June 22, 1893
One of the prettiest and most attractive weddings of the season was that of Miss Laura Margaret Brumby, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Brumby of Marietta, to Mr. Lewis D. Hoppie, of Atlanta which took place on the evening of June 15th at St. James Episcopal Church.
The church was most artistically dressed with a profusion of choicest roses, potted plants, and quantities of the graceful trailing bamboo vines. Long before the hour appointed the church was filled with the contracting parties.
At seven o'clock the strains of Lohengrin were softly played by Mrs. H. G. Cole. The maid of honor, Miss Katherine Brumby, entered from the vestry room followed by the bridesmaids, Miss Marie Cooks, of New Orleans, and Miss Isabel A. Paine, of Charleston, and passed down the aisle, where they met the bride at the door. Then the bridal party proceeded to the altar in the following order: The ushers, Mr. J. Bolan Glover and Mr. R. Mongin Brumby; next came Miss Paine and Dr. Ralph Smith of Cartersville, and Mr. Richard Simpson, of Marietta; then came the bride leaning on the arm of her father.
The officiating clergymen were the Rev. C. T. A. Pise, rector of St. James, and Rev. George E. Benedict of Cartersville. The betrothal ceremony was read at the foot of the chancel steps, the bride and groom proceeded to the altar rail where the ceremony was concluded. One of the most impressive features of the ceremony was the nuptial hymn, "Oh, perfect Love," sung by the choir. The bride's dress was of heavy white corded silk, trimmed with a bertha of real lace, over a hundred years old. She wore the pendant of diamonds and pearls, the gift of the groom.
The bouquet was of bride's roses and maiden hair fern and the veil was held in place by a spray of the same.
The bridesmaids were attired in white organdies with berthas of the filmiest lace and ribbon and carried great clusters of La France roses.
After the marriage a reception was held at the home of the bride. The house was elaborately decorated. The reception hall was a bower of ferns, hot house plants and American beauty roses. The Drawing rooms being dressed with La France roses.
The decorations of the dining room and bride's table were of white and gold. All the rooms open on a spacious veranda, which was enclosed and where refreshments were served during the evening.
The bride and groom left on the 9 o'clock train for an extended tour through the West, visiting Chicago, Pike's Peak, Denver and other points of interest in the far West.
The presents were very elegant and numerous, testifying to the popularity of the bride and groom.
Editor's Note: Marietta Moments is a new weekly feature to mark the city of Marietta's 175th anniversary. It is compiled by Audrey Griffies.