The marriage of FRANCIS W. PURSSELL, second son of Alfred Purssell, 9, Belsize Grove, N.W. to Miss LILY KUYPERS, sixth daughter of Charles Kuypers, 29, Belsize Park Gardens, was solemnized in St. Dominic’s Priory, Haverstock Hill, on Tuesday, 2nd inst. The church was tastefully decorated with palms and white flowers.
The bride was given away by her father. Her dress was of rich ivory satin, trimmed with pearls. She was attended by two bridesmaids— her sister, Miss Kathleen Kuypers, and Miss Charlotte Purssell, sister of the bridegroom. They wore dresses of pale green chiffon, trimmed with passementerie, the skirts of white silk, shot with pink, and large white hats, trimmed with chiffon, roses, and lilies of the valley. Their diamond and pearl brooches were the gift of the bridegroom. Miss Ethel Kuypers, who was trainbearer, wore white silk and a gold chain and heart, with pearl centre, also the gift of the bridegroom. The best man was Mr. Ernest Ware, and Mr. Wilfrid Parker was groomsman.
The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. Kuypers, the nuptial Mass being said by the Rev. A. B. Kuypers, 0.S.B.; both brothers of the bride. The Rev. Charles Cox acted as master of ceremonies, while Mr. Thorne, Mus.D., Oxon. presided at the organ. After the ceremony the two families returned to breakfast at 29, Belsize Park Gardens.
Numerous telegrams of congratulation were received, among them being one from his Holiness Pope Leo XIII., conveying, through Dom A. Gasquet, 0.S.B., the Papal blessing ; and one from Buluwayo, from Mr. Alfred Purssell.
Later on in the afternoon a reception was held. Among those invited were his Eminence Cardinal Vaughan, the Bishop of Northampton, the Very Rev. E. Buckler, O.P. (Prior of St. Dominic’s), Judge and Mrs. Bagshawe, Mr. J. Bagshawe, the Very Rev. H. E. Ford, O.S.B. (Prior of Downside), and the Rev. C. Fowler, O.S.B.; Mr. Standish Barry, J.P., Colonel and Mrs. Lloyd Evans, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Perry. Mr. and Mrs. Hives Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lane, Mrs. and Miss Stanfield, Mr. Everard Green, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell, Mr. Bradshaw Isherwood, Mr. and Mrs. Belton, Mrs. Austin Belton, Mr. and Mrs. Agius, Mrs. Ramsay Scott and Miss Lily Scott, Canon Purcell, the Rev. R. Tuke, Dr. and Mrs. Barter, Mrs. and Miss Gwyther, Messrs. Leslie and Graham Gwyther, the Misses Hollingsworth, Mrs. Bonacina and Miss Roncoroni, Miss Nesbitt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nesbitt, Mr. Edgar and Miss Agius, Mr. and Mrs. Max Hecht, Mr. and Mrs. Ostler, Mr. Ernest Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Dyson, Mr. Ernest Miller, M. Cayetano Romero (Mexican Chargé d’Affaires) and Mrs. Romero, and others. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Purssell afterwards left for Ilfracombe. The presents, both to bride and bridegroom, were very numerous
The above text was found on p.26, 6th June 1896 in “The Tablet: The International Catholic News Weekly.” Reproduced with kind permission of the Publisher. The Tablet can be found at http://www.thetablet.co.uk .