Thursday 21 February 1884
This morning was celebrated one of the first weddings in St. Michael’s Pro-Cathedral, and on that account, and because the young lady and the gentleman concerned are very highly esteemed, there was an unusually large attendance. Some two hundred ladies, for the most part unmarried, and a fairly large number of bachelors were present, and some surprise might have been created in some people’s minds why marriages are not more plentiful in Grahamstown. It is gratifying to be able to say that the only reason for this lies in the difficulty of choice, for Grahamstown, always famous for its youth and beauty, has now almost a superabundance of those attractions. The fair bride was Miss COLDRIDGE, daughter of E.H. COLDRIDGE Esq, Attorney-at-Law, and the bridegroom is Mr. R. GRAY, connected with Mr. COLDRIDGE in business. The ceremony was celebrated by the Rev. Canon ESPIN, assisted by the Rev. Wharton B. SMITH MA. The bride was dressed in handsome white silk, with flowing veil and wreath, and looked charming. She was assisted by three young ladies in cerise bonnets with dresses to match. They were Miss DILLON and the Misses HOLLAND. Mr. C.H. EDWARDS acted as best man. After the ceremony a large crowd gathered outside the Cathedral door to watch the wedding party and the guests depart for the residence of the bride’s father in upper Hill-street. We wish the newly-married couple happiness.
[See notice for 23 February]
Saturday 23 February 1884
MARRIAGE AT THE PRO-CATHEDRAL
In our notice of the marriage of Mr. R.W. GRAY and Miss COLDRIDGE on Thursday last, the names of the bridesmaids were incorrectly given. These young ladies were Miss Agnes JOHNSTON (daughter of the Rev. R. JOHNSTON of Port Elizabeth), Miss May DILLON and Miss BIRNIE (also of Port Elizabeth). The bride wore a handsome and costly white brocaded satin, trimmed with marabou feathers, lace, orange blossom and myrtle, and her chief ornaments were a diamond bracelet (the gift of the bridegroom) and a lovely bouquet. The bridesmaids dresses were of grey cashmere, slashed with crimson merveilleux, with handsome scarfs and waistcoats of crimson, and Toque hats of crimson merveilleux, the chief of the fairy bevy wearing a gold bracelet, and the two little ones gold lockets (all gifts of the bridegroom).
Monday 25 February 1884
MARRIED by Special Licence in St.Michael’s pro-Cathedral, Grahamstown, on Thursday 21st February AD 1884, by the Rev. Canon Espin MA, assisted by the Rev. Wharton B. Smith MA, Robert William, only son of Mr. R.W. GRAY of Newlands, near Exeter, Devon, England to Rosalie Evangeline, only daughter