Benton Harbor, Michigan newspaper clipping
Churchill-McKindley Wedding Colorful Affair
Marked by a cherry blossom setting, and charming with soft candle-light, the impressive wedding ceremonies of Miss Carol Jean McKindley and Donald Churchill were solemnized at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Benton Harbor Methodist Peace Temple, with the Rev. Gelnn M. Frye officiating at the double ring ceremony.
The charming bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McKindley, well known residents of the Meadowbrook road, Benton Harbor, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Churchill, 8279 Greenlawn avenue, Detroit.
Of interest to a large number of friends of the bride and her family, Sunday's nuptials attracted an assemblage of friends filling the sanctuary.
The bridal party presented a colorful spectacle in their pastel colored gowns
Mrs. Helen C. Mix, sister of the bride, was her matron of honor, and Miss Helen Weiringa, of East Lansing, was the maid of honor.
James J. Culby and Robert Pinnegar were the ushers, and R. A. Shapiro acted as best man. The bride's father gave her in marriage.
Warren Colby, Methodist Peace Temple organist, presided at the organ console, playing the bridal party processional from Lohengrin, and Mrs. Albert Peppel played the violin solo, "Because." Mrs. Willard Vranek sang "The Lord's Prayer."
The bride wore a smart spring suit in an aqua shade, with a corsage of camellias, and carried a white Bible. For luck she had a sixpence tucked in the toe of her slipper, which had been worn by her college roommate at her own wedding just a year ago.
A pale gold shaded suit was worn by the matron of honor, and the maid of honor was costumed in a Nile green suit. Both wore corsages of purple violets centered with a red rose.
Following the wedding there was a bridal party dinner at the Whitcomb hotel in St. Joseph, for the immediate family and out of town guests.
At a reception later for 100 guests at the Josephine Morton Memorial club house in Benton Harbor, Mrs. Vranek and Robert Morris sang a duet, "Sweethearts," (from the opera, "Maytime") Mrs. Vranek sang the solos "At Dawning," and "I'll Be Loving You Always," and Mr. Morris sang "Serenade." Mrs. R. G. Sullivan played the piano accompaniments.
Refreshments were served from an attractive lace covered buffet table by Mrs. Alice Lawrence, Miss Louella Hardie, Miss Carolyn Nieman, miss Helen Jane Gridley and Miss Joyce Nutting. The punch bowl was presided over by Mrs. Albert Peppel.
The club house was beautifully decorated with two large baskets of calla lillies on either side of the archway. The floral arrangements were in charge of Miss Louella Hardie, of St. Joseph.
Both the bride and groom are students at Michigan State college, where she will soon receive her B.S. degree. She is a graduate of Benton Harbor high school and the Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing, affiliated with Michigan State college. The groom served overseas in World War II as a radio technician.
[NOTE: When my parents returned to class after the wedding, their calculus professor at Michigan State University honored them by writing an algebraic formula on the blackboard for a heart with an arrow going through it. Talk about romantic!!!]
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