The wedding of Gwendolen Steeden & Frank Tapping - winter 1938/9

Newspaper cutting contributed by Jane Munro

Bells and Belles at Tingewick

Bride's Five Sisters as Bridesmaids

Pretty "Rainbow" wedding

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Five pretty sisters of the bride were among the eight bridesmaids at the picturesque rainbow wedding at Tingewick on Monday of Mr. Frank E. Tapping, second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Tapping of the White Hart Inn, Tingewick, and Miss Gwendolen Violet Steeden, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Steeden, of Rectory Farm, Tingewick. The wedding of members of these two popular Tingewick families created much interest in the village and before the reception at the Scouts' and Village Hall wedding group photographs were taken by Messrs. Chapman Bros. in front of a large gathering of guests. During this time the bells of Tingewick were merrily ringing. click to enlarge


Tingewick Parish Church, where the service was conducted by the Rector of the Tingewick (the Rev. C. D. Read), was crowded with friends. Mrs. Blewett was at the organ in the absence of Mr. T. Blewett, and played the Bridal March from "Lohengrin" and other appropriated wedding music. The hymns were "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden" and "May the grace of Christ our Saviour".

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a gown of white velvet with pink satin sash, and she wore an embroidered veil and a halo of orange blossom and pink roses, and carried a bouquet of pink roses, white carnations, white heather and ferns. She wore pink gloves and white shoes with ornamentation of pink roses.
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The "rainbow" colours of the eight bridesmaids, who made a delightful picture, were composed of various shades of velvet. The bridesmaids were Miss Alice Steeden, Miss Dorothy Steeden, Miss Gertrude Steeden, Miss Lily Steeden and Miss Betty Steeden (sisters of the bride), Miss Florrie Steeden and Miss Daphne Steeden (cousins of the bride), and Miss Betty Tapping (niece of the bridegroom). The chief bridesmaid, Miss Alice Steeden, was in mauve velvet with a silver and mauve head-dress and mauve shoes and a bouquet of white chrysanthemums, violets and fern, and Miss Dorothy Steeden was in blue velvet, with a bouquet of similar flowers, silver and blue head-dress and blue velvet shoes.

The other bridesmaids all carried dainty Victorian posies of violets and wore silver or coloured sandals to harmonise with their dresses. Miss Gertie Steeden was in peach pink velvet; Miss Lily Steeden in rose-red; Miss Betty Steeden in lemon; Miss Florrie Steeden in dark green; Miss Daphne Steeden in green of lighter shade; and Miss Betty Tapping in blue. They wore effective head-dresses of silver shade or of silver blended with the other colours of their dresses.

The bride's mother was in clover velvet and the bridegroom's mother was in navy blue and white. The best man was Mr. G. Tapping (brother of the bridegroom).



The Rector, in a striking address at the service, observed that to-day many people thought that life was for them to do exactly what they liked with and that they could get on very well without the help of God. They saw the result in other countries to-day, and to some extent in their own country, of people thinking that they would do without this Divine help. They had not thought that the day that they could take an important step such as that of marriage without consulting their Father in His House, and the two young people had gathered among their brothers and sisters, and all those who were so fond of them, to ask for God's blessing and guidance.

After the service a large gathering of Tingewick people liberally pelted the bridal party with confetti.



The Rector proposed the health of the newly-married couple at the reception in the Village Hall, which was filled with a large company of guests, who enjoyed an excellent meal and hearty hospitality. The guests included Mrs. Ferrars Loftus and many well-known residents of the village and neighbourhood. Mr Steeden and the bridegroom replied, and the best man proposed the health of the bridesmaids, who assisted the bride with the cutting of the handsome wedding cake made by Mr. Wright, of Tingewick. Several telegrams and messages were read and a number of the many presents were on view on the stage. Mr. and Mrs. Blewett arranged music for dancing in the evening, and there were games and musical contributions and monologues by Mr. Cheney, Mr. A. James and Mr. G. Tapping. Refreshments were served to the guests throughout the enjoyable evening. Mr. and Mrs. Tapping left for their honeymoon in London. The future home is at "Beersheba".


Bride to bridegroom, bureau bookcase;
bridegroom to bride, sewing cabinet;
bridegroom's parents, dining-room suite;
bride's parents, cheque and linen;
Miss A. Steeden, blankets;
Miss D. Steeden and Mr. H. Tibbles, canteen of cutlery;
Misses G. L. and B. Steeden, dinner, tea and breakfast service and cushions;
Mr. and Mrs. G. Tapping, feather pillows;
Mr. H. Tapping, tea trolley, teapot and cosy;
Mr A. Steeden, washstand cabinet; Mr. P. Steeden, linen chest;
Miss J. Tapping, duchesse set;
Misses L. J. B. Tapping, Ron and Eric, fern pot and vases;
Mrs F. Woodwards and family, tea service;
Mrs W. Lawrence, salad bowl and servers;
Mr. and Mrs. F. Fletcher, biscuit jar;
Mrs. Leagood, clock;
Mrs. F. Bunting, plant stand; Mr. and Mrs. R. Tapping, pair twisted candlesticks;
Mrs. A. Tapping and Mary, fruit set;
Mr. and Mrs. W. Moore, bolster set;
Mrs. C. Worvill, bedroom suite;
Mrs. D. Steeden, Miss Steeden and Daphne, eiderdown;
Mr. and Mrs. L. Hardy (Nottingham), silk table cloth;
Mr. and Mrs. J. Salmons, Misses F. and A. Salmons, counterpane;
Mr. and Mrs. W. Hall and Miss Hall, pillow slips;
Mrs. R. Varney, Misses E. Varney, Mr. W. Varney, silk bedspread;
Mr. and Mrs. W. Shadwell, kitchen scales;
Mr. and Mrs. E. Bridges, cruet;
Miss Bridges and Mr. Barker, fruit spoons and server;
Mr. and Mrs. J. Sutherland, fruit spoons and server;
Mrs. G. Steeden, Miss L. Steeden, sugar bowl, jam dish, table centre;
Miss Paxton, Mr. W. Steeden, Mr. Heritage, marmalade and jam dish and jug;
Mrs. W. Steeden, silk bedspread;
Mr. and Mrs. Loftus, travelling clock;
Mrs. Wootton and family, cheque;
Mr. A. Bryant, cheque;
Mrs. A. Bryant, table cloth;
Miss Elliott, Miss Summers, Misses Jones, linen sheets;
Mrs Treadwell and family, teapot;
Mr. Trump, fruit set;
Mr. and Mrs. F. Hadland, cushions;
Mr. and Mrs. H. Hilsdon, table cloth;
Mr. and Mrs. F. Hilsdon, fruit dish;
Miss D. Simons, cake basket;
Mr. and Mrs. Blewett, biscuit barrel;
Mrs. W. Stanley, alarm clock;
Mr. and Mrs. Raynor, fern pots;
Mrs. R. Miller, settee set;
Mr. S. Jones, lemonade set;
Mr. W. Pearson, tea knives;
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin, bread board and knife;
Mr. and Mrs. Price, afternoon cloth and serviettes;
Miss Smith, wine glasses;
Miss Varney, bolster set;
Miss P. Jones, jam and marmalade dishes;
Mr. and Mrs. A. Jones, fruit stand;
Mr and Mrs. J. Pollard and Miss Pollard, pyrex cooking dishes;
Mr. and Mrs. Jill Pollard, table cloth;
Mrs. Gough, egg stand; Mr. and Mrs. Jelleyman, Arthur and Frank, cushion, cream cheese dish, pictures;
Mr. A. Knibbs, Mr. and Mrs. D. Knibbs, fire screen;
Mr. and Mrs. Hounslow, table cloth;
Miss N. Hounslow, cruet;
Mr. and Mrs Wright, set of jugs;
Miss Butters, glass dishes;
Miss G. and S. Durrant, pillow slips;
Mr. and Mrs. Radford, tray, lamp shades;
Mr. and Mrs. Maycock, table cloth;
Mr. and Mrs. Bateman, set of jugs;
Mr and Mrs. Warren and family, fruit dish and duchesse set;
Mr. and Mrs. Belcher, tea tray;
Mrs. A. Jones, cushion;
Mr. King and Miss Cullem, decanter;
Bill Williams, broom.

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