At halfpast six o'clock Wednesday evening, June twenty-sixth, 1907, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hill, No. [blurry - 237?] Main Street, Woburn, Rev. George H. Tilton, pastor of the North Congregational church, N. W., performed the rite that united in wedlock Mr. Theodore P. Berle of New York City, and Miss Ava Wheeler Hill, graduate of the Class '07 of Wellesley College.It was one of the most notable matrimonial events that has occurred in this community for many years. Both parties have hosts of warm friends who showered congratulations and good wishes on the happy couple at the close of the ceremonies.
The Best Man was Mr. Charles R. Carter of Pittburgh, Pennsylvania; and Elizabeth Putnam Hill, younger sister of the bride, performed charmingly the duties of Bridesmaid. She was dressed in organdie muslin, and carried a bunch of pale pink sweetpeas tied with ribbon of the same shade. The bride was beautifully attired in white Japanese crepe with tulle, and old family lace. She carried a shower bouquet of Lilies of the Valley, and her bridal veil was fastened with a spray of the same. Her only ornament was a diamond and pearl brooch, the gift of the groom.
The ceremony took place in a room banked with young oaks and maples; the halls and library were decorated with white, pink, and crimson peonies; the diningroom was trimmed with pale yellow marguerites, the bride's Class flower at Wellesley; the sittingroom was trimmed with windflowers [sic?] in pastel shades. The house was redolent with the perfume of woodland ferns.
Mr. Morris Carter, a cousin of the bride, played bridal music just before the ceremony, and also the Lohengrin wedding march for the bridal party to come down the stairs. A very attractive feature was the grouping on the stairs and landing of 30 girls from the A K X Society of Wellesley, to which the bride belongs.
Following the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Berle gave an informal reception assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Hill and bridesmaid, which was attended by friends from Boston, Brookton, Cambridge, Constantinople, Turkey, Haverhill, Lowell, Manchester, N. H., Melrose, West Medford, Nashua, N. H., Newbury, Vt., Newburyport, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Pa., Roxbury, Somerville, Wakefield, Wareham, Winchester and Woburn.The Highland Orchestra furnished the music during the evening, at the close of which the bridal party left for a wedding tour.
These were my great-grandparents. They had 4 daughters, my grandmother 3rd in 1913, and it was not a happy family, at least according to my grandmother.