New Zealand Tablet, 17 May 1900
O’CONNELL— CLAFFY.— On the 25th April, at the Catholic Church, Macraes Flat, by the Rev. Father Lynch, James, eldest son of E. O’Connell, Rock and Pillar, to Ellen (Nellie), youngest daughter of K. Claffy, Macraes Flat. A very pretty wedding was celebrated at Macraes Catholic Church on Wednesday, 25th April, the contracting parties being Mr. James O’Connell, Rock and Pillar, to Miss Ellen Claffy, Macraes Flat. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very pretty in a charming gown of cream material trimmed with ruchings of chiffon, and the orthodox veil and wreath of orange blossoms. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss M. Claffy, who wore a dove-coloured costume trimmed with white silk and black bebe ribbon, and grey felt hat to match. Mr. John O’Connell acted as best man. Rev. Father Lynch performed the marriage ceremony. After the ceremony the guests were entertained at the residence of the bride’s father. The happy couple left in the afternoon for Dunback en route for Dunedin. where the honeymoon was spent. The bride’s travelling dress was a green cloth coat and skirt, cream silk vest, and green felt hat with white plumes.
WEDDING AT MACRAES. Dear Ernmeline, — On Wednesday, 25th April, the Macraes Roman Catholic Chapel was the scene of a very pretty wedding, when Miss E. Claffy, younger daughter of Mr. K. Claffy, was married to Mr James O’Connell, of Rock and Pillar. The Rev. Father Lynch officiated, and the bride, who was given away, by her father, was attended by her sister, Miss M. Claffy, as bridesmaid, and the bridegroom by Mr J. O’Connell. The bride looked very pretty, dressed in a charming gown of cream material trimmed with ruchings of chiffon and the orthodox tulle veil with orange blossoms. The bridesmaid wore a dove-coloured costume trimmed with white silk and black bebe ribbon, grey felt hat to match. The bridegroom’s presents to the bride and bridesmaid were gold brooches. After the ceremony the guests were entertained at the residence of the bride’s father. The presents were numerous and handsome. The bride and bridegroom left in the afternoon for Dunback en route for Dunedin, where the honeymoon was spent. The bride’s travelling dress was a green cloth coat and skirt, cream silk vest, with green felt hat with white plumes. On the return of the bride and bridegroom a very large and successful dance was held in the schoolhouse. Among the ladies present were the bride, wearing her wedding dress; Mrs O’Brien, navy blue braided costume, with white silk vest; Miss Claffy, white muslin blouse, dark skirt; Miss Trayes, white muslin blouse over green, black skirt; Miss Matthewson (Nenthorn), pale blue evening blouse, net yoke, and sleeves embossed with blue forget-me-nots, black skirt; Mrs J. Phelan, green coat and skirt, rose pink silk vest; Miss Roy (Moonlight), black serge, cream silk yoke; Mrs Borthwick (Moonlight), black silk blouse trimmed with jet, fashionable black trimmed skirt; Miss Yates (Dunedin), black silk blouse, white lace fichu, black skirt; Mrs Watson, blue costume, white and black yoke; Mrs Murray (Dunback), green dress with cream silk yoke; Mrs Elsom, black dress with white and black net vest; the Misses Hay, floral blouses, dark skirts; Miss Hayes, brown silk blouse, dark skirt; Miss Phelan, grey dress trimmed with white silk; Miss Hanlon, grey dress. Cunningham Bros, supplied the music, which left nothing to be desired, and Mr. J. Peddie made an efficient M.C.— A GUEST.