Virginia Mae (1948)
Surnames: Nelmark, Wiersig, Cizek, Roehrs, Rakow, Foster, Carlson, Schubring, Anderson, Bunges, Case, Cisek, Ollila, Junkunc, Dorset, Beilke, Dichtel, Mitchell, Johnson, Thompson
----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 09/09/1948
Nelmark, Virginia Mae (Marriage - 4 Sept. 1948)
To the strain of the traditional Lohnegren wedding march, Miss Virginia Mae Nelmark, only daughter of Mrs. Oscar A. Nelmark and the late Oscar Nelmark, of Wausau, was escorted down the aisle of the Zion Lutheran church, Wausau, Saturday, by her grandfather, John Cizek, to be joined in wedlock with Lenhart E. Wiersig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Wiersig of Colby, Wisconsin. The 3 o’clock ceremony was performed by the Rev. P. W. Roohrs, who read a double-ring service.
The event was witnessed by a large gathering of relatives and friends. White satin bows marked the family pews and white tapers in branch candelabra and baskets of pastel-shaped gladioli decorated the altar. Paul Bunges played the wedding prelude, interlude, the marches and the accompaniment for Miss Helen Rakow, an intimate friend of the bride’s mother, who sang Burleigh’s arrangement of "O, Perfect Love" and "The Lord’s Prayer."
The bride selected as her maid of honor, Miss Lois Foster, an intimate friend, and as her bridal aides, her cousin, Miss Betty Carlson of Ramsey, Mich., and Miss Marion Schubring, Peter Anderson, Jr., a college friend of the bridegroom, served as best man and Donald Wiersig, Ames, Iowa, brother of the groom, and Jack Nelmark, brother of the bride, were groomsmen.
Heavy ivory Duchesse satin formed the bridal gown. It was fashioned with a low-waisted bodice with padded satin flowers at the hipline, a scalloped neckline, and long, tapered sleeves. The extremely full skirt ended in a fan-shaped train. Her veil of imported English illusion, edged with appliquéd lace medallions, cascaded beyond her train from a low headdress of pearlized orange blossoms. Her bouquet was a crescent of gardenias.
All her aides wore Skinner satin dresses identically styled. The maid of honor, in sea green, carried a frilled colonial bouquet in yellow and white, while the colonial bouquets of the others were in pink, yellow and white to harmonize with their gowns of petal rose.
The collars were miniature berthas, neatly pleated at the neckline and worn gracefully off the shoulder. The bodices were tight with a shirred hipline, making the skirt fall into full flares. The hemline was drawn up with bows in Victorian effect to reveal the hooped underskirt. They wore matching satin gauntlets and crowns of flowers. Their gifts from the bride were the rhinestone chokers and earrings, which completed their ensembles.
The bride’s mother was in the receiving line in a draped gull-gray dress, with which she wore a hat of pink and gray swathed tulle and matching gray accessories. The bridegroom’s mother, also in grey, chose a black feathered hat and black accents. Both had orchid corsages.
Covers were laid for 40 guests at a 5:30 o’clock dinner served in the Crystal ballroom of the Hotel Wausau, where later in the evening 250 guests were entertained at a reception. The bridal table was ornamented with white tapers in crystal candelabra, low bowls of white asters and huckleberry leaves extending the length of the table. The centerpiece was a huge, rectangular tiered wedding cake.
The bride donned a mink-colored moiré dress with Balanciage accents and pinned to her shoulder a white orchid when the couple departed for Mackinac Island to spend their honeymoon. Completing her ensemble was the jeweled choker and earrings which were her wedding gift from the groom. Mr. and Mrs. Wiersig will be at home to friends after Sept. 15 at Wausau.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Miami university, Oxford, Ohio, where he was affiliated with Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. He is presently employed in the executive training program of Sears, Roebuck and company.
The following were out of town guests at the wedding: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wiersig and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiersig, Colby; the bride’s maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Case, Junction City; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Carlson and daughter, Betty, Ramsey, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Ollila and children of Neg??nee, Mich.; Mrs. Steven Junkunc and Mrs. L. W. Junkunc, Oak Park, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Dorset, Evanston, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Beilke and daughter, Phyllis, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dichtel, Hill City, Minn.; Mrs. J. J. Cisler, James Cisler, and Mrs. Mitchell, Niles, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wiersig, Two Rivers; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Johnson and family of Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Thompson, Eau Claire; and D. O. Wiersig, Ames, Iowa.
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