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Wedding Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.
My great aunt Jennie was, by all accounts, quite a feisty character. She was the only daughter and last child of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, born on 24th December 1897, after eight surviving brothers whose ages ranged from 3 to 20. Her father died when when was eight years old.
Jennie was determined to lead her own life - much to the dismay of her unmarried brothers who were used to her running the home after the death of their mother (Maria) in 1919. Jennie married Beadnell (Bill) Stemp in 1929. Do look at the report below from the local paper "The Blackpool Gazette" - it makes for fascinating reading, not least for the fulsome journalistic style and descriptions of the dresses.
"A wedding of much local interest took place in the Poulton Parish Church on Saturday afternoon the bride being Miss Jennie Danson daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Danson, Bull Street and the bridegroom Mr Beadnell Stemp, son of Mr and Mrs B. Stemp, Jubilee Lane, Marton.
The bride who was given away by her brother Mr R. Danson was stylishly gowned in French grey georgette, veiling silk to tone.The bodice which was shaped to the figure was quite plain, with a spray of orange blossoms at the shoulder, while the skirt, which was ankle length, was composed entirely of five picot edged scalloped circular frills, and the long tight sleeves had circular picot edged frilled cuffs in harmony.Her hat was of georgette to tone with uneven pointed dropping brim, having an eye veil of silver lace and floral mount.She carried a bouquet of pink carnations with silver ribbon and horseshoe attached,
Mrs H. Ditchfield (niece of the bride), wore a gown of delphinium blue georgette, the corsage being in silver lace as also the edge of the handkerchief pointed flare skirt.Her hat was in georgette to tone, in picture style and she carried a bouquet of blue irises in harmonise.
The little bridesmaids, Miss Peggy Danson (niece of the bride) and Miss Nellie Stemp (niece of the bridegroom) were daintily attired in primrose and eau-de-nil georgette, the picot edged circular skirts made to correspond to the dress of the bride, and they wore Dutch hats in harmony, and both carried posy bouquets, with long streamers of ribbon to tone with their dresses.
The reception was held at the home of the bride’s brother after which the newly married couple went to Chester where the honeymoon is being spent.
The bride travelled in a dress of picky beige double georgette, the skirt which was circular scalloped, with coat of faced cloth to tone, with collar and cuffs in brown skunk fur.Her hat had a dropping brim of brown felt, while the crown was made o ribbon in shades of orange, reseda and fawm."
Look for further blog entries on the Danson family of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire