The wedding march began at 3:30 and the bridal procession descended the stairs (pictured above). Then the bride appeared, with her father, looking "exquisitely dainty in her gown of white satin, made short and draped with tulle, over which the court train of white, embroidered in silver and seed-pearls, hung in graceful folds. She wore a tulle veil with clusters of orange blossoms encircling the head. Her bouquet was of white orchids and lilies of the valley."
The wedding cake was "made in the form of a ring" and was a "marvel of the confectioner's art, with a monogram of the bride and groom upon it in icing. Its center was filled in with white roses and lilies of the valley, out of which a dainty miniature bride emerged."
The wedding was attended by about 150 guests and was likely one of the main social events of the season.
Humboldt house is a two story brick structure and was built in the Neoclassical Style with a main central block and two wings. The front gable is supported by six Corinthian columns. The gable is decorated with a round, stained glass window. This is an uncommon house style for the Springfield area and we are fortunate that this beautiful house is still extant. It is currently on the market; information and more interior pictures are available here.
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Taylor, Mabel Carver. "Cavalcade of Homes, Part 15." Springfield Magazine.
Photos courtesy of Alyson Yen. Used with permission.
Copyright 2017 by Connie Yen