Whitney-Vanderbilt Wedding

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.

You can read the entire article online courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library by going here.


2 thoughts on “Whitney-Vanderbilt Wedding

  1. After reading this article I can say that the article is full of details of bride costume. How she looks, what she wore and so many things that you mentioned here. It’s so nice that you created a beautiful picture of a bride. In other words how wedding is important part of bride’s life. Good article.

  2. Pingback: Extra-Illustrated Wedding Details « Vanderbilt Family Genealogy

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