The wedding of Alice Steeden & Frederick (Arthur) Trump - June 1941

Newspaper cutting contributed by their daughter, Jane Munro


Attractive Tingewick Wedding Picture


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Red, white and blue were the patriotic colours of the dresses of ten bridal attendants at the wartime wedding at Tingewick on Saturday of the second of six charming daughters of a well-known Tingewick agriculturist.

The bridegroom was Mr. Frederick Arthur Trump, only son of the late Mr F. Trump and of Mrs Bricknill, of Roselyn, Woodford, Hinton, Rugby, and the bride was Miss Alice Lucy Steeden, second daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Steeden, of the Rise, Tingewick.

The service at Tingewick Parish Church, in which there was a large congregation, was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. C.D. Read). The hymns were "O Perfect Love" and several verses from "Onward Christian Soldiers". Mr T. Blewett was at the organ and played Andante Con Moto (D'Auvergne Barnard), and Mendelsohn's Wedding March. The Rector, in a brief and striking address, said that weddings were spoken of as if they had only something to do with two people; but the large gathering present made them realise that they were affairs of interest to many relatives, friends and well-wishers. He thought that there was something rather false in the old saying "tow's company, three's none." A thought suggested by the great festival of Trinity Sunday which the Church was keeping on the following day was that God the Father and God the Son would not dwell in happiness in Heaven without the Holy Spirit of Fellowship, and it was especially true that a man and a woman would never be able to be happy together without he company of the Holy Spirit of God. For that reason they came to church to ask for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon those who were being married.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a simply cut satin gown with orange blossom halo wreath and veil, and carrying a shower bouquet of red carnations, white roses and blue cornflowers, in harmony with the bridesmaids' dresses.

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Of the ten bridal attendants, five were in red and five in blue. There were three matrons of honour, Mrs F. Tapping, eldest sister of the bride, Mrs H. Tibble, second sister of the bride, and Mrs J. Lovesey, second sister of the bridegroom. Mrs Tapping was in a red taffeta dress covered with red net and trimmed with red ribbon in Victorian style, and her headdress was a red taffeta skull cap with red veil, trimmed with red, white and blue flowers. Mrs H. Tibble wore a dress, headdress and veil in similar style in blue. Mrs Lovesay was in red. Of the maids, Miss G. Steedon, Miss D. Steeden, and Miss D. Bricknell (step-sister of the bridegroom) were in red; and Miss L. Steedon, Miss W. Trump (eldest sister of the bridegroom), Miss V. Trump (cousin of the bridegroom) and Miss M. Summers (friend) were in blue.

The headdresses and their floral decorations of the matrons of honour and bridesmaids were a charming picture and they wore silver shoes and carried enchanting bouquets of mingled red white and blue flowers bound with ribbons of the same colours, and wore necklets (the gifts of the bridegroom) to harmonise with the shades of their dresses. Their dresses were made by Miss D. Varney and their hats were made and designed by Miss F. Tapping.

The bride and her colourfully dressed retinue made an attractive picture as they entered the church, and as they left the church porch after the wedding amid a shower of confetti.

The bride's mother wore a floral dress, with navy blue hat trimmed with flowers to match; and the bridegroom's mother was in a dress of intermixed colours with navy and floral hat. The best man was Lieut. J. Lovesay (brother-in-law of the bridegroom), and the Services were well represented among the relatives and friends present.


At a reception attended by close upon a hundred guests at the Scouts and Village Hall, Tingewick, the colour scheme of the dresses had been repeated in the delightful floral decoration of the tables. Under wartime conditions the host and hostess succeeded, with much thought and trouble, in providing an excellent meal for the guests, and Mr J. Wright supplied the wedding cake, which, needless to say, was without the icing of pre-war days. Among the guests were the Rev. and Mrs C. D. Read, Pilot Officer F.P. Loftus, and Mrs Ferrars Loftus, Master G. Loftus, Miss H. Loftus, Flight-Lieut. Armuthnot and Mr Wegs?, and many well-known people of the surrounding district.
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The chief toast was proposed by the Rector (the Rev. C.D. Read) who said that the longer he lived in Tingewick the more wonderful he thought it was; but he thought one of its most wonderful features was its weddings. He did not know very much about the bridegroom; but he know that he must be a very wise man, because one could tell a man by the sense which he had in choosing his wife. The bridegroom and bride replied, the bride expressing thanks for the beautiful presents. "The Matrons of Honour and the bridesmaids" was proposed by the Best Man and the Bride's father made a happy speech, observing that he had done the best that he could to entertain the guests under wartime conditions. The presents were on view on the stage.

In the evening there was music and dancing kindly provided by Mr and Mrs Blewett and friends.

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