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Cheltenham Looker-On 9th December 1899
REV. R.M. BAKER and MISS E.M. Thompson
At Christ Church, Cheltenham, on Wednesday last, the wedding took place of the Rev. Richard Hicks Meredyth Baker, vicar of Apuldram, near Chichester, elder son of the late Brevet-Captain Richard Smirke Baker, 17th Madras Native Infantry, and great nephew of Sir Robert Smirke, R.A., formerly of Cheltenham, to Miss Ethel Maude Thompson, youngest daughter of Mrs. E. Thompson, of Askham House.
The bride, who was given away by her eldest brother, wore a costume of white satin trimmed with Brussels lace and gaze de chine, embroidered with silver. Natural orange flower, sent from the Riviera was used is sprays on the dress, and a coronet of the same fastened the tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley.
Six bridesmaids were in attendance - Miss Rainey, Miss R. Baker (cousin of the bridegroom), and Misses Violet Ellis, Stella Thompson, Muriel Smith, and Olive Baddeley, nieces of the bride. Their dresses were of white cashmere, daintily trimmed with apple green silk and lace insertion. The fichus of lace were bordered with white fur, and they carried shower bouquets of scarlet geraniums, lilies of the valley, and smilax.
Mr. R. Hill Dawe was the best man.
After the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. E. Baddeley, Rector of Long Marston, Yorks. and the Rev. Robert Baker, Rector of Fishbourne, Chichester, a reception was held by the bride's mother at 11, Promenade Terrace, the bride and bridegroom subsequently leaving for London.
The presents, over ninety in number, were chiefly silver articles, comprising a beautiful solid silver tea tray presented to the bridegroom by his parishioners.