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Llwyngwair En Fete. WEDDING OF MISS BOWEN Celebrations at Nevern and Newport. [By our Special Correspondent.] A considerable area of what may be termed the extreme North County was practically en fete yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon upon the occasion of the celebration of the nuptials of Miss Violet Roquier Harriette Bowen, second daughter of Alderman and Mrs Bowen,. of Llwyngwair, and Mr John David Douglas Evans, J.P., of Ffrwdgrech, Lieutenant of the 24th Regiment of Militia, Brecon. The association of the bride's parents with the ancient borough of Newport and the feudal village of Nevern are so intimate as to rank second only to that of Sir Marteine Lloyd, Lord Marcher of the Barony of Kernes —the last of his rank-and the event was naturally regarded in both localities and their environs as a red-letter day in their modern history. The bridegroom, who succeeded to his father's Brecon estate in January, 1908, is, although still a young man, one who has made his mark in the world. In addition to holding His Majesty's commissions both in peace and in war-the former having been conferred as recently as a week ago-he has travellea extensively abroad, and indulged in big-game shooting in the Indian Empire. The ceremony was performed at Nevern T" ransn church, which the bridal party reached by a picturesque drive through the wooded glades of the Llwyngwair estate, which were just bursting into spring foliage, the hedgerows being resplendant with dense banks of primroses and other effective wild flowers. Happy the bride that the sun" shines on Those who place credence in the old adage will derive auspicious auguries from the ideal weather which prevailed throughout the whole of the day, despite the threatening aspect of the heavens for days past. Emerging from the serpentine, wooded drives of the estate, the bridal party crossed an open meadow, its route being gaily be- decked with tricoleur flags, and, upon approaching the bride spanning the Nevern River—which was in full flood—passed under a triumphal arch, decked with evergreens, and surmounted with the motto-worked in gold upon a red background—" Bars of iron cannot sever two hearts that united are." On the reverse was delineated, in blue upon a white background, Best of prosperity to your home." Above, floated, predominant amongst other flags, the emblematic dragon of the Principality. At the cross-roads another archway, flanked by a couple of Royal Standards, was encountered, its inscriptions being, Llusern yw dy air i'm traed (silver on light blue) and Gwyn fyd ach dilyno eich dan (red on white). Immediately ere reaching the entrance to the churchyard, the carriages passed under a span composed of flags of all nations. The lych-gate had been converted into an evergreen porch, giving access to the stately avenue of ancient trees which, leads to the more modern edifice some considerable dis- tance beyond. Within had been constructed a rustic pro- cessional arcade, surmounted by an emblema- tic white awning and paved with ornamental carpet matting, up which the principals and their guests passed incommeded by any pressure from the general public, who, none the less, found ample accommodation without the barriers. Admirable as were the scenic effects-both natural and artificial-en route, they paled into insignificance before the spectacle pre- sented by the chancel of the sacred edifice, in which the nuptial rites of the church were solemnized. The altar was decked with bunches of primulo obconica rising from banks of ver- dant moss, which were studded with brilliant- hued primroses, the contrast of the three colours being particularly effective. On either hand were banked lilium can- didum, arum lilies, spiraeas, and azaleas, relieved by palms, ferns and other foliage. The communion rails were decked with moss, studded with primroses, whilst im- mediately outside were dense banks of palms, spireas, and miscellaneous evergreen and other foliage plants. The windows of the chancel were also deck- ed with foliage relieved with spireas, etc. As the bride entered the church the Wedd- ing March from Lohengrin was played by Miss Hatwood (Llwyngwair), who presided at the organ throughout the ceremony, whicH was fully choral, the baton being wielded by Mr A Ward, the village schoolmaster. The officiating clergy were the Revs. L G Dickinson, of Eyre, Surrey Heywood Phillips, of Pembroke, and J 0 Evans, Vicar of Nevern. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in a princess gown of soft white satin, trimmed with yoke sleeves of fine tucked net, with a draped cor- sage, and finished with silver trimmings and a spray of orange blossom. The bottom of the skirt and train were embroidered with silver empire wreaths, and she wore a long white tuelle bridal veil over a wreath of orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of Mag- dalene lilies, and wore a nagnificent diamond necklace, the gift of the bridegroom. She was attended, in the capacity of brides- maids, by the Misses Caroline Blanch Bowen, Easter and Joan Bowen, Phoebe Evans, Wilma Bowles, and Rosamund Hill; each of whom was attractively attired in ninon of soft white satin, made in the Romney style, with deep waist-band ot rosYlDk satin, the fichu being fastened with a rose. With the exception of that of the last named (who wore a poke bonnet trimmed wi th rosebuds), each costume was surmounted by a large picture hat of white lace, trimmed with roses to match and finished with black velvet rosette and streamer. Instead of the customary bouquet each carried a white shepherdess' crook, to the handle of which a bunch of pink roses was attached by a band of black velvet. Each bridesmaid wore .a handsome pearl brooch, the gift of the groom. The duties of best man were efficiently dis- charged by Mr Hutchinson, of London, an old friend of the bridegroom during the latter's college days at Oxford. The ceremony opened with the hymn, Gracious spirit, Holy Ghost," acd, during the course thereof, the choir rendered the Psalm, God be merciful unto us and bless us," and the hymn," Oh perfect love," the latter being sung kneeling. Whilst the registers were being signed the hymn, "Now, thank we all our God" was rendered, and as the newly-wedded couple left the sacred edifice the strains of Mendels- sohn's Wedding March pealed from the organ. Once without the portals, a merry chime issued from the belfry of the tower, being echoed from the fane of St. Mary's, Newport, and Mr and Mrs Evans made their way through a dense crowd and an incessant shower of rice and confetti to their carriage in which they were speedily driven away in the direction of the latter's formal home, where a largely-attended reception was held by Alderman and Mrs Bowen, the customary toasts being felicitously proposed and enthu- siastically honoured. The gifts of which the happy couple had been the recipients attracted a great deal of attention by reason both of their great num- ber (some three hundred in all) and of their great value and variety. The display was an exceeding attractive one, embracing choice examples of the goldsmith's and the jeweller's arts, massive and filagree silver, valuable old china, works of art, and innumerable other articles of vertu and bric-a-brac. The groom's gift to his bride was a magni- ficent diamond tiara, which is capable of being converted into a necklace, and which, as already stated, formed part of the bridal costume. Her gift to the groom took the form of a valuable signet ring. Mr Bowen's presents were a lady's hunter a lady's silver- mounted dressing case, each article being engraved with the recipient's new monogram; and a set of old Queen Anne silver salt-cellars. The gifts of the groom's mother included a canteen of silver, a silver tea and coffee ser- vice, and a handsome diamond bracelet. A silver cup was presented by Mr Evans' brother officers in the Militia, and large and massive silver cigarettee box (inscribed) by Major Walters and the officers of the depot of the 24th Regiment, Brecon. Sir Charles Philipps' (of Picton Castle) offering was a silver-moun- ted barometer. A ruby and diamond brace- let was given by the brother and sisters of the bride a gold and turquoise necklace by her mother; a gold and pearl muff-chain by Major and Mrs Hill; a gold and pearl necklace by Mrs Bowen, of Cotham, Newport; handsome silver dishes by Miss Evans, of Cardiff, aunt of the groom; and a massive gold cigarette box, with a ruby catch, by Mrs Gwynne Holford, of Buckland. The tenants of the Llwyngwair estate, instead of combining as is often the case, made individual gifts, fre- quently of considerable value. The employ- ees upon the estate presented the couple with two silver bowls, and the indoor servants made them the recipients of inscribed silver salver. The tenants on the bridegroom's Breconshire estate at Ffrwdgrech presented a silver cake dish. Later in the day Mr and Mrs Evans left amidst hearty congratulations and good wishes upon their honeymoon. Leaving the estate, they motored beneath a rustic arch of evergreens, tastefully relieved by bunting, and passed through Newport Dinas, Fishguard and Goodwick, to the Harbour, whence they departed upon the Boat Express, en route for the Riviera, where the honeymoon will be spent. All along the route they were met with evidences of the interest taken by the general public in their welfare, Newport being one mass of flags and bunting from end to end, even the side streets presenting a brilliant spectacle, whilst the three other towns were not altogether devoid of decor- ative effects. Amongst the guests was Lady St David's, who accompanied the party to the Harbour Station, where an unexpected rencontre oc- curred with a friend of the bride who had just arrived from Ireland, and was quite un- aware of the auspicious event which had just been celebrated. At 9.15 p.m., a huge bonfire, which illum- inated the country for miles round, was lit upon the slopes of Carningli at Park-y- eribyn. j It should be added that the external decor- ations at Nevern were effected by Messrs Lloyd, (Velindre) and Marsden, (Ffynon- ddofn), and those within the Church by Mr Thomas Brindley, head gardener at Llwyn- gwair. A brass band discoursed sweet music in the grounds during the afternoon. o CELEBRATIONS AT NEWPORT. Residents of the ancient feudal Borough are never slow to celebrate with time-honour- ed ceremony any event of moment in the lives of those of the local landed gentry whose popularity, throughout many a generation, has endeared them to the general public, and on the present occasion they unquestionably surpassed themselves. j The preserce at the Castle of the bride- groom, together with Major and Mrs Lloyd (the latter a sister of the bride),* and of in- numerable other guests at Cotham, at the hotel named after the family arms, and at various residential premises lent an air of marked activity to the town for several days before the wedding. On the auspicious date motors and car- riages began to traverse the streets as early as six o'clock in the morning, whilst before ten there was scarcely a house, shop, or hotel which was not gaily bedecked with flags, streamers and bunting, the main road being spanned every few yards in this fashion. An ensign and other flags fluttered gaily from the lofty summit of St. Mary's Church tower, from which, later in the day, a merry chime of bells pealed out. The day was kept, to all intentions and purposes as a general holiday, hardly a resi- dent but took advantage of the favourable metereological conditions to attend the fun- ction, Practically all utilised the beautiful timbered walks across the estate, but few traversing the more lengthy main road, albeiet the latter contingent had, on the outward journey by far the best view of the arriving guests, only the bride and her immediate en- I tourage proceeding through the woods to the church. As the afternoon wore on, the populace clustered along the main road and upon The Cross, in order to catch a farewell glance of the young couple, whose fleeting passage in an enormous yellow car was greated with round upon round of euthusiastic cheers, and a further peal of bells. In the evening large numbers turned out to witness the bonfire on Park-y-gribin, which showed up magnificently against a dark, cloudless, star-bespangled sky. I I Appended is a list of the Newport decora- tions :-Summit of St. Mary s Church Tower, The Castle, Mrs Nicholas and Mrs Daniel, span Cross House, Miss Phillips, flag; span from Mr Williams, draper, to Mr J James; span, Bowen Brothers to Mr Davies, chemist; span from Mr J J Brown to Fountain House; Capt. James, Market street, flags; Mr W Jehkins, flags; Miss Nicholas, flag; Angel Coffee Tarenv-flags; Miss Daniel, flag; Miss Rowland, flag; Mr Varney, flag; Capt. Llewellyn, flag; Bank Terrace, span; Mrs Howells, flag; Mr D Mathias, flag; Mr E Williams, flag; Llwyngwair Arms, span Mr Williams, chemist, flag; Mr J Havard, span. Miss Morgan, flag; Mr Thomas, flag; Mrs Owen, flag; Mrs Lawrence, flag; Capt. Lewis, flag; Mrs Hogan, flag; Mr J P Brown, flag; Capt. Evans, Cambria terrace, span; Capt. Phillips, Abertawe House, span; Mr Hughes, Pendre, flags; Capt. Davies, Fern Cottage, span; Mr Felix, flags; Mr Lamb, flag Capt. Jones, flag Capt. Williams, flag; 6 Mr B Williams, flag Mr J T Isaac, flag; Mrs Thomas, Scolton House, flag; Mr G John, flag Mr D James, flag Mr J Thomas, flag; Mr Stephens, flag; Mrs Tudor, flag; Mrs James, Factory, flag; Mrs E Nicholas, flag Capt. Williams, West street, flag; Mr Will- iams, watchmaker, flag; Mr D Owen, flag; Mr D Morgan, flag; Mrs Rowlands, (lag Mrs Lodwig, flag; Mr J Phillips, Gwaunydd, flag; Capt. Thomas, West End, flag.

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