A Special Thank You, to Mr. Benjie Castrillo for sending this Wedding Article to Us This Morning.
St. Francis Xavier’s Roman Catholic Church in West Sixteenth St. was filled to the doors yesterday with a gay concourse of people assembled to witness the wedding of Miss Prudenciana Milmo, second daughter of Señor Patricio Milmo, of Monterey, Mexico, and sister of Mrs. Eugene Kelly, Jr. to Prince Albert Radziwill, the eldest son of Prince Matias Radziwill, who is one of the Chamberlains of the Czar of Russia. The invitations for the ceremony which was set for 11 o’clock were confined to the relatives and the intimate friends of the couple and the family of Mrs. Eugene Kelly, Jr.
To judge from the throng in the church, every invitation issued was responded to in person. The glorious spring weather was, of course, conducive to a lavish display of spring costumes, especially by the few bidden to the breakfast, which was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kelly, Jr., No. 19 Washington Square North.
The beautiful sanctuary was most lavishly decorated with tropical plants, lilies, white carnations, the Milmo flower, and white chrysanthemums. The onyx brass sanctuary railing was almost completely hidden under masses of white carnations and lilies with here and there a huge box of white satin ribbon with long streamers, which trailed on the floor, the effect in the sanctuary of the great mass of white flowers and green plants was strikingly beautiful.
The grand high altar of white marble and onyx was ablaze with lighted candles and decked with golden vases filled with carnations and lilies, while the trunks of the tall wide spreading palms were studded with long-stemmed lilies. The two small altars, on each side of the large altar, too were decorated with the same kind of flowers, as were also the two altars in the nave of the church, one dedicated to St. Aloysius and the other to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
While the guests were arriving the organist, Gaston M. Dethier, and a string orchestra, conducted by Father Young of the Society of Jesus, performed pieces from Mendelssohn, Schumann, Saint-Saens and others.
It was precisely 11 o’clock when the bride arrived at the church, accompanied by her father. Almost at the same moment a line of about forty acolytes, in crimson cassocks and white lace surplices, came from the vestry and marched down the center aisle where at a point near the door, the line retraced its steps to the sanctuary, followed by the members of the bridal party. First behind the altar boys came the ushers, in the following order: Thomas Hugh Kelly and Patricio Milmo, brother of the bride, C. Windham-Quin and Charles T. Mathews, J. Rich Steers and T. Pearsall Thorne. Directly behind came the two bridesmaids, Miss Leonor Milmo, sister of the bride, and Miss Mary Dolores Beales, a granddaughter of the late Eugene Kelly. Then came the bride, leaning on the arm of her father. She looked beautiful in her gown of white satin, the skirt of which was veiled with accordion-pleated white chiffon, the bodice exquisitely trimmed with silver passementerie and pearls, and veiled with white chiffon. From her shoulders hung a superb court mantle of white satin, brocaded in a sort of bow-knot pattern, and edged with silver spangled trimming. It was lined with white moiré, and on one corner of the long train was a huge cluster of white carnations. The veil was of point d’Alencon lace, and it was arranged with Normandy cap effect on the head and fastened with a single garland of orange blossoms. She carried a large bunch of bride roses and white carnations, and a mother of pearl fan, which was fastened to a girdle of white satin and pearls. Her only jeweled ornaments were a pair of solitaire diamond earrings.
At the foot of the chancel steps the bride as met by the bridegroom, who was attended by his brother, Prince Matias Radziwill, as best man. The bridesmaids wore extremely effective costumes of white silk, covered with mousseline de soie, the sides of the skirts made with insertions of deep Valenciennes lace, which extended from hip to hem, and the waists of Louis XVI coats of white satin brocade, trimmed with the deep Valenciennes lace. A girdle of soft white silk worn on the left side and fancy white straw hats, with fluted frills of white mousseline de soie, white plumes and pink roses completed the costume. Each carried a loose bunch of pink roses, appended to which were long sashes of pink satin ribbons.
As the procession wound up the aisle the choir of eight voices sang one verse of the hymn, “O Gloriosa Virginum,” music by T. Pearsall Thorne. Meanwhile Archbishop Corrigan, attended by his secretary, the Rev. James Connolly, had taken up his position on the altar step, and awaited the approach of the young couple. When the choir had finished the hymn, the Archbishop began the marriage ceremony, prefacing it with a short address to the couple, delivered in a very low tone of voice. Immediately after the ceremony the bridesmaids and ushers retired to seats in the middle aisle, the bride and bridegroom, took their places at separate prie-dieus in front of the altar, and the Archbishop and his secretary were shown to seats on the Gospel side of the sanctuary.
The celebration of the nuptial mass was then begun by the Rev. Thomas F. Murphy, the rector of the church. During this part of the ceremony the choir gave the following programme:
Panis Angelicus……………………………….Cesar Franck
Miss Lucille Saunders
Solo, Psalm 115……………………………….Mendelssohn
Signor Giorgio Naberti
Duo et Choeur, Psalm 115…………………….Mendelssohn
Soloists: Miss Clara Smith, Mr. Pedro Arencibia
Nuptial Hymn to the Holy Spirit………………T. Pearsall Thorne
Miss Lucille Saunders
After the mass Archbishop Corrigan, with crozier in his hand and standing on the altar steps, imparted the Papal benediction sent by Pope Leo XIII.
A reception and wedding breakfast followed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kelly, to which only the members of the bridal party, relatives and a few intimate friends were invited, thirty-two people in all. Among the latter who sat at the four tables, each of which was decorated with a different kind of flower, were Mr. and Mrs. Frederic H. Benedict, Miss Rene Coudert, the Misses Blight, Miss Bessie Bradhurst, Miss de Barrie, Miss Kathren Emmet, and Miss Eleanor Robinson. The wedding cake boxes, oblong in shape, were covered with white satin and marked with “M. and R.” the monogram of the couple.
Among the guests at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly, Mrs. James A. G. Beales, the Messrs. Beales, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sedgwick, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Astor Bristed, Mrs. Eugene Kelly, Sr., D. Milmo, Mrs. Daniel Butterfield, Mrs. John C. Wilmerding, Mrs. Ferdinand Wilmerding, Miss Alice Wilmerding, Jackson Gouraud, Mrs. Tracy H. Harris, Mrs. Le Grand Benedict, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gilbert Thebaud, Mrs. Hugo de Fritsch, Mrs. James B. Townsend, the Misses Gibert, Mr. and Mrs. Harper Pennington, Mrs. Belmont Tiffany, Miss Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Taylor, Miss Lowrey, Mrs. Henry L. Burnett, Mayroyeni Bey, M. Alfred LeGhait, the Belgium Minister; Mrs. Charles M. Oelrichs, Mrs. Clement C. Moore, Mrs. Frederick Goodridge, Mrs. Gouverneur Carnochan, Miss Lena Goodrich, Mrs. J. De Neufville, Mrs. Thomas W. Ward, Miss Bessie Ward, Mrs. William Hazard Field, Miss Mary Field, Ambrose Kelly of England; Mrs. H. Maunsell Bradhurst, A. Lanfear Norrie, Stockton B. Colt, Boudinot Colt, Mrs. Edward J. Berwind, ex-Chief Justice Daly, Mrs. George Kemp, Arthur Kemp, Theodore Bjorksten, Mr. and Mrs. J Herbert Johnston, Miss Bulkley, Dr. Duncan Bulkley, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clarke, Mrs. P. Clarke, Dr. and Mrs. Edson, Mme. Del Valle, L. O. Byron, Mrs. Dexter Hawkins, Miss Jenkins, Miss Davis, Mrs. J.W. Davis, John W. A. Davis, Mrs. And Mrs. James Hude Beekman, Mr. Jose De Navarro, Mrs. Charles Chickering, Miss Lee, Miss Byron, Mrs. Edward Donnelly, Mrs. David S. McClure, Miss McClure, Miss Daisy Pierson, Miss Beatrice How, Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe Tone, Miss Coster, Mrs. Grenville Temple Snelling, Mrs. J. Allen Townsend and Miss Margarethe Lawrence.
The bride presented her bridesmaids with gold bracelets set with opals and monograms of the couple set in diamonds and surrounded by a circle of the same brilliants. The bridegroom’s souvenirs to the ushers were scarf pins, set with the cipher monogram, “R. M.” in diamonds, surrounded by a circle of the same gems, surmounted by his princely crown. Prince Radziwill, whose family is a famous on in Europe, will sail with his bride in the steamship Majestic tomorrow.