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Nebraska State Journal

October 20, 1894
page 6


Marriage of Miss Nell Cochrane to Mr. Frank Woods.


St. Paul Church Crowded With Friends of the Young Couple—An Elaborate Wedding.


Last evening St. Paul's church was beautifully decorated for the marriage of Miss Nell Cochrane to Mr. Frank Woods . The chancel was one greenery of palms and pines and the rail and twisted brass stands of the chandeliers were hung with boughs of autumn leaves. Half an hour before the appointed time the eight hundred people began gathering, and Mrs. Rice began playing a sort of musical prelude, which deepened the feelings of expectation and suppressed excitement which pervaded the church. At half past six there was a little pause, and then came the first stirring notes of that perfect wedding march of Lohengrin .

Twenty girls of the Delta Gamma fraternity entered, marching down the left aisle, carrying ropes of smilax and bunches of loose roses, singing the words of the wedding march. Dr. Lasby took his place under the palms before the chancel. The twenty girls came slowly forward and ranged themselves on either side of him. Next came Miss Daisy Cochrane , the maid of honor, dressed in white silk and carrying a bouquet of pink roses. Last came the bride herself, in white ottoman silk, her veil drawn back from her face, carrying bride roses. She came slowly down the aisle, with perfect repose, seeming scarcely to move, but rather to be borne onward by the triumphant tenderness of Wagner that surged from the organ.

She is a beautiful woman, would be considered beautiful anywhere, and never in her life has she been so lovely as last night.

The groom, attended by Mr. Hugh Lamaster , entered from the vestry and met the bride before the chancel. The wedding march died slowly into the marriage service, "To have and to hold * * * in sickness and in health * * * for better or for worse * * * for richer or for poorer * * * till death us do part." The bride was given away by her father , and after the service of the ring and the prayers marched out the right aisle on the groom's arm to Mendelssohn's wedding march.

The bride's dress was of white ottoman silk, heavily trimmed with lace, made princess with a long square train. Her veil was white tulle. The ushers were Messrs. Reese , Beecher , Low and Gregory , members of the Beta fraternity .

After the ceremony the wedding party was driven to the bride's home. After refreshments were served they drove to the depot, where amid showers of rice the bride and groom took the night train for St. Louis and the south. They intend to go down the river to New Orleans and will be gone some weeks. After December 1 they will be home at 2003 F street, where their new home awaits them, ready furnished, save for the numerous and costly wedding presents, which are stil at the home of the bride's father. The wedding was in every respect elaborate and St. Paul's church was crowded with friends who rejoiced in the happiness of two young people whom Lincoln delights to honor.