St. Phillips Catholic Church was the scene Saturday, February 11, for the wedding of Miss Shirley Elaine Marcks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Marcks, and Ira J. Batchelder, son of Ira J. Batchelder and Mrs. Wanda Park.
The Reverend Father Joseph Mulvey sang the nuptial High Mass at 9:30 o'clock. Pink azaleas, white gladioli, pink pom pons and snapdragons in gold and white vases decorated the altar. Small white wedding bells on sprays of cedar tied in white satin ribbons marked the pews.
The St. Phillips Children's choir sang the Gregorian Mass of the Angels with Proper of a Nuptial Mass by Rossini, the offertory Ave Maria by Jacques Arcadelt and the hymn On this Day, O Beautiful Mother by Lumbillotte. The hymn I Am Thine, O Virgin Mother was sung as the bride placed a bouquet of flowers identical to her own bridal bouquet on the altar of the Blessed Virgin. Connie Toutant was the organist. Servers were Roger Highland, Edwin Booth and Clarence Bertram.
The bride entered on the arm of her father wearing a Cahill original gown of imported candlelight satin fashioned with portrait neckline outlined in hand run lace, long satin sleeves and sculptured bodice trimmed with hand run lace. Self-covered buttons closed the sleeves and the back of the bodice. The boufant skirt with two inset rows of hand run lace swept into a Cathedral train. Her fingertip French illusion veil fell from a double pearl and iridescent sequin gown. She wore diamond earrings, gift from her father and carried a star cascade bouquet of white Starlight roses, Carol Amiling pink roses, and white hyacinths. diamond wedding dresses
Miss Jule Mae Olson of Robbinsdale was maid of honor, Miss Mary Krom of Osnabrock, North Dakota, and Miss Joyce Hirsch of Winsted, the bridesmaids. They were costumed identically in in azue blue crystallete gowns, cut on princess lines with wide V-necklines, three - quarter length sleeves, full ballerina length skirts. They wore matching petal headbands and shoes and carried star cascade bouquets of pink and white roses. Their jewelry was pearl necklaces and car rings, gifts of the bride.
Eugene Schwartz was the best man, Robert Passeri and Allan Buchanan, the groomsman, Clifford Norden and Dale Wright ushered.
The bride's mother wore a waltz length gown of silkalette in a mist blue shade, embroidered in lace. Her accessories were also in blue. The groom's mother was dressed in a lace gown in a rosy beige shade with matching bolero and accessories. It was also waltz length. Their corsages were of pink Sweetheart roses and Frenched white carnations.
A breakfast was served at the Oasis for the bridal party and several guests, covers being laid for thirty. Pink and white snapdragons, pink carnations and roses formed the centerpiece on the U-shaped table. Several solos were sung by Marilyn Yunker of Durbin, North Dakota, and Joyce Hirsch. A cocktail hour was held at the home of the groom's mother, Mrs. David Park, between three and four. A dinner was served at the Turtle River Dinner Club following the rehersal Friday evening.
A reception for over 300 guests took place at St. Phillip's auditorium in the evening at 7:30. The auditorium had been beautifully decorated in wedding bells, fan shaped cut-outs and screamers by the Sisters of St. Mary's Convent with the assistance of a group of students.
Behind the reception line a trellis covered with cedar was placed on a dias and banked with baskets of pink and white snapdragons and carnations.
Spiral lighted candelabras were placed on either side of the trellis. The long serving table below the stage was centered with a wedding ring bouquet of pink and white snapdragons, carnations and roses. Garlands of pink tulle, smilax and sprengeri were festively arranged on the front of the main serving table and smaller tables. In back of the serving table the stage was decorated in greens and flowers and colored lights played on the image of the Virgin Mary. A fruit tree was decorated with imported candles.
The four-tiered wedding cake made by Gilbert Gustafson of Duluth, a friend of the family, was decorated in wedding bells and roses and topped with a miniature bride and groom, Mrs. Archie Bowers cut the cake and it was served by Mrs. Joseph Wojeskie and Mrs. Edward Green of Duluth.
Miss Bea Haley poured, Kathryn Huderle and Myrtle Stamburg attended the punch bowl which was set in an illuminated cake of ice decorated with red rose insets. Miss Marilyn Yunker played incidental music during the reception and sang several selections.
Mary Nelson of Glenwood, Julie Twomey of Robbinsdale and Darlene Lehman of Minneapolis, attended the guest book and gift table. Open House was held all day Sunday at the Marcks home when the gifts were displayed.
The bride is a graduate of St. Benedict's high school at Crookston and St. Benedict's college at St. Joseph. The groom is a graduate of the Bemidji high school and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Following a southern wedding trip, they will make their home in Waville. The groom is associated in the business with his father at the Bemidji Woolen Mills.
For travel the bride changed into a three-piece ensemble in an egg shell shade with black accessories.
Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Les Bertram of Grand Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bertram of Barnesville, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wojeskie, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Green and Mrs. Gilbert Gustafson of Duluth, Mr. and Mrs. Orby Ware of Lake George, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Willet of Tofte, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hiurbet of Anoka, Mr. and Mrs. Ed McKeig of Federal Dam and Mrs. Carl Gustafson of Mound.