Wedding Date: October 26,1963
Bridesmaid: Brenda Rowe
Groomsman: Murray McDonald
AS the wedding service began, Elaine’s ‘something blue’ slid to her ankle. Frilly, frothy and the prettiest blue, the garter’s elastic had given up the ghost on the walk down the aisle.
It was too much for her mum and she let out a giggle, but the garter was soon restored to its rightful place and the minister proceeded.
For her ‘something old’ Elaine had one of her mum’s lace handkerchiefs, something borrowed were her wrist length white gloves and ‘something new’ was her dress. Made by Mavis Carne, the full-length gown was a very heavy de-lustred satin, with a lace bodice, with a long train.
Even though it was Bendigo Show Day, usually hot and windy, the rain gauge registered two inches; it bucketed down!
Stan and Elaine say it was a typical white wedding for those days, with the reception held at the Welcome Stranger Motel, followed by the happy couple departing in the ‘decorated’ 1948 Vanguard on their honeymoon.
Stan says some wag put onions under the bonnet, and as the motor hotted up, the onions cooked, flavouring the car with the aroma of burnt onions for many months afterwards.
The first stop was the Shepparton Motel. It had been a traumatic drive, passing a few accidents on the way, even a horse and cart disaster.
It was still raining, but worse was to come. To get to their honeymoon suite, Stan and Elaine had to remove their socks and shoes and wade through 10cms ( four inches) of water.
Elaine rang her mum to say she had arrived safely, and was asked if she was homesick already.
Did she want to come home? A resounding no was the answer.
A fifth generation descendant from Cornwall silver miners, Stan was not only a superb sportsman, playing baseball, tennis and golf, but he turned his hand to many things, including building their first home.
Family and friends helped in the celebrations.