The wedding march was played and your mother and I descended the stairs to the living room, when the Rev. Harris H. Gregg greeted us and after a few beautiful and appropriate remarks asked the Lord’s blessing for our future years. We then ascended the steps to the dais and were seated before the company. Then some gay old-time music was played and the little children walked up and curtsied to us. They were followed by the other grandchildren and our children, who came up and greeted us. Just then the entire gathering came forward, all throwing golden confetti, laughing and chatting and showering us with gold, congratulations and good wishes.
Many old friends whom we had not seen for years
were there. Some said they had never attended a ceremony where there were
so many smiles and tears intermingled. Refreshments were served and all
drank our health. The musicians played all the old songs they knew and
old and young gathered about and sang. Finally they played the “Virginia
Reel” and I danced until I was forbidden. Then the young kept up
the dancing while the old-timers gathered in corners and “reminisced.”
The following excerpt is from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat:
The house was beautifully decorated. At four o’clock
the strains of the wedding march were heard and Mr. and Mrs. Matthews’
children and their children’s children entered the library which
was beautifully decorated with yellow chrysanthemums and palms, and took
their places according to their ages, the littlest ones all carrying old-fashioned
bouquets of yellow roses.
Mrs. Matthews wore an exquisite gown of black and carried a bouquet of bride’s roses fashioned after a little round, tight nosegays that she carried when a girl. It was arranged in a silver holder which she had used at her wedding.
When they were seated the children presented their bouquets and bowing, filed out of the room, the older ones following, then the guests, most of whom were relatives and friends of a lifetime, congratulated them.
All during the afternoon an orchestra played songs that had been the fashion fifty years ago.
Before leaving every guest was given a little gilt cornucopia filled with gold confetti with which they pelted the bride and bridegroom, covering them with a shower of gold.