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This report in The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality, 13th September 1890 describes the sumptuous wedding of Mary Owen and William John Tyson.
Read on after the list of presents where events, including a firework display and the launching into the air of a giant, inflated elephant, are described !
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In country places where a more or less intimate acquaintance exists between the different people living in those parts, a wedding is still hailed as an occasion for relaxing the routine of the every day demands of work, and an excuse for innocent festivity. And scarcely could a more general concession to the good old custom, as well as generous display of goodwill, be conceived than was displayed by the inhabitants of Llangoed and the neighbourhood on Wednesday, the 3rd inst., the wedding day of Mr W. J. Tyson, the eldest son of Mr J. D. Tyson, of Rockhurst, New Brighton, and Miss Mary Owen, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Elijah Owen, M.A., the vicar of the parish. Although the weather was anything but inviting, the path leading to the church was lined with spectators, while the sacred edifice itself was crowded. This had been very tastefully decorated by Miss Hogarth, of Plas Llangoed, and presented a pretty appearance. The officiating ministers were the Rev. E. Owen, M.A., F.S.A., rector of Efenechtyd, Ruthin, and Diocesan Inspector of Schools for St. Asaph, and the Rev. John Adams, B. A. curate of St. James's, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, uncles of the bride. The bridal party left Llangoed Vicarage at 10.30 a.m., preceded by the bridegroom. The latter was accompanied by his brother, Mr Henry Tyson, B.A., who acted as best man, and also by his father. Miss Owen entered the church on the arm of her father, followed by her two sisters, Miss Clara and Miss Edith Owen, who acted as bridesmaids. The bride wore a (light grey cloth travelling dress, and hat to match, trimmed with tulle and orange blossoms. The dresses of the bridesmaids were of the same material, a shade darker, and hats trimmed with tulle and orange blossoms. Besides the above mentioned the party comprised Mrs Owen, the mother, and Messrs Eyton P. and Oswald W. Owen, brothers of the bride. Mr Owen Pritchard, Beaumaris, presided at the harmonium, and played a beautiful and appropriate voluntary as the procession proceeded to the altar. After the blessing the whole congregation joined in singing the beautiful hymn" The voice that breathed o'er Eden," and when the service was over a recessional voluntary was given as the party retired to the vestry. The service throughout was very impressive, and the most profound stillness was maintained during the whole ceremony, so that every word was distinctly heard. After breakfast, which was confined to the two families, Mr and Mrs Tyson left the Vicarage, amid showers of rice and "lucky-shoes," for London, en route for the Continent, where they intend spending the honeymoon.
LIST OF PRESENTS
The bridegroom, gold watch; Mr J. D. Tyson, Rockhurst, handsome writing-desk; Mr H. Tyson, gold bracelet; Mrs Lawson, painted door panels; Mr and Mrs Purvis, National Provincial Bank, Beaumaris, gold jockey brooch; Mr and Miss Krebs, travelling clock; Mr and Mrs Frye, music books; Rev. E. Owen, M.A., hanging fern-pots; Rev. J. Adams, cheque; Rev. Canon Williams, Llanfyllin, cheque; Mr and Mrs Massey, Cornelyn, case of silver salt cellars; Miss Lewis, Cichley, dessert sugar basin; Mr and Mrs Chadwick, Haulfre, cheque; Mr and Mrs Wrigley, Brycoelyn, case of carvers and steel; Mr Lewis Jones, Beaumaris, cheque; Miss Clara Owen, Llangoed Vicarage, pair of marble flower holders and pair of china vases; Miss Edith Owen, pair of hand-painted tambourines and plaques; Mr Eyton P. Owens, etchings; Mrs Laurie, afternoon tea cloth; Miss Laurie, hanging fern holder; Miss Jessie Owen, Birmingham, pair ef fret-work photo holders; Mrs Doyle, Llangoed, tea tray; Mrs James Doyle, pink China jug; Mrs Hughes, pair of China vases; Miss Hughes, flower jug; Mrs Grindon, Sale, Manchester, plush purse; Mrs E. J. Owen, Birmingham, lace handkerchief and apron; Mr and Mrs Jones, Hermitage, handkerchief case; Miss Williams, Bulkeley Hotel, butter cooler; Miss Pritchard, Brynhyfryd, silver-mounted cream and sugar stand; Miss Baker, Dublin, silver cake basket; Miss Poole, Beaumaris, antimaccasar; Miss Risk, engagement tablet; Mrs Williams, Trecastell. night-dress case; Mrs Spiers, handsome gold brooch; Miss Ashurst, Beaumaris, pair of photographic views; Mrs Slater; centre slip for dining table and handkerchief case; Mrs Smith, Trosyrafon, workbag; Miss Smith, toilet mate; Miss Amy Smith, pincushion; Mrs Ambrose, inkstand; Mrs Parry, Beaumaris, pickle fork; Mrs Sparge, two silver sugar spoons; Mrs Newcater, photo frames and silk handkerchief; Mrs Leighton, New Brighton, fur tippet and pair of vases; Langoed Church Choir, tea set; Miss Griffiths, Llangoed, tea set; Mrs E. P. Williams, Bethesda, glove and handkerchief cases; Mrs Herbert Hughes, set of dinner napkins; Mrs Pritchard, Plas Llangoed, card basket; Miss Hogarth, night dress case; Mrs Taylor, pair of vases; Miss Roberts, Morley House, flower basket; Mr D. Roberts, Rhyd, eider down quilt; Mrs Williams, China House, table cover; Mr Owen Hughes, Glyn, brass tea-kettle on stand; Mrs Hughes, half a-dozen silver tea-spoons; Miss Gertrude Williams, Brynian, hand-worked pockets; Miss Hughes, Glyn, half-a-dozen silver tea- spoons in case; Miss Ann Roberts, pair of vases; Mr George Smith, Dublin, hand-painted night dress case; Mrs Edward Tyson, tea cosy; Mrs Mitchell, Lleiniog Castle, handsomely bound Bible and a cheque; Miss Rowlands, Plas Newydd, photo frames; Miss Humphreys, handkerchief box; "A Well-wisher," set of bedroom pockets; Mrs Charles Owen, Beaumaris, album; Miss Deborah Jones, pair of vases; Miss E. Jones, China vase; Mrs Rowlands, Plas Newydd, China vase; Mrs Morris, Wern, butter cooler; Mrs S. Doyle, pair of glass cake dishes; Mr J Owen, Ty Cwtwys, butter cooler; Mrs Hughes, Bull, Llangoed, cheese dish; Mrs Owen. Pantycelyn, glass dishes; Mrs Roberts, water bottle and glass; Mrs R E Owen, Beaumaris, handkerchief case; Miss Minnie Staples, Liverpool, hand-painted tambourine; Mrs Evan Thomas, cake dish and salt cellars; Mr and Mrs Davidson, feather fan; Miss Sarah Mottershead and Miss Alice de Witt, Rockhurst, pair of silver napkin rings; Mrs Hughes, Llangoed, a glass water jug; Mrs W. Jones, dish for preserves Mr and Mrs Currie, silver tea set.
The following presents were also received:- W. A. Williams, drawing-room lamp; Mr J. D. Tyson, gold scarf pin; Mr Richard Houghton, silver tea service; Mr Shearson, toilet set; Mr John Houghton, silver tea set; Mr Andrew Gibson, silver butter dish; Mr Kirkus, picture; Mr H. T. Wallase, glass card dish; Mr Peers, biscuit box.
Shortly after two o'clock in the afternoon the children of Llangoed Church Sunday School began to flock round the Vicarage, where, in a large tent kindly lent by Mr Mitchell, of Lleiniog Castle, and pitched in the field in front, they were plenteously regaled with plum cake and tea. These numbered about eighty. The Church singers, and those belonging to the men who have families, were also served - mothers and children. Then came the parishioners and friends of the families who had been invited. And, lastly, everyone indiscriminately, who had come to look on, so that several hundreds partook of the good things which had been so plentifully provided.
After tea the children and adults all joined heartily in the different games and sports extemporized for their amusement. These consisted chiefly in racing; and as the field forms a good course, some fine running was seen, while the sack and wheel borrow races caused their full share of merriment. Sweets of all kinds were lavishly distributed, and bags of most tempting bait "fished" among the smaller children by the ladies. The sports were kept up until night came on. A large assortment of fireworks had been provided by Mr Henry Tyson, and in the dusk a number of beautiful rockets were set off, and, in quick succession, a grand display was continued until nine o'clock. Everything passed off without a single hitch. The rockets, the wheels, the showery sprays of Chinese lights, the Roman candles, the squibs and crackers, and the coloured lights, but especially, the balloons were sources of unbounded admiration and wonderment. That which caused, perhaps, the greatest excitement was a dun coloured monster called "Jumbo." As the inflated animal rose and lazily moved away through the air the cheering was deafening. With the departure of "Jumbo" the festivities came to a close, and after wishing long life and happiness to Mr and Mrs Tyson, and giving hearty cheers for the ladies and gentlemen for their kindness and care of the children, and again three time three for Mr Tyson, senior, and Mr Henry Tyson, and Mr and Mrs Owen and the Vicarage family, the large company dispersed.