1930-LAST WEEK'S WEDDING MARCH AT ST. MARGARET'S MISS MAUREEN GUINNESS BECOMES THE COUNTESS OF AVA
The whole smart world of London, not forgetting a large contingent from Ireland, seemed to have congregated in Westminster last Thursday to witness the wedding of the Marquess and Marchioness of Dufferin's only son to the second daughter of the Hon. Ernest and Mrs. Guinness.
The bride was an entrancing figure in white and gold, and her halo head-dress could not have been improved upon. Her eleven bridesmaids were Lady Honor and Lady Brigid Guinness, Miss Grania Guinness, Miss Olivia Fitzroy, Lady Veronica Blackwood, Miss Valerie French, Miss Hope-Vere, Miss Teresa Jungman, Miss Betty Williams, and Miss Leonora and Miss Elizabeth Brooke. Their halo headdresses were tiny pearls and they wore green crystal necklaces, which, like their bouquet of dark red roses, were the gift of the bridegroom.
After the reception in Grosvenor Place, bridesmaids and ushers, as well as many other well-wishers, hurried to Croydon to watch the young couple fly away on their honeymoon.
BRIDE IN WHITE AND GOLD Miss Maureen Guinness's Wedding Gown
The gown is of milk-white duchesse satin, and is British throughout. Of mediaeval design, it is moulded to the figure, flaring out to the ground in generous folds merging into the satin train. Both gown and train bear exquisite handworked embroidery of raised Madonna lilies and gold metal leaves in a Botticelli design.
A delicate tracery of pearls and golden thread edges the neck line and the long mediaeval sleeves, which reach to the ground. Pearl embroidery links the golden leaves which border the train with its soft finish of ivory tulle. Amber jewelled leaves and orange blossom form the head-dress, from which falls the yards long tulle veil. The bridesmaids' dresses of white tulle are lightly patterned with gold.
For the Earl Ava and Miss Maureen Guinness, Commodore the Hon. Alexander and Lady Patricia Ramsay have sent a black and gold lacquer box to the Earl of Ava.
The Marquis of Dufferin and Ava has given his son a case of Purdey guns, two tall silver candelabra, and a Humber-Snipe saloon car.
The bridegroom’s parents have sent the bride a large diamond corsage brooch and hanging chains of diamonds, and the Dowager Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava has given an antique silver kettle on stand.
The Earl of Ava has given his bride a ruby and diamond ring, diamond clip brooch, a ruby and diamond bracelet: and the bride's gift to the bridegroom is a crocodile dressing case with silver and ivory fittings, pearl studs, and an antique Russian cigarette case of gold.
The Hon. Ernest and Mrs. Guinness have given their daughter a diamond and emerald ring, ruby and diamond brooch, leaf bracelet with cabochon emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, wide diamond and sapphire bracelet, a diamond wrist watch, diamond ball bracelet with ball cabochon emeralds and ruby studs, dressing case with gold fleur de lys engraved fittings, and ruby glass bottles and a summer ermine coat.
Gifts from relations include the Countess of Shaftesbury, a gold trinket box.
The presents, a large and handsome collection, were on view in the ballroom.
Other presents to the bridegroom included a large silver loving cup from the members of the Senate of Northern Ireland, a silver salver from the Governors of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Belfast, and a silver salver from the officers of H.M.S. Caroline, the training ship in connection with the Master Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.