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Big Edie of Grey Gardens Fame Wedding Pic 1917 | by AZLee11
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Big Edie of Grey Gardens Fame Wedding Pic 1917

FYI - For those who dunno her, she's Jackie Kennedy Onassis' aunt and the 1976 documentary "Grey Gardens" was about her and her daughter who were living in their deplapidated 28-room mansion in East Hampton, NY.


This, along with its accompanying article, was on Big Edie and Phelan Beale's wedding and was passed along to me in an e-mail:




Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. V.

Bouvier Marries Phelan Beale

In St. Patrick's Cathedral.




Two Sisters of the Bride Among

Her Attendants -- Reception for

500 Guests at the St Regis.


Phelan Beale, son of the late Jesse D. Beale and of Mrs. Carrie Phelan Beale, and Miss Edith Ewing Bouvier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vernou Bouvier of this city and of Nutley, N. J., were married at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon in St. Patrick's Cathedral by The Rev. Father Martin. The wedding took place before the main alter in the presence of about 2,500 people. Vases of white flowers were placed on the main altar and the ceremony was simple.


The bride, who walked up the nave with her father wore short frock of white satin veiled with tulle over a silver lace petticoat. The square-cut corsage and the sleeves were of tulle, and the immensely long satin train finished in twp huge scallops was covered with the floating mist of the sweeping tulle veil held, over her coiffure by a Russian headdress and cap of fine net traced with pearls. She carried gardenias and lilies of the valley, and wore the bridegroom's gift, a diamond bracelet, and a diamond pendant, the gift of her uncle, Michel O. Bouvier.


Miss Evelyn Johnson was the maid of honor, in pink. The other attendants were the Misses Anne Lee Scott, Dorothy Mahoney, Barbara De Witt, Mrs. Hammat Norton, and the two sisters of the bride, the little Misses Maude A. and Michelle Bouvier. The last wore satin frocks, with Russian hats in gold and white, and carried chiffon and satin muffs, trimmed with flowers. The bridesmaids were in short silver lace frocks veiled with blue tulle and haying blue satin trains; their large silver lace hats had blue ostrich tips at the front, and all carried long stemmed pink roses. The maid of honor was in pink.


Mr. Beale had Colonel Francis P. Caffey of Washington. Washington, D. C., as his best man and the ushers were Louis S. Burdette, Henry G. Seibeis of Birmingham, Ala.; Thomas Evans of Philadelphia, Rutger Jervey, John Vernou Bouvier, 3d, and W. Sergeant Bouvier.


The wedding reception for 500 guests was held at the St. Regis. Mr. and Mrs. Beale received in the Marble Ballroom, and refreshments were served in the adjoining suite.


On their return from a honeymoon spent in the South, Mr. and Mrs. Beale will remain at the Vanderbilt until they decide on an apartment.


Mr. Beale is a grandson of Justice John D. Phelan of the Alabama Supreme Court, who administered the oath of office to Jefferson Davis when he became President of the Confederacy. He was graduated from the University of the South and from the Columbia Law School, and is practicing law in this city. Mrs. Beale is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vernou Bouvier (Caroline Ewing) of 987 Madison Avenue. Her mother was Miss Maude F. Sergeant. The engagement was announced in August.


[Wedding took place on 17 January 1917]


Photo from Grey Gardens film; NYT clipping from the GreyGardens File Archives, posted by librarylady75, Oct 24, 2003"


Article transcribed and frame created by Karima

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