This weeks’ challenge was a bit of a “challenge” for me. The prompt was: “Is there a love story in your family tree? Maybe a couple was married on Valentine’s Day, or you have a valentine that one ancestor gave to another. Maybe you have an ancestor named Valentine.”
Having looked through my family tree, as well as my husband’s, nothing immediate caught my eye. The majority of both our ancestors were married, and had stayed married throughout their lives. If a spouse had died early into their married lives, and there were children from the relationship, then the remaining spouse would have re-married reasonably quickly.
Over the past few years, I have carried out research for various people. Whenever I find a document or article that piques my interest, I make a note of it, just in case I want to come back to it one day. One particular document was a newspaper article that I found on Findmypast.co.uk. It was an article, from the Sussex Agricultural Express dated 10th July 1936, of a wedding that had taken place between a Roger Fenwick Martin and a Cicely Katherine Loat Tutton in Dallington, East Sussex.
Having read the article, it was clear that both families came from a wealthy background, as the wedding appeared to be a lavish affair. They were married in Dallington parish church, with the church being decorated with delphiniums, pink roses and hydrangeas. The reporter had gone into great detail with regards to what they were wearing:
There were three bridesmaids, two of whom were sisters of the bride, with the third being the sister of the bridegroom. Their dresses were described as: “pink needle-run lace over pink slips, with sashes of pink velvet”. Their head-dresses were plaited velvet, and their bouquets were deep pink sweet peas.
Although there are no pictures submitted with the article, because it is so descriptive, I can almost imagine what they looked like. The article goes on to describe in detail what the bride’s mother and bridegroom’s mother was wearing:
They were spending their honeymoon in Capri, and on their return, they were to be living at The Manor House, Thames Ditton, Surrey. The Manor House is now a Grade II listed building, and was built in the early 18th century. The couple was still living there three years later, when the 1939 Register was carried out:
The article concludes with a long list of presents that the happy couple received, along with the people who donated them, with the majority of the people being present at the ceremony. Examples of presents that they received were: a cheque from the bride’s sister, and her husband, Commander C.E. Simms from the Royal Navy; Captain Gerty (R.N.) and Mrs Gerty, a table runner; the family Cox, a Wedgwood early morning tea set. From the long list of people and their presents, it looked like the happy couple had more than enough to fill their new home at The Manor House on their return from their honeymoon.