Upon browsing the digitized newspaper collection of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, I found this announcement of the marriage of Gertrude Vanderbilt to Harry Payne Whitney. They were married August 25, 1896 in Newport, Rhode Island at the “Vanderbilt summer villa,” The Breakers.
As seems to be typical of the articles about the Vanderbilt weddings, the article is full of detail about the affair:
“..the bride’s costume was of white satin trimmed with old lace, which had been in the family for years. She wore her mother’s bridal veil. She carreid a bouquet of stephanotic and gardenia. The bridesmaids wore mousselin de soie over white silk, fluffy ruffles of Queen Valencienne lace beaded with insertion of the same. The waists were of valencienne inserting, with puffings of the same material and Van Dyke collars. The sleeves were full lenght, with cuffs of valencienne insertings and small puffs at the shoulders. Shaded rose colored belts lent a pleasing touch of colors to the costumes.”
The bridal party consisted of:
- Maid of Honor – Miss Gladys Vanderbilt, sister to the bride
- Maid of Honor – Miss Dorothy Whitney, sister to the groom
- Bridesmaid – Miss Sloane
- Bridesmaid – Miss Shepard
- Bridesmaid – Miss Gerry
- Bridesmaid – Miss Taylor
- Best Man – Payne Whitney
- Usher – Mr. Frank Polk
- Usher – Mr. Columbus Baldwin
- Usher – Mr. Ralwins L. Connenet
- Usher – Mr. Alfred Vanderbilt, brother of the bride
The couple were married legally by Rev. George F. Magill, D.D., pastor of Trinity church where Mr. Vanderbilt was a member (in NY). But, it seemed Rhode Island law prohibited another clergyman from coming into the state to perform the ceremony, so the wedding in Rhode Island was ritualistic and Bishop Potter officiated.