with chantilly lace yoke, and leg of mutton sleeves. She wore a long veil trimmed with orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations and fern.
During the signing of the register the congregation sang ” The Voice That Breathed O’er Eden.” The couple were unattended. The witnesses were Miss ivy Bowser, sister of the bride, and Allen Gaetz, brother of the groom. The ushers were Harold Kent, uncle of the bride and Roy Conrad, cousin of the groom.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the bride’s home where friends and relatives of the happy couple gathered to shower them with good wishes. Refreshments were served to about 85 guests by the bride’s mother, assisted by Mrs. Harvey Gaetz, mother of the groom, Mrs. Isaac Bowser and Mrs. Samuel Kent, grandmothers of the bride. Others serving were Mr. and Mrs. George Slaunwhite, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kent, Mrs. Borden Kent, Mrs. Wilson Bowser, Ivy bowser and Arthur Dooks. The happy couple were the recipients of many beautiful gifts. They will reside in Seaforth.
September 28 1932
Graham – Kent
A quiet but very wedding took place at half-past eight on Wednesday evening, September 28th, at the manse of St. James Church, Dartmouth, when Rev. J. McDonald officiated at the marriage of Eressa Beulah, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kent of Ostrea Lake, and Wallace Albert Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Graham, of Three Fathom Harbor.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, Hugh Kent, wore a pretty gown of blue flowered chiffon, and was attended by her sister, Miss Rita Kent, who wore blue silk flat crepe. Gordon Leslie of Three Fathom Harbor attended as best man.
Followed by the best wishes of their many friends, the young couple left on a short wedding trip and will take up residence at Three Fathom Harbor.
*** The registration for this marriage found on Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics lists Wallace’s father as Lemuel Graham rather than Samuel. You can see it here:
Bartlett – Bell
New Glasgow, June 22 — A wedding of much interest to friends throughout the Province was solemnized in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 6 o’clock Saturday evening when Mary Care Bell, eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Bell, was united in marriage to Edward Bartlett, son of Rev. J. W. Bartlett, of Windsor. The church was beautifully decorated with Nova Scotia wild flowers. The bride entered, on the arm of her father, looking charming in a gown of ivory satin and chantilly lace with conventional veil and orange blossoms. She carried a bridal bouquet of white Easter lilies. The ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. John Service, assisted by the groom’s father Rev. Mr. Bartlett. Miss Ann Bell, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. She was gowned in pink chiffon with a picture hat and carried a bouquet of pink snap dragon. Harry Bartlett, brother of the groom, was best man; Earl Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith of Halifax was page. The bride’s mother wore a figured chiffon gown with corsage bouquet of pink sweet peas and black lace hat. Mrs. Bartlett wore a gown of mauve chiffon, with corsage of mauve sweet peas. During the signing of the register, Miss Catherine Chisholm, sang ” O, Promise Me.” The wedding march was played by Mrs. W. J. Graham, organist of St. Andrew’s Church. Arthur Douglas and William Outhit were the ushers.
Following the wedding a reception was held at the bride’s home on Temperance Street. Mrs. Oliver Ross and Mrs. H. B. McCulloch, presided at the tea table, with the following assisting in the serving; Misses K. Cotter, Helen Ross, Jean Cumming, Florence Graham, New Glasgow; Mollie Fulton, Stewiacke; Mrs. I. B. Fownes, New Glasgow. The happy couple left on a wedding tour of thee Maritimes after which they will reside for three months in Ottawa, returning to take up residence in Halifax.
Harrison – Edward
At half past one o’clock this afternoon, Christ Church, Guysborough, was the scene of a very pretty wedding and one in which much interest was felt in Halifax, the principals in the ceremony, being Marguerite Marion, daughter of the Rector of the Church, Rev. D. Edwards, who performed the ceremony and Mrs. Edwards, of Guysborough and William Carl, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harrison, of New Waterford, a graduate in Arts of Dalhousie University, in the class of ’27. The bride’s father was formerly in charge of the church at Eastern Passage, and the family are well known in Halifax, here they have many friends. Many have been the felicitations and more tangible tokens of affection which have found their way to the Rectory of Guysborough.
For the occasion the church wore a festal dress of summer flowers, the organist being present and playing the wedding marches, and the building was thronged with friends.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Armitago Edwards, and very lovely she looked in a gown of eggshell lace, worn with large picture hat of the same color, her bouquet being a shower bouquet of Talisman roses.
Bride and Groom were unattended.
The ceremony was followed by a buffet luncheon served at the Rectory, and later Mr. and Mrs. Harrison let for a motor trip to Montreal and Ottawa, the bride wearing an exceedingly smart black and white ensemble suit. At the conclusion of the wedding trip they will take up their residence in New Waterford, where a warm welcome awaits them.
The collection of wedding gifts was a large, varied and valuable one, including silver, fine china, cut glass, linen, etc. Shortly before Miss Edwards left for Guysborough, a round of parties were given in her honor, and she was tendered several showers, one by her associates of the staff of the Imperial Oil Company, and the other by Mrs. Ward, The Westminster Apartments.
Among out-of-town guests present at the wedding were Mr.. and Mrs. Thomas Harrison, of New Waterford, parents of the groom; Mrs. C. H. Nesbitt, of Ottawa, a sister of the bride; Miss Emma Reid and William Reid, of Westville.
February 17 1931
Hilchey – Mason
Rev. J. H. Freestone, pastor of the Brunswick Street Church, officiated at the marriage on the evening of Tuesday, February 17, of Gertrude Catherine, daughter of Mrs. James Mason, of this city, and Carl Colburne, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hilchey, of Mooseland. The bride looked charming in a gown of blue crepe, with accessories in keeping, her bouquet being a corsage bouquet of roses, freesia, and maidenhair fern. Mr. and Mrs. Hilchey who have the best wishes of a host of friends, will make their home at 5 1-2 Parker street.
Dapp – Prest
A quiet wedding took place at Grimsby Beach, Ontario, recently, when the Rev. A. C. Eddy united in marriage Effie Blanch Millar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Prest, of Moose River and Charles Frederick Dapp, of Long Island, New York. The bride looked charming in an embroidered navy marquisette gown, with which she wore a white sharkskin coat and accessories to correspond.
After visiting with the bride’s sisters, Mrs. John Doherty of Windsor, Ontario, and Mrs. Henry Robinson of Holiday Haven, Grimsby Beach, the happy couple will leave by way of Niagara Falls, for Long Island where they will reside.
Howatt – Prest
Miss Nita Pearl Prest, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Archibald Prest, of Mahone Bay, became the bride of Vernon G. Howatt, son of Mrs. Howatt, of Cape Traverse, P.E.I., at a quiet ceremony in Grace United manse last evening at 8 o’clock, Rev. G. B. Pickering officiating.
The bride wore a pale rose street length redingote dress with matching hat, while accessories and a corsage of pink and white carnations. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ernst, of Dartmouth. The bride’s parents were present at the ceremony.
Immediately following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Howatt left on a trip to Prince Edward Island. The groom is employed as teller in the Bank of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth. Before her marriage, the bride was employed on the nursing staff of the Dawson Memorial Hospital, Bridgewater. She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Hospital, Woodside. Included among the lovely gifts they received, was a chest of flat silver from the bank staff.
October 14 1924
Keating – Hollett
A pretty wedding was solemnized Tuesday morning, Oct. 14th, when Lora M. Hollett and Colin E. Keating, of this city were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, 19 Yukon street. Rev. W. J. Dean officiated. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple left on a trip to the Valley. The collection of wedding gifts was large consisting of silver, cut glass, etc., including a chest of silver from the bride’s co-workers at the head office of the Maritime Telephone and Telegraph company, a mahogany parlor clock from the staff of Kelly’s Ltd., where the groom is employed; also a dinner set from the choir of Charles street church. Mr. and Mrs. Keating will make their home in the city.
Kent – Bean
The wedding of Miss Mildred Bean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Bean, of 21 Huntoon street, Dorchester, Mass., to Sidney L. Kent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Kent, of Pleasant Point, N. S., took place in Blaney Memorial Church, Dorchester. The ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. Eugene D. Dolloff, more than 175 relative and friends were present. There was an informal reception in the church parlors. The bride was attended by Miss Barbara Baily, of Dorchester. The bride’s sister, Dorothy was flower girl. The bride’s brother, Earl, supported the groom, and the ushers included the bride’s uncle, Frank Joslin, of Needham, Welton Brown, of Dorchester, Phillip Bannister, of Dorchester and Robert Horner, of Milton. After a trip to Montreal, Toronto and New York, Mr. and Mrs. Kent are to make their home at 21 Huntoon street, Dorchester.