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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal - 23 August 1913 (Document)

WEDDING AT SHIRLEY
JOHNSON—HARLOW
The parish church, Shirley, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday, when the marriage was solomnised of Sergeant Albert Shaw Johnson, of Derby (P.S. 3rd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters), and Miss Edith Harlow, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harlow, of Shirley. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a pretty dress of white crêpe-de-chine and lace, ornamented with pearls and sprays of orange blossom. She wore a lace veil, lent by her aunt for the occasion, and carried a sheaf of white lillies, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Misses May Harlow (sister of the bride), Olive Holmes, Nancy Green, Olive Harlow niece of the bride, and Mabel Fitchett. The three elder bridesmaids wore dresses of white embroidered muslin, trimmed with valenciennes lace, and hats of white chip straw, trimmed with white roses and ribbon velvet, and each carried a bouquet of sweet peas— red, white and blue respectively, this being the gifts of the bridegroom. The two smaller bridesmaids wore white muslin frocks, and their white hats were trimmed with cherries, and tied with broad white ribbon. The duties of best man were carried out by Sergeant W. Crowson. A good number of friends and neighbours assembled at the church to watch the ceremony, which was performed by the vicar (the Rev. R. E. Coates.) The hymn "The voice that breathed o'er Eden" and the National Anthem were sung during the service, Mrs. Redfearn ably presided at the organ, and the Wedding March was played at the conclusion of the service. Several non-commissioned officers of the bridegroom Battalion were present, and these formed an arch with their crossed swords, under which the bridal party passed as they emerged from the church. A number of relations and friends were afterwards entertained by the parents of the bride, and in the evening, the newly married couple, left for Buxton, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride wore a travelling costume of grey and white whip cord, and a pale blue hat, trimmed with cream net and moss roses. The happy pair were the recipients of numerous wedding presents, including a handsome clock from the unmarried sergeants at the Derby depot, and silver mounted pepper and mustard pots from the mess waiters.

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