ALBERT BAYLESS AND GERTRUDE GRANT, 16 Oct 1895
Yesterday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church was performed one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies ever witnessed in Pulaski. There were not so many attendants as have graced other weddings, but for beautiful conceits and a perfect execution of minute details this wedding has perhaps never been surpassed.
The contracting parties were Capt. Albert Bayless, a brilliant young professor of the Tennessee Military Institute, Nashville, and Miss Gertrude Grant whose regal beauty and piquant wit have made her very popular in Pulaski society.
The church was beautifully decorated with palms, ferns, flowers and vines, while rich rugs were spread about the altar. Miss Mary Champ, the popular organist of McKendree Church, presided at the organ, and never did it give forth sweeter, brighter tones than when Mendelsshon’s grand old wedding march was called forth by her skillful touch.
The wedding party was led by the ushers who came two and two, separating in front of the altar and taking positions on either side. First came N. H. White and Tom Buford. They were followed by T. P. Stone and J. F. Turner, while C. C. Brown and C. A. Craig closed the procession of ushers. Next came the attendants, Miss Hattie Wilburn with Mr. Henry Eastman, who stopped on the right side of the altar; Miss Orlean Ballentine with Mr. John L. Jordon, who took positions on the opposite side; Miss Louise Brown with Mr. Marshall Hotchkiss, who separated in front of the altar, then crossed over and took position near the pastor who had taken his stand at the centre. Last came the bride in an elegant traveling suit, lean-on(sic) the arm of her sister, Miss Laura Grant, who was maid of honor. They were met in front of the altar by the groom, who entered from the rear with his best man, Mr. Merritt Pilcher. Then while soft strains of music floated out over the still audience, Rev. Marion Kennedy pronounced the magic words which unity two loving hearts until death.
This is a grand climax to a life of love. For these young people can hardly remember when they did not love each other. They were playmates as children, and each learned early in life to appreciate the others excellence.
The wedding party left immediately for Nashville, their future home, followed by the kindest wishes of a host….*
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Submitted By: Marry Kelley