Brilliant Holiday Nuptials for Local Girl

Josephine Dodge, The State Journal of Thursday, December 29, 1921. Brilliant Holiday Nuptials for Local Girl and Mansfield Man

The following is the text of an article in The State Journal of Thursday, December 29, 1921. Upon request, the Secretary can provide a copy of the article with its accompanying photo of Mrs. Andrus B. McLean, nee Josephine Dodge.

Brilliant Holiday Nuptials for Local Girl and Mansfield Man


Tall standards of Russell roses, combined with cybodium ferns, effectively decorated the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Dodge, Wednesday evening, for the marriage of their daughter, Josephine, to Andrus B. McLean, of Mansfield, O.

Festoons of ferns about the archways and walls added further adornment to the living rooms, while in the music room where the ceremony was performed, were white roses, baby's breath, and ferns. Rev. Arthur T. Reasoner, of New York city, a cousin of the bride, was the officiating clergyman.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a stately gown of white Salome velvet. A long train of silver cloth was hung from the shoulders, and over this fell the graceful folds of her long tulle veil. The veil was caught with orange blossoms and held in place by a head dress of rose pointe. White roses, baby's breath and lilies of the valley, in a shower, comprised the bride's bouquet.

Mrs. and Mrs. Dodge received their guests, Mrs. Dodge wearing a gown of black charmeuse with fish-scale sequins. The bodice was caught at the side with a large silver rose.

The young women of the bridal party made a colorful pageant in their gowns of rainbow-hued chiffon. Miss Marian Dodge, her sister's maid of honor, wore a lavender and orchid chiffon, and carried an arm bouquet of tea roses and baby's breath.

The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Gaffney, of Cleveland, in hydrangea blue; Miss Marian Esther Keeler, in pink; Miss Elizabeth Wade, of Cleveland, in yellow; and Miss Bethany Lovell, in apple green. The bridesmaids' gowns were similarly fashioned, all of chiffon, girdled with silver ribbon, and all wore silver slippers. They carried quaint bouquets of vari-colored blossoms, surrounded with lace paper frills.

Little Miss Kathryn Dodge, daughter of W H. Dodge, of Cleveland, preceded the bride, scattering rose petals in her pathway. She wore a dainty frock of pink taffeta, her hair banded with a wreath of tiny rosebuds.

Mr. McLean was attended by his brother, Donald R. McLean, of Mansfield, as best man. The ushers were Wyllis Osborn Dodge and Franklyn L. Dodge, Jr., brothers of the bride; Emerson D. McLean, of Princeton, N J., and Robert Upson, of Mansfield.

The altar before which the couple spoke their vows, was banked with bride's roses, ferns, and baby's breath, while tall cathedral candles were lighted at either side. Low bowls and baskets of the same flowers were used about the room.

Following the ceremony and reception a wedding supper was served, with tables laid in the dining room for the bridal party and a few intimate friends of the family. The other guests were served in the living rooms. The bride's table was centered with a low bowl of sweetheart roses, fresia and ferns, baskets of the same flowers appearing on the buffet, with tall white tapers in silver holders used for illuminating. The bride's and bridegroom's cakes were on a single server joined by a broad band of white tulle.

In the ball room on the third floor dancing was in progress during the latter part of the evening. Here Christmas greens were used in profusion, with branches of holly and mistletoe and wreaths of the holly tied with broad bands of scarlet ribbon adorning the walls. Satteria-Logan orchestra played for the dancing and during the ceremony downstairs.

Mr. and Mrs. McLean departed for a brief western trip and when they return will live in Mansfield, O., where an apartment is awaiting them in the Colonial.

Mrs. McLean is a graduate of the Hathaway school in Cleveland, and Mr. McLean attended Andover. Many of the school friends of both young people were in Lansing for the ceremony.

Among the out-of-town guests were: Miss Mary Gaffney, Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Andrus McLean, Mansfield, O.; Emerson McLean, Princeton, N J.; Mrs. and Mrs. D. F. Reasoner, Detroit; Mrs. Worth Bourne, Detroit; W H. Dodge and daughter, Kathryn, Clevelond; Mrs. and Mrs. Gardner Dodge, Cleveland; Robert Upson, Mansfield, O.; Miss Elizabeth Wade, Cleveland; Miss Pauline Creswell, Cleveland; Rev. Arthur T. Reasoner, New York City.