A week before the wedding I gave a luncheon for Louise, the other two attendants (Frances Allen and Leigh Whittemore), and four others – Emma Whitaker, Edith Collins, Mattie Sproule, and Bessie Clark. The four silver vases filled with pink sweet peas adorned the table. After lunch, when most of the girls had gone into the sitting room, Louise pulled me into the hall and said, "Where did you get those exquisite vases?" Then I told her that they came from Wells and were bought for her first, but that I became so fond of them that the candlesticks were chosen for her. We laughed over her choice of bouillon spoons and I think she was a bit sorry she had been so frank. When she came to my parties in later years we enjoyed the vases together. However, this frankness between us continued throughout our long friendship and probably kept it strong.
It must have been during my visit with my New York friends that Louise's father died. If I had been in St. Louis I would have gone to his funeral which probably was held at Christ Church Cathedral. I cannot remember. However, it happened so soon after Christine's death that they were all very sad. This made a difference in the wedding plans. They had a small wedding in the Boffinger Chapel instead of the cathedral. This was on April 17, 1901. Louise wore a simple silk wedding gown with a lace bertha and faggoted yoke and the high collar of that period. Oscar's gift was a pretty pearl and gold necklace of interesting design. The jeweled pin and crown she received when queen of the Veiled Prophet ball were worn in her hair and held a corner of a handsome real lace shawl that had belonged to her grandmother McCreery. The opposite corner of the shawl reached almost to the end of her short train. This heirloom lace completely covered her shoulders and the simple gown. Her flowers were lilies-of-the-valley in a silver holder. The bride's cousin Frances Allen, Leigh Whittemore and I were bridesmaids. Louise's little sister Catherine was flower girl. Our dresses were of French muslin, hand-embroidered, with three wide flounces that were fullest about our ankles. The material for these dainty gowns was bought by Mrs. McCreery in New Orleans where she had gone in the late winter for a visit with friends and a rest. We carried purple lilacs tied with white satin ribbon. We wore white satin slippers and short tulle veils with two small ostrich feathers above our high coiffeurs - a lovely spring costume. It was my best dress for a couple of summers. Oscar's groomsmen were from the east and former Yale college friends - all very fine men. The reception was held in the McCreery’ s home in Westminster Place. The couple went abroad on their wedding trip and were gone about a month. They had rented a house in Westminster Place about a block west of the McCreery hone. Mrs. McCreery had helped fix it up for them, making the Dutch-style double fringe-edged curtains while they were away. I inherited these curtains years later for an apartment.