• Belfast Between The Wars

JEWISH WEDDING IN BELFAST

Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday 31st December 1924


A wedding solemnised according to the Jewish custom took place in the Carlton Restaurant, Belfast, at half-past seven last night, the contracting parties being Mr. Henry Wolf, London, late of the London Rifle Brigade, and Miss Emma Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ross, Ermington, Marlborough Park, Belfast.


About three hundred guests attended the marriage ceremony, at which the officiating clergyman was the Rev. P. Fassenfeld, London, uncle of the bride, who was assisted by the Rev. S. D. Barnett, Belfast.


The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very pretty in a dress of silver tissue, in ermine tails, beaded with silver. She also wore a white tulle veil, which was held in place by a silver coronet, and carried a bouquet of orchids, carnations, and lily of the valley.


The bridesmaids were the Misses Flora and Mai Ross, sisters of the bride; whilst Mrs. C. Benjamin, London was the matron of honour. Miss Flora Ross wore a beautiful gown of fuchsia georgette, beaded with Rhinestone; whilst Miss Mai Ross’s dress was of oxidised silver and mauve. Both wore coronets of silver. Mrs. Benjamin wore a gown of crystal beaded cyclamen georgette, and like the bridesmaids, she carried a bouquet of pink carnations. Mr. E. Isaacs acted as best man.


During the ceremony the bride and bridegroom stood under a canopy of crimson velvet, adorned with gold beading and white chrysanthemums. Wagner’s “Bridal March” and the “Wedding March”, by Mendelssohn, were played on the organ by Mr. Louis Werner.


At the wedding dinner, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Mosaic Code, the bride’s father presided and the toasts of “The King” and “The Governor of Northern Ireland” were heartily honoured. The health of the bride and bridegroom was proposed by Mr. B. J. Fox, B.L., and acknowledged by Mr. Wolf. The other toasts were “The Parents,” given by Mr. M. Goldring, and responded to by Mr. Ross; and “The Guests,” proposed by Mr. M. E. Miller, and responded to by Mr. James Campbell.


The honeymoon is to be spent on the Continent, and the bride’s travelling dress is a French creation of beige duvetyn, with which she will wear a black satin hat trimmed with ospreys and a moleskin wrap.


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