St. Thomas's Church at Fifty-third Street and Fifth Avenue was filled to the doors yesterday with guests for the wedding of Dr. Charles D. Easton of Newport, R. I., and Miss Margaret Hays, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hays of this city. Miss Hays was one of the survivors of the Titanic tragedy, and her care for the two small children, Edmond and Michel Navratil, filled columns in the newspapers after that disaster. Her engagement to Dr. Easton was announced several months ago.
The ceremony took place at 5 o'clock. The church was decorated with masses of huge palms in the chancel and bunches and vases of daisies decorated the altar.
The officiating clergymen were the Rev. Dr. Ernest M. Stires, rector of the church, and the Rev. John B. Diman of St. George's School, Middleton, R. I.
The bride, who walked up the nave with her father, Mr. Hays, wore a white satin gown completely covered with old point lace, worn by her mother at her wedding. The bodice of point lace was cut low, and the long sleeves were one thickness of tulle. A court train of white satin fell from the shoulders to the end of the narrow square train and was held with a frill of point lace over the forehead with orange blossoms. It was caught to the skirt below the waist with sprays of orange blossoms. She carried white orchids and lilies of the valley.
The maid of honor, Miss Mildred I. Stewart, and the bridesmaids, the Misses Gladys Stout, Margaret Lowe, Margaret Fabern, and Gertrude Smith, were gowned alike in yellow satin frocks topped by moderately large dark-brown hats trimmed with large high bows of brown tulle placed at the back.
The gowns were short enough to show the bronze slippers, and had overdresses of shadow lace and a drapery of yellow tulle at the back. From just below the neck of the gowns a ten-inch-wide panel of yellow satin hung in a straight line to the bottom of the shadow lace overdress and was caught under and to the drapery at that point. Each girl carried a basket filled with marguerites.
The most picturesque of the bride's attendants was her niece, Grace Hays, a little maid of perhaps 4 years of age, who looked as though she had stepped from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, even to the little cap. Her frock of soft white silk was figured in tiny yellow flowers, and it almost touched the floor; it was finished by two deep tucks. It was held in at a high waist line by a full, soft sash of yellow satin with long ends at the back. The top was cut out in a rounded U shape and finished by an upstanding frill of white mull. The straight, elbow-length sleeves were also finished with fine white frills and white lace mitts partially covered her tiny hands, which held a round white wicker basket brimming over with daisies. Her blonde hair was done up in quaint fashion, and a small round cap of white tulle was tied with a bit of yellow ribbon terminating in a bow directly in front, the tulle forming a narrow frill all the way around.
This small flower girl walked with her cousin, the page, Hays Browning, perhaps two years older, who wore an Eton Suit with the regulation turned-down white linen collar, and who carried a small high-crowned silk hat. As they came down from the altar his tiny cousin had her left hand slipped under his arm.
The bride's mother, Mrs. Frank H. Hays wore a gown of brocaded chiffon combined with violet and blue chiffon, topped by a violet tulle hat with violet bird of paradise plumes.
The bridal procession was headed by the ushers when going up to the altar and coming back they closed the line of attendants. They were William McLeod, the Mayor of Newport, R. I.; Dr. Marshall Fabyan of Harvard, Charles R. Easton of Providence, Ernest Howe of Newport, Dr. Fritz Talbot of Boston, and Thomas H. Bauchle of New York. Dr. Frank R. Easton of Laconia, N. H., was the best man.
There was no reception after the wedding, but a dinner was served to the bridal party only in a private room at Delmonico's.
Dr. Easton and his bride, after their honeymoon trip, will live in Newport.
Margaret Bechstein Hays
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